food

Who wants curry for dinner?

One of the things the Japanese does well is curry! However, it might be slightly different than the Indian curry you’re used to. Japanese curry is less spicy and reminiscent of thick stew. The usual ingredients for Japanese curry are potatoes, carrots, onions and meat.

When I made this recipe, I used chicken but you can use pork or beef. You can also make it vegetarian by adding other vegetables like celery, peas and bell peppers. Slices of apple may also be added for extra sweetness. Don’t worry Japanese people have also made it easier for home cooks to recreate this dish by offering curry roux cubes instead of buying several different spices.

Without further ado, here’s the quick and easy recipe for Japanese curry! (more…)

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Creamy Tomato Tuna Pasta

People’s comfort food ranges from chicken noodle soup to ice cream. My favorite dish when I’m extremely hungover or just feeling a little sick is this wonderful creamy tomato tuna pasta. You may choose to top it with cheese and pop it in the oven, or serve it with shaved parmesan and garnish with roughly chopped parsley. It’s extremely easy to make, and doesn’t take more that 20 minutes! (more…)

Chow Rundown: Ninja Akasaka

Tokyo is home to various themed restaurants and cafés. From robots to cats, the city probably has it. Since we already visited the owl café, I wanted to give David another restaurant experience which he won’t be able to find anywhere else. I was debating between the robot restaurant and the ninja restaurant. The robot restaurant looks pretty awesome! I’m sure we would have fun there if not for the food. They only offer bento boxes which was unacceptable to me because the cover charge for the show is already 9,000 yen! My mom also had some rave reviews on the ninja restaurant so that’s where we ended up going. (more…)

Egg(s) in Purgatory

For today’s dinner, I was debating whether to make pasta or eggs in purgatory. The spicy breakfast dish won! I like the simplicity yet bold flavors of this dish. It’s perfect any time of the day. I like mine chunkier than usual so I choose to cook the sauce separately from the egg. However, you can do the traditional version and poach it in the sauce. You may also try to bake it in the oven topped with your favorite cheese! I usually eat mine as is but most serve it with bread. (more…)

Weekly Roundup: YouTube

Everything I learn from cooking comes from my mom, blogs and YouTube channels! I can follow recipes easily but it’s always great to see it being done. You also learn tips and tricks which would make your food taste extra special. Today, I want to share three of my favorite foodtubers. They inspire me to eat better and try out new recipes that I would otherwise avoid.

Cupcake Jemma

Jemma is a London-based patisserie store owner (Crumbs & Doilies). In her YouTube channel, you’ll see Game of Thrones inspired cupcakes, cakes that resemble burgers, polka dot roll cakes, (more…)

Chow Rundown: Morizumi

Morizumi is located towards the end of a hill of residential buildings and small restaurants. Both interior and exterior design looks nothing like a ramen restaurant (more like an Italian café) which might seem off-putting to people who want authentic ramen shops. However, don’t let that stop you from trying out their food! What I absolutely loved about this place is the open kitchen. There’s nothing better than seeing your food freshly prepared in front of you.

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Morizumi Map

10 minute walk from Myogadani station, accessed by Marunouchi line.

4-15-13 Koishikawa
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
03-5805-3655

Open all week except on Tuesdays.
11:30 AM to 03:00 PM
05:30 PM to 10:00 PM (more…)

Guacamole

I have a huge obsession with Chipotle guacamole. However, it’s so expensive and of course, cannot be found in Tokyo so I finally decided to make my own. I experimented with a lot of ingredients until I found my perfect recipe! I like using lemon as opposed to lime because I think it has a sweeter and milder taste. I try to avoid real pepper because I’m not a fan of the taste. I use chili powder instead for the spicy kick. Hope you guys enjoy this too! (more…)

Chow Rundown: Aoyama Flower Market Teahouse

The actual teahouse is located behind the flower shop. You may have to wait a few minutes in order to get in. It’s the worst kept secret “café” in Omotesando. I place café in quotation marks because they don’t actually serve coffee here.
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The place itself is very laidback. Ivy lines the greenhouse beams. Glass lamps hang from the ceiling like twinkling stars. I especially liked the exposed brick wall seen from the huge window towards the back.

Aoyama Flower Market has a large variety of flowers on sale plus they also sell these cute potted plants!

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Aoyama Flower Market Map
A few minutes away from Omotesando station, this place is best accessed by Ginza, Hanzomon or Chiyoda line.

5-1-2 Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
03-3400-0887

Open from 11:00 AM – 06:30 PM. (more…)