Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Izakaya: You-To in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly. Great explanations and true hospitality.
Equipment & Facilities: Old-fashioned but very clean. Superb genre-separated washrooms!
Prices: Reasonable:
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients. Hiroshima-style and Kansai-style okonmiyaki. Shizuoka oden. Great local sake list. Local microbrewery craft beer on tap!

Okonmiyaki is not originally a Shizuoka specialty but for the 10 years he has been cooking in his izakaya Chef Toshirou Yamagachi/山口登志郎さん is undoubtedly preparing the best ones in the Prefecture!

You-To/湧登 is not that old but it looks so much a traditional Japanese izakaya!
It sits at the most 25 guests at tables, counter and Japanese tatami room.

Great noren/暖簾/entrance curtain! The first sign of a great izakaya!

Now, this is great place to enjoy local sake brews. Actually Toshirou San is the main force behind organizing local sake rallies every year in Shizuoka City!

Great sake from Shizuoka Prefecture!
As it is near the Shizuoka JR Station, make a point to visit the place even if you have only a couple of hours available!
Make sure to reserve on the phone beforehand though!

The sashimi menu is quickly filter pen-written according to the market availability of the day.

Local vegetables used in the o-tooshi/お通し/first food served with the first drink!

The sake is served in large cups like those used by brew-masters in breweries!

Now, the true beer lovers will be glad to learn that You-To is probably the only establishment in town serving on the tap craft beer brewed in Fujinomiya City by Stephan Rager of Bayern Meister Beer Co.! That single drink is a good enough reason to patronize Toshirou’s izakaya!

Now, try to reserve the seats at the counter with a direct view onto the kitchen!

It is a wonder how they keep things clean! A true pro!

Toshirou San makes an extensive use of local products:
Succulent teppanyaki/hot plate fried Suruga Shamo/駿河軍鶏/Suruga Shamo Chicken raised in Shizuoka City!
And fresh vegetables and greens come with all meat dish for a great balance!

Home-made pork cha-shu/叉焼/Chinese style roast pork char siu as a snack!

You-To-style fried potatoes made with organic potatoes from Matsuki Bio Farm in Fujinomiya City!

Satsumaage/薩摩揚げ/Kagoshima-style deep-fried fish cakes!

For my first visit I ordered a Hiroshima-style mixed okonomiyaki!

All cooked and cut in front of you!

So much to eat inside!

A true Japanese comfort food! And so yummy! I needed more beer just for that!

There is just too much on the menu, even for repeated visits!
Instead of dessert I ordered this fuwa fuwa tamagoyaki/ふわふわ玉子焼き/Fluffy Japanese omelette cooked on the hot plate!

To be continued… Very soon!

YOU-TO/湧登
Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Minami Cho, 7-5 ( 5 minutes walk from Shizuoka JR Station South exit)
Business hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Sundays
Reservations highly recommended!
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE/BLOG (Japanese)

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Vegan Japanese Recipe: Japanese-style Cold Eggplants & Tomato Antipasti

Japanese and Italian influences can be found in this simple antipasti recip!

Japanese-style Cold Eggplants & Tomato Antipasti

INGREDIENTS: (for 3 people)

Eggplants: 3 (400 g)
Tomato: 1 large
Small leek: 1 finely chopped
Ooba or large shiso/perilla : 4 leaves finly cut

For the dressing:
Ground white sesame seeds: 1 very large tablespoon/30 g
Sesame oil: 1 and a half tablespoons
Soy sauce: 3 tablespoons
Sugar: 1 tablespoon
Japanese sake (if not available dry white wine):
Finely chopped fresh ginger: 1 teaspoon
Grated fresh garlic: a ;ittle or as appropriate
Red chili pepper: 1/2, finely chopped

RECIPE:

Cut eggplants in half. Then cut off part of the skin 8to make them easier to eat. Cut each half lengthwise in atrips 5~8 mm thick.

Wet the the eggplants in water. Put them inside a cooking cellphane/vinyl pouch. Fold the pouch so as to have the opening ath bottom. You could also wrap them in cellophane paper.
Cook in microwave oven at 600 W for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
You could also cook them inside a steamer.

Let cool down completely and then chill them inside refrigerator.
If you want to chill them quickly bind the pouch closed and dip it in a bowl full of water and ice.

