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The Foodie Guide to Sapporo

Source: Japan Cheapo

Sapporo is not just the beautiful capital city of Hokkaido, it is also a gourmet center in northern Japan. Of course you can rely on a sightseeing map to get around, but in Sapporo you can let your hunger guide you to some of its delicious local dishes!
Soup curry
Soup or curry? Soup curry
Japanese curry is already a bit unique in texture and taste, but soup curry will expand the world of Japanese curry for you. As its name suggests, soup curry is bit more liquid than the normal curry and it features more complex blend of varied spices and vegetables in bigger pieces. Combine this with fresh local ingredients from Hokkaido and it is no wonder there are more than 200 soup curry restaurants in Sapporo alone! Plus, each of them carries its own

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Kobe’s International Cuisine Tour

Although Kobe’s Chinatown is a major international attractor to the city, Chinese isn’t the only cultural influence worth exploring in this Kansai metropolis. Being a popular port city has brought a diverse array of international cultures to Kobe, and one of the best ways to experience this diversity is through food. Next time you’re considering making reservations at that Kobe beef specialty restaurant, why not take a break from the local delicacies and try out one of these delicious international options?

To help you narrow down your decision, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the most notable and reputable restaurants featuring international menus.

Indian

For some incredible Indian food, there’s no better place in Kansai than Chef Bjon’s Sona Rupa. Try the soup curried lentils or tandoori chicken, and don’t miss out on one of their famous kebabs!

Sona Rupa

Where: Across the street from the B Kobe Hotel on the 3rd floor, 2-2-9, Shimoyamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 650-0011
Hours:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Pricing:
Lunch Course:
Monday-Saturday: 1,200 – 5,500 yen
Sunday: 1,650 – 5,500 yen
Dinner Course: 3,600 – 5,500 yen
à la carte: 3,000 – 6,000 yen
Tel: 078-322-0252
Website (English): http://www.kcc.zaq.ne.jp/sonarupa/top.html

American/Vegetarian

Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike will love the delicious options at this surprising plant-based cafe in the heart of Kobe beef land! Try one of their delicious wraps, burritos, or salads!

Modern Ark Pharm Cafe

Where: 3-11-15 Kitanagasa, Chuo-ku, Kobe City, Japan, 650-0012
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tel: 078-3913052

Jamaican/Caribbean

The owner, Mr. Winston, is an expert on Caribbean cuisine! Be sure to give their jerk chicken or the Rice and Festivals dish a try for a spicy island treat.

Jamaicana

Where: 1-22-27 Nakayamatedori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
Hours:
Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tel: 81 78-251-6488

French Fusion

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Deep-Fried Pork Cutlet! Tonkatsu

One of Japan’s favourite household dishes has to be the deep-fried pork cutlet, also known as, Tonkatsu. This simple yet delicious dish is loved by people of all ages. The pork is breaded then fried, resulted in a juicy slice of meat wrapped in an extremely crunchy shell. You can easily make it at home, and there are some really really good restaurants out there too.It is often served with shredded cabbage and rice. You can also pour Japanese-style worcestershire sauce of it, which in Japan is also known as: “sauce” (admit it, learning how to pronounce that name properly is as much a challenge as to chug it). Other areas may use different condiments, such as the Nagoya variation which tops it with a miso sauce instead.Both equally delicious. You can take my word for it!Also, the word “katsu” comes from the word “cutlet”, and it is the same pronunciation as the Japanese word for “to win”. Therefore, many students eat it the night before, or better yet, the morning of their big exams for good luck.Does eating tonkatsu help with tests? Who knows, but it sure helps with my empty stomach!—————————————–Follow for more everyday magic I encounter in Japan! …continue reading

    

It’s Strawberry Harvest Season near Tokyo

Japan’s vivid changing seasons are not only beautiful to witness, but they can also be very delicious to taste! Throughout the year across the country, various produce farms take their turn growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead of waiting for these healthy treats to arrive at the local supermarkets, many farms offer the option for visitors to get involved in the picking and harvesting process themselves! Strawberry season is one of the most popular and delicious fruit-picking opportunities in Japan, and it’s just beginning!

These juicy red berries are grown throughout Japan, with the most abundant supplies hailing from the Tochigi, Fukuoka, and Shizuoka prefectures. You might be surprised to find out that there are over 100 unique varieties of strawberries, including the Tochiotome varietal from Tochigi, the round and sweet Amaou from Fukuoka, and Shizuoka’s bright and fragrant Benihoppe.

Most of the strawberry farms are located slightly out of the main city areas, so the best option for a day’s harvest is usually jumping on a tour. Different tour companies offer slightly different packages, but similarly delicious experiences. When you arrive on site, you will be directed to greenhouses bursting with fruit ready to be picked. One of the best parts of strawberry picking in Japan is that many of the farms don’t use chemicals, so you can eat while you pick straight from the plant! Additionally, there is often the option to carry a small tray while you pick that has some sweetened condensed milk on it for you to dip your berries in for an additional burst of sweetness.

Depending on where you’re located this spring, check out which strawberry farms are most accessible and be sure to make the trip! Your tastebuds will thank you later!

Departing from Tokyo:

Kawatsura Strawberry Farm (Chiba)

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Chili-pepper Infused Cup Noodles

As a fan of spicy food, an issue living in Japan is how difficult it is to find spicy food that can sting your tastebuds enough. Very often the food labelled “extremely hot” is nowhere up to the standard, and you are once again back on the search.One cup noodle that I am very happy with is the Toukarashimen series.As the name implies, the noodles are infused with grinded chili pepper, maximizing the spiciness with every single slurp. Unlike most other spicy instant noodles, this unconventional method makes sure that the star isn’t the soup, but the noodles. In fact, the soup isn’t that impacting at all, especially after it cools down. Nevertheless, it is delicious. The Toukarashimen series also loves to surprise us with their unique flavours, including Mapo-tofu, Hot & Sour Chinese Soup, and even Jerk Chicken. To be honest, the soup made very little difference, because the noodles truly steal the show everytime.If you’re a fan of spicy food or a challenger of extreme tastes, this cup noodle is one worth picking up!—————————————–Follow for more everyday magic I encounter in Japan! …continue reading