Showing posts with label ANIME MANGA OTAKU FOOD RECIPES. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ANIME MANGA OTAKU FOOD RECIPES. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hakone 2

Last time, 2 days were not enough to enjoy Hakone, so we decided to stay 3 days this time :) Of course, we bought Hakone Freepass valid for 3 days (allows you to get on and off freely within a specified area, as well as providing discount admission to various attractions in the area, and also includes return transportation on the Odakyu Line)!!!.

DAY 1:

We took Romancecar to Hakone Yumoto (箱根湯本) from Shinjyuku. Since it was during the Bon vacation (8/13-8/17 this year) the train was fully booked!!! My favorite Bento is なだ万 (Nadaman). You can get this Bento at Odakyu department store!

I didn't want to push myself to go far on the first day, so we decided to stay close to the hotel (Harvest) and visited Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (箱根ガラスの森美術館) which is 5 minutes away from the hotel! If you like glittering and sparkling stuff, you will enjoy this place!!! The path to the museum was really pretty, crystals glitter in the sunshine :3 There are several workshops where you can make your souvenir. I can't wait to go back here with my child! hehe

We ended the day having early dinner at the hotel, and enjoyed swimming at the pool. It was a relaxing day~ no housework! haha

DAY 2:

We decided to use the Freepass effectively XD We took Hakone Tozan Cable Car (箱根登山ケーブルカー) and Hakone Ropeway (箱根ロープウェイ) from Gora (強羅) to Owakudani (大湧谷) where you can get black eggs (a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs). Eating one egg is said to add seven years to your life!!! One bag comes with 5 eggs, and they last for 2 days. My darling had 2 eggs and I had 1 egg at Owakudani. Then we had one each on the way back to home on the next day~. We are going to live long for our child!!! haha

Then we enjoyed the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (箱根海賊船) on Lake Ashi, and had lunch at Moto Hakone-ko (元箱根港). Shinsho Soba (深生そば) is a must visit restaurant!!! Their Tempura is very crisp and shrimp is amazingly huge and delicious. I will definitely come here again!!!

We took Hakone Tozan Bus (箱根登山バス) to go back to Gora (強羅). It was a great shortcut and took only 30 minutes!!!

For dinner, we found a famous Kamameshi (釜飯) restaurant called Kamaya (かま家) near the hotel. Kamameshi is a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in an iron pot called Kama. Their Kamameshi was simple yet delicious XD It is better to call them and ask them to make Kamameshi before you visit or you must wait 40 minutes until cooked (of course we did call them! hehe). I think I want to go back here again as well!!!

Early dinner is always good because we could again enjoy swimming in the evening before taking a bath in hot spring ;) I am happy that I could wear my maternity swimsuit two days in a row. LOL

DAY 3:

We first visited Gora Park (強羅公園). No admission fee is required if you have the Freepass :) There are many workshops but they were all fully booked at around 10AM. I think we must line up before the park opens! Anyways, next time with our child! hehe

Then we headed to Hakone Open-Air Museum (箱根彫刻の森美術館). It was such a great place to spend quality time with your family!!! 2 hours were not enough. I think we need a day to fully enjoy the place! We had a quick lunch at Gallery Cafe. Their snacks are very fine and delicious.

Our return train was at 17:18 from Hakone Yumoto (箱根湯本). Time flies~ I wish we could stay longer!!!

BTW, you can enjoy collecting stamps during a specific period of time like in summer, and you can get a gift (this time 2 Anime file folders), so you don't want to miss it, too! hehe


Onsen Manjyu (温泉まんじゅう) @ Hotel: brown soft steamed bun filled with Azuki bean paste.

