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Japanese-style Curry in Shizuoka City: Two more at Kohaku!

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Service: Very friendly and welcoming. Great explanations.
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean and great washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Traditional and modern izakaya gastronomy. Very inventive cuisine with introduction of some Western concepts. Great seafood. Great sake list. Wine and other alcohols available. Intensive use of local products combined with ingredients from other prefectures! Curry Lunch Sets!

The Missus had badgering me about Kohaku for some time after reading some of my reports arguing it was just not fair that I kept such places secret (which I don’t, but try to argue with a lady…)!
Well, last Monday I took her to Kohaku in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, to sample the delicious, generous and extremely-reasonably priced (by Japanese standards) lunches!

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Takashi Kawauguchi/川口貴士さん works on his own at lunch, meaning slow food in all the better meanings!

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Very reasonably priced when you consider the generous portions.
I did have to help the Missus finish her lunch!
Now, what did we have?

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The Missus had the Vegetable curry lunch set with tonkatsu as extra topping!

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Succulent rendition of a Japanese classic!

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As for me I had the pork kakuni/square-shaped stewed pork Curry lunch set with an extra kakuni topping and a side plate of deep-fried vegetables!

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Kakuni, another Japanese classic!

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Plenty of chopped vegetables to combine with the rice!

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Deep-fried vegetables including kabocha, sato imo/taro root, shiitake, manganji pepper and sweet potato!

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Last, some crunchy and yummy home-made o-shinko/pickles!

As we have planned a dinner there together soon, expect another report!

KOHAKU/旬彩こはく

420-0085 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho, 18-1, PIVOT Shizuoka, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-0589
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~23:00
Closed on 2nd or 3rd sunday of the month

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,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, 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, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Japanese-style Curry at Kohaku in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and welcoming. Great explanations.
Facilities & Equipment: Very clean and great washroom
Prices: Appropriate
Strong points: Traditional and modern izakaya gastronomy. Very inventive cuisine with introduction of some Western concepts. Great seafood. Great sake list. Wine and other alcohols available. Intensive use of local products combined with ingredients from other prefectures! Curry Lunch Sets!

As promised during my first visit at dinner time I finally managed to visit Kohaku in Shizuoka City to sample their curry!

A very Japanese entrance for curry at lunch!
Who would have known?
Actually the chef opens his restaurant at lunch time for the pure love of gastronomic research!

A very simple menu offering 5 different set lunches and a series of curries from plain to combinations!

Wat with the toppings there so many combinations that I will have to eat curry for lunch for a while.
Mind you it is the ideal food in summer when you tend not to eat enough!
Now, what combination did I order?

Can you guess?

Stir fried ginger pork!

Chopped vegetable salad of course!

And a beautiful crab/cream/potato/kabocha croquette!

And a big fresh raw egg to mix with the rice and curry sauce!

The complete lunch and so yummy!

To be followed (more combinations to sample!)…

KOHAKU/旬彩こはく

420-0085 Shizuoka Shi, Aoi Ku, Shichiken-Cho, 18-1, PIVOT Shizuoka, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-0589
Opening hours: 11:30~14:30, 17:00~23:00

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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

Vegan Tofu Curry

As I said before, Koyadofu is one kind of tofu that can beasily arranged into all kinds of interesting appetizers in Japanese Homes’ Gastronomy!
Here is a simple suggestsion for a yummy lunch to be eaten by all, vegans, vegetarians aor omnivores:

Vegan (Japanese) Tofu Curry!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 people

-Koyadofu: 5 sheets/85 g
-Carrot: 1 medium
-Onion: 1 medium
-Potato: 1 medium
-Shiitake mushrooms: 10 small
-Green peas: the equivalent of 1 small can/60 g
-Curyr powder (of your preference): 1~ tablespoon (I would use 2)
-Soy sauce: 2/3 tablepsoon
-Garan masala powder: 1/2 teaspoon

-Salad oil

-Steamed rice: count a large bowl per person

RECIPE:

-Cut the koyadofu into small bits and let them (if dry) soak in lukewram water until they get soft. Press the water out of them and keep in separate bowl. Finely chop the carrot, onion, potato, and shiitake mushroom. Keep in separate bowl. boil the green peas beforehand if necessary.

-Fry all chopped vegetables in salad oil for a while until the onions become translucent.

-Add some water and bring to boil. Remove any unwanted matter if necessary. Add chopped koyadofu. Cook until carrot are sufficently soft. Switch off fire. Add curry powder and mix quickly. Add soy sauce and garam masala and mix quickly. Switch on the fire and cook over small fire until you are satisfied withe the consistency of the whole.

