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Ramen Restaurant: Tsurutaya in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Service: Shy but kind
Equipment & Facilities: Very clean overall. Small but excellent washroom. Entirely non-smoking!
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Yokohama-style ramen. One can choose one’s own toppings. Gyoza and rice dishes also available.

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Tsurutaya has at last opened its second restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City today, march 28th, 2014!
It usually takes a lot to convince me eating at a ramenyasan, and even more writing about it, but I must admit that for once I found a ramenyasn to my liking!

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Moreover, it has an unusual and most important quality for a ramenyasan: it is entirely non-smoking! Not many are!

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Buying a ticket beforehand takes some time to get used to, but in the end it is very practical, saves time and is good business!
Now, you may have to learn a bit of Japanese if you wish something more than the standard offerings pictured on top!
As it was my first visit, I decided to go for a big order: Large portion of Tchya-shu/Char siu men/ramen with an extra topping of char siu, an egg and menma/Chinese pickles!

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As orders are prepared as they come (no shortcuts there) I took the time to take pictures of the place and of the people at work!

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Next time I’ll have some of these gyoza!

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Don’t worry, there are plenty of different seasonings for all tastes, form grated garlic to mustard and spicy rayu! You just serve yourself!

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My order! I was really hungry for that lunch!

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Really generous slices of char siu! Really tender and sophisticated! Actually these home-made char siu are famous in this town and I know at least one unrelated place which serves them with their craft beer!

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Plenty of menma!

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Vegetables and nori/dry seaweed! Much appreciated as it makes for a complete meal!

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Appetizing soup! I can assure you I don’t leave a drop!

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Of course toppings at Tsurutaya are first class, but it is still the soup that makes the (big) difference!

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I just love their onsen tamago/Slowly boiled egg with a runny yolk! Not easy! Class!

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The ramen are Yokohama-style, that is, thicker than your usual ramen. Being French it is perfect as I find the ramen too thin to my taste usually!

Just superb value!

See you there again!

TSURUTAYA/YOKOHAMA-STYLE RAMEN

420-0856 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Sumpu Cho, 1-17 (right across from Cenova Department Store)
Tel.: 054-251-9697
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Entirely non-smoking!

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Weird Japan (44): Ramen-eating Skeleton Restaurant Sign in Yaizu City!

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I knew there was something strange about that restaurant sign board in Yaizu City, even from a distance!

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I understand that some restaurants will go to any length to attract customers, but I don’t understand the logic here!

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Leek Oil For Ramen, Okonomiyaki, Mabodofu, Yaki Meshi and Goya Chamburu Recipe

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Leek oil/negi abura/ネギ油 is a seasoning widely used in Japan to be be added fro extra taste to ramen, okonomiyaki, mabodofu, aki meshi and goya chamburu in particular!
I’m pretty sure it can be used in many other Asian dishes so keep some within reach all the time!

According to personal priorities and taste the amount of the ingredients can be easily fiddled with so the following recipe is only a guideline! have a good lookat the photos for a better understanding though!

INGREDIENTS:

Leeks
Onion
Garlic
Ginger
Lard and sesame oil

RECIPE:

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The present recipe includes long leeks (green), onion, fresh ginger root, lard and salad oil, but you can make it simple (especially for vegans and vegetarians) with salad oil only, or if you want to make it more sophisitcated also use sesame oil!
In any case those basic ingredients should provide for plenty of scent and taste!

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Chop all ingredients finely.

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In plenty of oil cook all the ingredients on a low fire until they acquire a rich orang-brown color. Keep an eye on it all the time as it can change quickly!
I actually mixed plenty of salad oil with first a little lard, and a little sesame oil at the end for best taste!

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Once the leek has shown the first signs of scorching the oil is ready. Take off the fire immediately.
Sieve the oil and let cool down completely before pouring it in a jar for later use.
Do not through the leeks and others but use them as topping for ramen!
Naturally you can keep the leeks in the oil if you do prefer so!
Do not be shy from experimenting!

A few recipes using this leek oil to come soon!

