Tag Archive for: Japanese

Toriba, Shinjuku, Tokyo

14 May
May 14, 2014

A good friend of mine has a theory about restaurants in Tokyo.  They are better in the basement.  If in doubt, head down the stairs, and you can’t go wrong.

Toriba ShinjukuI was in Shinjuku for a little bit of camera shopping.  If you are ever in Tokyo and wanting to pick up some camera gear or a fantastic secondhand camera, Map Camera is the place to head.  You will pick up a good as new bargain.  After indulging in the purchase of a new camera and a few lenses, an appetite had been worked up.  Spending money can do that to you.  It had only hit 12pm, but it was definitely time for lunch. Read more →


Parap Village Markets, Darwin, NT

06 Mar
March 6, 2014

I do love venturing to local markets.  There you get a true sense of the locals.  Unless of course they are ‘tourist’ markets, where you face with a plethora of overpriced trinkets.

Ever since I first dreamed of visiting Darwin and the Northern Territory, and that is quite a long time, I have wanted to visit the Mindil markets.  Guess what?  I didn’t do my research very well, which meant our visit was two weeks shy of the markets opening for the season.  The gorgeous beach night markets open on the last Thursday in April and run through until the last Thursday in October.

The hunt was on for some other markets to visit while we holidayed in the top end.  It was through reading about Yusuke Fukuda and his Darwin famous ramen, that we visited Parap Village Markets.

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Japanese Style Grilled Corn

01 Mar
March 1, 2014

There’s this guy, he isn’t always there, but I have come across him a couple of times on the weekend when visiting Asakusa.  He fills the air close to the temple with the smell of delicious grilled corn.  I love the smell.  I always smile when I break through the crowds that are shopping in the concourse, and a whiff of grilling corn enters my nostrils.

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Tori Karaage

24 Feb
February 24, 2014

What is Tori Karaage?  The most delicious Japanese fried chicken (JFC), that’s what it is.

Like a number of Japanese recipes, Tori Karaage is relatively simple to make.  Only a handful of ingredients used, with the most complicated stage being the frying.  I say that due to having met quite a few people that are afraid of frying.  Don’t be, invest in an oil splatter screen and make sure the ingredients you are frying are as dry as possible.  It is water/moisture that will make your oil splatter.

Kara age Reicpe

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Japanese Rice Soup

19 Feb
February 19, 2014

I have the flu.  I feel terrible.  I want to curl up into a ball and sleep for 24 hours.  Sadly that isn’t going to happen.  I am way too busy right now.

I was going to share my kareage recipe with you, but I am feeling sookie and instead sharing this soup recipe.  This soup is a pure comfort soup, a soup that gives you a hug from the inside.

Rice Soup

Josh calls it gruel.  I am sure that Oliver would be quite happy if a bowl was served up to him and I’m sure those famous words would be uttered “please sir, may I have some more?”

He may be right in calling it gruel, but if gruel it is, then it is mighty tasty and satisfying.  It reminds me of Chinese congee. Read more →

Moim Japanese Kitchen, Kirrawee

21 Oct
October 21, 2013

Moim Japanese Kitchen had been on my ‘must try’ list for a while.  Yes, I know, there is a lot on that ‘must try’ list of mine.  I actually first discovered Moim trolling Urbanspoon.  It had great diner comments, and I knew we had to give it a go.

Unfortunately when it comes to dining out in my local hood, I am a last minute girl.  Really, there isn’t any pre-planning involved.  I tend to decide I don’t want to cook that evening, whinge to the boys, and out we go to eat.

My method of eating out in The Shire probably isn’t the best one.  The smattering of good restaurants down my way are generally booked solid for a Friday and Saturday night well in advance.  Last minute bookings don’t work.  Actually this makes me the perfect candidate for the queue and chew crowd.  Except I loathe to queue, I really am a booking kind of gal.

Moim-Japanese-KitchenAfter way too many attempts to make a last minute booking for a Saturday evening, it finally sunk in.  If I wanted to eat at Moim on a Friday or Saturday evening, an advanced booking needed to be made.

