Japanese food has become very popular in Indonesia. We can find many sushi, ramen, and other Japanese style restaurants. In Japan, I’ve never eaten ramen because most of them use pork which is not halal for me. On April 27th, some friends and I watched Iron Man 3 at Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk). After that we had dinner at Daiji Ramen Ciwalk. Since I was not familiar with ramen and it was my first time there, I asked the waitress what the recommended menu was. She said gyuu daiji ramen, then I ordered it. Well, honestly, the taste was a lil bit strange for me. I still prefer cheap kake udon in Japan, hehe. Maybe someday I’ll try other menu.
This was the second menu that Sre and I ordered. When visiting Mt. Fuji area, I think we should try houtou noodle (ほうとう). Hoto is a hearty hot pot dish (nabemono) local to Yamanashi Prefecture. I knew houtou from my trip to Fuji and Hakone on 2011. That time we learned how to make houtou. So when planning the trip to Kawaguchiko yesterday, I decided to ate houtou again, hoho. 美味しかったです. 😀
Our trip ended at Enoshima and we decided to have dinner at 夢庵 (=Yumean) at Enoshima. That was my second time eating there and I ordered this menu. It contained tempura, tuna mayo salad, miso soup, and rice. I always like Japanese tempura and this tempura batter was really crispy. The tuna mayo salad was also delicious. With 1,046 yen price, of course this menu was much better than my previous tempura udon at Kamakura.
Yesterday I had trip to Jogashima, Kamakura, and Enoshima at Kanagawa Prefecture with some Waseda’s friends. We had lunch at Kamakura. Since we wanted to get food as soon as possible, we ate at soba/udon restaurant across the Kamakura Great Buddha entrance. I ordered this, the price was 1,260 yen. It’s the most expensive udon I’ve ever eaten -_-” And the taste was not the best for me.
After Ume’s visit, another IF’05 friend came to Tokyo. This time is Riftadi. He took a test to obtain Cisco Certification (すごいですね). Previously, Gibran and I brought Ume to Sushiro. And for Riftadi, we chose okonomiyaki restaurant. Actually I chose it because I’ve never been to okonomiyaki restaurant before, haha. First, we ordered one seafood monjayaki and one seafood okonomiyaki. I know how to make okonomiyaki, but I know nothing about monjayaki. So we asked the waitress to make them for us. Interesting. Monjayaki is similar to okonomiyaki, but monjayaki dough has more liquid than okonomiyaki. If you are really hungry, in my opinion, monjayaki can’t make you full, haha. Of course one monjayaki and one okonomiyaki weren’t enough for three of us. Then we ordered two seafood okonomiyaki. Later Asri joined us, and we ordered one more okonomiyaki, haha. Full enough, and finally I experienced okonomiyaki restaurant. 😛
Recently I feel I don’t have any idea on what to cook. In the other hand, I have a long dessert list I would like to try. Sigh. I still don’t have any will to try new recipe, so I choose to do simple cooking. And this japanese fried chicken was my choice yesterday.
You can find the recipe here. (I skip sake)
So this was my dinner tonight, kaki furai or deep fried oyster. I avoided writing “kaki” on the title since it means “foot” in Bahasa Indonesia, hihi. But kaki in Japanese could mean oyster (kanji: 牡蠣) or persimmon (kanji: 柿). I first ate kaki furai at Gusto restaurant a year ago. Then some days ago I saw a youtube video on how to make kaki furai, really easy imo. I happened to find the oyster at supermarket yesterday, so I tried to make it. I guess oysters are not available a whole year, so I can not make it whenever I want. And in Gusto it is a seasonal menu. The video also showed how to make the tartar sauce, but I didn’t make the sauce because I still have some that I bought at supermarket.
You can find the recipe here.