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Bazoku: The Best Handmade Noodles in Tokyo

Source: 5amramen.com
Classic Tantanmen

It’s a bold statement but ramen shop Bazoku in Asakusa arguably has the best handmade noodles in Tokyo.

Tantanmen: ¥850

A Noodle Experience

Bazoku makes their noodles old-school style, just like Chinese immigrants did in Tokyo 100 years ago. In a big window facing the street, you’ll see a burly man vigorously pulling and folding noodles by hand.

What’s more dramatic is the way he’ll slam the noodle dough on the table with both hands. These slamming vibrations can be felt throughout the shop.

As a result, Bazoku’s noodles are marvelously chewy. This chewiness doesn’t come from under-cooking the noodles. You can tell when you bite into them the effect this intense slamming, pulling, and folding (kneading) has had.

Massive Menu

Just like any old-school Chinese ramen shop, Bazoku has a massive menu (and an English one too). The menu includes everything from classic ramen to yakisoba (fried noodles).

Classic Ramen!
Classic Ramen: ¥650

If you’re going for the first time, I would personally recommend the Tantanmen (¥850). It’s slightly spicy and a great Winter dish.

Tanmen: ¥950

Their Tanmen (salt-based broth with a lot of veggies) is also a winner. Every ramen at Bazoku has a vintage taste and this taste may not be as dynamic as modern ramen broth. But their insanely good noodles, massive …continue reading

    

Coca-Cola Peach is back, fruitier than ever

japan coca cola peach soda drink 2019

Coca-Cola continues its exploration of unique new flavors and tastes with another beverage exclusive to the Japanese market.

The Coca-Cola Peach is a fruity version of the coke we have all come to love and drink copiously over the years.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is: the original Coca-Cola Peach was a big viral and retail hit in 2018, so Coca-Cola decided to bring it back for 2019. What’s more, this new edition has improved the original soda beverage by adding 1% of white peach juice to make it taste even richer and better.

japan coca cola peach soda drink 2019

japan coca cola peach soda drink 2019

While it is only on sale in Japan, internationally-based consumers can order a pack of five 500ml (17 fl oz) bottles through Japan Trend Shop. But hurry, like the 2018 product, this is a limited release and is available only while stocks last!

Coca-Cola in Japan has been on a roll recently, producing its first ever alcoholic drink in 2018 as well as memorable variations on coke like the Coca-Cola Plus health drink and Coca-Cola Frozen Lemon. The Japanese market is particularly geared towards limited-edition items and seasonal products, especially food and drink, and has come to expect manufacturers to continue innovating even the most established staples.

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Sake Diary - Kuba no Kokoro: Akebonobashi

Source: bento.com

Fantastic Hokkaido seafood and a nice selection of premium craft sake are served at this unpretentious basement izakaya. The sashimi platters are reliable, and often feature fish that you don’t see everywhere else in Tokyo, so don’t be surprised if you see names on the menu that you don’t recognize. Fresh Hokkaido produce is used to good effect in salads and grilled vegetable plates.

Grilled saffron cod (komai) served with mayonnaise is a specialty of the house and is quite delectable, as is the sake-marinated grilled gindara (sablefish). The grilled ray fin (eihire) seems to be meatier than average, and is a good sake companion. There’s a wide tempura selection, although it can be a bit on the heavy side; fortunately there are plenty of other dishes to choose from. The maguro kushiage strikes a better balance among the fried items.

The sake list ranges from everyday brands to super-premium labels, and you can order small tasting-size glasses if you want to try a few different types over the course of your meal.

Note that not all the bottles you see in the refrigerator will be open on any given day, so consult the menu or ask for advice from the staff. Budget around Y4500-5500 for dinner and drinks. …continue reading

    

Kuba no Kokoro: Akebonobashi

Source: bento.com

Fantastic Hokkaido seafood and a nice selection of premium craft sake are served at this unpretentious basement izakaya. Grilled komai (saffron cod) served with mayonnaise is a specialty of the house and is quite delectable, as is the sake-marinated grilled gindara (sablefish).

The sashimi platters are reliable, and often feature fish that you don’t see everywhere else in Tokyo. The grilled ray fin (eihire) seems to be meatier than average, and is a good sake companion. Fresh Hokkaido produce is used to good effect in salads and grilled vegetable plates.

There’s a wide tempura selection, although it can be a bit on the heavy side; fortunately there are plenty of other dishes to choose from. The maguro kushiage strikes a better balance among the fried items.

The sake list ranges from everyday brands to super-premium labels, and you can order small tasting-size glasses if you want to try a few different types over the course of your meal.
Note that not all the bottles you see in the refrigerator will be open on any given day, so consult the menu or ask for advice from the staff. Budget around Y4500-5500 for dinner and drinks. …continue reading

    

Start The New Year With This Healthy Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

soba noodle salad

If you’ve promised yourself that this year you’ll be a bit more health conscious and selective with the ingredients you choose for your diet, here’s a quick recipe to help you make the first steps. This meal is easy, healthy, entirely gluten, dairy and sugar-free and most importantly, tasty! Best thing? It can be served warm or cold and the ingredients are easily available wherever you are in Japan. Enjoy!

This is a gluten/dairy/refined sugar/nut free meal. Serves 2.

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams 100% buckwheat noodles soba noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup of your favorite fresh herbs (coriander, basil, mint, parsley, etc.)
  • 1 cup of snap peas or snow peas (blanched)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 150-200 grams cooked chicken (substitute tofu for a vegetarian option)

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Add dressing ingredients into a small jar and shake until well combined.
  2. Cook the soba noodles as per instructions on the packet. Once done, rinse under water for a few minutes to remove the glugginess. Drain and add to a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining prepared ingredients to the bowl, pour dressing in and toss until everything is well coated.
  4. Divide into serving bowls. Garnish with a few extra sesame seeds and green onion.

* 100% buckwheat noodles are known as juwari soba (十割そば). These are wheat and gluten free, so are suitable for those affected by coeliac disease or on a gluten-free diet. Be aware that most standard packet soba noodles you will find in supermarkets or restaurants will contain wheat flour, so keep an eye out for these kanji!

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