Ah Seah Teochew Porridge

The feeling of lethargy often hits me a bit more after being back from an intensive trip as the one I had in Japan. Our flight back from Osaka landed at 5.30am in the morning in Singapore. By the time I got back home, I was ready to just sleep for a very long long time.  Continue reading

Osaka: Abeton

This is the eleventh and final post on my recent food eating adventures to Japan. All other posts can be found here

We came across this place purely by accident. It was almost 2pm in the afternoon, we were hungry and after E decided that she was not going to risk getting lost by going above ground to look for an Okonomiyaki place recommended by the station master, we followed the underground subway signs to this Okonomiyaki place. It turned out perfect since the restaurant was located right at the exit which we needed to take later to Tennoji temple.  Continue reading

Kobe: Muragen (Ashiyagawa)

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E tells me that Muragen is her favourite place to have a meal at every time she’s back in Kobe. The owners still make their own soba from scratch and the restaurant is located in the hills beside the national park which allows for great views while having a great meal. The colours of the trees change with the seasons, which is a great incentive to keep coming back. What she didn’t tell me was that Muragen is famous enough to have garnered one Michelin star for its soba dishes. Continue reading

Osaka: Fujiya 1935

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Was looking for a nice place to bring E to as a thank you for bringing me around Japan and organizing all the details. For some reason, Fujiya 1935 kept popping up during my Internet searches as a really good restaurant  with a reputation for quality food. If anything, its 3 Michelin stars were a big indicator of that.  Continue reading

Hiroshima: Rei-chan

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After having okonomiyaki in Osaka, I was really keen to try Hiroshima’s version which is more of a layered version of crepe, cabbage, beansprouts, pork, noodles, egg, sauce and green onions. Near the train station, there is a building with rows and rows of okonomiyaki shops. However, E’s family recommended us to try Rei-chan and with a recommendation from the locals, why not? Continue reading

Hiroshima: Bakudanya

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We were at the Hiroshima shinkasen station shopping and decided to catch a quick bite before heading back to Kobe. E’s friend brought us to this place, which supposedly is famous for being the original creators of Hiroshima style Tsukemen. It was conveniently located near the station and not so crowded, presumably because we were there in the late afternoon. Continue reading

Hiroshima: Yakitori at Hana Kushi & Sante

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In comparison to Kyoto, where the vibe feels very old-school, formal, polite, conservative, etc, Hiroshima is like a vastly different city, especially in terms of eating out and the restaurants that we came across. We found a lot more Izakayas’ than I ever saw in Kyoto. In fact, there was a whole row of them located en-route to our hotel. Izakaya are a type of informal drinking establishments which serve mainly drinks but also small bites to go along with the drinks. I actually don’t think these are small bites (IE: tapas). You can have a proper meal here, just don’t ask for rice or noodles or an 8 course set meal.  Continue reading

Kyoto: Kawabataya by Chaimon

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E and I chanced upon this place en-route to the subway to Fushimi Inari Shrine during our first day in Kyoto. It was really hot, and we were hoping for some cold noodles before heading off. After walking around a few places, we finally found Kawabataya which not only had available seats, but also served cold noodles.  Continue reading