Legendary Ramen in Tokyo

Yesterday evening, after English conversation with those two lovely Japanese ladies at our favorite cafe, I went for ramen! I had recently discovered that there was a Taishoken shop near my home, in Ogikubo. Taishoken is a legendary chain of ramen shops in Japan founded by Masayasu Sakaguchi in 1951. There’s even a full lengthContinue reading “Legendary Ramen in Tokyo”

English Conversation at a Cafe in Tokyo

After work today, I rushed over to the Ogikubo Station area to meet two Japanese ladies at the Town Seven mall. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had met two wonderful ladies and that we are starting to meet regularly for English conversation practice. We went to Kurashiki coffee (the same cafe asContinue reading “English Conversation at a Cafe in Tokyo”

Japanese School Lunch: Cheese Chicken & Apple Salad

Today’s school lunch was grilled chicken thigh, topped with cheese and slices of green onion. They were served with curry spice spaghetti, a bowl of apple salad, and a bowl of rice. So good! I topped my rice with gyudon furikake. Gyudon is a rice bowl topped with thin slices of beef and onion cookedContinue reading “Japanese School Lunch: Cheese Chicken & Apple Salad”

Taco Ramen & Fried Chicken Crackers: Quirky Japanese Food

Everywhere you go in Japan, there are unusual and creative food creations. Poke bowl potato chips, McDonald’s shrimp filet burgers, and apple pie Kit Kats. Here are a couple intriguing snacks that I’ve tried out recently. When I see these sorts of things, I can’t help but try them! Taco spice and instant ramen noodlesContinue reading “Taco Ramen & Fried Chicken Crackers: Quirky Japanese Food”

Making New Friends in Tokyo

A couple weekends ago, I did more volunteering. This time, I helped out with folding paper cranes on the top floor of the department store at Ogikubo Station. In Japan, there is a tradition of folding one thousand origami cranes for good luck. Later this year, for the Tokyo Olympics, and Italian volleyball team willContinue reading “Making New Friends in Tokyo”

Delicious Mapo Tofu & Ginger Pork in Tokyo

A couple weekends ago, I was exploring the Asagaya area in search of a Nepali shop that a friend had told me about. (I was in search of chapati and spices.) Along that route, I noticed an old restaurant that served teishoku (Japanese set meals) for as little as 660 yen, so I decided toContinue reading “Delicious Mapo Tofu & Ginger Pork in Tokyo”

Japanese School Lunch: Cream Stew

Today’s school lunch was a bit unusual. I think this was the very first time that I’ve seen bread served instead of rice! The menu today was sweet potato cream stew, green salad, white bread with strawberry jam, and milk pudding for dessert. The nice old lady who takes care of the kitchen gave meContinue reading “Japanese School Lunch: Cream Stew”

Delicious Indian Restaurant, “Reka” in Tokyo

Earlier this month, I went out to Kasai, which takes me about an hour by train because it’s in a whole different area of Tokyo. I had known about this restaurant for quite some time, ever since Yogi Puranik was elected City Councillor of Edogawa. He was the first person of Indian origin to winContinue reading “Delicious Indian Restaurant, “Reka” in Tokyo”

Burrito Day in Tokyo!

I had been looking forward to this day for so long! When I was visiting a friend’s home here in Tokyo last month, I remarked on her beautiful and spacious kitchen. Since moving to Tokyo, my kitchenette is so tiny that I lost the inspiration to cook. Back home in Vancouver, though, cooking is oneContinue reading “Burrito Day in Tokyo!”

Nepali-Indian Restaurant “Shiva” in Tokyo

I have discovered a fantastic Nepali-Indian restaurant in Asagaya, Tokyo. Almost all of the restaurants in Japan that serve Indian cuisine are actually run by Nepalis, and often, even if you ask for the spicy/hot option, it comes to you mild and sweet. The rice is usually Japanese or American rice, and sometimes they evenContinue reading “Nepali-Indian Restaurant “Shiva” in Tokyo”

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