(not quite a) Year in Japan

Miscellaneous Food Pics #10

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1. Fruits au lait (フルーツオ・レ)

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Do you like tropical fruit juice?

Do you like milk?

How about tropical fruit juice AND milk???

Please Japan. Stop.

2. Hanton rice (ハントンライス)

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Another example of a Japanese take on western cuisine – a local specialty in Kanazawa (金沢). It’s actually a combination of omurice (fried, tomato seasoned rice, wrapped in a slightly runny omelette), topped with ketchup, tartare sauce, and in this case a couple of deep fried prawns and deep fried chunks of fish.

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yummers!

As with omurice, it manages to tow the line spectacularly between gross and pleasant. Definitely more enjoyable than omurice, though missing the tasty demi-glace sauce seen in some omurice varieties.

3. Yuzu chuu-hai (ゆず酎ハイ)

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Managed to accidentally order this at a restaurant, and it was really good (and quite strong alcohol-wise!). For notes, ‘yuzu’ is a citrus fruit of Chinese origin, but is used widely in Japanese cooking; and ‘chuu-hai’ is basically any long, or ‘highball’ (where the ‘hai’ comes from) drink made with strong Japanese liquor or ‘shōchū’ (where the ‘chuu’) comes from.

4. Squid sashimi (イカ刺身)

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A whole damn squid for about £5?!?! Man I loved Kanazawa.

5. Chick Daifuku (ひよこ庵)

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don’t worry not made with actual chicks!!

This was great, combining traditional Japanese Daifuku (mochi stuffed with sweetened bean paste) with a sweeter taste and a cute design. Yum.

Also I talked a little while with the guy that ran the store, turns out that a) he worked in a Japanese sweets shop or ‘wagashi-ya’ (和菓子屋) from a young age b)he studied european flavours + confectionery-making in Italy for 5 years and c) he runs this store in Takayama 高山 by himself. All of that plus he was really cool.

Bonus. Chewing gum (ガム)

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Because everything needs to be a promotional item (not complaining here!)

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