Japanese Matcha Desserts at Shimizu Ippoen (清水一芳園) in Kyoto

Japanese Matcha Desserts at Shimizu Ippoen (清水一芳園) in Kyoto

Matcha Restaurants in Kyoto

Shimizu Ippoen (茶寮翠泉) is a Kyoto based traditional teahouse, cafe and shop specialized in Japanese matcha desserts. The infamous Japanese green tea matcha powder is nowadays considered a superfood and one of its features, among many, is its versatility. However, to find high quality matcha is not always easy. At Shimizu Ippoen you can rest assure you will get the best matcha since they only use the freshest matcha directly harvested and refined in Kyoto prefecture. The place Shimizu Ippoen cafe has a black façade and looks like a traditional Kyoto house from outside:     Inside, expect a diaphanous space with comfortable seats and minimalist...

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How to Make Nikujaga

How to Make Nikujaga

Recipes

Nikujaga (肉じゃが) is a combination of two words "niku" and "jagaimo", which mean meat and potatoes, respectively. This traditional Japanese dish is very easy to prepare and at the same time very tasty.      As the name implies the two main ingredients are meat and potatoes. Beyond that you can add pretty much any ingredient you want; onion, carrot, chickpeas... Regarding the beef make sure it has enough fat, otherwise the meat will get dried out. Another ingredient that matches very well with nikujaga is malony noodles. These translucent noodles absorb the taste of the other ingredients and add...

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New Variation of Taiyaki; the Croissant Taiyaki!

New Variation of Taiyaki; the Croissant Taiyaki!

For those who do not know... Taiyaki (鯛焼き) is a popular Japanese dessert made using regular pancake or waffle batter. The batter is poured into a sea bream fish-shaped mould for each side. The filling is then put on one side and the mold is closed. It is then cooked on both sides until golden brown.  Most common fillings are anko (sweet azuki red beans paste), chocolate and custard.  Now we have a new variation of the traditional taiyaki called croissant taiyaki.   Croissant Taiyaki at Dotonbori, Osaka   Croissant taiyaki is an hybrid of taiyaki and croissant. So basically what you...

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How to make dashi and furikake

How to make dashi and furikake

Recipes

In Japanese cuisine, dashi is one of the most used ingredients.  However, even though it is a basic in many Japanese dishes like miso soup, udon or eggrolls, most Japanese people don't make dashi from the scratch nowadays. Instead, many people use instant dashi powders or ready-made dashi liquids rather than homemade dashi. However, homemade dashi is; much more flavourful, has no artificial substances, and most importantly, it is easy to make. What is Dashi? Dashi is a broth or stock made by boiling usually one or more ingredients such as:  Clockwise from the top left corner on the photo; dried...

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Restaurante Etxola: Authentic Spanish Restaurant in Osaka

Restaurante Etxola: Authentic Spanish Restaurant in Osaka

Restaurants in Osaka

"Etxola" means shack or hut in Basque language but in this case we want to talk about a spanish restaurant located in Honmachi area, Osaka, Japan. Restaurant Etxola (エチョラ) is quite unconventional in Japan since they focus on Basque cuisine (a regional type of cuisine from the north of Spain). Outside of Restaurante Etxola in Osaka The chef of Etxola (who was trained at the Alameda restaurant in Hondarribia, Spain) is proud to say that they do not offer Paella in the menu. Instead, at Etxola you can find more unconventional types of dishes such as meat and fish grilled over hot charcoal,...

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