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Local foods in Sendai : Zunda mochi

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Zunda mochi! For sweets lovers, don’t forget to taste this local sweets in Sendai city. This is a mochi covered with crushed and sweetened edamame beans. Zunda mochi is so popular in this area, so you will see many zunda flavor products at the station or convenience stores etc. (Even KitKat product!!!)


There is a zunda mochi recipe on this website and also on my free recipe app “Recipe by YJC”. Please download the app and try it out!

Local foods in Sendai : Gyu-tan & TKG

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Gyu-tan (cow’s tongue)! It sounds a bit strange but this dish is one of the popular and “must-eat” gourmet food in Sendai city. It’s always nice to eat sliced and steak style but my family really enjoyed tsukune style.


To add more, we ate the best Tamago-Kake-Gohan (We call this “TKG” in Japan!) with the egg from beautiful Fukushima region. This is the simple home meal with raw egg yolk topped over the rice. This restaurant also served shredded yam with egg yolk. The egg yolk is so orange and the flavor was fascinating!!!

Local foods in Sendai : Napolitan spaghetti

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My family and I visited Sendai city the other day and had one of the popular Yoshoku (Western food/Western inspired Japanese food) , which is Napolitan spaghetti. I know some of you doubt about this pasta but we call “ナポリタン・スパゲッティ” in Japanese. For this dish, we usually use brown mushroom, green pepper, sausage or bacon and season with Japanese ketchup. Some people garnish extra parmesan cheese or tabasco on top.


We luckily could eat the No.1 champion Napolitan spaghetti at HACHI (http://www.maido-8.com/) ! This shop is famous for hamburg and napolitan spaghetti. For their Napolitan spaghetti, they use onion, brown mushroom, shrimp and their pasta is a little bit thick and has chewy texture. It tastes between Italian pasta and Udon?! This menu had a fried cutlet aside. Of course, we ate all of it! After eating pasta, it’s ice cream time!!!

Setsubun 2020

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On the 3rd of February, we have the day of “Setsubun” (seasonal division) in Japan.
Setsubun has been an important time-honored rite to welcome the New Year by banishing evils and keep the house from calamity.
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New Recipe App launch!

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I have an exciting news today! Guess what? (Some of you might noticed from the title! )
Yes, I finally launched my recipe app!!! I’ve been teaching Japanese cooking at my private kitchen here in Tokyo and met many Japanese food lovers. I’ve always wanted to teach many more Japanese recipes in the class. But it was hard because the duration of the class and guests’ travel itinerary etc. That’s why I started to create my recipe app with my team. My recipe app “Recipe by YJC” is a FREE app dedicated for YOU, Japanese food lovers! I will keep adding new recipes once or twice a week. You can always check Japanese food recipes anywhere (i.e. grocery shopping at Japanese supermarket!)  Download now and enjoy Japanese cooking!
* Now, Recipe by YJC is available for Android, too!!! (As of June, 2020)

Okuizome (First meal) day!

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“Okuizome” (first meal) is the Japanese traditional ritual that parents perform around the 100th day after the birth of their baby along with their family and relatives (sometimes friends, too) to wish the baby will never starve by sharing a celebratory meal.

The celebratory meal is in the traditional “one soup and three dishes (一汁三菜)” style and generally consists of Osekihan (rice cooked with red beans), whole grilled fish such as snapper, soup, Nimono (simmered food), and pickles, which are eaten with celebratory chopsticks made of willow.


We prepared Osekihan, Chikuzen-ni (simmered vegetables & chicken), Miso soup with shijimi, Simmered snapper, Pickled plum.

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Burari @ Nippori

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The other day, I went to Nippori area and visited this ramen shop. The name of this shop is Burari (ぶらり). This shop is located in a narrow alley. If you don’t look its location in detail, you may passed the entrance of the alley.

They offer three kinds chicken based ramen only. Those are Torisoba (clear chicken soup ramen), Chicken paitan ramen (cloudy chicken soup ramen) and Tsukemen (dipping ramen). I tasted all of them and my favorite was Torisoba because I could taste the simple, clear but rich flavor from the soup.
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YUCa’s Japanese Cooking on COOL JAPAN (NHKBS1)

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YUCa’s Japanese Cooking will be featured on the Japanese TV show “COOL JAPAN” (NHK BS1 channel).
https://www4.nhk.or.jp/cooljapan/x/2020-01-01/11/3049/1887424/

On their new year’s special program, they will feature 25 news and cool activities in Japan and rank them and discuss its secrets. (Oh no!!! I feel excited and also nervous…50:50) .

If you are/will be in Japan, check out this program on the 1st of January, 2020 from 22:00! [Japan time]
Don’t miss it!!!

Morning on Christmas day

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Santa came to our house with presents & letter!
My son put the handmade little door on the window so that Santa can enter. Good job!
That’s why Santa could enter our house…Maybe?

Merry Christmas, everyone!🎄✨

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