Then I discovered something quite magical.  Driving past one Monday lunch I noticed they were basically empty.  Light bulb moment, go for lunch on a Monday.  No pre-planning on my side, I could head there when the urge took me.

So on a college free Monday I rounded up Josh to come join me for lunch.  We had both decided to start our week off on a happy note.  Moim have both Asahi and Orion beer on tap, plus a small selection of sake.  A beer and sake were ordered.  We note that they are also BYO wine only. Read more →

Age Hana from Kyoto Giveaway

26 Sep
September 26, 2013

Those that follow me in social media and are regular readers of Belly Rumbles will know I was back in Japan last month.  I spent a few days in Kyoto on my travels, and when in Kyoto a visit to the Nishiki markets are a must.  I was walking through the markets and dropped in to one of my favourite shops.  They sell all kinds of lollies as well as these gorgeous little flowers you fry and use as a garnish.

They are called ‘Age Hana’, or in English ‘Fried Flower’.  Simple to prepare, all you do is fry them in oil and they puff up into hana (flowers), ha (leaves) and sakura (cherry blossom).

age hana before fryingage hana before frying

When I was picking up a few packets for myself it dawned on me I should pick up a couple of packs to giveaway on Belly Rumbles.  So I did. Read more →

Matsu Sou, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

23 Sep
September 23, 2013

Summer in Tokyo is hot. The humidity embraces you in an unshakable bear hug.  This is the Japan I know well, the stifling heat of her summer.  For some stupid reason each trip I make to Japan, and there have been many, this is the time of year I visit.

It was less than 12 hours ago that I landed at Narita Airport.  In less than 12 hours I would be fleeing Tokyo for the unhurried pace of the Japanese country side.  My short stay is purely to catch up with work colleague friends.  For once I am not here for work, this trip is entirely a holiday.  A holiday that coincides with Mr Fuji’s climbing season.

There is opportunity to have but one dinner in Tokyo this visit, and I knew exactly where I wanted to go, Matsu Sou.  Matsu Sou is an Izakaya underneath the elevated railway lines in Ginza.  I adore this place, it holds many fond memories.

I first came across Matsu Sou it by myself and my first meal there solo.  Copious amounts of grilled chicken on bamboo skewers, and cold dry sake served by a guy wearing an Australian flag bandana.  That first meal I just sat, drank, ate, took in the smells, sights and sounds of a hot Tokyo Summer evening.  People watching at its best. Read more →

My recipe for the new Oxfam Vegetarian Cookbook, Panko Crumbed Tofu & Mushies

29 Aug
August 29, 2013

I am thrilled to share the news that a recipe of mine appears in the latest edition of Oxfam’s Vegetarian Cookbook.  It’s such an honour to be included.  To see my recipe nestling in between Kylie Kwong’s Sun Choi Bao of Vegetables and Stephanie Alexander’s Spiced Cauliflower Masala is a complete buzz.

This year is a very special year for Oxfam Australia , they are celebrating their 60th anniversary.  Congratulations guys!  Oxfam works tirelessly around the world with communities providing people with skills and resources to create their own solutions to poverty.  Beside long-term development programs, campaigning for change and assisting in emergencies, there is the Oxfam Trading Division.  You may know this division better as the Oxfam Shop. Read more →

Kuro Neko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

14 Aug
August 14, 2013

Who would think that the opening of a ramen joint in Sutherland would bring me so much excitement and joy.  I am thanking the ramen gods for Kuro Neko. You see my dear readers, I now don’t need to travel ages for ramen, it is only 5 minutes away from home.  Slowly but surely good things are making their way south to The Shire.

Karu Neko 2Kuro Neko has popped up underneath a new residential development on the old Mitre 10 sight in Sutherland.  They have only been open since May, but every time I pass by they are doing a pretty good trade at lunch time.  They are also open for dinner, but I am yet to make my way there at night. Read more →