(not quite a) Year in Japan

Miscellaneous Food Pics #7: Home edition

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“Home edition”, but since all I have to cook with is:

  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 kitchen knife
  • induction hotplate
  • kettle
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Pictured: the entirety of my ‘kitchen’. I have a kitchen knife but nowhere to actually use it.

The options are quite limited, so “Home edition” here is mostly pre-made or instant meals. Anyway, without further ado:

1. Instant yakisoba (焼きそば)

So no images of the final product, but the preparation is what got me. Seriously, Japan is decades ahead of us in the instant-meal game. Since yakisoba isn’t a soup-y dish, but you need boiling water to ‘cook’ it, you some way of straining the noodles, hence the packaging comes with the inbuilt strainer that you peel-back once you’ve finished ‘cooking’ the noodles. Incidentally, the yakisoba was actually pretty good.

2. Supermarket (Mackerel) Sushi

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Yeah, supermarket sushi doesn’t have the same vibe as the UK (obviously).

The photo doesn’t do it justice, but these sushi rolls were huge, with massive chunks of raw mackerel. Absolutely delicious. ¥298 (~£2) :p

3. Croquettes, rice, sesame things and spinach salad

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I can’t remember what the sesame things were actually called, just that they were delicious. Oh yeah, and this wasn’t a pre-made box, I bought the individual bits (hence why it looks a bit shit).

Bonus. Takoyaki

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So yeah, not at home, but it wouldn’t be Osaka without Takoyaki! or anything-yaki – incidentally I walked by a キャベツ焼き (cabbage-yaki) stand today.

Oh yeah, and if you ever decide to try freshly cooked takoyaki – always wait ages before eating them, lest they melt your insides. For example: I bought these, did some shopping etc. for like 20 mins, went to eat them, and still had to be careful as they were piping hot inside.

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