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The YUCa lantern at the local shrine

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The YUCa lantern at the local shrine🏮⛩
I donated some money to the local shrine since my family visit often when we going for a walk.
As a return, they created special lantern with my name on it. COOL!

YUCa’s Table : vol.166

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Menu:
– Japanese rice  [Recipe]
– Miso soup with Japanese spring onion  [Recipe]
– Karaage (fried chicken) with mayonnaise and seven herbs sauce
– Nikujaga  [Recipe]
– Salad
– Yogurt

Ramen Hide @ Kyodo

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This time, I would like to introduce one of my favorite ramen shop in Tokyo. The name of this shop is Ramen Hide (らあめん英).
My family and I used to live in Kyodo area, which is a western side of Tokyo and it takes about 20-30 minutes from Shinjuku by train. This is where YUCa’s Japanese Cooking has started. It sounds similar to Kyoto but no. KYODO!

They offer Kyushu-style tonkotsu ramen (pork bone broth ramen). I know most tonkotsu ramen lovers like its very thick broth. I am one of them but I cannot drink all the soup every time…so I always feel guilty. But the broth of this shop is more on the lite side and has well-balanced…so I can drink most of it! I also like their noodles are straight, thin and firm which is perfect for the soup’s consistency.

My family visited and invited our friends to this ramen shop many times (even we cannot count!). One of the reason is that the owner and staffs of this shop are so friendly and easy to chat with. And of course, the flavor of their ramen is excellent! (Oh, if you visit lunch time, they might give you soft-serve ice cream at the end!)
The location is a bit far from center of Tokyo but their ramen is worth tasting it! Please try it out! Read More

YUCa’s Table : vol.165

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Menu:
– Japanese rice with green peas
– Isobe-age (fried fish cake coated with aosa seaweed)
– Tatsuta-age (fried chicken with sauce)
– Nasu dengaku (Eggplant steak with miso sauce)  [Recipe]
– Rolled asparagus with meat
– Gratin with shrimp
– Simmered pumpkin  [Recipe]
– Cucumber and shiso pickles [Recipe]

Gyoku @ Ramen street in Tokyo station

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When I go to Tokyo station, I try to visit Ramen street and eat Ramen in the basement floor. This time, I chose the GYOKU.

I ordered their featured menu, Tokusei-Torori-soba (1,080JPY). This is niboshi flavor ramen and  niboshi means dried sardine in Japanese.
After simmering niboshi for long time and filtering umami flavor, they add chicken paitan soup to thicken the flavor. What is more, they also add fresh bonito flakes which is shred in the shop as for a topping. Their thinly shred bonito flakes makes fresh aroma and as well as amazing flavor. Highly recommend!

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The BEST Cooking Class in Japan 2019 by TripAdvisor

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Breaking News!!!

YUCa’s Japanese Cooking got the honor of The Best Cooking Class in Japan 2019 from international travelers by TripAdvisor. It’s amazing to have received this award for two continuous years! (2018 & 2019). I will have maternity leave soon but I will do my best to pursue my lifetime mission “Connect Japan and overseas countries through Japanese food & Lifestyle”!!! I am now working on new projects to give various values for all of you! Let’s enjoy the journey with us!!!

Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support!!!

xoxo,
YUCa

YUCa’s Table : vol.164

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Menu:
– Veggie miso soup [Recipe]
– Cauliflower rice
– Tofu topped with nori seaweed and natto (fermented soybeans)
– Sesame salad with spinach
– Steamed vegetables with sesame sauce
– Simmered pumpkin [Recipe]
– Kimchi

Tanabata

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Tanabata decoration in the classroom!🎋

Legend has it that Vega and Altair, who are separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet only once a year on the night of Tanabata or July 7th. It is said that if you write your wish on a tanzaku (a strip of paper) and hang it on a bamboo grass, your wish will be granted.

My son brought special bamboo grass with Tanzaku and it seems that my son wishes to be like a mom =me ?!

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YUCa’s Table : vol.163

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Menu:
– Tonjiru [Recipe]
– Japanese rice with salmon flake, scrambled egg and pickled plum
– Broccoli with sesame sauce
– Kimpira (stir-fried burdock and carrot)
– Simmered konnyaku and fried tofu with yuzu miso sauce
– Fried lotus root

Tonjiru | Miso soup with veggie and pork

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Tonjiru is one of the comfort food here in Japan. Ton means pork and Shiru (Jiru) means soup. I like this miso based soup dish with so many reasons. Traditional miso soup usually contains 2-3 ingredients only. But from the photo, you’ll see there are so many veggies in this soup. So, you will be full easily just to eat this Tonjiru. Of course, if you cannot eat pork, you can skip it or you can use chicken. Without meat flavor, this soup has rich flavors from veggies.

Tonjiru reminds me of my youthful days. I remember that I used to eat this dish outside with everyone at various events. And the most unforgettable memory was when my family visited our grandparents’ house in the country side of Fukushima, we cooked Tonjiru with cousins and relatives and eat outside together! After eating, we all had fresh water melon from their field and played fireworks at night. It was so much fun and one of the precious memories for me! Yes, Tonjiru is definitely special dish for me forever! I hope you enjoy this dish!!

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