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Ever Eaten Raw Beef?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Ever eaten raw beef? Of course, Valentine’s Day and raw beef have nothing to do with each other, do they?

In the above picture, you can see sushi. The bottom row is tuna and salmon. The middle row is red snapper and shrimp. But the top row is beef. That’s right, beef sushi. The salmon tasted excellent. The tuna was very good. Shrimp and red snapper were also very good. But how was the beef? Well, it had very little flavour. I’ve tried raw beef before, and I remember that it was rather flavourless. It gains its flavour when it’s cooked. I probably won’t have beef sushi again.

Unlike pork and chicken, it’s safe to eat raw beef. It’s unlikely to carry salmonella. And this is why it’s popular to eat rare beef.

Have you ever tried raw beef?

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Puzzles and Sukiyaki

It was a day of cleaning. Lots of bags ready to go out to the garbage. That was all done in the morning. But the afternoon, four hours to be exact, I spent time going through my daughter’s puzzles and putting them together.

What in the world was I doing playing with her puzzles? Well, she’s lost a lot of pieces, and I was checking to see what’s missing. Well, there are still some missing pieces, so I’ll be looking for them as we clean the living room and sort her toys. Maybe I’ll find them all. I hope so. She loves puzzles.

Anyway, dinner tonight is sukiyaki with wagyuu, which is Japanese beef. You know, the expensive stuff. But don’t worry, I didn’t buy it. It was a gift. It tastes amazing!

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And yes, that orange stuff on the bottom right of the picture is raw egg. That’s something I got used to eating in Japan. Makes sukiyaki taste great!

From East to West: 41 Days – Favourite Restaurants

Here’s the next video. Two in twelve hours! This time, we went to a local restaurant that happens to be in the Michelin Guide. The food is great. Enjoy.

If you’re interested in trying out this restaurant, here is their website, which includes a map. They’re only open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday.

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Look good? What do you think?

Japanese Food Taste Test – Chocolate Yakisoba

A couple weeks ago, I was informed of a new flavour of yakisoba, which is a kind of Japanese fried noodle. The usual flavours are Sauce (which is a soy sauce based sauce) and Salt (a lightly flavoured sauce based on salt). Well, just in time for Valentine’s Day, they’ve introduced Choco Sauce Yakisoba.

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It looks pretty normal, though the toppings were chocolaty.

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But pictures just aren’t enough. I took a video of the experience. It’s pretty short, so it’ll only take 30 seconds of your time. Please watch!

Do you want to try it? Are there any unusual flavours of food you’ve tried? Let me know in the comments.

Teuchi Udon Jiyuseki – Niku Udon and Maitake Tempura

Today, after nearly five years of living in this neighbourhood, we decided to try out the nearest restaurant to our home, Teuchi Udon Jiyuseki. It’s an udon restaurant that makes their own udon noodles. It’s very popular, but is only open for lunch between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

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The exterior is interesting. It looks like a log cabin.

One of the reasons we decided to go today was this:

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This restaurant is included in this year’s Michelin Guide for Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Shonan.

That’s right. It’s in the Michelin Guide for Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Shonan this year! We had to go.

My order turned out to be a lot bigger than I expected. First, I started with the dashimaki tamago, which is fried egg cooked in light soup. It was 200 yen.

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The egg comes with grated daikon radish.

My main dish was the niku udon, or meat udon. It came with beef, onions, fish cake, seaweed, and tempura batter, and was in a light soy sauce based soup. On the side were two pickles. It was 800 yen.

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Niku udon with a side of pickles.

And my final dish was maitake tempura, which is a mushroom called hen-of-the-woods in English. It also came with a piece of goya tempura, or bitter melon. It was 350 yen.

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Maitake tempura and goya tempura.

Starting with the egg, it was very good. I love this type of egg. It’s got an extra flavour from the soup it’s cooked with.

The udon was served at the perfect temperature. It wasn’t too hot. The noodles were handmade, and were not too soft, not too firm. They were just right. The meat was good, as well. I ordered the 300 gram serving of noodles, but it really filled me up.

The tempura was delicious. I’ve found that maitake is one of my favourite mushrooms, so I just had to have it. It was actually a special dish, which is not on the regular menu. It turned out to be very filling. It also came with a green salt, and I really don’t know why it’s green.

Overall, it was a very delicious and filling lunch. It was quite reasonable. It’s open for only 3 hours a day, and it serves lunch to a lot of local workers, so it gets busy around then. It’s best to go early, like we did. It’s also a small restaurant, so there aren’t many tables, and there is counter seating. I liked how it looked inside, very much like a log cabin.

The restaurant can be found in the Ishikawa area of Fujisawa city.

You can visit their Facebook page, as well. Apparently, someone working there (the chef?) can speak English.

The Search for Authentic Japanese Food in Canada

Living in Japan, I’ve enjoyed a lot of Japanese food.  Of course, it is authentic.  However, my family will be moving to Canada next year, and we’ll have cravings for Japanese food.  Real Japanese food.

There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in Edmonton, but are they truly authentic?  I can safely say that Edo Japan is not authentic. Doesn’t even seem Japanese to me. Japanese Village had two different menus last time I was there, a teppan menu and traditional menu.  The teppan menu was French and Japanese fusion with a lot of things that weren’t Japanese at all.  The traditional menu seems to be much more Japanese. But things seem to have changed since I was last there. And then there’s Izakaya Tomo. My wife and I looked at the menu, and we found that the owner is Japanese, and a lot of the menu is quite authentic.  We’re very interested in trying it out.

So, what I’ve decided to do is a little project where we eat at every Japanese restaurant in Edmonton, and anywhere else we go. We’ll check out the authenticity of the food, and I’ll write blog posts about each place.  I won’t only write about the authenticity, but also say whether the food is good or not.  That’s more important, I think, but for anyone who wants to try out truly Japanese cuisine, it’ll be a very useful resource.