Category Archives: Desserts

Vegan Japanese Cakes: Wagashi at Friand Kadoya in Shizuoka City!

Wagashi/和菓子, or “Japanese Cakes” are a boon for people who don’t eat eggs or dairy products.
No wonder they are witnessing a boom all over the world!
And true tradtional wagashi are not only healthy and tasty but also so artistic!

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now, in Shizuoka City there a splendid and very traditional cake shop called Friand Kadoya which makes both European-style and wagashi cakes!
It is a famous establishment place and their wagashi can be enjoyed at Issa Kissa in Shizuoka JR Station!
Actually the shop stand less than 10 minutes on foot from the Shizuoka JR Station South Exit!

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“Friand/ふりあん” can be loosely translated as “gourmet’s pleasure”, although the French will useful it in the expression, “Je suis friand de…/I love…”. The word “friandise/sweets” is the noun for the adjective “friand”!

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Mr. Eiji Asaba/浅場栄一さん is the 3rd geneartion owner/chef at Friand Kadoya.
After graduating from High School he spent 2 years learning his craft in a wagashi cake school in Tokyo for 2 years and worked for 2 and a half more years in Tokyo before working under his father’s supervision for 13 years. he has been the owner and chef for the last 7 years following the father’s departure from this world.

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The wagashi cakes are separately displayed.
They are exclusively made with komeko/rice flour grown and produced in Japan. Sometimes he does have to use a little wheat flour.
All coloring used in his cakes are either of natural vegetable and fruit origins or coloring only registered and allowed by the Japanese Government.

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March being a very busy season I had to content myself with a short chat with Mr. Asaba, a very affable man, and taking enough photographs to give you an indication of the true delicacies and works of art in wait for you!

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All wagashi can be bought separately, in pairs or in packages of varying volume!

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Traditional Sakura Mochi!

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O-mochi wrapped in red shiso/perilla leaves!

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Kimi Shigure!

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Yuri no Ne!

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Macha o-mochi filled wit sweetmeats!
A Very Shizuoka wagashi!

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Haru Urara!

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Haru no Yosooi!

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Ryuryoku Kakou!

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Haru no Ogawa!

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Sanshyoku Sumire!

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Kochyou!

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Hanami Zakura!

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Hatsu Zakura!

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Miyoshino!

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Na no Hana!
I’ve already had the pleasure to taste that one!

First of all expect all these cakes to be tasted and introduced in future postings! As they are seasonal, this promises to be long series!

And as soon as Mr. Asaba is not so busy I will interview him at work!

FRIAND KADOYA Western and Wagashi Cakes

Chef: Eiji Asaba/浅場栄一さん
422-8062 Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Inagawa, 1-2-29
Tel.: 054-285-6860
Fax: 054-284-7037
Opening hours: 09:00~19:00
Closed on Mondays and some holidays in January and August

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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French dessert: Saffron Creme Brulee and Pistachio Ice Cream at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

Saffron (or saffran, the spice) has the image of a seasoning used in combination dishes such Spanish paella, french Bouillabaisse or Indian rice, but it can also be used for extraordinary, is seemingly simlpl, desserts!

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Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん at Pissenlit French Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, has come with this original creme brulee, basically vanilla seasoned, with an extra twist: saffron!
Once you have cracked the thick and succulent caramel toppings you will discover a very elegant creme with a mysterious flavor!

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Although the concept is French in essence, the home-made pistachio will add another aroma from the Mediterranean and middle East!
Note the fine saffron pistils sprinkled over the ice cream!
A rare treat and surely a discovery!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Vegan Christmas Cakes & New Year Confectionery: Japanese Wagashi!

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Pyramid-style Christmas Tree?

Here are some more suggestions for Christmas Cakes through re-published articles!
Have fun!

NOTE: I’m an unrepentant agnostic hedonist (and an omnivore to boot!), but since some of my vegan and vegetarain friends are Christian, I hope these pictures will inspire them!

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Flowery Christmas!

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What’s in Santa’s bag?

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Bring your forks and knives!

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Holy (Holly) Christmas!

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For the toddlers!

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Pity you have to eat it!

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Definitely Japanese-style!

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They almost look like sushi!

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Elegant simplicity!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Italian Dessert Gatsronomy: Budino-Ricotta Cheese Puding at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

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When you order “pudding” for dessert at Soilo Italian Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, you will first have to say “Budino”, and then don’t expect something in a small round dish!

This great pudding you delightfully cut through with a spoon was concocted with extravagant ricotta cheese!
It results in multi-flavored dessert you take time to enjoy a little at a time to rediscover all its facets!