Put all the sauce ingredients into a bowl. Cover it with cellophane paper and cook in microwave oven for 50 seconds. Let it cool completely and then chill it.

Serving for one person.

Arrange the eggplants on serving dish. Put the tomato thinly sliced and formed into a rose on top.
decorate the eggplants and tomato with chopped leek and thinly sliced shiso.
Pour sauce over the whole as shown in top picyure.

Serve and enjoy with a great beer, cold sake or chilled white wine!

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-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/07/28): Summer Seasonal Releases: Old World Kolsch and O-Bosan Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Summer Seasonal Releases: Old World Kolsch and O-Bosan Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Need respite from the scorching summer heat? Enjoyment of a cool and refreshing beer is your best bet. Today we are releasing a fantastically effective heat-beating brew: Old World Kolsch.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Old World Kolsch (ABV 5%):

In the annals of German beer history, Kolsch actually is a relatively “new world” style at a mere two centuries old. It is a pale, dry, assertively hopped golden ale know as the “beer of Cologne.” A fruity-winy bouquet is one of its hallmarks. Baird Old World Kolsch is brewed with a combination of two varieties of floor-malted base barley — Bohemian Pilsner and English Maris Otter; and it is hopped with a combination of American varieties — Sterling, Perle, Vanguard. The appearance is highlighted by a gorgeously full head of long-lasting white foam and a slightly hazy white-gold color. The aroma is zesty and lemon-like. The flavor is dry and quenching with a hint of bitter hop fruit.

Old World Kolsch begins pouring from our Taproom taps today, Friday, July 27. It will be available on draught at other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan beginning Saturday, July 28. Bottles (360 ml) also are available for immediate release.

When the sun sets and the evening rolls in, often accompanied by a pleasant ocean-breeze, the atmosphere is right for a slightly heartier, more contemplative brew. This we offer in a first-time seasonal release: O-Bosan Ale.

*O-Bosan Ale (ABV 7.5%):

The Belgian beer landscape is dotted with monastic breweries that have created many unique beer styles over the long course of their brewing history. One such style is a Belgian Dubbel. Dark red to brown in color, Dubbels tend to be relatively strong in gravity and alcohol, medium in body, with flavor notes of caramel, chocolate and pit fruit.

If this style had been brewed in Japan, it undoubtedly would have been crafted by some beer-loving sect of Buddhist monks (O-Bosan). Sadly, it hadn’t been. The Baird brewers have stepped in to fill the void. Our O-Bosan Ale is a celebration of the religious history that informs large segments of beer culture. May it help you to find your inner being!

O-Bosan Ale is available for immediate release in both kegs and bottles (360 ml).

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Vegan Japanese Recipe: Japanese-style Sweet & Sour Eggplants

Eggplants or Aubergines or Nasu/茄子 in Japanese are a very popular vegetable in Japan whose people have many recipes of their own that would satisfy many vegans and vegetarians worldwide.
These recipes are simple and the ingredients should be easy to obtain!
Sweet & sour sauces basically originate from China but Japan has its own versions, albeit lighter in texture and taste!

Japanese-style Sweet & Sour Eggplants

INGREDIENTS: (for 2 people)

Eggplants: 2~3
Freshly grated ginger: 1 tablespoon
Green shiso/perilla: 5 leaves
Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
Sugar: 1 and a half tablespoons
Salad oil: 1 large tablespoon and a little
Golden sesame seeds: as appropriate

RECIPE:

Take off stem part and cut eggplants lengthwise in four. Clean under running cold water. Wipe off all water with kitchen paper.

In a skillet pour the oil and fry the eggplants until they have attained a nice color.

In a large bowl drop the soy sauce, grated ginger and sugar. Mix well. Add the shiso leaves finely cut in thin strips. mix quickly.

Add the fried eggplants in the bowl. Stir them gently as to cover them completely. Let soak them in for at least 5 minutes. The fact that the eggplants are hot will melt the sugar and help them absorb the sauce.

Place the eggplants in a dish. Pour all the sauce on top and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
The Japanese eat such a dish in summer at room temperature.
Great snack with beer!

Here is a variation with the same ingredients with mini tomatoes and shishito hot chilies added for more color and presentation. And taste, of course!

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Must-see tasting websites:

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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Vegan Sushi Pictures in Shizuoka City, Japan!

