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December 2014 - Tokyo Dolpa 32

Tokyo Dolpa in Dec 2014 was pretty big again, but we came in force this time with a lot of friends, thanks to that and a number of guidebooks,
we (our friends, really) managed to score a real good number. First time I held such a low number in my hands.

Dolpa limited line ticket 40


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Juicy and delicious fish in 30 minutes!

There is a fish dish that is very popular in our family. First it is very delicious, second it is very simple and quick to prepare and third everybody who tries it wants to know the recipe Wink This recipe is not new and it is from Russian cooking magazine Gastronom (only in Russian). On my first review of this recipe I wasn't following directions very closely, so that's why I will specify my proportions of ingredients.
So, today in the menu we have:

Salmon with wasabi mayonnaise
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Christmas in Japanese Culture

Yay! It's Christmas time and time before New Year! That means time of bright lights, magic, meetings, fun, and of course sweets! Which child, or even an adult, would not be happy about a sweet wonder? Wink Although Christmas is not an official holiday in Japan still many Japanese people are celebrating and they even have a traditional Christmas treat. What do you think it is? It is a real "Christmas cake"! Actually this term is absolutely always means "Sponge cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream". Easy to make, very tender, sweet but not overly, it just melts in your mouth, and this taste of strawberries with whipped cream …mmmm… can you imagine? Wink Even better then imagining just try it. So let's try to make this sweet wonder which won't leave anybody indifferent!   
Let's begin?
Today in the menu we have:


Japanese Christmas cake.
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From a series of Japanese Hot Pot Dishes

Today I want to introduce you to one of the very popular Japanese dishes in the nabemono style (simply called nabe) - Japanese Hot Pot. Usually such dishes are prepared in a pot made of clay or thick cast-iron placed on a portable stove in the center of a dining table. This is considered the most sociable way to eat with friends and family. The Japanese thus say, Nabe (w)o kakomu ("sitting around the
pot"), implying that sharing nabemono will create warm relations between the diners who eat together from the shared pot. This is a very important feature of nabemono
.
One of the famous dishes in this style is Sukiyaki
. This is a tender thin slices of beef and vegetables braised at the table in a cast-iron skillet and dipped in raw egg. Generally sukiyaki is a dish for a cold season and it is commonly found at Japanese year-end parties.
So, today in the menu we have:

Sukiyaki - Japanese Beef Hot Pot.
sukiyaki
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Japanese Crispy Pork Cutlets

Ah, Japan, this word means so much to an otaku! So what I'm talking about... Oh yes, it was about amazingly delicious and very popular Japanese dish! Today we have Tonkatsu (豚カツ), Ton means pork, and Katsu means steak, and all together it means juicy pork in a crispy coating!!!  Served with a savory Tonkatsu sauce and a pile of finely shredded fresh cabbage. And it is so-o-o delicious! And very easy to prepare!
So, today in the menu we have:

Tonkatsu
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Chinese dumpling widely spread to Japan

Today I want to introduce you to very delicious fried Japanese dumplings that are called Yaki-Gyōza (焼き餃子).
Actually gyōza (ギョーザ) (or Jiǎozi (饺子) as they are called in China) are Chinese dumplings and they are very popular in China and Japan.
The most prominent differences of Japanese-style gyōza from Chinese style jiaozi are the rich garlic flavor, which is less noticeable in the Chinese version, and the fact that Japanese-style gyōza are very lightly flavored with salt, soy, and that the Gyoza wrappers are much thinner than the Chinese counterpart.
The most popular preparation method is the pan-fried style
And that is why today in the menu we have:

Yaki-Gyōza - Pan-Fried Style Dumplings!
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Preparing Gyudon!

Today I want to introduce you to a very popular Japanese dish which we like very much and make often. This Japanese dish is called Gyūdon (牛丼) translated as "beef bowl". Gyūdon consists of a bowl of rice topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet sauce flavored with dashi (fish and seaweed stock), soy sauce and mirin (sweet rice wine). It is very tasty! Well, let's start. Smile
So, today in the menu we have:


Gyūdon
Gyudon


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