KANPAI NY A Celebration of Japanese Food, Drinks and Culture!
Yumiko Kayukawa, Artist (11/11/15)
Favorite Green Tea:
I love basic green tea and hojicha. I love the tea brand Lupicia. Their grapefruit green tea is one of my favorites.
Kinki is the king for me. Rock fish is the name in the U.S., it's a kind of red snapper. Sometimes I recognize the fish isn't kinki after I cooked it. Fish markets here sometimes call it kinki, but it's some other type of snapper. It looks very similar, but the taste is just so different. I am so disappointed by that! Kinki is supposed to have white meat with rich fat. The best way to cook kinki is to stew it with a shoyu based soup. I have to mention my second favorite fish. It's overnight dried tsubodai.
Albacore nigiri is my favorite. I prefer fatty fish. I also really enjoy American style rolls! There are only a few varieties of rolls in Japan, but here anything goes!
After trial and error so many times, I found my favorite one named Hitomebore.
Favorite Soy Product:
I guess it's tofu. I don't eat meat, so fish and tofu are my protein. My favorite tofu meal is agedashi tofu. Also for dessert, I love kinako mochi. Kinako is soy powder mixed with sugar and it's great with dumplings like mochi or dango.
Satsuma imo and kabocha squash. Tempura is the best way, but they are great for dessert too.
Tororo konbu. It's a dried and shredded konbu, and it's a great topping on soup.
Soba. At a soba restaurant, I usually order "ten seiro". It's a combination of cold soba and tempura.
Calbee Potato Chips (salt). I'm a big fan of their potato products since the 70's! Their Jagabee is great, too.
I have too many favorites, but I always love wagashi, especially red bean products such as manjuu or dango. Although Japanese cakes are so good. (In Japan) There are lots of dessert cafes in town, and depachika. I miss chocolate parfait!
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