Category Archives: Chinese Restaurants

Gastronomic destinations: Yokohama City-Tung Fat Chinese Restaurant (Honkan/Original Shop)

Service: Kind and attentive
Equipment & facilities: Ancient but very clean. Clean washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Traditional Chinese gastronomy

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There are all kinds and levels of Chinese gastronomy in Chinatown, Yokohama City, but Tung Fat is a secure venue with a great quality/price ratio!
Make sure you enter the right one as a family share many restaurants of the same nme on the same side of the same street.
Lunch is very reasonable and we asked for the regular set menus and added a couple a dishes!
Incidentally jasmine tea is free there!

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A very generous char siu set lunch!

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Actually, that single delicacy made the fame of this busy restaurant!

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The deep-fried shumai set lunch!

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Very tasty and satisfying shumai indeed!

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Both set lunches included plain rice, pickled Chinese cabbage and much appreciated stir-fried greens!

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A hearty hot tofu soup was also part of the lunch!

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Very tasty and crispy deep-fried Spring Rolls!

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Beautiful Xiaolongbao with very juicy meat inside! Superb!

TUNG FAT (Honkan/Orginal Shop)
Yokohama City, Naka Ku, Yamashita mMchi, 148
Tel.: 054-681-7273
Fax: 045-681-1056
Opening hours: 11:00~21:30 (~22:30 on Saturdays and days preceding a National Holiday)
Closed on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Healthy Chinese Gastronomy at CHAO in Shizuoka City (Cenova Department Store)!

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Avocado and Mushrooms Tianjin omelet rice!

Service: Kind, smiling and attentive in spite of a crowded place!
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Shared washroom with Cenove Department Store but very excellent. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Mild but very healthy All-Chinese gastronomy

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When it comes to reasonable, healthy food in a clean environment Cenova Department Store in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka Citycan be a blessing even if it is crowded at times.
Dragon recommended me CHAO the other day and I paid it my first visit at lunch today.
The place was actually busy but I was ushered in with a smile and attention.
When I placed my order the waitress went as far as to inquire if I had ordered too much!
So, what did I order?

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A set of five dimdung/点心!

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Great colors!
I checked after my meal, they do not use any monosodium glutamate (MSG) or artificial coloring or seasoning!

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From another angle!
Very tasty and light!

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Umami tappuri ebichiri/Sweet and sour chili shrimps with plenty of umami!

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Very appetizing indeed!

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The shrimps tasted fresh. Very mild for such a dish but this is Japan and especially Shizuoka where people are not too keen on hot food! Fine by me!

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Avocado and mushrooms Tianjin omelet rice!

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Another good point for Chao is that they do try to offer food with a little originality. Their four dishes including avocado was a revelation!

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Once again so healthy and tasty!

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As service, egg soup made with real chicken soup!

Another visit is definitely on the cards!

CHAO

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-1-1 Cenova Department Store, 5F
Tel.: 054-266-3095
Opening hours: 11:00~21:00
Private space possible for up to 7 guests
Parties welcome
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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Recommended Lunch Restaurants In Shizuoka Prefecture: Asian (November 2013)

LUNCH-ASIAN

Bain Seo, the Vietnamese equivalent, but a lot lighter, of a Japanese okonomiyaki at Annam, Shizuoka City!

Many people only have time to visit restaurants at lunch and it is certainly not easy to find a restaurant with a better lunch with all those cheap diners around!
Here is the sixth installment of a series of reports on recommended lunch restaurants in Shizuoka Prefecture which will be classified as follows:
-French
-Italian
-Western (American, European, et al)
-Japanese
-Asian
-Vegan & Vegetarian
-Ethnic
-Healthy
-For families

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NAMASTE NIPPON

Service: Very friendly, polite and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overall. Spacious washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A great blend of Indian and Nepalese cuisines. More than sufficient drinks list. Vegetarian set or single dishes available. Very generous portions!

NAMASTE NIPPON Nepalese-Indian Restaurant
420-0845 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oda Cho, 31-1, Ono Bldg, 1F (along the Kitakaido Street, 10 minutes walk from Cenova Department Store)
Tel. & Fax: 054-247-6775
Opening hours: 11:00~15:00, 17:00~22:30
Closed on Thursdays
Credit Cards OK
Paries welcome!
Take outs OK!

LUNCH-ANNAM

ANNAM

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb separate washrooms.
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive.
Strong points: Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine prepared and served by Vietnamese staff. Great use of local products. Vietnamese shochu!

