Saturday, November 19, 2016

Food Food Food - Part 1

I'd better start talking about the food in Japan, or we'll never get to it. Be warned, there will be a good few episodes in this food story

Street food, Takao-san, near Tokyo. It's three balls of rice dough on a skewer, and dipped into a sauce (not sweet). And I can't remember for the life of me what it's called. Delicious! おいしい

Eki-ben (eki means stations and bento means picnic box) and Pocari Sweat (the name sounds awful, but it's the perfect drink on a hot day, a bit like Lucozade, but not as sweet)

Starter before Shabu Shabu - the bit on the left is a type of seaweed, very slippery but apparently good for your health, and the yellow bit on the right is a sweet chestnut, very seasonal at the end of October

Japanese beef for Shabu Shabu - Japanese beef is quite fatty, but good fat, and generally cut very thin. In Shabu Shabu, the vegetables and beef are cooked in a pot of simmering water, which is built into the table

Yuzu-Ginger drink - delicious hot. I would love to drink this every morning!

The grater at the top right is a wasabi grater (the little green root is fresh wasabi). Wasabi graters are made of shark skin.

Soba dinner - with the accompaniments above

We had the Miyabi zen dinner. おいしい!!

More to come!

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