Category Archives: 駅弁

Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Kazutoyo Gozen in Kakegawa JR Railway Station

Kazutoyo Gozen/一豊御膳 refers to Kazutoyo Yamauchi, a Lord that lived in Kakegawa City during the Feudal Japan Era in the 16th Century and made famous in a TV Drama Series, while Gozen means “Repast”!
I bought this ekiben inside the Kakegawa JR Station on my way to work!

The whole ekiben could have made for a real present to take home!

As usual Jishotei Company in Hamamatsu City give precise explanations of the contents!

The ekiben as it looks without the sticker.
It is wrapped in very sturdy paper in the shape of a “furoshiki/bento box wrapping cloth”!

The box cover is another collector’s item with the introduction to the story of Lord Kazutoyo Yamauchi!

The inside was protected by a sheet of hard translucent paper and a wet towel was also provided!

Now, what do we have?

Two o-musubi/rice balls both molded into the shape of cherry blossom.
The first one is mixed with sansai/山菜/wild mountain vegetables and topped with a salted cherry blossom!

The second one consists of rice steamed into green tea from Kakegawa City!

Pickles and wasabi zuke to season the rice and a wagashi/Japanese cake made of anko/sweetmeats and jelly.

Chicken meat ball, simmered carrot, tofu flower atop a boiled sato imo/taro, boiled edamame, simmered burdock root, simmered shiitake mushroom, Takano tofu and Yuuba maki/tofu skin roll.

Maitake mushroom/Hen-of-the-Woods Mushroom tempura, prawn tempura and deep-fried sweet potato.

Salted matcha tea was provided to season the tempura!

The tempura once seasoned with salted matcha tea!

I wouldn’t mind going back to the 16th Century if people then ate like that!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Fuyu Chisen

Fuyu Chisen/冬千扇 means the “Thousand Fans of Winter”.
This is the fourth ekiben of a year-long limited series I already have introduced in Spring, Summer and Autumn! I finally made it all!

The ekiben as it was sold to me this morning at Shizuoka City Railway Station!

As usual Tokaiken has clearly written the contents on their wrap!

Some collectors will want this box!

Notice that it lies on the table in front of me on the Shinkansen Bullet Train!

Beautiful design, isn’t it?

As usual a film of rigid transparent paper protects the contents!

Now, what do we have?

Rice steamed with chicken and burdock root shavings and a little soy sauce.

Boiled lotus root and cucumber lightly marinated in rice vinegar.

Boiled green asparagus, steamed mushrooms, steamed sweet potato and mandarine orange.

Boiled egg with soft yolk seasoned with black sesame seeds, boiled string bean, carrot, burdock root, seaweed (konbu) and konyaku jelly.

Shuumai, Ebi chiri Harumaki/Shrimp Spring Roll and fried buri/Japanese Amberjack!

No better way to learn about Winter food in Shizuoka!

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Japanese Gastronomy: Katsuo Tataki at Waga!

Service: Very friendly and easy-going! Slow food!
Facilities: Very clean overall. Large and clean washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great list of sake and shochu. Typical izakaya gastronomy with a personal touch!

Shizuoka Prefecture, thanks to its long shores along the Suruga Bay, the richest Bay in Japan, and around the Izu Peninsula is replete with fish and seafood all year round. Comparatively little fish is imported from other shores and people here keep to seasonal fish.
Katsuo/鰹/Bonito, also called skipjack tuna, is a very popular fish in Japan and probably the only sustainable tuna species these days. It is also extensively eaten in the Maldives, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, France and Spain.
At the beginning of the Fall large schools swim across the Suruga Bay and the quality of the fish in Shizuoka supermarkets, sushi restaurants and Izakaya is simply extraordinary!

Naturally, it is delicious consumed raw as sashimi or cooked as “nimono”, “teriyaki” or in curries, but my preferred cuisine is tataki!
Although the method is simple enough, timing is crucial!

Freshness is also crucial.
Instead of preparing it beforehand, the chef at Waga, upon receiving the order, will cut out a large chunk from a fresh skipjack filet and grill it directly over the flame just long enough to sear the fish a few mm deep. He will then plunge it into icy water to stop the cooking and wipe it dry. Simple? Yes, but try it, and you will find out a lot of little details have to be taken into account!
The chef will then cut the katsuo in large slices and serve them artfully arranged on a plate with a light cold sauce/dressing.