ANNAM
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Kooyamachi, 6-6, Mitduhisa Building, 2F
Tel.: 054-250-2266
Fax: 054-250-2323
Business hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~22:30
Closed on Mondays
Parties welcome
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

LUNCH-SHIKINJO

SHIKINJO

Service: Friendly and attentive!
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean overal. Clean washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic Chinese gastronomy. Great dimsung/gyoza in 3 different forms!

SHIKINJO
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo Machi, 3-21-20, Kawai Bldg 1F
Tel. & fax: 054-2742727
Opening hours:
Weekdays: 11:30~13:30 & 17:30~22:00
Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Wednesdays.
Parties welcome
10 minutes walk from Shin Shizuoka Station in Cenova Department Store

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Gastronomic Destinations: Taiwan

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just came back from a very short stay in Taiwan!
Although my sojourn lasted only two nights, one day and a few hours, I still had time to form a first idea of the country, its people and food!

Until my next trip I can already affirm that:
-The general welcome felt better than I had expected. Warm people, comparatively soft-spoken and very helpful in spite of the language barriers.
-A lot lot lot cleaner than I had expected. No smoking in any buildings. No spitting. Old, sometimes very old buildings, but always clean inside. Old facilities, but clean. Station scrubbed to perfection.
-Great safety, Well I don’t know the seedier side (there is one even in every big city, even Tokyo!), but i flet safe walking in back streets at night.
-Last but not least great food, although nots as spicy as expected.
In a single sentence, i had to forget my expectations and learned a delightful lesson!

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having really little time and a dragon to deal with all the time, I took whatever pictures I could. I hope they will give you a little idea of what to expect!

Taipei Railway was spotless clean and the many shops reminded very much of Japan.

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They even served Taiwan-style oden!

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Peking Ducks in a small shop in Yingge!

As trains and taxis are really cheap ( a thiid of Japan!) we traveled to Yingge/鷲歌/Eagle song, a city famous all over Taiwan for its ceramics. Check Yingge Ceramics Museum!

Yingge is a small city full of sights worthy of a longer visit!
Like every city Yingge is full of small bikes and one has to be careful before crossing a street, the only drawback I found in this lovely country!
I took the picture a bove as I was waiting for the green light!

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Now, what does 金牛角/Golden Bull Horns stand for?
Taiwan-style Croissants!
Apparently very popular!

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We found this small noodle restaurant in the Ceramic Street, a site you must absolutely visit, but I don’t know how to pronounce its name.

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The small two characters at the top mean “Yingge”. And the last means “noodles”, but I don’t know how to pronounce the first two characters.
Maybe Tina can help me?

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The menu written in three languages was very useful!
You mark the orders on a special leaflet, you pay beforehand 8cheap!) and wait for the food!

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Look at both sides of the menu!

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Pork noodles!

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Appetizers: Simmered tofu, boiled eggs and seaweed!

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Seafood noodles!

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It was then back in Taipei in the rain and the dark looking for a restaurant called 杭州 小龍湯包 famous for its steamed 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao located near the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial.

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As usual we last our way but finally found it by sheer luck after interminable arguments!

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A very popular place with the locals!

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As in Yingge, same system with a menu to choose from and a leaflet on which to write your orders. This time you pay after the meal at the entrance.

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Our first taste of Taiwan beer!

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We had come for the sole purpose of sampling those 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao!

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Steamed pork 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao!

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Juicy Royal 小龍湯包/Xiaolongbao with pork and crab brains!

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And then it was back in the rain, loosing our way again and finding our destination by sheer luck again after many arguments again! the restaurant was supposed to be only 5 minutes from Taipei Central Railway Station….!
The dragon wouldn’t give me the time to take a picture of the restaurant sign board….
It is very famous (with quite a few Japanese businessmen among the guests), and the old lady taking the orders could speak English and Japanese!
But I somehow found the name as HAW JI or Haoji Dan Zai Noodles/好記担仔麺! Address in Taipei: Address: Qi Lin Lu 79, five minutes from Railway Station.

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A very interesting concept:
First you choose your orders pointing at the ingredients exhibited outside the first small eating room.

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one of the three kitchens!

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And then you move to the larger restaurant at the street corner where you are given a table and served!
You pay on your way out.

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More Taiwan beer!

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Fried rice and crab steamed inside bamboo leaves!

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Pork and shrimp noodles!

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Fried string beans and minced pork!

