Comiket Trip 2015: The fooding


I guess I should really talk more about the comiket trip as I intended. It was probably the most fun I had in 10 days or something, the most tiring and also the most exhilarating. To go back a bit, this particular trip was extremely otaku-themed. I went to the Eva store for a friend, went to pokemon store, went to Otome road… Even the shops next to my hotel had a second hand games shop – was awesome!


So, this particular time, I decided to stay in Uguisudani, as the branch of the chain hotel that I like to stay in happened to have one sitting right on top of a train station that’s on the Yamanote line. Prior to going there, I have figured out that the location is basically a love hotel zone – which led to a few interesting finds around the area. notably, there’s a lot of “street food” in this place and izakaya, which allowed me to prowl as much as I please for interesting foods from back alley shops

Notably, this particular Izakaya across the road. After a long, long day being an otaku, I needed to unwind on good food and decided to try this shop out. There were already a few customers in there at that time, but still seemed a little quiet.

Despite it being a disgustingly hot summer day (Tokyo’s summer is humid, stinkingly humid), I wanted to have some warm comfort food. like udon. So I ordered some Tempura udon, totally anticipating a normal bowl of tempura udon.

then this monstrosity turned up.


I eat alot, but this was beyond me lol! this was a giant bowl of gorgeous udon and tempura (mixed seafood and veggies). The tempura coating was nice and crunchy, the prawns were huge, sweet and delicious. The veggies were soft, melt in your mouth perfection and the udon. oh the udon. perfect al dente. Mmmm thinking about it takes me back.

The serving size was big enough to feed 2 people, yet, I was glad I had it all to myself. 10/10 will return again this year <3

Sea Bream A La Monaco

Sea bream a la Monaco! Very tasty!

I made this a while ago and I am not sure why I have not actually discussed this. It was easily one of the easiest and quickest meal I have ever made – and also quite tasty! I love my rice too, and the sauces accompanying “juice” both complimented the fish and the plain rice.

Recipe (Adapted from “I Can Cook”)

Splash of oil
1tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
2 sea bream fillet, cut into pieces
400g tomatoes
100ml white wine
salt and pepper

skin, de-seed and chop the tomatoes

Heat oil in a pan over low heat. cook the garlic and parsley for a few minutes, stirring frequently. add the sea bream and cover with the tomatoes. Pour in the wine and season with salt and pepper. cover and simmer for 30 mins.

Serve over rice.

Current Mood: awake

Dinner: Yellow curry with Dory and Pineapple

Tonight's dinner!

I like fish. It cooks quick and seems to pick up flavours really well. Absolutely gorgeous. This particular recipes has been one that I have been looking forward to tryfor the last couple of years or so since I got this book Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape: 100 Recipes Inspired by Asia.

Also from the book, I used it to make the rice in Nasi Lemak, as I felt it would complement the curry very well – and it did!

However, neither of the recipes are true to the book as I had to adapt to my lack of some ingredients. The curry originally called for skinless cod – but they were out of cod today. They also asked for palm sugar, which I couldn’t find any. The rice required pandan leaves – there were none. Furthermore, they preferred basmati – I preferred not to buy a type of rice I wasn’t going to use often.

That said, the dinner turned out beautifully. The rich, fragrant coconut rice mixed with the aromatic spices in the fish curry, with tender, juicy fish pieces… it was wonderfully awesome! it’s filled up my entire apartment now and it makes me feel hungry mentally T_T

Recipe (adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s Book):

Rice (used rice cooker for this)

However many cups of rice you need

4 parts water to

1 part coconut milk

shallots, peeled and sliced

a knob of ginger, peeled and sliced

1 Lemon grass stalk, trimmed and bashed

pinch of salt.

Fish Curry

Thai Yellow curry paste

4 pieces of cod

a couple splashes of oil

200mls of fish stock

200mls of coconut milk

2 tbsp of tamarind paste

1 lime, juiced

1 tbsp of fish sauce

150g of pineapple chunks

150g of sugar snap peas

5 cherry tomatoes

1 tbsp of fish sauce

Garnishing: Cucumber

First, bash the lemongrass. I had nothing in my kitchen to properly bashed it with so i used the handle of the wooden spoon.

Fill up the rice cooker with the uncooked rice and all the ingredients listed under it and cook it normally.

Next, wash and pat dry the fish and cut it into chunks.

Turn on the heat to about medium

heat up the oil in a hot pan, add 4 tablespoons of the curry paste and stir fry for 2-3 mins to “open up” the aroma.

Add coconut milk, fish stock, tamarind paste and stir to combine. Bring the liquid to a simmer then add lime juice and fish sauce. Then, add the pineapple, sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes and cook for 5 more mins. Finally, add the fish pieces and poach gently for another 2-3 minutes until it’s perfectly cooked

Serve with some cucumber (it’s said to be refreshingly cooling. While I don’t really like cucumbers, I made it an exception today)

Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Rocky Marsiano - Love and happiness