Fukuoka city and YATAI (street food vendors)

Posted on May 22, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Let me talk a little bit more about food in Fukuoka prefecture. Fukuoka city is known as the city of Yatai, street food vendors. Sushi, tempura, soba, ramen, curry rice,….all started at the hand of street food venders in Japan. Street food venders are popular scene when we travel through South East Asia today, but in Japan they have become rare. After the World War II central and local governments drove street food venders into inside establishments –...

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My Pork Belly Hot Pot Meal

Posted on May 21, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

Here is what we enjoyed tonight – pork belly hot pot. First prepare the sauce: In a food processor or juicer mixer add 1/4 cup white sesame seeds, 1/4 cup shoyu, 1/4 cup sake, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon toban jiang and 1 to 2 teaspoons ginger juice. Process the mixture until smooth. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar and cover with a plastic wrap. You can make the sauce 2 to 3 days in advance. The flavor gets...

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Is pork meal at Hakata Tonton heavy on the stomach?

Posted on May 21, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Even though Hakata Tonton specializes pork, many of which uses pork belly and pork knuckles, the meat is prepared and served in the Japanese way – with plenty of vegetables and very little or no added oil. Everyone leaves the restaurant with satisfied stomach, but not stuffed with heavy, greasy meal. The photo is one of the must-order pork nabe, hot pot, dishes. Thinly sliced pork belly (look at the beautiful, very fresh color of the meat) are placed on top of mound...

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Hakata Tonton and Koji Hagihara

Posted on May 19, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

I had additional great meal at Hakata Tonton two nights ago. Hakata Tonton is a casual Japanese restaurant in West village where chef Koji Hagiwara serves up delicious pork dishes (there are, of course, non-pork dishes, including sashimi), including must-try hot pot dishes (all pork). The menu at Hakata Tonton is extensive. In order to enjoy all of the items on the menu you need to make many trips. Even after ten or so visits I never got bored or tired with his meal. After...

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