Homemade Spring Rolls

I had always wondered why spring roll is a popular choice to order at southeast asian restaurants. I guess it’s an awesome menu item though, since usually the ingredients used are used in other dishes, easily and quickly made. This time, I was at a home party with a theme of southeast asian food, and the…

Vietnamese Tomato and Crab Soup at Vietnam Alice, Tokyo

Tomoko and I enjoy Asian food… a lot. Firstly we volunteered as teachers together in Thailand after our first year in high school. That, or maybe something before that, had triggered our interest in south east Asia. We now live in different cities but often come together at either of our cities (mostly Tokyo), and…

Fresh tomato, basil, and garlic angel hair spaghetti

Summer is here! Tomatoes are dark red and sweet, basils are out brightly green and fresh, and I found a “new garlic” that has been cropped for the season. Unlike me, my mom is really good at making fancy plates for lunch, and she made us my favorite angel hair spaghetti recipe: tomato, basil, and…

Ippudo, Tokyo, Japan

Ippudo and ramen in general is a heated topic in the U.S. right now, and I hope many readers will like this post. Ippudo’s original store is not in Tokyo but is located in Fukuoka, which is in the western region of Japan. Ippudo is a chain ramen store and don’t get me wrong and…

Cherry blossom soba

Cherry blossom bloomed early this year, really early. Usually they come in April just when the new school year begins, but this year, in mid March! The weather was gorgeous last week, and people flooded the cherry blossom area. Not only are the blossoms beautiful, but it is beautiful to observe people enjoy nature. This…

Ramen Dojo, San Mateo, California

Ramen is getting the hype nowadays in the U.S. Many friends visit me in Japan saying they want to try “real” ramen. I will say that Japan has really good ramen, and favorites can be found everywhere according to your taste. Each ramen shop has different history and background, they use all sorts of broth,…

Cold udon at Sanuki Udon

Yesterday, my friends and I went to Oiso, Japan, suburb from Tokyo, to mikan (clementine) picking! It was a perfect sunny Saturday to get out of busy Tokyo and drive out facing Mt. Fuji. Oiso is an area that faces a beach, that is the Pacific Ocean’s beach, and is a popular area to have…

Cod roe spaghetti

One of my childhood favorites is cod roe spaghetti. It probably sounds really unique, but it’s quite popular in Japan that convenience stores even sells already made ones that you can heat up. It’s a simple spaghetti sauce pack that has (lots of preservatives) and cod roe and butter. You just have to boil water…

Rice vermicelli with chicken and mushroom

Rice vermicelli also known as bihun in many Asian countries is one of my favorites. It’s a dish with rice vermicelli noodles, some sort of toppings, and other ingredients that is mixed with the noodles. It comes in variety; the preparation method can be different and ingredients used can be different. Today, I had a…

Wakasagi Soba

Wakasagi is 3 inches long but a slim fish that is often found in the lakes in Japan. They have bones, of course, but they are small enough that the bones are edible when cooked through. The cooking method that Japanese people like to use with this fish is in the form of tempura, deep…

Cold soba with sticky sticky power

96 degrees weather with humidity added–that’s an average August weather in Tokyo. The heat really takes your energy away, and liquid intake becomes most important in these days. Japanese food also has great seasonal dishes. As a kid, my parents and grandparents would take me to soba stores, and I wasn’t a huge fan of…

The Daily Catch, Boston MA, Round 2

Just about a month ago, I went to the Daily Catch in North End, Boston (see!). I had known that their black pasta was their homemade special and was popular, but I didn’t get to try it. But this time, I knew what to order with my friend. Black pasta is made of squid ink….