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Ramen Restaurant: Tsubame in Shimada City

Service:  Busy but friendly and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Very clean overall, excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: superb and generous ramen, gyoza

For all the ramen shops literally brandishing their flags and noren/shop entrance curtains, if not assailing visitors with all kinds of garish photos of their menu placarded outside, some places are so concealed that you wouldn’t find them without an insider’s information!

The full car parking lot is not much of an indication either as the only signs you will see belong to other shops!

Early queues fast forming might be the cue then…
I was lucky that my good friend Aki Suzuki from Yasaitei was on hand, what is with being in an city i still have to learn about…

The entrance is small and does not give much indication as to what is waiting for you inside…

Finally a noren with “Tsubame” written on it hung over an inside door tells you are in the right place! “Tsubame” as the motif suggests means “swallow”! It could become a good joke in English, though!

And a big picture right inside confirms it!

A busy place right from the opening at 6:30 a.m.!

You can either sut at a counter or at a table, although you might not be able to choose if the place is too busy!

Plenty of gentle staff to look after you! Tough work to look after hungry customers from 06:30 to 15:00! Yes, it is not open in the veenings, and that is rare indeed!

A simple but clean place. I did not notice anybody smoking…
The food is served not in cheap plastic bowls, but in real clay bowls!

If you are lucky, you can sit in your own cozy corner! And a lot of customers think so, too!

When you read the menu bear in mind they serve only the red-circled items between 6:30 and 9:00 a.m.! The simple reason is that they are just too busy then!

There is a lot to choose from, including original gyooza, and it certainly deserves a few more visits.
Aki chose a typical ramen dish: “Tsubame Kossari Soba/燕こっさりそば”. It certainly looked delicious. Note that she ordered “Oomori/大盛”, meaning “large size”!

As for me, I asked for “Tsubame Wafuu Tsukemen/燕和風付け麺”, meaning Japanese-style ramen with soup dip.

The ramen (large serving) with their char siu (large serving again!) to be dipped into hot soup before eating.

The hot soup! Very tasty!
I rarely go out to eat ramen, but this definitely a place to go (and again!)

Tsubame/麺屋燕
Shimada Shi, Osakaya Machi, 8770/島田市御坂屋町8770
Tel.: 0547-34-2223
Business hours: AM 6:30~ PM 3:00 (or earlier if stock soup is exhausted)
Closed on Tuesdays and third Wednesday

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Ramen Recipe: Chicken Wings Ramen

Ramen are great, but sometimes one is stuck for variety (new ideas).
Here is a very simple recipe that anyone can succeed at with a minimum of time and ingredients:

Chicken Wings Ramen!

INGREDIENTS: For 3 people

-Chicken wings (te-basaki in Japanese): 4~6
-Japanese sake (or cooking sake): half a tablespoon or more (seasoning)
-Sesame oil: half a tablespoon or more
-salt and pepper: to taste (5~6 pinches each)

-Water: 1000cc/ml

◆Japanese sake: 1 teaspoon
◆Soy sauce: 1=2 teaspoons
◆Salt: one pinch
◆Oyster sauce: 1~3 tablespoons (according to preference)

-Ramen: 3 packs
-Leeks (chopped): according to preference
Rayu/Japanese chili oil (ラー油): according to preference

RECIPE:

Thoroughly sponge off chicken wings of any water/humidity

Pour sake over chicken wings. Make sure they all coated and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.

Fry chicken wings 8as they are with the sake) with sesame oil and salt and pepper. make sure they are well seasoned.

Fry chicken wings until they are nicely coloured as in above picture.

Add all the water. Cover with lid. Bring to boil first. Reduce fire to low and simmer 25~30 minutes.
In a separate bowl mix all ◆-marked ingredients for chicken seasoning.
Prepare water for boiling the ramen.

Add chicken seasoning to chicken.
Boile the ramen.

Place the ramen in each of three bowls.

Top the ramen with an equal amount of chicken wings and their soup.
Sprinkle with rayu oil and top with chopped leeks.

Serve and enjoy at once!

