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Category Archives: Japanese Foods

Parfait (パフェ)

While ice cream is still ice cream in Japan, you might not have seen a parfait this size before: This little gem was discovered and enjoyed in a cafe in Fukuoka called Edokko. These places usually target young female groups … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 Japanese Foods ,

Tonkotsu Ramen (豚骨ラーメン) / Restaurant: Ichiran (一蘭)

Ramen, noodles in soup, is an extremely popular dish both inside and outside of Japan. It is quick to eat, filling, and very tasty, particular if you are drunk. There are ramen stalls all across Japan, open late night, and … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 Japanese Foods ,

Unagi-don (うな丼)

Unagi-donburi, Unadon for short, or literally ‘eel rice bowl’ in English, is one of the many popular rice dishes in Japan. It consists of a bed of rice topped with grilled eel in tare (a kind of soy sauce), often … Continue reading

October 18, 2012 Japanese Foods , ,


I love fish, but even foods that are fish-shaped are fun! Taiyaki is a Japanese snack which is comprised of a fish-shaped waffle filled with sweet red bean paste inside. Although red bean paste is traditionally used, other fillings such … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 Japanese Foods , ,

Melonpan (メロンパン) / Pineapple Bun (菠蘿包) 

Pineapple buns have been a common snack since childhood. It is a Hong Kong pastry most likely sold in all bakeries of any Chinatown in the world. It is a sweet bun with a crumbly cookie topping with commonly nothing … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Chinese Foods, Japanese Foods , , ,