There’s something about Okuda (豚カツ屋のおくだ)

In my first few years in Japan, there is a particular food that I already consider my comfort food here and its THE tonkatsu 豚カツ or pork cutlet. LOL. While it is considered a Japanese food, it is not exactly a type of 和食 or Japanese cuisine but more of a western type 洋食 fusion thing.

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Budgeted but uncompromising (500円の美味しいオムライス)

Preparing for my PhD thesis defense took a toll on my self-esteem and emotional health. There were times when I felt like maybe the PhD is not for me. As much as I tried to clear what stressed me by regularly doing my hobbies and consistently being physically active, the lingering shadow of the anxiety

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Breakfast is carbohydrate loading (朝食はパンだ)

The following day after an exhausting trip around the west of the Kansai Region of Japan (Osaka and Hyogo prefectures), we needed some sustenance especially because the previous day was filled with gastronomic disappointments that left us wanting for redemption. When I travel, I prefer the local food scene if possible. And so the search

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Honey and heat (美味しいはちみつナアン)

Indian food rarely comes to mind when I have to decide where to eat. It’s not that I dislike Indian food. It’s probably because in Japan, Indian food is basically Indian curry and Naan, and based on some of my previous experiences, the curries I’ve had were lackluster and not memorable. Another thing is that

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A bowl of spices (隠れたカレーの穴場)

Takashimaya Department Store in the downtown of Kyoto is a haven for food lovers. The basement is full of good finds from Japanese confectioneries to hard-to-find baking supplies. It is my place to go when I need ingredients or inspiration for a recipe. Walking along the corridor, you will find an oddly located restaurant. There

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Buttery carbohydrates and air (クロワッサンはまり)

My health consciousness always stopped me from getting croissants. You know. Croissant which translates in English to delicious fat and carbohydrates. I’m joking but the butter and starch in these puff pastries do not. Recently, I have this thing with these babies. Their delicate flakiness that tells you to handle them with love. Their gloss

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