Category Archives: Asia

[TOKYO] Mitama Matsuri: 30,000 lanterns and food stalls

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Mitama matsuri 2013 - dancers

Dear Food Diary:
For 4 nights each year, Tokyoites are mesmerized by 30,ooo lanterns lighting up the Yasukuni Shrine for Mitama Matsuri.

The  obon festival actually honors the dead, but with the mix of traditional dances, lights and food stalls, it was one of the liveliest nights I’ve had in Tokyo.

[TOKYO] Tsujida in Awajicho: Best miso ramen

つじ田 Tsujida in Awajicho - Tokyo's best miso ramen

Dear Food Diary:
Ramen shops in Tokyo are like Starbucks in NYC, you will easily find one within a block or two.

With different varieties and each shop with their unique/secret “broth” vs “noodle” + topping concoctions, it’s hard to really choose one over another. But from the miso ramen we’ve tasted thus far, Tsujida in Awajicho cooks up one of Tokyo’s best miso ramen, at least in my book.

[TOKYO] SUSHI SHO: Tokyo’s best sushi experience by chef who dissed the Michelin man

Sushi Sho - Tokyo - entrance, door

Dear Food Diary:
While making my list of Tokyo eats, I stumbled upon a “guide” from travel.cnn, where Shinji Nohara (local food gps) mentions Sushi Sho with the quote: “This place kicked out the Michelin researchers. The master told me they were rude and didn’t know how to appreciate sushi.” Intriguing…

Upon further web search, ChubbyHubby (just a coincidence on the Chubby part) declares Keiji Nakazawa as “The best sushi chef in the world.” In his detailed post, he clarifies that the chef didn’t kick anyone out per se, but simply pointed out the inspector’s lack of sushi knowledge. Ouch!

By dissing the Michelin man, Sushi Sho isn’t on the guide, but who cares! This was the best sushi experience I’ve had yet.

50 Days of Summer in Japan

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Dear Food Diary:
Last Friday I said sayonara to my job of 10+ years and started this much needed sabbatical. To recharge, travel and of course blog for a living (sorta).

I’ve been craving this time off, with no definite plan of where I would end up. Only that I wanted to travel and spend some quality time with my family. But, right after I handed in my resignation letter, everything just fell into place. StalkerBoy got sent to Tokyo for work and it was the perfect opportunity to tag along (free housing) for 50 days.

Here are my days as a full time blogger…

BANKAKU: Finding Japanese Shrimp Crackers in Singapore

BANKAKU - shrimp cracker from japan

Dear Food Diary:
While taking a delicious stroll at Takashimaya Singapore‘s basement food court (food heaven) these cute set of Japanese shrimp crackers caught my eye. Who could resist the sushi like display of crackers!?  I just had to bring home a box. Yaraku – pack of “eight happiness”. They make me smile every time I open a pack.