For a perfectly balanced and beautiful dish he will prop the fish atop plenty of lettuce and decorate it with finely cut white leek and a quartered large plum tomato, all grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!
Of course, the dressing is a secret but it is based on soy sauce, ponzu and lime juice with soft spices!

WAGA
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, takajyo, 2-1-20, Kuroyanagi Bldg. 1F
Tel.: 054-271-7121
Business hours: 17:30~23:30, 17:30~26:00 (on Fridays, Saturdays and National Holidays)
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Healthy Gastronomy: Lunch at Capu (September 2011)

Service: Very friendly
Facilities: old but clean
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Vegetarian and ethnic cuisine. Easy-going atmosphere for all ages and trends. Home-made umeshu and biscuits.
Non-smoking on Second Floor!

There are times, even if you do not have any food priorities, that you wish for a light, healthy and tasty meal!


Capu is a quaint cafe and craft shop away from the centre of Shizuoka City but still within easy distance from the Railway Station.

It is minuscule with a single table on the first floor but enough seating on the non-smoking second floor.

Whenever possible I sit on the first floor among a cute bric a brac!

Have a good look as there are indeed some very interesting crafts and cakes/bicuits to purchase!

They always serve at least two vegetarian lunch sets but I opted for an omnivore offering this time: Melting Cheese abd Egg Curry Set!

Very healthy rice complemented with dark violet rice and sesame seeds.

Local vegetable salad.

Melting Cheese and Egg Minced Meat Curry.

Jasmin Tea.

The dessert of the day.

Vanilla ice cream and oats.

Now if you come in between lunch and dinner, that is at cafe time have a good look at their biscuits, cakes and drinks!

Food & Craft cafe CAPU/カフエカプ
3-6-13, Tokiwa-cho, aoi-ku, Shizuoka City, 静岡市葵ときわちょうー6-13
Tel.: 054-252-5343
Business hours: 12:00~21:00 (Sat. & Sun. ~22:00)
Closed on Wednesdays.
Private parties possible.
HOMEPAGE

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Fuji No Kuni at Shin Fuji JR Station

Yesterday on my way to Mishima City I managed to grab a Fuji No Kuni Ekiben at Shin Fuji JR Station (one of the two distinct stations in Fuji City) as the train was kind enough to stop for 5 minutes and allow me to buy it from the booth on the platform!

What with all the photographs to take I couldn’t finish it on the train and had to spend some time on the train platform in Mishima JR Station before I could leave to cover Mishima Taisha Festival!
“Fuji No Kuni” means “Mount Fuji’s Country” and this ekiben is a collection of Shizuoka Prefecture specialties!

Ekiben written both in Japanese and English!
A collector’s item? LOL

Like all ekiben companies tomiyouken Co. Ltd/富陽件 had clearly stated the contents on their price tag!

Chopsticks are found between the wrapping paper and the cover.

A complete explanation on a cute design is found on a small leaflet atop the transparent paper protecting the efood inside! Another collector’s item?

Now, what do we have?

Fresh ginger rice with edamame/新生姜ごはんと枝豆!

Fujinomiya City rainbow trout sushi/富士宮市のにじます野寿司!

A great combination of products from the sea and the land there!

Ko aji nanban zuke/こあじ南蛮漬/small pickled horse mackerels.
Shizuoka Prefecture Jyako Japanese pepper/静岡県産のじゃこ山椒/Jyako Sansyou.
Maguro no kakuni/鮪の角煮/simmered tuna.
Nasu no Ageni/茄子の揚げ煮/grilled and simmered eggplant/aubergine. Ingen/いんげん/stringbeans. Parsley/パセリ, mini tomato/ミニトマト.
Satsumaimo no amatsuyuni/薩摩芋の甘露煮/sweet potato simmered in sweet juices.

Chirimen shirasu/ちりめんシラス/Deep-fried sardine whiting.
Shizuoka Wasabizuke/静岡産山葵漬/Wasabi pickles from Shizuoka Prefecture in its capsule. Small bottle of soy sauce.