Ariheitou (有平糖) @ Owakudani: healthy sugar candies (peanuts, black soy beans, and black sesame seeds)

Earrings @ Hakone Venetian Glass Museum: my darling bought me XD

Ring @ Gora Park: 300yen!!!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

How to Make Oden (Japanese Hot Pot / Fish Cake Stew) and Ochazuke - Video Recipe

Oden is Japanese Hot Pot or Fish Cake Stew with assorted fish cakes. Usually it is eaten in winter with family. It is an ultimate Japanese comfort food!

You can buy a package of assorted Oden ingredients that comes with the soup base, but in this video, I will show you how to make AMAZING Dashi soup stock from scratch - Umami-rich Dashi stock is the key for delicious Oden!!!

Oden Dashi Chazuke is a MUST TRY Ochazuke after eating up the Oden ingredients :)

Oden (Japanese Hot Pot) and Oden Chazuke

Difficulty: Easy but takes time
Time: 5hrs
Number of servings: 4

((Oden Dashi Soup Stock)) *1800ml water + 1 tbsp. Dashi Powder is OK
2000ml water
15cm/6inch-square Kombu (kelp)
50g (1.8oz.) Niboshi (small dried sardines)
50g (1.8oz.) Hana-katsuo (large bonito flakes)
100ml Sake
50ml soy sauce
2 tbsp. Mirin (sweet sake)
2 tsp. salt
((Daikon Radish))
400g (14oz.) Daikon radish
Kome no Togijiru (is a cloudy rice water that you get when you wash rice)
((Chibita no Oden))
Konnyaku (yam cake)
Age-ball (deep fried fish cake balls)
Chikuwabu (wheat-based Japanese food item)
bamboo skewers
2 Aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch)
2 squares Mochi (rice cake)
4 toothpicks
((Other Oden Ingredients))
hard boiled eggs
Musubi-konbu (tied Kombu seaweed)
Hanpen (fluffy fish cakes)
any kind of Nerimono (fish cakes) as much as you like
(((Condiments For Serving))
Karashi (Japanese mustard)
Yuzukosho (Japanese chili pepper paste)
Shichimi-togarashi (seven flavor chili pepper)
Dengaku-miso (sweet miso sauce)
((Oden Dashi Chazuke))
Kizaminori (finely shredded Nori sheet)
toasted white sesame seeds
Umeboshi (pickled plum)
leftover Oden soup

((Oden Dashi Soup Stock))
1. Remove the heads and guts (which will make the stock bitter) of Niboshi.
2. Put water in a deep pot and soak Niboshi and Kombu for one hour or two.
3. Heat the pot, before it starts to boil, add Hana-katsuo, then cook on low for 2-3 minutes.
4. Remove the Dashi ingredients. Strain the Dashi soup with a clean cloth or a paper towel.
((Daikon Radish))
1. Cut Daikon radish into 2cm (0.7inch) thick round slices.
2. Use a peeler, peel the Daikon radish and do Mentori (plane off the corners) to prevent it from crumbling during long cooking. Then make cross incisions on both sides.
3. Parboil Daikon radish with Kome no Togijiru (or water with a tablespoon of rice) for 15 minutes (it makes Daikon clear colored and less bitter). Wash them with warm water and remove excess water with paper towel.
((Chibita no Oden))
1. Cut Konnyaku into triangular pieces. Parboil if necessary.
2. Pour boiling water over Age-ball to remove excess oil from the surfaces.
3. Cut Chikuwabu into appropriate sizes.
4. Put them onto bamboo skewers.
1. Pour boiled water over Aburaage to remove the excess oil. Drain and dry with paper towels.
2. Cut Aburaage and Mochi into halves.
3. Place the aburaage on a cutting board, and trace the aburaage with cooking chopsticks to make it easy to open.
4. Open Aburaage and put Mochi in it. Use a tooth pick to tie the Aburaage to make a Mochi bag.
((Other Oden Ingredients))
1. Pour hot water over deep fried fish cakes to get rid of the surface oil.
1. Put the Dashi soup stock and the seasonings in a deep pot.
2. Add Daikon and bring to a boil. Turn down to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Place all the prepared Oden Ingredients in the pot except Mochi-kinchaku. Cover and simmer on low for an hour.
4. Add Mochi-Kinchaku, cover again and simmer for another 10 minutes.
5. Now you can serve OR put the pot in the fridge overnight to allow the flavors to soak deep into the fish cakes. When you’re ready to eat, warm up the pot.
6. Eat with a condiment of your choice.
((Oden Dashi Chazuke))
1. Put some Kizaminori, sesame seeds, and Umeboshi on a bowl of hot white rice.
2. Pour some leftover Oden soup over it.

