Friday, June 23, 2017

世界の山ちゃん (Yamachan), Ueno

I've always wanted to visit 世界の山ちゃん (Yamachan), which is a famouc chain restaurant from Nagoya  ever since reading about it online years ago.



Finally, visited it for the first time with my colleague before winter ended.
Our drinks~


We both ordered their famous chicken wings, which were delicious!


This other kind of sauce coated wings was also good, but the top one was a lot better!


My fried shrimp~ hahaha......which was covered in shredded cabbage. This tastes good but looks kinda sad cause you can hardly see the prawn.

We were there right when they just opened for dinner time and there were already a queue. So be sure to make a booking before hand or go early if you plan to visit.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eating Japan - Snack series 14

1. Morinaga Cacao 70%

Bought this because the was so cold back in January and I was craving for some hot cocoa at night. This one here is perfect! It's bitter cocoa and is therefore has just the right amount of sweetness to it.

Just add this to hot milk and you get a nice thick hot chocolate that tastes similar to those from cafes.

2. Korean seaweed with shrimp powder

Mum gave me a bunch of seaweed packs to bring back to Japan. This one here is covered in shrimp powder and goes really well with rice.

3. Korean seaweed

This is another pack of korean seaweed from mum which could be topped on rice or noodles or just as snacks. They are nicely seasoned.

4. Topvalu chicken nugget

Bought this for supper because it was cold and it's nice to keep the kitchen are smelling nice and slightly warm too ahahhaa...

The nuggets were pretty good actually. I love the fact that I didn't have to fry them but just toast them up in the oven.

5. Hula's potato chips in barbeque flavour

Love these chips~ After a long time, I realised that I relly missed barbeque flavoured chips! 

6. Glico Kajulia strawberry

Interesting strawberry flavoured chips topped with strawberry cream.

7. New Meiji premium galbo

My all time favourite! Lost count of how many packets I have bought~

8. Nissin cultured butter sable

If you like the original coconut sable, you should definitely try this as this ups the flavour a notch!

9. Topvalu Organic chestnuts

Big, plump and delicious! I also liked the fact that they are packed in 3 individual packets.

10. Topvalu Organic peanuts

Bought this because I was looking for peanuts to make some Valentine chocolate. They turned out to be really good just on their own.

11. Kitkat Ginger flavour

This was surprisingly really good, especially on a cold day. I love the taste of the ginger with the chocolate. Gonna buy this again next winter.

12. Healthy club high cacao flavour

In my attempt to get some healthy snacks, I bought this! hahaha....at least it's packed with calcium and iron!

13. Lotus Biscoff and Poppies Caramelito

I've always enjoyed these 2 biscuits and for the longest time I've thought that they tasted really similar. This time I bought both together so that I can taste them properly and try to find the difference. But alas, they both still tastes the same to me hahaha.

14. Oni wa sotto soy bean snack

Bought this packet here in conjunction with setsubun which is a day in Japan where children will throw beans in their homes while shouting "oni wa sotto, fuku wa uchi", which means that the devils should be the house while good luck should come in!

15. Tostitos chunky salsa medium

Inspired by the tortilla chips at the bakeshop, I decided to buy a jar of salsa so that I can enjoy tortilla chips at home whenever I want. This one here is slightly spicy and tastes delicious. If you like sweet tasting salsa, you might to add some sugar to this.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Koiwa Thai food at いなかむら (Inakamura)

My colleagues and I decided to go for Thai food one Friday evening after work. 

We went to いなかむら (Inakamura) at Koiwa which is apparently a pretty famous area for Thai food.

Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1312/A131204/13120179/

Walked past this cute little shop on the way.

We ordered several items to share at the restaurant.

Love the glass noodle salad. I only wish that it was spicier.

This stupid veg dish here costs 1000yen. Not worth the price paid.

Pad Thai which was ok........ I guess you can get much better ones in any Thai restaurant in Malaysia.

The overall interior of the restaurant.

Prawn cakes which were yummy~

Tom yum kung which was good but lacked the kick in the spice department.

Overall, the food is ok but the entire time when we were having our meal, the waiter who served us kept staring at us and so it was NOT comfortable at all. We couldn't wait to leave right after our meal.

Also because the portions were so small, we left and went to a nearby toriniku restaurant.

I ordered a daikon oden and my colleaugues ordered the shop's famous fried chicken to share.

The leng zhai waiter who cut up the chicken into portions.

A plate of toriniku to share~

Overall, the environment in this place is a lot more relaxing and we could enjoy our meal without someone eyeing us the entire meal.

After that, we decided to walk to Shin-koiwa station instead of taking the train. On the way back, we felt really thirst, probably because of the msg from the Thai food, we stopped by McD for some ice cream.

I had the sakura McFlurry which was good. I enjoyed the crunchy cookie bits with the ice cream.


Shin-koiwa seemed like an interesting place too. There are many shops by the station and a huge shopping alley. Would definitely love to go back to explore more.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Udon

Udon chain restaurant is common and can be easily found in most food courts. They serve udon at a cheap price.

Here, I ordered the bukkake udon and added a kakiage as a side.

I always enjoy kakiage with my udon. This one here is huge and I was bloated by the time I finished my meal.

This is good if you are looking for a quick and filling meal at a cheap price.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Konaya udon & Ume festival at 湯島天満宮 (Yushima Tenjin)

Konaya (古奈屋), Oazo, Marunouchi


I ordered the えび天カレーうどん (ebiten kareudon) for 1, 380 yen.

First time at such a fancy curry udon restaurant and it was definitely worth the price. The udon was springy,the prawn tempura was succulent and the best part was the curry~!!!! Sooo good~ and so different from what we usually get.

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One weekend, I decided to go on a Ume flower escapade.

This here is from Tokyo Daijingu. As you can see from the background, there are many people queuing up to pray for love.

After that, I went to Yushima Tenjin (湯島天満宮) which is one of the ume spots in Tokyo.



There were many people there for the plum festival.

Pretty~


Love the japanese garden view~

Apparently, this is a famous shrine for those who wants to pray for their exams. At the time of the plum festival, there were entrance exams going all around Japan and as you can see here, there are many ema everywhere.

This is the first time I've stopped by this are and I'm really glad that I made the stop because the plum flowers were really pretty!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Stamina taro

Dinner with colleauges at Stamina Taro.

We opted for the yakiniku dinner at 2361yen.



The price is relatively reasonable as you get a lot....not just yakiniku, but pre-cooked food too. There are noodles, sushi, ice cream, pancakes, popcorn and even cotton candy.

The desserts section~

Cooked dishes
Raw meat corner

Pop-corn machine

Ice-cream section

Salad corner



One of the best part is that you get to make your own cotton candy!

Well, you can also invent your own dish like my caramel popcorn ice cream here.

We ate so much that night. While the price is cheaper than other all-you-can-eat places, the meat was of good quality.


Before the yakiniku, I actually had lunch at Toyo University and look at the huge portion of my taco rice. They even provided me with an appetiser. All these for just 500 yen. University cafeterias are the best! And yes, I didn't leave anything on my plate and swallowed everything.