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Takoyaki

April 15, 2015

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Guess what I lugged back home from the recent Japan trip? A takoyaki pan! A cast iron one at that. This added significant weight to my already too heavy luggage and if not for the very kind lady at the check in desk, I would have been up a pretty penny in overweight luggage charges. […]

Beef tataki

July 16, 2013

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This is probably a little anti-foodie to admit, but I use to order my steaks well done. In my defense, I didn’t grow up eating a lot of steak so the thought of eating a bloody piece of meat freaked me out a touch. My palate has since matured and I have even developed a […]

Nobu’s miso ‘black cod’ recipe

June 29, 2013

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I am not the first, nor will I be the last blogger to talk about Nobu’s signature miso black cod. It’s such a talked about dish for a reason – it is delicious. It might not look too impressive; it’s just a piece of fish with a few blobs of sauce, wedge of lemon and […]

Green tea and chocolate tart recipe

March 28, 2013

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Green tea and chocolate is a beautiful marriage of bitter and sweet. My first encounter with this combination was almost a decade ago in Hong Kong when a friend and I found and fell in love with Meiji’s matcha green tea “MeltyKiss”. MeltyKiss is Meiji’s line of chocolate truffles. These truffles are delectable; a velvety […]

Chazuke with teriyaki salmon recipe

February 11, 2013

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Isn’t it funny how some dishes we eat have a bigger effect on us than others? For whatever reason, this relatively simple and homely dish of chazuke (steamed rice in green tea) with salmon flakes has stuck in my mind. I first tried this dish years ago at the much loved Japanese restaurant, Yu-U (137 […]

Pomegranate and floral green tea recipe

December 22, 2012

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My propensity to mix drinks started long before I learnt how to mix a vodka cranberry. One of the more legendary concoctions my brother and I came up with in our childhood involved 2 different flavoured cordials, 3 types of milks (regular, soy and condensed), jam, salt and lemonade. Sounds horrific to me now, but […]

Taste of Melbourne 2012

November 27, 2012

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For the past 2 years since I started this blog, I’ve been writing about the annual ‘Taste’ festivals. This year it was held outdoors, in the green fields of Albert Park. So you know the deal by now. Pay ~$30 entrance fee to get into the event and then exchange your dollars for ‘crowns’, which […]

Black sesame icecream recipe

November 15, 2012

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I don’t want to gloat too much, but I’m such a lucky girl. The ice cream maker attachment for my beloved Kitchenaid has finally arrived – just in time for summer too! I know what you’re thinking…is it really worth all the effort to make your own ice cream? And how much ice cream would […]

ajitoya

July 13, 2012

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For someone who tries to feign creativity in my eating and cooking, I can be utterly dull at times. Case in point; sushi is my goto lunch. My besties know my default lunch is nearly always sushi if I haven’t identified a specific craving and/or they don’t have a suggestion in mind. So quite obviously, […]

Ebi fine food

September 21, 2010

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Ebi fine food (18A Essex Street, Footscray VIC) is a rather strange name because it doesn’t really mean much. Ebi is the Japanese word for prawn, so effectively the place is called Prawn fine food. Odd. This is not the only strange thing about Ebi. It’s the fact that it’s a Japanese inspired (the name […]

Gaijin

August 10, 2010

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My adventures took me south of the river this weekend, to a funky little place called Gaijin (135 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC). The title is a Japanese word meaning ‘non-Japanese’ or ‘outsider’. The 2 kanji characters that make up the word literally read as ‘outside person’. So there we were, on the advice of […]