On the right Niwatori no Izu Miso tsukeyaki/鶏の伊豆みそ漬焼き/Chicken grilled with miso paste from Izu Peninsula.
At the top near the omelette, a slice of Yui no Kamaboko/由比野蒲鉾/Fish paste from Yui.
On top Amagi Shamo no Tamagoyaki/天城軍鶏の卵焼/Tamagoyaki-Japanese omelette made with Amagi Shamo chicken eggs!

I hope you will not need a dictionary!
In any case, absolutely delicious and intriguing!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Natsu Chisen

Saturday is a busy day and I just don’t have the time to go to a restaurant or back home.
No problem at all as the Shizuoka City JR Station is quite near!
As I knew that the new seasonal Summer Ekiben called Natsu Chisen/夏千扇/”The Thousand Fans of Summer” was on sale it was a good occasion to sample it!

Like the Spring edition, the box is longer than usual and beautiful and served with chopsticks and toothpick!

At 1,000 yen, it is not so cheap, but it is fresh and fast! And it is local food!

As usual the contents are clearly indicated by Tokaiken Co. Ltd.

A piece of hard transparent paper protects the contents.

Now, what do we have here?

Ume Chirime Han/梅ちりめん飯/steamed rice mixed with bits of umeboshi/pickled Japanese plum and fried shirasu/sardine whiting also called chirimenjyako!

Katsuo Ryuuta Age/鰹竜田揚/Deep-fried bonito which had been previously coated with cornstarch.
Salad of rice-vinegar-pickled cucumber, wakame seaweed and thin rice noodles.
Orange wedges.

Nikudango/肉団子/Meat ball in sweet and sour sauce.
Tamagoyaki/卵焼き/Japanese omelette (quite sweet!)
Salad of cooked beansprouts and senmai/せんまい/ a kind of wild mountain vegetable.

Yuba Hirouusu/湯葉ひろうす/Tofu ball containing vegetables.
Boiled stringbean and carrot, konnyaku/elephant’s foot tuber jelly, and simmered tougan/冬瓜/Winter melon in the shape of a leaf!

Lettuce around broiled aji/鯵/Horse mackerel and soy sauce mini bottle.
nasu/茄子/eggplant (aubergine), in this case mini-eggplant grilled, peeled and served with grated ginger!
The little green cube is matcha jelly!

Very satisfying and delicious. A real summer ekiben in spite of the name “Winter melon”!

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Shizuoka Ekiben/Railway Station Bento: Shizuoka Furusato Bento

Been in a bit of a hurry today and couldn’t prepare any schedule or meal.
I decided to visit the ekiben stand in Shizuoka City JR Railway Station for the first time in 3 weeks!

There I acquired an ekiben I had been wanting to sample for some time: Furusato Bento/Home Town (Home Country) Bento!

The wrapping paper ia almost a collector’s item showing the main agricultural products of our Prefecture! Can you see them?

Shizuoka Prefecture is most famous in Japan not only for Mount Fuji, but also for its green tea, oranges, strawberries and musk melons!

As usual, Tokaiken Co. had clearly stated the ingredients on its wrapper!

The food was well protected by the hard transparent paper cover. A hand towel was also provided. Good hygiene!

Now, what do we have here?

The rice was steamed with the juices of the Katsuo kakuni/鰹角煮/Simmered bonito, another typical product of Shizuoka Prefecture and a preserved chestnut.

Plenty to accompany the rice!

Simmered and boiled vegetables: Boiled carrot. Boiled taro/sato imo and cut in the shape of a mushroom! String bean. Konbu maki/simmered seaweed roll. Bamboo shoot. Fuki/蕗/giant butterbur.

Boiled shrimp, small bottle of soy sauce, tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette, lettuce and another specialty of Shizuoka: sakuraebi kakiage/Cherry shrimps tempura!

And one more specialty from Shizuoka: pickled wasabi stems and leaves!

And for dessert, a fruit from Shizuoka: Orange!

This ekiben was well-balanced with no meat but only seafood, eggs and vegetables, but was still very tasty and fulfilling!

To be continued…

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