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Since all the food is seasonal at Solio you can expect late Autumn fruit at this time of the year, including squat persimmons which were first grown in Shizuoka Prefecture a long, long time ago!

Once again, simple and sublime!

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Fruit Tart, Ice Cream & Coffee Pot at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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First visit at tea time!

Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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The typhoon was still raging when I decided to take refuge at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
After lunch the previous day I also wanted to take the pulse of the place at tea time/cafe time.
Naturally it was almost full with the difference that this time customers were more of all ages.

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nice atmosphere on a rainy day!

I also noticed that more people were taking the opportunity to browse the books on display and sale that you may read on the premises even if you don’t buy any!
I hadn’t had the time to take lunch so I confess I was a bit hungry and decided to opt for a big dessert!

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I ordered a fruit to which I added a supplement of home-made framboise (raspberry) ice cream!
Beautiful colors and so appetizing!
I also ordered a pot of coffee, the equivalent of at least three cups, which made for great value!

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I found their concept of a fruit tart both generous and intelligent.
They bake enormous marzipan tart beforehand and decorate them with plenty of fruit freshly cut and placed on a minimum of cream or custard which allows you to savor the fruit first and ten dig into the tart and washing it all down with plenty of coffee! Certainly a lot healthier than usual and with such a natural taste!

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Beautiful cranberry sauce you could spread on the tart after you have you have devoured the fruit!

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But raspberry ice cream for my sweet tooth first!
Beautiful balance there: plenty of fruit and not oversweet!

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And plenty of hot coffee served the right way!

Now, I have two small problems:
1) It will take more visits at lunch and tea time before I can tackle dinners!
2) I will have to avoid making it a habit, or people will think I’m addicted! LOL

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!

Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE
FACEBOOK
Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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10 Halloween Treats in Japan (Shizuoka Prefecture actually!)!

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Shizuoka Prefecture is famous for its melons!

Halloween is around the corner and all shops have certainly turned orange, the color of pumpkins!
It can sometimes become boring but if you try to stay positive there are many pictures to take and many ways to celebrate!

Here are 10 of my favorites here in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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1) Halloween Bento!
Note the orange pumpkin inside it to justify the name!

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2) Halloween Chou!
The Japanese cannot imagine a dessert without some kind of chou, chou a la creme, or chou cream popping up in their heads!
This particular ones are filled with chocolate custard. All home-made!

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3) Halloween Donuts!
Discovered in a department store in Numazu City!

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4) Halloween Melon!
This is my favorite! I couldn’t introduce it just after the top picture!
Shizuoka Prefecture is known all over Japan for its melons!

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5) Halloween Gratin!
A large one for he whole family!
If you want the recipe, I’ll be glad to send it to you!

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6) Halloween Kabocha Croquettes!
Sophisticated French gastronomy in Japan!

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7) Halloween Kabocha Gratin!
A bit of a repeat, but the design is so cute!
I can also send you the recipe on request!

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8) Halloween Apples!
Taken during the Daidogei Street performance Festival!

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9) Halloween panckes!
Another way to prepare pancakes with kabocha!
I can send you the recipe on request!

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10) Halloween Pop Corn!
The ultimate American Junk Food!

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For a better view!

Wait until Christmas for another surprise!

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French Desserts at Pissenlit French Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

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For all its French concept I very much doubt you will find such a dessert in France! See below.

Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish. Very inventive French gastronomy.

I have always had a sweet tooth and a weakness for desserts although I do not appreciate over sweet dishes. I’m always looking for something more natural combining inventiveness with classical concepts.
I Always make a point to order desserts at Pissenlit French Restaurant in shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, as Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん is always bound to come up with unexpected and sublime desserts which will not tax your health!
Here is a succinct selection of what I \had the pleasure to enjoy recently!

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This two-tier dessert was created with “croquignolles”, both very soft and crisp biscuits made with plenty of egg whites.

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Home-made ice creams, caramel at bottom and Darjheling Te in between with seasonal fruits!

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It was certainly a rare pleasure to open the whole and admire it before devouring it!

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here is another example of the same cake with strawberry ice cream.
The sauces are custard and raspberry!

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As I said above I very much doubt you will find this concept back in France?
Now, what is this blanc-manger made of?

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Black sesame (no pun intended!) with black sesame and pear sorbets, and decorated with custard and raspberry sauces!

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Although it does look very familiar the concept probably doesn’t exist in France either!

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The mousse cake is made with kinako/dry soy bean powder!

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The ice-cream is also made with kinako and local brown cane sugar!
Sorry for the blurry pic. I had to hurry before it melted away!