On a dish turn over a bowl of rice and surround it like in the toppicture with curry to which you add the green peas at the last second (on directly “seeded” over it) for good effect.

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Warren Bobrow, Bread + Butter, Zoy Zhang, Hungry Neko, Think Twice, Frank Fariello, Mangantayon, Hapabento, Elinluv Tidbit Corner, Tokyo Terrace, Maison de Christina, Chrys Niles,Lexi, Culinary Musings, Wheeling Gourmet, Comestiblog, Chronicles Of A Curious Cook, Bento Boutique, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World, Palate To Pen, Yellin Yakimono Gallery, Tokyo Terrace, Hilah Cooking, More than a Mount Full, Arkonite Bento

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Vegan Japanese Curry

The Japanese use the word “curry” for almost anything Indian in concept, although most of the curries eaten in Japan are more of Thai origin than else. One more reason to wonder about the word “cyrry”!LOL
This recipe, simple and very Japanese makes use of ingredients that should please any culinary priority!
Serve it with plain steamed rice and plenty of vegetable salad!

INGREDIENTS: For 8 people

-Onions: 3 medium-sized
-Celery: 2 large leaves
-Red sweet pimento: 6 small
-Carrots: 2
-Eringe mushrooms: 1 handful (if not available use anothre kind of firm fresh mushroom)
-Parsley: 3 sprigs
-Garlic: 3 cloves
-Fresh ginger: a little
-Lemon juice: half a lemon
-Aburaage (deep-fried tofu sheets): 4
-Sesame oil: 6 tablespoons
-Curry mixture (powder) of your choice: 1/2 cup/ 100 cc/ml
-Salt: a little

RECIPE:

-Cut the aburaage into 7 mm cubes and let soak in water for 10 minutes in a bowl closed with a piece of cellophane paper. Drain well and leave inside refrigerator.

-Thinly slice celery, red sweet pimento, carrots, eringe mushrooms. and onions. Finely chop parsley, garlic and fresh ginger. Press juice out of lemon.

-Heat a wok. Pour 3 tablespoons of sesame oil and fry onions, carrots and eringe mushrooms over a medium fire until the onoin become transparent.

-Add garlic, ginger, red sweet pimanto, celeryand fry over a medium fire for a while . Transfer into a separate bowl.

-Pour 3 tablespoons of sesame oil into the same wok (do not clean it!) and lightly fry the aburaage until dark spots appear onthe surface of the cut pieces.

-Add the fried vegetables and the curry mixture powder, salt. Add black pepper and thinly sliced chili pepper if you like your food hot. Misx well and keep frying.

-Add lemon juice. Stir, check the taste and rectify if needed.

-Once you are satisfied with the cooking, and only then add chopped parsley and celery and mix and serve immediately for best taste.

-You can eat this vegan vegetable curry cold. In this case do not add the parsley and celery yet. Let the curry cool down completely and store it in the fridge in a tupperware. Add and mix inthe parsley and celery just before serving.

NOTE:

-You may heat the cut aburaage in a microwave oven to get rid of all humidity.
-Served cold, it can be eaten as a salad inside lettuce of soft cabbage leaves.

RECOMMENDED RELATED SITES:
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12 Things To Know About ‘Indian’ Food Before You Seek It, Cook It & Eat It by Devaki

Namastey!

My new friend, Devaki at Weave A Thousand Flavors has come up with an essay on Indian gastronomy, which I think deserves special attention.
She says it took her 30 years in the making, and knowing so little myself about the culinary splendors of such a vast country/sub-continent, I took the liberty (with my friend’s agreement) to introduce her work for all to know.

In her own words, she is a purist when it comes to food and she worships the concept of ‘authentic’ as the benchmark of what is good especially when dealing with ethnic cuisines. If it’s being done successfully for over 3000 years years then she thinks it deserves that we sit up & listen!

She is still too modest about it when she says that she has no doubt that some of what she says here will have many of us in an uproar. But it can’t be helped as she courageously ponders.

Her hope is that people will view this incredibly vast, almost unfathomable cuisine in a new light. And if the next time when many of us go to a restaurant or decide to cook Indian at home, she hopes that what we have read in her posting will give us a moment of pause and enable us to make much more informed choices.

So here goes:
12 Things To Know About ‘Indian’ Food Before You Seek It, Cook It & Eat It

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