Day 3 in Taipei, Taiwan, Dec 2015

This is the dinner on Day 2. We took our challenge to try this restaurant for the first time.   Jen Dow vegetarian restaurant = 蓮香齋 = Jen Dow is the oldest, and the leading veggie restaurant in Taiwan with over 30 years of history. It’s a gigantic buffet.  All vegetarian food. No meat.  No fish.   Not even garlic, chinese chive or scallions with such sharp strong stimulations.  So Buddism monks can eat out here.  As a matter of fact, we did see some monks dining at the buffet.   We wanted to see how they cook all the foods with such limitations.   The place was huge!!!  A […]

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Day 2 in Taipei, Taiwan, Dec 2015

Starting out Day 2! We have no business to do today.  Full day for fun. When we come to Taiwan, we hardly have breakfast at hotel.  There are so many breakfast places around town to try.  When our hotel has breakfast buffet, we just take coffee and fruits. We wanted to go to one of our favorite Doujian places.  Xian Doujian is a common breakfast.  It’s salty soy milk.  With a little vinegar in it, the soy milk becomes half solid, fluffy texture.   We went to Fuhang Soy Milk = 阜杭豆漿 =   It was Sunday, at 9:00.  OMG, what a long line, all around the building.  It could be 1-hour wait.  We […]

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Day 1 in Taipei, Taiwan, Dec 2015

It has been 6 months since the last we were here. And we are happy to be back in Taiwan!!! The picture is the prepaid card for Taipei subways by the way. Let’s go eat! Straight from the airport, down the narrow backstreet of Taipei. YuYu is leading the way.  She is a master of “Eat Till You Drop” tours in Taipei.   Fu Ba wang = 富覇王豬脚極品餐庁 =   It was Saturday at 12:00.  The place was packed with people. There were 2 lines.  1 for eat-in, 1 for takeout.  It was a long line but the place was wheeling.  It was less than 10 minute wait.   Very decently priced […]

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Fine Cheese, made in Okinawa!

Ever since I had my first taste of his cheese in Tedako-Tei, the cozy Italian restaurant in Naha, I’ve always wanted to try more.   His name is John, the cheese guy. The Cheese Guy in Okinawa   While we knew so little about his cheese where-abouts, we heard that his cheese is available at Ryubo in Omoromachi, Naha.  We’ve been looking for a chance to go to Naha, and we finally did. (We didn’t know it was available at Chatan and also at Onna too.  from the cheese guy facebook.)     We found that Ryubo had a descent volume of imported natural cheeses.  For a Okinawan grocery store, that is. We love cheese.  It’s […]

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Oysters!!! Steamed and Sashimi

We have been chasing after oysters lately. We searched at Tenpusu in Ginoza this time.       They have such great Dashi.  If you have good broth like that, everything tastes so good.     There it is!!! They have oysters from Itoshima, Fukuoka.  Itoshima is a home of oysters, the most famous port for oysters in Kyushu.  JPY250 a piece.  Sashimi or steamed. They told me they fly in oysters on Tuesday and Thursday.   Here comes Oysters sashimi. It’s sitting in Pon-Zu.  Pon-Zu is a Japanese seasoning made of citrus juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar and dashi.  They make their own Pon-Zu here and it’s brilliant Oyster’s so delicious […]

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Hawaiian Coconut Mochi

In the late afternoon yesterday, we dropped by our favorite little cake shop in Ginoza, Kino Store.   They were busy making cakes and cookies for mail orders. Yes, they pack every cakes and cookies of the week, about a dozen of them, and ship to you.  If you are in Okinawa, JPY3100 per pack, including freeze shipping.  They are very popular with this mail order. If you want to order, send me a message and I will help you.  info@fullofokinawa.com   These holiday cookies are included in the mail order of the week.   Their signature Lemon Cake JPY150   Black and White Cookie, JPY150   Hawaiian Coconut Mochi, JPY200.   […]

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Oysters in season!! Ajillo!!

The oyster season is hitting Okinawa now! Who should we go to see first to cook the oysters for us, but Kato-san? We are here at Kato Shokudou.   Oysters in Ajillo. Usually they cook with oysters with potatoes which would be so delicious by absorbing the flavor from oysters.  But we ordered some other things that come with potatoes, so Kato-san did us a favor to change it to snap peas and okura.   Perfectly cooked with right temperature.  So tasty. This is from Hiroshima.  The most famous place for Japanese oysters.   It comes with baguette. The olive oil carries so much flavor of oysters and we love dunking pieces of bread into […]

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Okonomi Yaki

Okonomi Yaki is like a Japanese pancake containing a variety of ingredients. There are some regional variants.  Osaka and Hiroshima are probably the most famous.  They are very different styles. YuYu is from Kobe.  And Kobe style is different from them too.  She also says every families have different recipes and different secrets.  I’m from Yokohama, and it’s not my thing.  When I ask too many questions, YuYu would just shut me down.  So I try to stay out of her thing…!  Don’t argue.  Don’t ask. Okonomi Yaki is really a soul food for those from those regions.  I think her Okonomi Yaki is brilliant, the best I’ve ever had.  But she […]

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Firsthand From The Farm

Ai Ai Farm is an agricultural production corporation, located in an elementary school which has been closed down in Nakijin. It was a warm a 20C degree warm Saturday in Okinawa and we took a drive to the north. It was a very good open space.  They have some organic garden going on.  They have huge farming field elsewhere with less or no agrochemicals.  This facility is for the restaurant, lodging, shops and workshops of their handmade products.   Goats, like any other Okinawa farmers and families.  Goats are very essential for traditional Okinawa family gatherings.  I don’t think goats are for their products.   Chicken chamber for their eggs.  There are open […]

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Housemade pasta meets local veggies

Pasta Pasta Pasta Deli House is just called “The House” most of the time.  They got nothing to do with one of the nation’s biggest food manufacturers, “House Food”. It’s a little Italian restaurant specializing housemade pasta.  Located on the hill in Urasoe, it looks down on downtown Naha. I just realized that I forgot to post this up.  This is actually a while ago.   A cozy, but stylish, space that feels like visiting a friend’s dining room.   2 kinds of assorted antipasto, 1 salad, and pastas all the way. They say they have over 20 kinds of housemade pasta.  And they are meant to enjoy energetic vegetables and […]

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