Smoked Salmon and NY Bagel from Allium, Chicago

There’s just something about smoked salmon and bagels – it’s such a great combination, I cannot get over it. My mother claims that my siblings and I started having a liking for smoked salmon during summer 1998, when we had a family Euro trip. To think back, I was only 8 years of old – what…

Homemade Pacific Simmered Suary/Sanma

One of my favorite fish is sanma also known as saury in English. It is a fish popular in late summer and autumn in Japan, and it is probably my favorite because you can eat it raw as sashimi, salted and grilled (I think my favorite!), and simmered. This fish if similar to mackerel and has plenty…

Summer katsuo at home

Raw katsuo or bonito is often times eaten early and late summer seasons (May-June & Sept-Oct) when it reaches its prime time in Japan. There are many ways to enjoy katsuo, and my favorite is not sashimi but in ‘tataki’ form. Tataki is a method of preparation, in which fish or meat is slightly put…

Sashimi variety, and Happy 2015!

Happy New Year! 2015 is here and I hope everyone had a good new year break (that is if you had one). I had a rather relaxing break and spent quality time with family escaping from the busy city, breathing fresh air abundant of natural greens, chasing my cousin’s tireless dog, singing aloud and jumping…

En boca, Tokyo

This was a good find. My sister first took me here for my birthday this year, and my mom also had always wanted to go, so we took ourselves to En boca again for a casual family dinner. My original request/theme for my birthday dinner with my sister was vegetables, and she found this place…

Beer infused shrimp appetizer

This is a great fun appetizer that a bold chef brought to the table. It had taste, texture, smell, color, and all the pleasing elements of hors d’oeuvre. Shrimp was quickly cooked with butter and beer, flavored with some salt and pepper. Other ingredients here are coriander, chopped yellow bell pepper, and everything on a…

Uni, xiaolongbao, and beef sushi rotary

Fresh post! Furusato/Hometown Festival has been held from January 10th up to today at Tokyo Dome (where it is the home ground for the Tokyo Giants), and it made my Sunday activity. The indoor dome placed performances and food stands all over; the entire baseball field was filled with people that looked like ants (or…

Japanese and Korean new year food

In my family, we celebrate the New Year’s Day with lots and lots of Japanese and Korean food. My family background is Japanese and Korean, and we celebrate it both ways and in both cuisines. We had three new year celebrations this year: two on January 1st and another on the day before work started…

Seafood platter at Maison Francaise, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

During my stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in May, Susan took me and others to her friend’s restaurant, Maison Francaise. This restaurant is really like a house, painted white, with a swimming pool… I really think this would be a nie place to hang out on a weekend. Here, we had chef recommended fancy…

Grilled seabass at The House, San Francisco, CA

You have to trust me on this one. The House, an Asian American fusion restaurant in San Francisco, is sure worth the wait in line even on a cold day (yes, cold days exist in SF). Nice and cozy restaurant, there is always a decent line outside so you might want to call before going….

Light octopus salad

Ever since my brother volunteered in Northern Japan, his host family has been sending us fresh seafood every here and there. The variety of seafood we get is always luxurious and is packed in a huge styrofoam box and gets delivered fresh on the refrigerated delivery trucks. One of the seafood meat we got this winter…

Crab soup

    Sometimes, all you need after an exhausting day in the winter weather is a comforting soup. This is an upgraded version of a “comforting” soup, highlighting the crab dashi and meat. This was at Sapporo, Hokkaido, the most northern part of Japan where the seafood is abundant and is caught fresh. Hokkaido has…