Looking for more! LOL

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Japanese Vegan Dessert Recipe: Daigaku Imo-Deep-fried Sweet Potatoes in Syrup-大学芋 (Professional Recipe)

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A lot of sweet potatoes are found in the supermarkets these days and as the scholar year second term is starting, the Japanese, young and old alike are looking forward to eating traditional desserts made with these tubers.
“Daigaku Imo” in Japanese means “University Potato” as the University students in the Kanda District, Tokyo, were very fond of this dessert back in Taisho Era. The same dessert, which has somewhat disappeared during WWII came into fashion again thanks to the students of the prestigious Tokyo University!

I already have introduced a recipe some time ago, but this is one is more professional (but still easy).
As usual I leave the proportions to your liking!

INGREDIENTS:

Raw sweet potatoes
Oil
Black sesame seeds

Water
San-ontou sugar/三温糖 (if not available use red sugar or brown sugar)
Mizuame/水あめ/”Water sugar” (if not available use corn syrup)

RECIPE:

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Clean the sweet potatoes thoroughly.

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Better than a knife use a vegetable peeler to peel all skin.

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Make sure not to leave any skin or “eye”. Clean rapidly in water.

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Cut to bite size and clean in new water.

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Important tip. Cut the sharp edges away. The potato will not crumble when being deep-fried and the “bite” will be improved!

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In a proportion of 1 for water and 2 for sugar, heat until sugar has completely dissolved stirring all the time.

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Add the syrup and stir until completely dissolved.
As an indication, the proportions i use is:
Water: 200 cc (1 cup)
Sugar: 400 g
Syrup: 150 g

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When the whole has dissolved turn off the fire.

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Deep-fry at 170 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes.

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Scoop out and keep out for a while.

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Check that the oil is at 170 degrees Celsius and deep-fry a second time until the sweet potatoes have attained a nice “fox brown” color.
leave them on a piece of kitchen paper for a while to absorb excess oil.
Place on a place and pour plenty of syrup over them.
Sprinkle black sesame seeds liberally and serve!

Point:

Proceed with the first deep-frying first.
Deep-fry them a second time only when you are ready to eat them.
Deep-frying in two will give you crisp potatoes!
Re-heat the syrup if necessary although this dessert can be appreciated at any temperature!

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Japanese Vegan Dessert: Chetsnuts Wagashi-Kurikinton-和菓子の栗きんとん

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The chestnut picking season is just around the corner in Shizuoka Prefecture and more particularly in Makinohara where it is officially announced as starting on the 14th!
Chestnuts have been since ancient times a great source of food not only for its nuts but also as a basic ingredient for cakes and even bread (far healthier than wheat flour bread incidentally!)!

Here is recipe for a typical wagashi cake called kuri kinton that should please any priorities!

INGREDIENTS:

Chestnuts: 500g
Maple syrup: 100cc~
Water: 50cc~
Natural salt: a pinch

RECIPE:

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Wash the chestnuts well before making a thin indent with a knife steaming them for about 50 minutes.

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Spoon out the chestnuts into a bowl taking care not to scoop any skin with it.

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Pour all the chestnuts inside a food processor and process until all the chestnuts are well broken. Add salt. Adding water and syrup a little at a time process until all ingredients are used.

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Sieve into a pan.
Cook over a little fire for a while to lower the humidity.

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Spread thinly over a clean cloth to take out excess humidity.

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Roll small balls (size of your liking!) and wrap them into cellophane paper. Twist paper hard to create shape.

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Unwrap and top with some syrup and a nicely cut piece of steamed chestnut!

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By adding some soy milk and more maple syrup you can create a beautiful marron paste!

So easy and healthy!
Enjoy!

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Italian Desserts: Royal Milk Tea Panacotta & Ciccolato Fondente at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

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Yesterday was one of those very rare Sunday evening when we go out together to enjoy a repast on that particular day of the week.
Although this is the second time we visited Solio in less than 2 weeks this had been planned for some time.
Now, we had the occasion to enjoy two cute little desserts I have the pleasure to introduce here.
Note that good Italian restaurants in Japan come up with far more simple and sophisticated desserts than in Italy!

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First: Royal Milk Tea Panacotta!

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Adding seasonal fruit contributes so much to elegance, colors and taste!

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This Royal Milk Tea is both rich and light as the Japanese do not add as much sugar as we Europeans.
The result is a light and sophisticated panacotta that leaves such a nice fianl not after a rich dinner!

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Ciccolato Fondente, the Italian cousin of a Fondant au Chocolat!

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Once again seasonal fruit add so much to balance and also health!

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The cake itself is so cute and small enough not to worry you about the calories!