*Do not use Donabe (clay pot) to store Oden because it may damage the pot.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

How to Make Honey Lemon Slices - Video Recipe

As seen in Anime or Manga?!
I received many requests for this recipe. hehehe

You can drink it with cold water or soda in summer, or with hot water in winter!

It prevents colds and helps recover from fatigue.

Believe it or not, it is not that sour.
You can eat the lemon slices, too!!!

Honey Lemon Slices

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 10min
Number of Servings: 500ml glass jar

Necessary Equipment:
glass jar

2 organic lemons
300g (10.6oz) honey

1. Pour some hot water in a glass jar to disinfect it. Empty the jar and dry it out. It will dry quickly with residual heat.
2. Wash the lemons, dry them with paper towels, slice them thin, and remove the seeds (discard the end pieces).
3. Put the lemon slices and honey alternately in the jar.
4. Keep it in the fridge for 3 days. Shake the jar once a day.
5. Remove the lemon slices after 3 days or the syrup gets bitter! You can eat the lemon slices as is. Also, you can freeze the lemon slices and use them like ice cubes.

*Please use the syrup within a week before it gets bad.
*The syrup goes great with yogurt! The lemon slices go great with cookies, cupcakes, pound cakes, etc…


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to Make Totoro Onigiri (Rice Balls) - Video Recipe

This video will show you how to make Totoro Onigiri (Rice Balls).

Rice ball is called "Onigiri" in Japanese. Mostly it's shape is triangle and you can mix ingredients into rice and/or fill your favorite ingredient in the rice ball.

It is perfect for Bento box!

Totoro Onigiri

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 5min
Number of servings: N/A

cooked white Japanese rice
ground black sesame seeds
Shio-Kombu (salted kelp) *optional
Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) *optional
spaghetti pasta
sliced American cheese
Nori sheet

1. Put steamed rice in a bowl. Then mix ground black sesame seeds until you reach the desired Totoro color.
2. Place the rice in plastic wrap so that the rice won't stick on your hands.
3. Make a hole in the center of the rice and place the filling (Shio-Kombu & Karaage). *optional
4. Form the rice into a triangle by pressing lightly with your palms.
5. Make Totoro's ears using a small amount of rice.
6. Attach Totoro's ears with bits of spaghetti pasta. (pasta will absorb moisture from rice and gets soft after few hours, so you can eat it by lunchtime!)
7. Cut sliced cheese with a toothpick to make Totoro's face parts and body parts. Cut Nori sheet with scissors or use Nori punch to make Totoro's face parts and body parts. Attach them on Onigiri.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ANIMENTINE - Bossa Du Anime

Do you know any Japanese Anime song?!

Lately my darling bought this refined bossa nova covers of the most popular Anime songs sung by Clémentine. It is a new style to enjoy Anime songs such as SAZAE SAN, DORAMEMON, CHIBIMARUKO CHAN, and etc... All the generations are represented in this album.

Born in Paris, Clémentine has always been surrounded by jazz thanks to her father who collected records. She started her career in 1988 at Sony France. Since then she has released many jazz, pop and bossa nova albums. Now she is the most popular French singer in Japan.

Like jazz, her songs are soothing that helps me relax. You can preview her songs HERE! Well... I hope my home suits my favorite music... I mean, it's pretty messy to relax!!!

Anyway, have a good time!!!

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