Category Archives: FOOD

Tsukishima Monja Street: A Taste Triathlon

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Most people are familiar with the old Kansai favorite okonomiyaki, but its Kanto cousin—monjayaki—is just as delicious, (albeit somewhat less photogenic). And there’s a whole street—Tsukushima Monja Street—dedicated to proving it!
Tsukushima Monja Street
Monjayaki is a liquid-y, hot, admittedly unattractive dish—but, once you get over looks and into substance, you’ll forgive its appearance and dive in. A thin batter made with flour and dashi (Japanese stock) forms the base, and with myriad combinations of toppings there’s something for everyone. If you’ve never tried it—either intentionally like me, or through not knowing it existed—there’s only one place to go in Tokyo, and it’s

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Source: j-hoppers

Hi,this is Ena from Hiroshima Hana hostel.

Our hostel is located between JR Hiroshima station and the MAZDA baseball stadium.Right next to the baseball stadium,there is a COSTCO. (only 10min walk from Hana!)

This month,I went shopping there with staffs from Hana hostel and bought some fresh food.
As you may know, usually, you need to be its member to enter the shop and purchase products.
Even if you do not have it ,at the Costco here in Hiroshima,you are allowed to enter the food court without the membership card.Also,food at the food court are really cheap! It costs ONLY 180yen for a hot dog and refillable drinks.
The baseball season is coming soon in Hiroshima.

Why don’t you go to costco before the baseball game and enjoy Hiroshima more?

Check it out for further infomation about them:
Costco wholesale HIROSHIMA

Regular hours :10:00am-8:00pm
(Dec 31st and Jan 1st: 9am – 6pm)

2-3-4 Minami-Kaniya Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima 732-0803, Japan

◎15min walk from Hiroshima station
◎10min walk from Hana Hostel

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How to Make Japanese Purple Stir Fry

Source: Gaijin Pot

My husband’s grandparents come from Okinawa, a place that is well known across the globe for having one of the longest life expectancies in the world – a fact that is mainly attributed to their healthy diet.

One of the key elements of this life-extending diet is a vegetable that is on trend this year (yes vegetables can be trendy): purple sweet potato.

The Okinawan purple sweet potato is chock-full of health benefits. They contain high levels of antioxidants, aid digestion and are filled with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. In comparison to the regular ol’ white potato, sweet potatoes are effective in regulating blood sugar levels so you don’t experience that sudden spike then crash.

Plus purple vegetables are a big thing this year and people are eager to find creative ways to purple-fy their diet! If you can’t find purple sweet potato in your local store then replace with whatever type of sweet potato you can get and a mix of purple vegetables.

Japanese Purple Stir Fry

Serves 2


  • Vegetable oil, for frying (植物油( shokubutsuabura))
  • Half red chilli, roughly chopped (remove seeds if you don’t want it too hot) (唐辛子( togourashi))
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped (ニンニク( niniku))
  • Handful of spinach, roughly chopped (ほうれん草( hourensou))
  • Handful of purple cabbage, finely sliced (紫キャベツ( murasaki kyabetsu))
  • Handful of fresh beetroot, peeled and cut julienne (ビートルート( bitoruto)/ビートの根)
  • Half sweet potato, peeled and cut julienne (さつま芋( satsumaimo))
  • 200g tofu, preferably organic, cut into small cubes (豆腐( toufu))

For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce, to season (しょうゆ( shouyu))
  • 1 tsp sesame oil, to season (胡麻油( gomaabura))
  • 1 tsp honey, to season (optional) (はちみつ( hachimitsu))
  • Freshly steamed rice, to serve
  • Roasted sesame seeds, to garnish (ごま塩( gomashio))
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Recipe: Sakura Mochi

Ok, not really. But with the cherry blossom season being just around the corner, it may be a great idea to start preparing for it by learning a few Japanese treats that are commonly eaten during this special spring flowers season. So let’s start with the famed sakura mochi — you’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to make it yourself!


Makes 8 to 10 servings.

  • 75 grams coarse rice flour (domyoji-ko; 道明寺粉)
  • 70 grams sugar
  • 200 milliliters hot water
  • Pinch of powdered red food coloring (dissolved in a small amount of water)
  • 8-10 preserved cherry blossom leaves
  • 120-150 grams red bean paste (anko; 餡子)


  1. Place water and cherry blossom leaves in a bowl for at least one hour prior to cooking to remove extra salt.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in 200 milliliters boiled water, then add the food coloring.
  3. Place rice flour in a bowl, pour in the sugar water, and mix well.
  4. Cover the rice mixture and let sit for one to two hours.
  5. Once the rice flour has absorbed the water to become dough-like, spread 30-gram portions into circles. Place a ball of bean paste (approximately 15 grams) in the center of each circle, and then close the mochi dough around the paste, forming a ball.
  6. Wrap each mochi ball with a preserved cherry blossom leaf.

Then serve in Japanese plates (preferably sakura-decorated) and enjoy the spring taste and scent at your home! And don’t forget to share your amazing photos with us via Facebook or #savvytokyo on Instagram. Enjoy! xx

Note: This article originally appeared on Savvy Tokyo in March 2014. It has been edited and updated by The Savvy Team.

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Thai Kitchen Pakuchi

Thai Kitchen Pakuchi, Kyoto.

Thai Kitchen Pakuchi is an authentic Thai eatery on the corner of Kawaramachi Marutamachi in downtown Kyoto. Friendly, informal and lots of fun Pakuchi draws a mainly younger crowd of diners.

The chefs are Thai and the food, though less spicy maybe than found in Bangkok, is truly delicious.

The menu is extensive with all your favorite Thai dishes included: khao phat, (fried rice) pad thai (fried noodles) and, of course, som tom thai (spicy green papaya salad).

Drinks include Singha or Chang beer and a variety of Thai whiskeys and soft drinks.

Thai Kitchen Pakuchi
1F Rolex Tamura
374 Masuya-cho
Kawaramachi-dori Marutamachi-agaru
Kyoto 604-8086
Tel: 075 241 0892

Hours: Open 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm (Last order) daily.

Pakuchi is just round the corner from the 100 year old sento, Sakura-yu.

The nearest subway station is Jingu-marutamachi on the Tozai Line. Kyoto buses #4, #10, #17, #37, #59, #93, #202, #203, and #205 and stop at Kawaramachi Marutamachi.

There’s a Sanjo Pakuchi on Gokamachi north of Sanjo on the east side.

Kyoto has a fair number of Thai restaurants and even a Lao eatery. Thai restaurants in Kyoto include Khon Kaen in the Shinkyogoku arcade, Thai Cafe Kati on Ebisugawa, west of Fuyacho, Kroon near Demachiyanagi Station, Siam near Enmachi, and Esan on Imadegawa, west of Karasuma.

Khanty is the Lao restaurant north of Imadegawa on Teramachi.

Thai Kitchen Pakuchi, Kyoto.

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