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I surprised everyone when I asked for a knife, but is there a better way to make you discover the little treasure out of its trove?
Absolutely succulent! A sin!
Once again a big thank to Chef Takehiko Katoh/加藤武彦

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Happy hour: 16:00~17:00: 1,000 yen set-3 appetizers plate and 1 glass of house wine!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

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French Dessert: Chocolate Ravioli at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat and caught fish.

Ravioli are certainly a universally popular way of cooking pasta but have you ever imagined it as a dessert in French cuisine?
It looks so simple, tasty and elegant but it requires some skill!

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Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん is always looking forward to offer something off the beaten tracks, even with seemingly common ingredients, but keeping things simple at all times!
So the dessert I recently enjoyed in the heat of summer consisted of the above home-made chocolate ice-cream, an offering definitely aimed at an adult sweet tooth!
The little tomadillo is organic and Shizuoka-grown!

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Now, this multi-layered vanilla and chocolate Marquise cake must have taken some time to concoct!

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The cold chocolate ravioli!
Not that simple to keep them ready although I have an inkling they are made at the very last minute and cooled down in ice!

A last note: the sauce is vanilla and framboise/raspberry coulis!

I hope I gave you some ideas for your next party!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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Umeshu: Umeshu with Organic Plums Harvested in Shizuoka City!

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The other day I received a phone call a phone call from my good friend, Ms. Asami Itoh who just succeeded in her father’s steps as the new president and owner of Marufuku Tea Factory in Shizuoka City. She is a very busy lady as she is also active in producing tea bags at her other venture, CHA-O Company.

She was inviting me to join her and her sister, Aya, in the harvesting of organic Japanese plums growing on trees inside a property that her family owns up in the mountains in Umegashima!

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Although Umegashima is located inside Shizuoka City, it took us more than an hour of driving up the mountains away from civilization up to a point located at 1000 meters altitude where the road ended in front of a small Shinto Shrine!

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At that very spot you will discover the highest altitude green tea fields in Japan!

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From there we had to walk down a precipitous lane for about 15 minutes while Asami was carrying down the necessary equipment on a rail cart that most farmers use in Shizuoka Prefecture where a lot of agriculture is conducted on the sheer slopes across the Japanese Southern Alps.

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We soon reached a Japanese traditional farm house that Asami’s father had completely refurbished. I just can’t imagine how they brought up all this wood, pillars, rafters, beams and whatever else in that spot completely isolated from car roads!
But the house itself is already worth the expedition. I can imagine many of my artist and writer friends falling in love with this abode away from everything where mobile phones don’t work, although the place is equipped with electricity, gas, toilets and bathroom!

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Safety lamps in case of a blackout!

The place contains a mountain of antiques gathered over the year by Asami’s father and I can guarantee you that the place is safely locked away. What with intruders regularly stealing valuable mountain vegetables growing on the property!

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There is plenty of room for sleeping but this hammock just feels great in the heat of summer! Incidentally it snows up there in winter!

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Japanese antique tansu/箪笥/chest!

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More authentic antique tansu!

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Antique rice straw rain gear!

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A real Japanese antique irori/囲炉裏sunken hearth!

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Even the stairway and hand rail are antiques!

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An array of authentic antique kokeshi dolls/コケシ all signed up by artists!

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The three of us spent a good 4 hours harvesting Japanese plums overhead as the lower branches ahd been eaten out by wild deer!
I made a mistake not to wear boots in the muddy ground and I was beaten by a leech! Yes, a leech at 1000 meters altitude!

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We first dropped the plums into individual wicker baskets secured around the waist.

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There were (unfortunately inedible) mushrooms everywhere!

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Japanese plums are best harvested just before they start changing color!

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Naturally the crop was carried up to the small car park via the rail tractor!

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Apparently this year’s crop was not very good but we must have collected 50 kg of them!

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Although I was asked to take more with me I was allowed to choose enough of the bigger ones to bring back home to make umeshu.
Usually people use cheap white liqueur and koorizato/crystal sugar, last year I made them with local shochu, sake and koorizato, but this time I used only sweet potato shochu and a bottle of the only mirin/sweet sake made in Shizuoka Prefecture by Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City!

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You will not find such an extravagant umeshu in any shop!

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I still had enough left for Dragon (my worse half!) to make (from left to right): plums in fruit vinegar and honey, plum soy sauce and white wine umeshu!

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She even made plum chutney!

Looking forward to tasting this great umeshu in winter. And of course it will be a rare treat to eat or use the plums in recipes!