Time and time again I have heard vegans and vegetarians complaining they couldn’t enjoy sushi in Japan according to their priorities and time and time again I have explained this is completely untrue!
True to tell, this is not Tokyo where you would have to patronize atrociously pricey establishments or Hokkaido where you would be replied by a blank stare.
This is Shizuoka, the Prefecture which has officially (by government reckoning. Actually there are even more!) the largest number of vegetable varieties by far in the whole nation. Ordering or preparing vegan or vegetarian sushi is not much of a problem. To prove it here is a few pictures taken in various establishments in Shizuoka City!

Menegi Nigiri/芽葱握り/Leeks sprouts tied with a dry seaweed ribbon and topped with umeboshi/梅干し/Pickled Japanese plum!

Mitsuba Nigiri/三つ葉にぎり/Japanese honeywort slightly boiled in salted water, pressed and drained and topped with umeboshi!

Daikon nigiri/大根にぎり/Daikon which has been marinated in amazu/sweet vinegar and seasoned with grated yuzu/柚子/lime skin!

Mitsuba to Kyuri Gunkan/三つ葉と胡瓜軍艦/”Mothership style nigiri with boiled Japanese honeywort and young crunchy Japanese cucumber!

Kabetsu nigiri/キャベツにぎり/Nigiri wrapped in boiled cabbage and seasoned with sweet miso paste!

Daikon Maki/大根巻き/Daikon Roll!

The roll was prepared with daikon marinated in amazu with a filling of sushi rice, dry seaweed, umeboshi and boiled Mitsuba. Not easy!

Manganji Tougarashi Nigiri/万願寺唐辛子にぎり/Manganji Chili Pepper is a long, green and soft taste variety of chili peppers that can be enjoyed raw. The one on the left was topped with yuzu koshio/柚子胡椒/lime and black pepper paste, and the one on the right with umeboshi!

A beautiful nigiri set with menegi/芽葱/Leek sprouts, Himesobame/姫蕎麦/buckwheat sprouts, Mitsuba/三つ葉/Japanese honeywort, one raw, the other lightly boiled and topped with umeboshi/梅干し/Pickled Japanese plum!

Natto to negi gunkan/納豆と葱軍艦/”Mothership nigiri topped with fermented beans and thinly sliced leek!

A favorite of mine! Shiso to Ume to Natto Maki/紫蘇と梅と納豆巻き/A roll containing perilla leaf, pickled Japanese plum and fermented beans!

Namida maki/涙巻き/Tears or Bakudan Maki/爆弾巻き/Explosive Roll containing solely grated wasabi!

A specialty probably found only in Shizuoka Prefecture! Wasabi Zuke no inari Zushi/山葵漬けの稲荷寿司/A pouch of grilled and simmered tofu containing sushi rice and pickled/marinated wasabi stems and leaves!

For dessert! Kampyou maki/干瓢巻き/Roll containing sushi rice and dry gourd shavings. The gourd is first dried then shaved. The shavings are then simmered in soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar! Very sweet!

Are you convinced?

To be continued…

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (12/32): Curry Rice and “Ebi-mayo” Bento!

The Missus was in a bit of a quandary this morning as she had plenty of steamed rice leftovers!
Not to worry, let’s make a Japanese-style curry out of it!

She first fried all kinds of vegetables cut small in olive oil, salt and pepper: red, yellow and green pimentos, baby corn, and even sliced black olives and French cornichons and let it cool down a little.
During that time she re-heated the rice in its pot and added plenty of curry powder mixture.
Once the rice had been properly been cooked/fried with its spices she added the fried vegetables and mixed the lot!

She put the curry rice aside and prepared the “ebi-mayo”. “Ebi” stands for (large) shrimps and “mayo” stands for mayonnaise.
Over a low fire she first fried the shrimps in a non-stick pan with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. When the shrimps were half-cooked she added mayonnaise and kept stirring the whole until it was ready.
She filled the main box with the curry rice and topped it with the shrimps and some lemon cuts for extra taste.

She combined vegetables and fruit in the side box: baby leaves and ice-plant, cheese, mango and blueberries!

Great combination and plenty of nutrients sorely needed during this very hot summer!
And delicious!

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Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Food & Drink Bloggers in Japan (Amended in July 2012)

The number of foreigners and Japanese nationals who write about the food and drinks in Japan in English (or at least answer comments in English) has remarkably increased lately.
I thought it was about time to start some kind of round-up to help people discover these deserving foodies and their blogs!The list below is far from exhaustive, but I’m planning to update and announce it regularly!
Of course if you know more foodies residing in Japan, do please direct them to me and I will introduce them gladly!