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Japanese Cuisine: Chawanmushi-Basic Recipe

Chawanmushi or Chyawanmushi/茶碗蒸し is the Japanese equivalent of a French flan with thebig differencethat is not a dessert, but an appetizer!
It is quite easy to prepare and open to so many variations.
Here is the basic recipe. Just let your imagination fly!

Chawanmushi!

INGREDIENTS: For 2

-Eggs: 2
-Shrimps: 10 small
-Shiitake mushroom: 2
-Chopped leeks: to decorate and taste (or trefoil)
(you can use gingko nuts, kamaboko, crab, sea urchin, etc.)
-Dashi: 100 cc/ml (of your choice)
-Japanese sake: 50 cc/ml
-Soy sauce: half a teaspoon
-Sugar: half a teaspoon
-Salt: 1 pinch
-Water: 2 cups, 400 cc/ml

RECIPE:

Take shell and head off every shrimp.
Let shrimps marinate in the sake for a while.
If you use frozen shrimps, thaw them and sponge off their water first.

Cut the shiitake in two.
If you use fresh shiitake, fry them just a little in butter and sponge them off.
If you use dried shiitake, let them mariante in lukewarm water for two hours. Their water can be used as part of the dashi.
If you use frozen shiitake, thaw them and sponge them off first.

in a saucepan, drop dashi, water, salt, sugar and soy sauce. Heat to before bubbles come up (bubbles will be the main reason for failure!).

Beat eggs and por them slowly into the dashi, whisking them all the time.

Once all the eggs are mixed in, switchoff fire and strain/sieve soup.

Place half of the shrimps and mushrooms at the beottom of each cup.

Slowly pour half of soup in each cup/ramequin/small bowl.

Pour 3 cm of water into your steamer pan and bring to boil.

Place steaming tray inside steamer and place cups on it with lids on.

Cover as shown on above picture.
Cook over strong fire for 2 minutes, then 10 minutes over low fire (over high fire all theway through will ened into failure!).

Check if chawanmushi are properly cooked. If you stab a toothpick in it, no dashi shoud come out.

Decorate with leeks or trefoil and serve!

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Tofu Chawan Mushi: Japanese Steamed Tofu Flan

Here is another simple tofu recipe you can either serve hot (great in winter) or chilled, although I would go for the former.
Chawan Mushi/Chyawanmushi/茶碗蒸し is a Japanese way to steam a flan/pudding that is not sweet. It makes for great appetizers or full meals if served aplenty.
Great for kids and waistline-conscious people!

Tofu Chawan Mushi!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 ramequins/cups

-Tofu: 1 cup:200 cc/ml (untreated, light type)
-Eggs: 3 medium-sized ones
-Egg yolk: 1
-Dashi (fish or seaweed): 1/2 cup/100cc/ml
-Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
-Soy sauce: 1 teaspoon
-Mirin/sweet sake: 2 teaspoons
-Chicken soup stock: 50 cc/ml
-Water or dashi: 150 cc/ml
-Cornstarch: 1/2 tablespoon
-Water: 1 tablespoon
-Grated fresh ginger (or yuzu kosho): enough for decoration and taste

RECIPE:

In a bowl beat the eggs and egg yolk. Add tofu, dashi, salt, soy sauce and mirin. Mix well with an electric whisker.
Pass through a thin sieve/chinois.
Pour mixture inside ramequins/cups.

You can either steam it in a steamer or cook in a bain-marie.
Or proceed as shown in picture above.
Oncethe water has ben brought to boil, switch down heat to low and steam for 12~15 minutes.

While you are steamig the tofu chawan prepare the topping sauce.
In a pan pour the soup stock and water/dashi.
Bring to boil.
Mix cornstarch and water, and add it little by little to soup until you have reache da satisfying consistency.

Check if the tofu chawan mushi is well cooked.
Pour sauce over each cup.
Serve with a little lump of grated fresh ginger.
Serving with chopped thin leeks also makes for good combination in looks and taste.
One can also season the sauce according to one’s taste and priorities!

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