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Mapo doufu/麻婆豆腐/”Pockmarked-Face Lady’s Tofu”!
Not as hot as expected by the Dragon, but I personally loved it!

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Deep-fried prawns and pineapple!

We were absolutely full and satisfied after these two dinners!

This time we came to the hotel by taxi!

Looking forward to my (our?) next visit!

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Chinese Gastronomy with a Modern Japanese Twist: Quick dinner at Hana Oto in Shizuoka City (Late Spring 2012)!

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness. Beautiful toilets
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients in beautiful Chinese Cuisine. Great sake and shochu!

The Japanese have two concepts of the Chinese Gastronomy, the tradtional ones, especially with ramen, gyoza and the lot, and a modern one more Japanese as far as the creation is concerned but with Chinese-style condiments.
The latter has become a genre of its own allying the inherent qualities of both cuisines.

A typical example is Hana Oto in Shizuoka City, where it is increasingly becoming difficult to find a seat in spite of their moving to a larger address!

They endeavor to introduce and advertize local products whenever possible!
They have a special affinity for Japanese sake brewed at Takashima Brewery in Numazu City who also introduce local products such a edible seaweed on their labels!

Definitely the Japanese way to enjoy your drink!

The other night I had (would never complain about such a duty!) to pay them a quick visit for dinner with a couple of gentlemen. What did we order?

Spicy stir-fried tuna and lotus root with leeks!

Seared Amagi Shamo chicken bred in Shuzenji, Izu peninsula, whose feed includes local wasabi leaves and soy milk!
Sorry for the fuzzy picture, Hana Oto is a very dark place! LOL

Hot spicy vegetable salad, most of them organic from Matsuki farm in Fujinomiya City!

Organic Oura burdock root chips from Matsuki Farm!
Better than any fried potato!

Now, this is traditional Chinese gastronomy: Feep-fried pork meatballs! A beauty!

Alright, that was a delicious but very brief dinner, so let’s meet soon again there! LOL

HANA OTO/華音
420-0032 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryougae Cho, 5-8, Shin Kamogawa Bldg., 2F-D
Tel: 054-273-8591
Business hours: 17:30~24:00
Closed on Mondays

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Memorable Gastronomy with Shizuoka Products in 2011!

Fujiyama Wagyu Beef, Utogi Wasabi and Ameera Rubbins Pearl Tomatoes!

2011 was an eventful year for many reasons, some unwanted, even dreadful, and others more conducive to social happiness. I would prefer to remember the latter to help nurture a positive attitude towards a future we cannot predict! Being a convinced agnostic hedonist does help but I’m sure that gastronomes, whatever their credo, will realize how lucky we are in Shizuoka to be able to attain to ever-growing pleasures with seemingly simple local ingredients!
Here is a proposal for a full course, albeit a long one, representative of a dinner I would have enjoyed in 2011!

APPETIZERS/STARTERS:

Rainbow Trout Sashimi Plate!
These rainbow trouts are raised by Mr. Kunugi in Fujinomiya City!

in any repast drinks are most important as they are they insure the link between the dishes!
Japanese sake brewed by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!
These labels are of a particular interest as they advertized the edible seaweed varieties found in Shizuoka Prefecture!
Note: For friends who may not drink alcohol I would recommend ginger ale made with Shizuoka-grown ginger or Shizuoka green (and black!) tea under various forms!

Tomato Tempura!
Uzu Izakaya in Shizuoka City serves it regularly with organic tomatoes seasoned with home-made yuzu koshio paste!

Sakekasu tempura!
Setsugekka Soba Restaurant in Shimada City serves this tempura concocted qith sake lees produced by their neighbors at Oomuraya Brewery!

Carrot Soup and Carrot Leaves Mousse on a Tomato Bed!
All vegetables are organic served at Pissenlit in Shizuoka city making use of the whole vegetables!

Vegetables in Banya Cauda style!
As served at Piatto in Shizuoka City! All vegetables are organic and grown in Shizuoka!

FISH & SEAFOOD

Steamed Black Bass/Suzuki/鱸 from Suruga Bay and vegetables by Mr. Furuya in Asabata, Shizuoka City!
As prepared and served by Cham Chinese Izakaya in Shizuoka City with a light warm vinaigrette!

True Seabream/Madai/真鯛 with cockles and vegetables, all from Shizuoka!
As served Italian-style by Il Castagno in Shizuoka City!

Imperial Prawn/Sakura ebi/車海老 Tempura!
As served by Setsugekka Soba Restaurant in Shimada City!

