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Welcome to YUCa’s Japanese Cooking(YJC)!

Japan Guide : Ise (Ise jingu) & Toba | Wagyu ramen, Tofu ice cream etc

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Some of you may know but I visited Mie & Wakayama prefecture in June for researching.
Yes, it was both family trip and research trip!

In this video, I will introduce what we did in the Day 1.
Enjoy this trip with us!

YUCa’s Table : vol.137

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My style Japanese breakfast!  I felt like eating grilled onigiri (rice balls) and small dishes.

Menu:
– Grilled onigiri with bonito flakes and small fish 
– Pork and zucchini salad and mayonnaise & seven herbs sauce
– Tofu topped with moromi and shiso
– Natto with plum and sesame oil
– Green tea 🍵

Rokurinsha (六厘舎)

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There are many way of eating Ramen. Usually people imagine that ramen is a soup with egg noodles inside. This is the traditional style. I went to the Tsuke-men style ramen restaurant the other day. Tsuke-men is dipping noodle dish in Japanese.

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Zucchini and eggplant with plum paste

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These days, I make a lot of pickles at home. My favorite pickles are “Zucchini and eggplant with plum paste”. (Front one in this photo) For this dish, I like to put Japanese basil on top. Japanese basil, we call shiso, has amazing minty smell and flavor. First, thinly slice zucchini and eggplant and steam for few minutes with pinch of salt. Then, put plum paste (without seeds) and mix well. Finally, season with sesame oil and a little bit of say sauce. Please try it out!

Normal weekend breakfast

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Weekend has come! My family loves to eat pancake on weekend. (Mario and Luigi even taste small portion of pancake.) I always enjoy experimenting and adding new seasonings to create new flavors. This day, I tried matcha flavor pancake topped with Kinako (=soybean powder) and Kuromitsu (=brown sugar syrup) and the vegetables pancake with sweet corn and pumpkin inside. Oh, I like the simple pancake with butter and maple syrup as well.  Happy weekend!

Keika 桂花@ Ikebukuro

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The other day, my family happened to visit the first Kumamoto ramen shop in Tokyo. Kumamoto is the name of the prefecture, which is located in Kyushu region. The name of the ramen shop is “Keika(桂花)”. This shop is located near the Sunshine city, so I recommend to visit there after the long walk of window-shopping!

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Mario and Luigi Bento class

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Recently, I hold Mario and Luigi Bento class for family guests from USA. I was so happy to know that they chose this class because they wanted to learn Japanese Bento and also meet Mario and Luigi at the end of their Japan trip! (By the way, my hungry son finished almost all the Mario and Luigi Bento…you know.)

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Short trip to my hometown Iwaki-city

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I visited my hometown few weeks ago and had a relaxing time there. Since my hometown Iwaki-city (Fukushima-prefecture) has a lot of nature, my family enjoyed spending time at the beach, mountain and botanical garden etc. I especially enjoyed walking around the neighborhood where I used to live before moving to Tokyo. I could see so many new houses and its architectures are very modern and sophisticated. My son could meet cousins and play together with them. If you are interested in seeing those photos, please check my private Instagram account.

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