Tokyo ~ Food (mostly sushi)

Arriving in Japan, I realized a dream that had been brewing ever since seeing Lost in Translation almost 20 years ago, and was fascinated by the extremely polite culture, the overwhelming homogeneity but especially the food. Continue reading “Tokyo ~ Food (mostly sushi)”

Good Food in June

Summer is heating up, cold, crappy Korean beers are chilling and the spices are never lacking in Korea. Only one beach trip this month, but hopefully more to come. My overall consumptionĀ seems to wane in the summer, but my hunger for good eats never does. All the foods presented this month were pretty awesome. Let’s take a look! Continue reading “Good Food in June”

Great Ramen in Japan

This bowl of seemingly simple noodles was extraordinary. It looked like every other restaurant on the street, but what a dish! The pork was so soft and tasty, the noodles al dente, and plenty of green onion. I was so happy eating this.

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So great, look at the sesame seeds and bubbles of tastiness floating there.

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The left dish was egg wrapped around rice and drowned in a gelatinous goop (tastes better than my accurate description). The right dish was a pretty good ramen soup, but not nearly as good as that first one.

First Food in Osaka

We pulled into Osaka rattled after a bumpy, thumpy flight over the South China Sea from Kuala Lumpur. Luckily, we booked a lovely place called Hotel Monterey which was connected to the subway. It was late, and Japanese go to bed early, so we rushed into the nearest tiny restaurant. The old businessmen were sitting and smoking beside crumpled napkins and the ruins of dinner. We ordered big. Everything was delicious and VERY different from the saucy SE Asia noodles and rice and much less spicy than Korean noodles and rice. It was just a small place so there was minimal attention paid to appearance, and more to the taste.

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Koh Lanta ~ Cook Kai’s

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There were a few places with this name on the island, but the only one open during low season was close to the main town of Saladan. It was raining and we ducked inside, hungry as usual. It’s big and cozy, seems to be family run and has a few cute cats wandering about underfoot.

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This was the “meatball” sandwich. Technically they are correct, but it’s not what I was expecting. Nevertheless, very delicious.Image

Gotta get your veggies in there.

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White or Yellow noodles, you can’t go wrong. Both were balanced and clean.

This place was an eating highlight of a quiet, wonderful island.

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Luang Prabang ~ Muay Xai Restaurant

I actually have no idea what the name of this restaurant was, but it was something like that. It’s on one of the side streets. Among the myriad of bugs swarming the halogen lights, we dined on some more traditional Laos food.

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Simply titled: Rice noodles with Beef–balanced and not oily. (<3US$)

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Vegetable Stew: Full of dill, eggplant and green beans, not spicy and tender, but strange chicken pieces. (<5US$)

Quan An Ngon – Hanoi Restaurant with a Massive and Delicious Menu

The hotel worker recommended a place that was, according to my request, “excellent but not TOO expensive.” He knew exactly what I wanted and it was a great success. Jordana and I had two amazing dinners there. Continue reading “Quan An Ngon – Hanoi Restaurant with a Massive and Delicious Menu”