MEAT

Fujiyama Wagyu Beef, Utogi Wasabi and Ameera Rubbins Pearl Tomatoes!
As prepared by the Missus and I!
Fujiyama Wagyu is one of the thirteen varieties of wagyu bred in Shizuoka Prefecture which positively compare to Kobe Beef!
The wasabi is grown by Maruichi Farm in Utogi, the birthplace of this most remarkable ingredient!
The Ameera Rubbins Pearl Tomatoes are grown in Iwata City!

Foie gras poele on Corn Galette with Madeira Sauce!
This can qualify as an extravagant appetizer too!
The galette was concocted at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City with high-grade Kankanmusume Corn grown by Chouchou Farm in Iwata City!

Jidori Chicken Poêlé served with a Old Mimolette Cheese topping!
Fuji City is famed for its Jidori Chicken and Gentil in Shizuoka City serves it in extravagant simplicity with a topping of 24-months old Mimolette Cheese!

DESSERTS

Soy sauce and Brown Sugar Mousse Cake, Frozen Organic Mandarine and Lemon Sorbet!

Tetsuya Sugimoto in Shizuoka City is a master of off the beaten track desserts!
The soy sauce is created by Amano Company in Gotemba City and the brown sugar is made with sugarcane grown in Kakegawa City. As for the mandarine and lemon, they are of course organic!

Carrot Crème Brulée and Mandarine Caramelisée!

As served at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City. Both the carrot and mandarine are organic!

Organic Carrot ice Cream!
This could be served as an appetizer, a refresher between dishes or a dessert at Comptoir de Bios in Shizuoka City!

Pheasant Egg Pudding and brown Sugar ice Cream!
Again created by Tetsuya Sugimoto in Shizuoka City with pheasant eggs produced in Hamamatsu City and brown sugar made from sugarcane grown in Kakegawa City!

Naturally I still have missed a lot and I sincerely hope I will be able to introduce other discoveries by the end of this year!

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Chinese gastronomy: Syouzui in Shizuoka City!

Service: Friendly
Facilities: Great general cleanliness. Excellent toilets
Prices: Reasonable to appropriate
Strong points: 小籠包/Xiaolongbao, Shanghai Crab Menu, mild (as opposite to spicy) Chinese food

Syouzui/祥瑞 was open in Shizuoka City in busy Ryougae-cho on the 29th of April this year and I finally managed to visit it last night with the Missus!

You can’t miss it!

Customers can purchase take-outs on the first floor while diners will go upstairs!

You can either sit at a central counter…

or at tables in front of the bay window or against the walls.

You will be tempted by the Shanghai Crab Menu!

A very clean place with modern sauce pots and…

modern white tableware!

You can choose one of the two good-value set courses…

or the Shanghai Crab menu, or from the carte. We ordered from the latter!

A friend of ours had recommended their sXiaolongbao/ショロンポウ/large dim sung containing soup.

They were served with fresh shredded ginger!

Mild wasabi Xiaolongbao.

Crab brain Xiaolongbao.

Pork sXiaolongbao.

Next we had vegetables wantan soup!

Crab and shrimp shumai! Particularly delicious!

Very mild maboudoufu/Mapo doufu/麻婆豆腐!

The fried rice was very mild too!

Instead of dessert we had another round of dim sung: Shrimps Xiaolongbao!

The cuisine is of a good level although a bit too mild for some, but the Xiaolongbao and the shumai deserve a visit any time day or night!

SYOUZUI/祥瑞
Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 3-6, 2F
Tel/Fax: 054-272-3303
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:30~22:00
Credit cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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Chinese Cuisine: Dinner at Shikinjyo (July 2011)!

Service: Very friendly
Equipment: Very clean. Traditional
Prices: reasonable
Strong Points: Beijing gastronomy. Dumplings. Old Chinese rice wines

Is had been quite some time since I visited Shinkinjyo, a Chinese restaurant whose owner and all staff come from Beijing.
They serve authentic Chinese gastronomy and endeavor to introduce new dishes from time to time. All ingredients are fresh and their dumplings are simply first class, without any pretention or ostentation.

They have regular dishes that will never disappear fortunately and we always order them while trying the new offerings.
This dinner of ours might need a second visit very soon as there are just too many of them!

Homely atmosphere!

The salad always offered graciously on the house is certainly welcome!

One of Shikinjyo’s specialties: half-cooked potato salad! Great with any drink!

Sauteed liver and vegetables is a recent addition! Very heathy!

