Chronicles of a Gastronome

Let's Talk About Food: Nutrition, Culture, & Recipes
Bento box 
Top left box: glazed chicken meatball, small %fish head, sea sprouts with bamboo slices and shrimp
Top right box: salad, #tamago, grilled pork, shrimp fried #dumpling
Bottom left box: #tofu cakes in a light miso broth 
Bottom right box: kelp with #udon and a mustard like sauce

Served with white rice and miso soup 

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Bento box
Top left box: glazed chicken meatball, small %fish head, sea sprouts with bamboo slices and shrimp
Top right box: salad, #tamago, grilled pork, shrimp fried #dumpling
Bottom left box: #tofu cakes in a light miso broth
Bottom right box: kelp with #udon and a mustard like sauce

Served with white rice and miso soup

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Preparing roasted sesame seeds in a rigid bowl and pound with a pestle until it makes a sort of paste. A sauce known as Bull-dog sauce is added and is added to your rice which is eaten with the Katuzen. 
When eating Katuzen a style of fried pork, the bowl of toasted sesame seeds are always provided. 

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Preparing roasted sesame seeds in a rigid bowl and pound with a pestle until it makes a sort of paste. A sauce known as Bull-dog sauce is added and is added to your rice which is eaten with the Katuzen.
When eating Katuzen a style of fried pork, the bowl of toasted sesame seeds are always provided.

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Cold Udon in a light dashi broth with scallions and kelp 

The udons are thick and a glutinous al dente texture. The broth has a hint of bonito flavor and an undertone of miso. Delicious! 

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Cold Udon in a light dashi broth with scallions and kelp

The udons are thick and a glutinous al dente texture. The broth has a hint of bonito flavor and an undertone of miso. Delicious!

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Yatsuhasi meaning eight bridges is the tradition cinnamon #cookie from #Kyoto. It comes in 2 forms Nama, a soft triangle shaped sweet, or the more popular hard cookie-like #biscuit. 

The biscuit like cookie is made in the shape of a bridge and is deliciously crunchy, aromatic and warming with rich nikki or cinnamon. 

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Yatsuhasi meaning eight bridges is the tradition cinnamon #cookie from #Kyoto. It comes in 2 forms Nama, a soft triangle shaped sweet, or the more popular hard cookie-like #biscuit.

The biscuit like cookie is made in the shape of a bridge and is deliciously crunchy, aromatic and warming with rich nikki or cinnamon.

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Dorayaki (Eastern Japanese name), or Mikasa (name used by Mt. Mikasa and Nara), Japanese red bean pancake 

This is one of the most popular Japanese confectioneries. It is filled with Anko, a sweet red bean paste, which is used in many other styles of sweets. Made with simple ingredients: flour, eggs, honey, sugar, and milk. 

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Dorayaki (Eastern Japanese name), or Mikasa (name used by Mt. Mikasa and Nara), Japanese red bean pancake

This is one of the most popular Japanese confectioneries. It is filled with Anko, a sweet red bean paste, which is used in many other styles of sweets. Made with simple ingredients: flour, eggs, honey, sugar, and milk.

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Small fish on a stick. 

This is called Ayu or sweetfish, that come from the waters of Mt. Fuji. To prepare, rub fish with salt, pierce fish through skewer and grill. 

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Small fish on a stick.

This is called Ayu or sweetfish, that come from the waters of Mt. Fuji. To prepare, rub fish with salt, pierce fish through skewer and grill.

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Nikuman or Japanese Steamed beef buns & steamed red bean buns. These are a comfort food and sold in street stalls. 

Pillowy thick white dough with a simple generous amount of filling. 

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Nikuman or Japanese Steamed beef buns & steamed red bean buns. These are a comfort food and sold in street stalls.

Pillowy thick white dough with a simple generous amount of filling.

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Rice field 

Rice the staple food for most cultures around the world 

Almost every #cuisine has a signature rice dish as part of their cuisine: Italy risotto, Peru risonero, Spain  Paella, China  Fried rice, Korea  Bibimbap, and Japan Gohan, just to name a few. 

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Rice field

Rice the staple food for most cultures around the world

Almost every #cuisine has a signature rice dish as part of their cuisine: Italy risotto, Peru risonero, Spain Paella, China Fried rice, Korea Bibimbap, and Japan Gohan, just to name a few.

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Breakfast like the locals 

Congi with natto or fermented soy beans. They taste just like it sounds, fermented! Served with a honey for breakfast. 

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Breakfast like the locals

Congi with natto or fermented soy beans. They taste just like it sounds, fermented! Served with a honey for breakfast.

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A #traditional sweet and savory item originally from the town of  Nikko: Age Yuba manju, a soft doughy tofu exterior filled with a purée of red bean paste, steamed and finished with salt. 

Yuba means tofu in #Japanese, and almost all small bite sized sweet treats are filled with the classic Japanese red bean paste. 

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Food lover, traveler, chef, and fitness nutritionist.

A #traditional sweet and savory item originally from the town of Nikko: Age Yuba manju, a soft doughy tofu exterior filled with a purée of red bean paste, steamed and finished with salt.

Yuba means tofu in #Japanese, and almost all small bite sized sweet treats are filled with the classic Japanese red bean paste.

Instagram @alexandrina_elena

Food lover, traveler, chef, and fitness nutritionist.