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Italian Ramen with Gorgonzola Cheese at Due Italian

Source: 5amramen.com
Italian Ramen at Due Italian

If Italian ramen exists, it must look like this. Due Italian serves an elegant ramen that uniquely features prosciutto ham and gorgonzola cheese.

Italian Ramen, Really?

The ramen in question has an orthodox broth. It’s chicken and fish based and employs a light shio (salt) seasoning. Of course the unorthodox elements are Italian cuisine inspired!

In the middle of the shio broth is a dollop of glistening cheese. It’s part gorgonzola, part cream cheese. This rich and sharp flavored cheese beautifully clings to the in-house made noodles.

There’s More – Uncured Ham

Prosciutto ham slices are even placed on the edges of the bowl. This ham dramatically wraps up the Italian elements. Besides the broth, green scallions are perhaps a friendly reminder that this is still ramen.

When you finish your noodles, the staff will bring out a bowl of mixed grain rice. You can mop up the remainder of the broth with this.

Owner Ishizuka-san worked as an Italian chef for many, many years. It would make sense that his ramen shop would showcase Italian ramen.

In this regard, bringing two cuisines together isn’t easy. …continue reading

    

Stay Warm With This Delicious and Healthy Nabe Recipe

Source: Gaijin Pot
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If you’re like me and you live in an old style Japanese house (once referred to as structurally similar to a portacabin by my Dad), you’ll know how hard it is to keep warm in the winter months. For me, the three best ways to warm up are: to have a long hot bath, to cradle a hot water bottle and to eat Nabe.

Tounyuu Nabe is a soy milk hotpot; it’s healthy, nutritious and a delicious winter dish, which you can make at home quickly and easily. I was lucky enough to first try it in an authentic manner at a close Japanese friends’ of mine Ryokanesque style house in Chiba.

I was so impressed by the delicate taste that I thought I’d give it a go. It’s pretty straightforward to make with the added bonus of being healthy.

Ingredients you need are:

  • 500ml soy milk

  • 500ml water

  • 1tsp dashi (fish stock)

  • 1tsp sake

  • salt
  • 
1tsp Asian chicken stock
  • 2tsp soy sauce
  • 
1-2 packs of tori dango (chicken balls)
  • Mushrooms, carrots, leeks, hakusai (Chinese cabbage)
  • 1 pack of tofu
1 pack of abura (aged tofu)
  • Ponzu for dipping

Step 1

Cut the vegetables, aburu and tofu into bite sized pieces. Then set aside.

Step 2

In a cooking pot heat 500ml soy milk on a …continue reading

    

TLT: Kit Kats

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Regardless of where you live in the world, you’ve probably eaten a Kit Kat chocolate bar before, or have seen one, or at least have heard of them. However, you haven’t really eaten/seen/heard of a Kit Kat bar until you eat/see/hear about Japan’s!

My current stash of Kit Kats!

Since moving to Japan, I’ve seen dark chocolate, pumpkin, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry cheesecake, green tea, dragonfruit, citrus golden blend, cookies and cream (my favourite!), hot Japanese chili pepper… You name it, Japan has a flavoured Kit Kat for it! I’ve even heard of wasabi-flavoured ones!

Some of these Kit Kats are dyed to match their flavour, too, such as the sakura matcha (cherry blossom-green tea) Kit Kats that I bought at Narita Airport during last winter vacation. Despite their green colour, they were actually really good!

Green sakura matcha Kit Kats! Don’t let the colour fool you – they’re actually delicious! (Source)

And not only can the colours and flavours be unique, but so can the method of eating them. In fact, Kit Kat Japan has even made a bakeable Kit Kat.

Seriously!

The pudding-flavoured bakeable Kit Kats that I tried!

The pudding-flavoured… bakeable Kit Kats?!

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We Just Hadda Whip a U-ey on This One !

Source: Mike
50's Cafe, Hamburgers, Mexican, food

100% Beef Burger

That’s what caught my eye as Doc was driving back up the eastern side of the island.
We had been out enjoying the sun and shooting cameras, before the typhoon hits.
Not to worry, we only expect a bit of wind with lots of rain.
Luckily, a red light, stopped us just as we passed the place.
The artist who made that hamburger sign, knew what he or, she, was doing.
We were both hungry and the only way to reach the place was a U-turn into a parking lot.
So, that’s what we did.
For those who haven’t mastered English slang as well as me:
U-ey means, a U-turn and hadda, means, had to.
Yadda, yadda, yadda, class dismissed.
menu,Route 66, signs, food

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