The specialty that everyone asks for: deep-fried minced pork balls!
Served with a special salt mixture!

I never fail to taste one of their old Chinese rice wines!

This one is over 8 years old!

Dumplings of all kinds, fried, steamed or boiled are their true specialty!
Fried leeks and pork gyoza. Full of juices as you break them!

Deep-fried cheese and vegetables Imperial rolls!

Steamed seafood dumplings! Again so juicy inside!

Deep-fried white flesh fish in sweet and sour sauce!

Alright this is all a bit short!
Shall we consider this only as part 1? LOL
Fried pork and leek gyoza!

SHIKINJO/紫禁城
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo Machi, 3-21-20, Kawai Bldg 1F
Tel. & fax: 054-2742727
Opening hours:
weekdays: 11:30~13:30 & 17:30~22:00
Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Wednesdays.
Parties welcome

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Chinese Gastronomy with Shizuoka Products: Cham (new)

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great cleanliness overall. Traditional
Prices: very reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Great use of local Shizuoka Vegetables and products. Great Chinese Teas! Full Shizuoka Course on reservation! Shizuoka sake!
no-smoking-logoFully non-smoking!

Mr. Atsushi Tomura, after 3 years spent on the other side of town decided to move to a new address last April and adopt a new concept for his beautiful Chinese gastronomy, almost exclusively made, especially vegetables, with products of Shizuoka Prefecture.

Instead of continuing with a large restaurant and the subsequent staff, he chose an old traditional Japanese izakaya, whose former owner had just just retired after 34 years of business, sitting only 7 people (do reserve on the phone beforehand!) and with a kitchen large himself for himself alone!

This allows for a closer and more intimate relationship with his customers in the true izakaya tradition!

Talking of which, you can order not only beer, wine, shochu and so on but also beautiful Shizuoka sake! Non-drinkers will be glad to learn that they can order top-class Chinese teas!

Well-chosen and reasonably-priced white wine is available!

These enormous contraptions help Tomura San make his specialty; Steamed food!

He also proves great concern for healthy food with his own konbu shiyo/昆布塩/salt and seaweed mixture!
And incidentally, very unusual in an izakaya, the place is entirely non-smoking!

Although you can reserve a full Shizuoka Products Course in advance here is a suggestion for a first meal at Cham:
First, you must try Tomura San’s dish of steamed seasonal vegetables all coming from Furuya garden in Asabata, Shizuoka City.
These are served with two kinds of salt and soy sauce from Gotemba City in Shizuoka Prefecture!
You will discover the true taste of really delicious and fresh vegetables!

Next order a steamed combination of vegetables and fish, Suruga Bay isaki/chicken grunt in this case, seasoned with a very light dressing!
And do not be afraid to ask questions! Tomura san will be more than happy to explain everything in detail!

Next, the sweet and sour pork!
I know a lot of Chinese friends who will not bother going back home to savor it!

These are not minced meat balls but thin pork belly strips rolled into the shape of balls!

The perfect accompaniment, home-made and steamed Chinese buns!

Skip dessert and do try the scrumptious fried nira/Chinese chives dumplings!

Well, frankly and truly speaking, this is only the start of a long relationship: seasonal ingredients only, almost all Shizuoka ingredients, everything cooked in front of you and the whole in such a friendly and intimate atmosphere! What else can you ask for?

To be continued…

CHAM
Shizuoka Shi, Suruga Ku, Minami Cho, 6-7, inside Irifune Yokocho
Tel.: 054-285-7115
Business hours: 17:00~24:00; lunches on order only (1 day advance)
Closed on Sundays unless dinner is reserved at least 24 hours ahead
HOMEPAGE

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Chinese Cuisine: Hana Oto

Service: Very friendly and attentive
Equipment: Great general cleanliness. Beautiful toilets
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Great use of local ingredients in beautiful Chinese Cuisine. Great sake and shochu!

Whatever the nationality or the genre of the gastronomy, a good chef makes an exclusively use of ingredients not only superlative but whenever possible local! Only then the skills make the difference between a good and a great chef!

The entrance to Hana Oto/華音 is simple and unassuming, always a good sign!

Chef Yuusuke Toozaki/登崎雄介 had recently to move to a larger establishment to be able to welcome all his guests!
It is always a good idea to reserve a seat either at the counter or on the tatami floor!

The man himself (frightening smile!)

First of all he caters for all tastes as far as drinks come!

A shochu paradise!

