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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

YUCa’s Table : vol.180

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Menu :
– Japanese rice
– Rolled eggplant with meat
– Salad with sprouts, lettuce and tomato
– Natto *Fermented soy beans
– Chrysanthemum with sesame sauce
– Soup with tofu and egg
– Muscat

Fabric town & dango shop in Nippori

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In my vlog, I will guide you secret places in Tokyo! This time, I will introduce the fabric town in Nippori. Nippori is best-known for its proximity to the Yanaka Ginza shopping district, which retains something of the Shitamachi (literally “low town”) charm of Tokyo’s less metropolitan past. (I have filmed three vlogs already!) However, on the opposite side of Nippori Station is another of Tokyo’s shopping paradises: Nippori Fabric Town. About 2 minutes’ walk from the Nippori station, you’ll arrive in the land that fabric dreams were hemmed, hand stitched, pressed and made of. For sewing lovers, this vlog is for YOU! Please check the video and plan your itinerary before coming to Tokyo! After visiting the fabric town, I’ll introduce my favorite sweets shop in this area.

Onigiri

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Onigiri is a rice ball and soul food in Japan. Since it’s so common in Japan, I’ve kinda forgotten to introduce this recipe in my channel. After filmed this video, I noticed that onigiri is simple yet very deep. I mean, you can create and customize various onigiri(s). This time, I focused for introducing how to make triangle, circle shape onigiri and also the simple and easy toppings. If you would like to know more arrangement for onigiri, please let me know! I will film another recipe video! Enjoy Onigiri recipe video and please try it out!!!

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Gyoza

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Gyoza (餃子, gyōza) are dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables and wrapped in a thin dough. Gyoza are also known as pot stickers in English. Gyoza originated in China (where they are called jiaozi), but have become a very popular dish in Japan since most of Ramen shops also offer Gyoza on the menu. We usually use ground pork, nira chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, garlic and sesame oil, but some gyoza specialty shops have also come up with a range of other fillings. G
yoza are found nationwide at ramen shops, Chinese restaurants, Izakaya restaurants and a small number of gyoza specialty shops.
There are mainly three types of Gyoza; Yaki gyoza(pan fried gyoza), Sui gyoza(boiled gyoza) and Age gyoza(deep fried gyoza). Yaki gyoza are most common in Japan. They are pan fried before a mixture of water and potato starch or cornstarch is poured in and everything is covered for a few minutes. Gyoza are usually eaten with a dipping sauce made of equal amounts of  soy sauce and rice vinegar. If you like spicy, some drops of chili oil is also commonly added. Gyoza are particularly popular in the cities of Utsunomiya in Tochigi prefecture and Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture.

Related article & video :
Gyoza Town visit
Japan Guide : Gyoza town
– Book : Complete Guide to Japanese Cuisine

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