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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!

Taiyaki | Fish shape waffle

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Do you know this fish shape waffle? This is called Taiyaki (鯛焼き). “Tai (鯛)” means a carp and “Yaki (焼き)” means stir-fry or bake in Japanese. To make this shape, you need to buy special waffle machine. You can buy online or electric stores here in Japan to make at home or you can find Taiyaki shops at many places here in Japan. Usually, Taiyaki has red bean paste inside but some shops sell custard cream, matcha cream, sweet potato paste, Chocolate cream, Sesame cream etc. In this recipe, I introduce the traditional Taiyaki which has red bean paste inside. Enjoy!

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YUCa’s Table : vol.182

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Menu :
– Hot sandwich
– Lotus root chips
– Yogurt with kiwi, banana and jarrah honey
– Açai juice

Antenna shop visit : Marugoto Kochi

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In this vlog, I will try new series which is about visiting various antenna shops in Tokyo! Do you know about Antenna shop? Antenna shop is a store that specializes for products from the region. This time, I visited the antenna shop from Kochi prefecture and bought some of popular local foods and unique foods. Would you like to know what they are?

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!!!

YUCa’s Table : vol.181

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Menu :
– Napolitan pasta with various mushrooms
– Soy milk based sweet corn soup
– Ebi-fry *fried shrimp with panko
– Salad with tomato, lettuce and sprouts

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!!!

Taimeshi | Red sea bream and rice

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In this video, I’ll introduce how to make Taimeshi. Taimeshi is a rice dish with red sea bream and this is a local cuisine from Ehime prefecture. The other day, my family hold a first meal ceremony called “Okuizome” for our daughter. In this event, I made grilled sea bream dish for her and found another sea bream in a bag! So, I decided to make this dish since it’s easy, simple and yummy! Enjoy Taimeshi recipe video and please try it out!!!
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Family weekend in Arakawa area

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In my vlogs, I will guide you secret places in Tokyo! This time, I will introduce my family time on weekend. Arakawa area (where YUCa’s Japanese Cooking class is located) has been known as one of the oldest town in Tokyo. However, this area started renovating and changing year by year and chosen one of the best area for educating children these days. Tokyo’s last streetcar called “Sakura tram” runs the area and it attracts many train lovers (including my son)! If you like unique trains and streetcars, please check the video and plan your itinerary before coming to Tokyo! Enjoy the video! YUCa

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