You may as well as consult him before choosing a shochu if that is what you want!
Of course beer and wine are available!

Nice tokkuri!

As for the Japanese sake, there is plenty to choose from, too!
At least three great sake from Shizuoka Prefecture are catered!

Now Hana Oto is one of the rare restaurants serving Amagi Shamo, arguably the best chicken in the Prefecture and probably Japan!

This chicken is, among others, fed with wasabi leaves and soy milk from Izu Peninsula!

Served with freshly grated Shizuoka wasabi (and maybe a little soy sauce), a rare delicacy!

On that night I had beautiful sake brewed by Eikun (Yui) and Sugii (Fujieda) breweries!

Jukusei Tomato to Tamago Pirikara Itame/熟成とまとト卵ピリ辛炒め/Stir-fried hot ripe tomatoes and eggs!

Toozaki san makes an extensive use of the best quality vegetables of the Prefecture!
These ripe tomatoes were grown at Suzuki Tomato Garden in Shizuoka City!

A fulfilling and healthy dish with a great balance!

Unctuous eggs fried to perfection!

Nasu no Shyouga Shoyu Itame/茄子の生姜醤油炒め/Stir-ried eggplants in ginger and soy sauce!

These eggplants were grown organically in a family garden in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, proving a great search for the best ingredients!

Matsuki Farm Romeenu Retasu to Hikiniku no Pirikara Itame/松木ファームロメーンレタストひき肉のピリ辛炒め/Hot stir-fried Matsuki Farm Romaine Lettuce and minced meat!

The Romaine lettuce was organically grown at Matsuki Farm in Fujinomiya City!

Well, you can be assured this is only the start of a long relationship considering the untried dishes and the changes with seasons!
Keep tuned! LOL

HANA OTO/華音
420-0032 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Ryougae Cho, 5-8, Shin Kamogawa Bldg., 2F-D
Business hours: 17:30~24:00
Closed on Mondays

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Chinese Gastronomy: Shizuoka Products at Cham

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great cleanliness overall
Prices: very reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Great use of local Shizuoka Vegetables and products. Great Chinese Teas!
no-smoking-logo non-smoking at lunch time/Fully non-smoking from April!

Chinese is a very popular cuisine, but when you discover it is exclusively made with local vegetables, meat and seafood, you have no reason left to ignore it!

Mr. Atsushi Tomura, a very talented young chef, opened Cham in Sptember 2008 with his wife and an apprentice.
He will actually move to another address nearer to the JR Station in April, while his apprentice will go back to his family’s business in Fujieda City.
Check both addresses and homepage at the end of this article!

Since it was my firs (belated) visit I opted for the lunch set.
It is superb combination of vegetables I stopped counted and some meat and seafood.
All vegetables exclusively come from the farm of Mr. Furuya in Asabata, Shizuoka City!
Since they obviously use only seasonal vegetables, you can expect this particular offering to change rapidly!

I’ll try to explain what I had the pleasure to savor, but I’m sure to miss a lot as they were simply too busy to explain in detail. That will have to wait until my next visit(s)!
The above is a dish concocted with5 different daikon, meat and miso paste with eggs in soboro style served with ice plants and red lettuce for warpping.

Pork belly wrapped in Chinese Cabbage and served with katsuona Leaf vegetable.

Kiku imo.

Violet and white Cauliflower and Romanesco Cauliflower and Daikon/turnips.

Ajiwai Dori Chicken roll.

Broccoli and shrimps.
Most dishes had their sauce or dressings under the vegetables for better viewing!

Wakame seaweed and egg soup.

Home-made almond toufu for dessert.

They also offer a great choice of rare Chinese teas of extremely high quality!

The one I chose was called 西湖龍井茶. a real beauty!

Naturally they other Chinese favorites suc as Shoyu raamen, Shyo Raamen, Kuro Kosy\ho Tantanmen, Kuro Kosho Chahan and Yaki Gyoza.
But that is for my next visit!

Incidentally, given one day in advance, they can devise a completely vegetarian menu on order!

Cham
420-0072 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, 2 Ban-Cho, 4-1
Tel/Fax: 054-253-1300
Business hours: 11:00~14:00; 17:00^22:00
Closed either on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Call beforehand!
(Until end of March)

Shizuoka Shi, Suruga Ku, Minami Cho, 6-7, inside Irifune Yokocho
Tel.: 054-285-71115
Business hours: 17:00~24:00; lunches on order only (1 day advance)
HOMEPAGE
(from April 17th)

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