Marufuku Tea Factory (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu, Cho, 25
Tel.: 054-271-2011
Fax: 054-271-2010
Mobile: 090-3250-4188

CHA-O (Director, Ms. Asami Itoh)
420-0006 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Wakamatsu Cho, 94
Tel: 054-253-8421
Fax: 054-253-8413
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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French Dessert: Apricot Tart at Caravin in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very friendly if a bit shy.
Facilities and equipment: overall very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic French and European bistro gastronomy. Slow food. Excellent and reasonable wine list.

As i mentioned before, when it comes to cakes, I’m a sucker for any fruit tarts at any time of the day, even at breakfast or in the wee hours of the morning back from a drinking binge!
I’m practically scouring all the cake shops (very few to my liking unfortunately) and bistros/restaurants (with far better results!) in their search!

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In winter you do have to do with what is available and when it comes to apricots only the preserved ones are left… Even so, Caravin in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku somehow managed to create this little beauty to comfort me during my last visit!

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Served warm with a dollop of home-made caramel ice-cream, what more can you ask for?
The marzipan is just perfect with the right light but satisfying bite and the taste is so simple and exquisite!

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And I wouldn’t give the crusty border to anyone!

CARAVIN
Shizuoka City, Takajo, 2-25-17
Tel.: 054-246-3539
Opening hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Cards OK

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Christmas Cake: Vegetarian & Vegan Japanese Wagashi/和菓子-Christmas Cakes Pictures

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Pyramid-style Christmas Tree?

Here are some more suggestions for Christmas Cakes through re-published articles!
Have fun!

NOTE: I’m an unrepentant agnostic hedonist (and an omnivore to boot!), but since some of my vegan and vegetarain friends are Christian, I hope these pictures will inspire them!

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Flowery Christmas!

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What’s in Santa’s bag?

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Bring your forks and knives!

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Holy (Holly) Christmas!

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For the toddlers!

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Pity you have to eat it!

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Definitely Japanese-style!

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They almost look like sushi!

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Elegant simplicity!

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Christmas Cake: Japanese Matcha Bavarois

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I thought it might help my friends to re-publish some of the best Japanese cakes I have introduced before for suggestions for the coming Christmas!

This one is Japanese Matcha Bavarois!

Matcha/抹茶, an ingredient readily available here in Shizuoka, opens the door to so many ideas as it can included in almost all cakes.
Moreover, its green colour is an extra attraction that is difficult to resist!
Here is the recipe for a cake that marries western and eastern traditions!
Just think of alternative decorations fro Christmas! ( a Green Christmas?)

INGREDIENTS: For a 21 cm diameter mold (can be adapted to square molds or individual molds)

-Sponge Cake:
Eggs: 3 large
Sugar: 70 g
All purpose flour: 40 g
Matcha powder: 1 tablespoon
Butter (unsalted): 25 g

-Bavarois:
Milk: 200ml
Fresh cream (vegetal): 200 ml
Egg whites: 3
Sugar: 50 g
Gelatin: 5 g
Matcha powder: 1 tablespoon
Water (to dissolve matcha powder): 5 tablespoons
Matcha liqueur (optional, but try and find it or replace with something else according to taste!): a little

-Decoration jelly (nappage):
Matcha powder: 2 tablespoons
Gelatin: 5 g
Sugar: 40 g
Water: 250 ml

Supplementary decoration (optional):
Chestnuts (cooked)
Black beans (cooked)
Candied mint leaves

RECIPE:

-Sponge Cake:
Separate the whites and yolks of the eggs, beat the yolks until thick and lemon colored, add the sugar gradually.
Mix matcha powder and sifted flour. Mix in butter by hand (with the tips of your fingers). Add egg yolks and sugar and mix well. Cut and fold in the stiffly beaten egg white.
Bake in an ungreased pan in a very moderate oven.
Bake until the cake is puffed, has lost its shine, and springs back when gently pressed.
Let cool completely and trim off to shape of the cake mold.
Line the cake mold with a layer of sponge cake.

-Bavarois:
Soften jelly in cold water or dissolve it depending on type.
Whisk the the egg whites thick and hard with sugar.
Bring the milk and fresh cream to boil.
Switch off fire.
Add matcha powder and matcha liqueur and mix well.
Let cool completely. Add and mix in gelatin.
Fold in egg whites.
Pour the bavarois over the sponge cake and leave in refrigerator overnight.

-Decoration jelly:
Soften gelatin or dissolve in a little water.
In a pan pour in water, matcha powder, sugar and heat to dissolve sugar. Switch off fire and add gelatin. Mix weel.
Wait until it has cooled off completely.
Take cake out of refrigerator and pour jelly all over.
Put back in refrigerator and leave it until it has properly settled.

Decorate further with chestnuts, candied mint leaves and black beans.

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That is how it would look once cut.

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The same as an individual cake!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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