HOKKAIDO TRIBE
(Hokkaido Island)
Meishu no Yutaka by Carlin
The Best of Sapporo by Ben!

TOHOKU TRIBE
(Northeastern Japan: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima)
Cooking with Mama Miyuki in Sendai
Slow Food From Japan by Nigel Fodgen in Miyagi Prefecture.

KANTO TRIBE
(Eastern Japan: Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa)
Japan Eat’s Videos
Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton
Watch Japan in Tokyo
Little Japan Mama in Tokyo
Japan Eats (featured on request)
47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities By Sara and Roshni in Tokyo
Eating Out in Tokyo with DominicTokyo Through The Drinking Glass by Melinda Joe in Tokyo
Tokyo Foodcast by Etsuko Nakamura in Tokyo
Sake World by John Gauntner in Tokyo: The inernational Reference for Japanese Sake!
Tokyo Terrace by Rachael in Tokyo
Gaijin Tonic in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture
Nonjatta by Chris Bunting in Tokyo
The Soul Of Japan in Kanagawa Prefecture
Sake, kimono and Tabi In Tokyo
Tokyo Kawai, Etc… in Tokyo
Blue Lotus in Tokyo
The Japanese Food Report by Harris Salat in Tokyo
The Sake Chronicles in Tokyo
Watashi to Tokyo by Mari Kanazawa in Tokyo
Japanese Food-Food Lover’s Guide by Yukari Yamamoto in Tokyo
Gaijin Life by a Canadian gentleman in Tokyo
Leo’s Japan Food Blog in Tokyo
Eating Out In Tokyo With Jon
Fugu Tabetai in Tokyo
Japan Style in Tokyo
COCO’s Oriental Kitchen by angela Cooper in Tokyo
Free Online Japanese Food Recipes in Tokyo
Reminiscence in Tokyo
Cooking Japanese Style By Naoko, in Tokyo

CHUBU TRIBE
(Central Japan: Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi)
Good Beer & Country Boys in Aichi Prefecture
Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonbayashi in Shizuoka City!
Damonde Life by Matt Ryan in Hamamatsu & Enshu, shizuoka Prefecture
Mangantayon in Shizuoka Prefecture
Shizuoka Gourmet, Shizuoka Sake, Shizuoka Sushi, Shizuoka Shochu in Shizuoka Prefecture
Bryan Baird’s Beer & Brewery in Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture
A Modern Girl from Niigata and all over Japan!

KANSAI TRIBE
(Western Japan: Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Kyoto, Wakayama)
Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
Yellin Yakimono Gallery by Robert Yellin in Shizuoka Prefecture, just moved to Kyoto!
Colorfood Daidokoro in Osaka (Englis & French)
Dominique Corby In Osaka (in French, but can answer and read in English)
Nagaijin in Osaka
Kyoto Foodie in Kyoto
Our Adventures in Japan by K and S Minoo in Osaka
Japan Food Addict by Mai in Kyoto

CHUGOKU
(“Central Country”: Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi)
“Made in Matsue” in Shimane prefecture
Get Hiroshima Blog in Hiroshima
The Wide Island Review, The JET Programme Webzine Of Hiroshima Prefecture (includes food & drink articles)

SHIKOKU
(Shikoku Island: Kagawa, Kochi, Ehime, Tokushima)
Obachan’s Kitchen & Garden Balcony in Kochi Prefecture
Still Clumsy With Chopsticks in Kochi Prfecture (Continuation of Obachan’s Kitchen & Garden Balcony)
Rocking in Hakata by Deas Richardson

KYUSHU
(Kyushu Island: Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima)
Finding Fukuoka
Food from Fukuoka, Kyushu and Japan by Fumiko Soda
Fukuoka Sake Guide by Daisuke Ito
Quixotidienne in Kagoshima Prefecture

OKINAWA
(Okinawa Archipelago)
HWN Pake in Okinawa in Chatan, Okinawa
I’m sorry to say that Nate has just passed away and that his blog has disappeared, but I’ll keep it there as it is in his memory!
Dojo Bar in Naha
Eating Okinawa
Okinawa Hai!
Total Okinawa

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Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery