I would love you if you brought these back for me

OK I’m in England Now but I would just like to mention 3 things (out of an uncountable number) I have to get everytime I go to Japan. I shall limit myself to 3 things each time
I blog about snacks!

1. Dorayaki from KAMEJYU Asakusa 

Honestly I’m not a big fan of Dorayaki – specially because I am a savoury > sweet person (I do love chocolate, cakes and macarons plz don’t get me wrong). I’m also definitely not obsessed with wagashi (traditional japanese sweets), because most of the time they are too sweet for my liking. But this Dorayaki is DIFFERENT. I’ve never had a dorayaki as good as this – it tastes like two fluffy & chewy (chotto mochi mochi)  pancakes (that are better than american pancakes, as it is much more refined) with some delicious white bean(shiroan) or red bean (kuroan) paste inbetween. The bean paste is fresh and moist, and nothing like the sickeningly sweet bean paste in most ordinary dorayakis. Kamejyu has definitely changed my mind about Doraemon’s favourite snack.

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2. Edomae Roll from YAKINIKU CHAMPION

Originating from Ebisu, I was so happy to see this shop open at Haneda Airport. Everytime I leave from Haneda I would purchase a couple of these Edomae Rolls, which are basically thinly sliced yakiniku stuffed inside reversed sushi rolls with mayonnaise and kimchi, sprinkled with sesame all over.

http://www.yakiniku-champion.com

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And here is a link for you to locate the shop next time you are at Haneda Airport! http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/premises/tenant/8100100014650000/index.html

3. GOUTER de ROI PREMIUM RUSK from GATEAU FESTA HARADA

Rusks appear to be getting popular around patisseries in Japan lately and my personal favourite has to be this chocolatey rusk from GATEAU FESTA HARADA, which originally started up in Gunma-ken. I have to say these photos will not tell you how yummy they are (there are also different flavours such as white chocolate or no chocolate). YOU JUST HAVE TO TRY THEM.

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http://www.gateaufesta-harada.com/company/index.html

Yutaka Asakusa ゆたか@浅草 

Since it is winter holiday I have decided to come back on my food blog (which has only 3 posts so far…)  Anyway, today I’d like to introduce one of my favourite Tonkatsu places in the Tokyo – Yutaka Asakusa! Hidden in one of the smaller streets perpendicular to the road where the famous Kaminarimon is situated, the best way to find Yutaka would be to look for the “Central World Hotel” and then walk straight into the little alleyway at the left of its main entrance.  This tonkatsu house has been operating for over 60 years – their tonkatsu are made of tender Yamato pork from Gunma ken, deep-fried in batter made of homemade flour using high quality cottonseed oil.

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Because it’s winter (oyster season!) I decided to get some kakihurai (deepfried oysters) for the table to eat with our chawanmushi as appetizer.

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Obviously I saved most of my tummy space for my favourite hirekatsu!  I always opt for the tenderloin fillet instead of the ro-sukatsu (pork loin) because it is less fatty and being at a GOOD tonkatsu place like yutaka I know the meat will still be fluffy and moist at the same time, just the way I like my tonkatsu.

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The thing I really like about Yutaka is that you never feel uncomfortably heavy after eating a whole meal of deepfried stuff there.Their katsu sauce is extraordinarily thin compared to most other tonkatsu shops – only slightly less runny than soysauce, with no frills (no sesame to compliment it), but still brimming with wonderful flavours of fruit and spice that make a lovely balance to the meaty dish. 20121219-145039.jpg

And since someone else on the table is bound to get the ro-su katsu too I took a pic of it as well :p

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Address :  Tokyo Taito-ku 1-15-9

東京都台東区浅草1-15-9

Website :   http://www.tonkatu-yutaka.com/index.html