Sunday, July 26, 2009

Get me outta here now!!!

I have developed a disturbing disinterest towards meals here in Motherland, shock horror! I don't know if it has something to do with utter disdain over the general state of the country's affairs, or if I've just been through a spate of uninspiring meals, or if it's the haze, or if it's a sign of disassociative disorder because goddamnit, how can I not be interested in EATING??

I think part of it may also be the fact that I've not left the country for a while, a case of the old familiarity breeding contempt. Thankfully, I have granted myself a trip end of this year with dear Memo, and now I can psych myself up for similar sights & sounds:

CURRY RICE FROM COCOICHI!! Cocoichibanya is a popular chain of curry rice house in Japan. How you order your rice is entirely up to you - 1) select your curry; 2) select your spice level, i.e how much heat can you take from level 1 to 10; 3) select your rice serving and 4) select any additional toppings you'd like. Here, I had a combination order of pork cutlet & shrimp curry, spice level 3 (I've never been able to go beyond 3 and it is my mission next trip to aim to go spicier!)

From menu book on Cocoichibanya website
I've already pretty much decided that this will be my next order! More tender, superior to the regular pork cutlet.

Quality udon at any random noodle stop at train stations or every street corner. This fine serving was submerged in more slurptastic Jap curry at a neighbourhood izakaya.


Omuraisu, or Japanese rice omelette. Props to the Japs for having mastered the art of marrying Western elements into their cuisine and making it their own. I had this at a Western style diner at the basement of the Yokohama train station, with an extra topping of tonkatsu. It was ridiculously filling.

The daily walk from Mag's to the train station. Say Hi to Mag!

People, people, singing traffic lights & traffic at Harajuku

Even McDonald's WORKS here. Breakfast set of Bacon & Egg Bagel & the requisite Hash Brown.

El Torito's excellent guacamole with freshly-made tortilla. This must have used up an entire tree's worth of avocados!

A very delicious typical lunch saba set at Asakusa. Must down with Nama Biru!

There's so much more in store for Memo and me! But the yummiest of them all, no doubt, would be Ollie who keeps growing and growing in our absence!

I can't wait!!! How ever do I make the next five months go faster?

23 comments:

Little Inbox said...

Come on, you'll be fine!

J2Kfm said...

hmm, you're trapped in KL, and still lamenting the lack of food?
aiyo ...

MeRy said...

All the foods looks yummy..

Sean said...

ooh, can i stow away in your luggage? i should be able to fit inside a large suitcase. that guacamole seems worth the risk (and discomfort)!

allie said...

you at Japan now??
Enjoy!

FoOd PaRaDiSe said...

Hope you have an enjoyable trip end of this year. ^-^

worldwindows said...

Japanese kare. Actually I resist ordering them. Kind of like 'hei, I got great curry here, Japanese curry?" But then again, this must be good at least for their taste-buds... This is one country I would like to spend some time in.

CUMI & CIKI said...

sigh.. i miss japan! love the food.. but must say jap curry rice scares me.. LOL

Nic (KHKL) said...

when things go really wrong, stick to their fastfood chains like matsuya, yoshinoya, ootoya, etc. not too bad. and they are everywhere! :D

550ml jar of faith said...

Little Inbox, I sure hope so!! LONG way to go lahhh

J2Kfm, not lack of food... just lack of.. novelty?? Nothing a weekend in Bangkok can't fix! :-D

MeRy, and they were!! Can't wait to head back to revisit, and then some!

Sean, OH-KAY!! I tend to travel v light though so you better make sure you fit into a bagpack, teehee! Not likely, with the kinda suppers you're downing! :-P

Allie, not in Japan YET!! 5 more months, 5 more months...

Food Paradise, thank you! It should be a blast!!

550ml jar of faith said...

Worldwindows, Japanese kare is not too impressive if it's out of the instant cubes, which a lot of Jap outlets resort to... but when it's Cocoichi, it's AWESOME!!

Ciki, no way!! You're as fearless as they come!!

Nic, tell me about it! Fast food is actually not a dirty word in Japan!

Nahri said...

I find the concept of curry (japanese or otherwise) mixed with a cutle plus rice oddly disturbing. Curry and batter?...meh... =P

The Omuraisu looks like the bomb though.

Hello Mag!

Melinda said...

That can't be Ollie rite????
N I totally get how you feel abt things here....

backStreetGluttons said...

Thats a fantastic adventure in new foundland !

and challenging meals , make sure you come out winning and happy !

mimid3vils said...

The pork chop curry rice look yummy~~

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Jap curries are one of my fav! I love it with pork cutlet and breaded chicken. Comfort food indeed!! =D

thenomadGourmand said...

nvr been to Jap before! But i heard they do great breads??

550ml jar of faith said...

Nahri, you just need to be properly inducted, is all! :-D

Mellie, tis Ollie! Isn't he practically an adult! Memo thinks he's going to start tweeting soon!

BSG, I will be sure to make sure that I attain happiness from this land! When I get there!

Mimid3vils, it really is! Calorific to the max but I prefer not to think about that...

Bangsar Babe, and in Jap winters, comfort food is THE order of the day! None of that salad lite n healthy crap!

Nomad Gourmand, ooh yes their bakeries are to me what Toys R Us is to 5 year olds! :-D Such ingenuity!

Big Boys Oven said...

Japan sounds fun, I still remember the locals did not like some of the local dishes but I love them, they smiled at me! :)

sc said...

am a sucker for saba and that one in the pic looks absolutely delish!

Life for Beginners said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see your Japanese post... or mine, for that matter, if I get my way and plan my next trip there too.

But I'll have to wait even longer than you, dear. All but exhausted my travel budget this year. :(

PureGlutton said...

I wanna go Japan!!!

Daniel Y.S. Tan said...

I'd probably visit the car nite scenes..lol..and grab some of those jap fastfoods if i get my two feet there:P