Noodles in Japan: What To Eat (Part 3)

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さぬきうどん (Sanuki Ramen)


Sanuki Udon
Sanuki Udon
Soul food of Kagawa Prefecture. Resilient udon with Iriko soup. Soft and smooth sensation are just simply amazing.

徳島ラーメン (Tokushima Ramen)


Tokushima Ramen
Tokushima Ramen
Brown soup with tonkatsu soy sauce. Normally topped with pork belly, bean sprout, Welsh onion and raw egg. Thick and sweet taste.

ちゃんぽん (Chanpon)


Nagasaki Chanpon
 Chanpon
Soup made out of boiled pork ribs and chicken bones. Resilient thick noodles. What makes it special is the wide variety of ingredients used including pork, fish, seafood. Plenty of vegetables. A great healthy dish. Delicacy from the Nagasaki Prefecture.

博多ラーメン (Hakata Ramen)


Hakata Ramen
Hakata Ramen
Straight and slim noodle in a milky white tonkatsu soup. Thick but refreshing taste preferred by many people. Delicacy from Fukouka Prefecture.


Acknowledgement


Special thanks to ご当地メシ for all the great delicious pictures.


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Noodles in Japan: What to Eat (Part 1)
Noodles in Japan: What to Eat (Part 2)

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Noodles in Japan: What To Eat (Part 2)

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味噌煮込みうどん (Miso Nikomi Udon)


Miso Nikomi Ramen
Miso Nikomi Udon
Uses a miso called Hacchoumiso. Thick and strong taste. Spongy noodles simmered in a ceramic port. Served hot. Delicacy from Aichi Prefecture.

富士宮やきそば (Fujinomiya Yaki Soba)


Fujinomiya Yaki Soba
Fujinomiya Yaki Soba
What makes it different from the normal soba is the sponginess of the noodle. Fried with lard. Mixed with meat and pickled ginger. Delicacy from Shizuoka Prefecture.

伊勢うどん (Ise Udon)


Ise Udon
Iriko and sea tangle soup stock blended with Tamari soy sauce. Gives out a dark and thick gravy sauce. Delicacy from the Mie Prefecture.

和歌山ラーメン (Wakayama Ramen)


Wakayama Ramen
Wakayama Ramen
Thin and straight noodles. Contains 2 soy sauce based soup. Delicacy from the Wakayama Prefecture.

出雲そば (Izumo Soba)


Izumo Soba
Izumo Soba
Local culinary specialties of Shimane Prefecture. The dark color is what makes it special. Sweet smelling taste. Excellent nutritional value.

瓦そば (Kawara Soba)


kawara soba
Kawara Soba
Kawara means tile. As the name suggests, roasted tea-buckwheat noodles are placed on top of a heated tile. Fried until there is a little burnt smell and crispy to bring out the best taste. The hissing sound of the noodles frying on top of the tile makes you crazy to grab a bite. Delicacy from the Yamaguchi Prefecture.

津山ホルモンうどん (Tsuyama Broiled Beef Udon)


Tsuyama Broiled Beef Udon
Tsuyama Broiled Beef Udon
Udon grilling on a hot plate with broiled beef innards. Perfect combination of rich beef taste and spongy udon. Delicacy from Okayama Prefecture.
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Noodles in Japan: What to eat (Part 1)

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Noodles is my favourite food in Japan. The taste, accompanying ingredients, size of noodles, and soup vary across the different regions in Japan. This post introduces some of the signature noodles across every prefecture in Japan.

喜多方ラーメン (Kitakata Ramen)


kitakata ramen
Kitakata Ramen
Local ramen from Kitakatashi, Fukushima Prefecture. Refreshing soy sauce flavor. Thick ramen texture. 


盛岡冷麺 (Morioka Reimen) 


Morioka ramen
Morioka Reimen

冷麺 reimen means cold noodles. Iwate prefecture delicacy. Noodles are bouncy. The soup is sweet with seasonal fruits such as apple, watermelon and pear. Although it is cold noodles, that does not mean the soup are all direct from the tap. :) It was all boiled and left to cool. Goes well with kimchi.


稲庭うどん (Inaniwa Udon)


Inaniwa Udon
Inaniwa Udon

Country-style dish from Akita. Thinner than the Kishimen (flat noodles famous in Nagoya) or Houtou noodles (flat noodels famous in Yamanashi). Smooth texture that glides on your tongue :).


へぎそば (Begi Soba)


Begi Soba
Begi Soba
Famous in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. Noodles are made from a type of seaweed called Funori. The name begi comes from a kitchen tool that is used to make this noodle.


信州そば (Shin Shuu Soba)


shin shuu soba
Shin Shuu Soba
Normally noodles that are made of more than 25% of buckwheat flour are called shinshuu soba. Shinshuu comes from a highland where it is famous for where buckwheat are harvested. Delicacy from Nagano Prefecture.


越前おろしそば (Echizen Oroshi Soba)


echizen soba
Echizen Oroshi Soba
There are various ways people have this served. Some like the grated radish on top with the soup under (well segregated), while some like it to be all mixed up. Popular among the elderly as a healthy food. Delicacy from Fukui Prefecture.


ほうとう (Houtou)


houtou noodles
Houtou
A mixture of wide-flattish noodle with pumpkin, mushrooms and potatoes simmered in miso soup. Thick soup base. Makes it a very good hot dish in the winter. Delicacy from Yamanashi.
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Honestly the best food in Japan

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Before I judge, I want to come to agreement that we all have different aji no okonomi 
味のお好み tastebuds.
Whats nice to you, may not be nice to me.
What I like, may not be what you like.
Come on, take for the known fact, that we are all different.

While the recent Gotouchi: online voted best food in Japan falls to Ryugasaki Croquette. I beg to differ.

龍ケ崎コロッケ(Ryugasaki Croquette)


I think I already had too much potatoes in my shokuji 食事 meals: french fries, mashed potatoes and hash brownies.
Stuffing cream inside potatoes and dipping them among the spaghetti sauces isn't really miryoku teki 魅力的 attractive to me.

...And yet, here are my honest opinion of the best food in Japan.
I think it deserve some kind of justice - the Gyutan Yaki.

芯たん焼き (Gyutan Yaki)



Gyutan is cow`s shitatongue.
Despite how eerie it sounds, it is the best ever Japanese food that I have tried. The first time I fell in love with it was in Sendai. (Read the post on Sendai trip).

And just in case you don't know, tongue is the strongest muscle of all body bu i 部位 parts.

So if you find some muscular chicken thigh to be very tasty, you are going to find this to be amazingly tender and delicious.

To cook it, it is often marinated and smoked. See video.

I really think the yuushou 優勝 winner badge should be on the Gyutan Yaki.

Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
Share with us on what you think is the best food in Japan.

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Taiwan Wedding Photography: What You Must Know

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Script to the video:

Congratulations!

First, the proposal.
Then, meet the parents.
Now, the photo-shooting.

Well, you only shoot wedding photos once in your entire lifetime.
So you want to make sure that everything is perfect.

Hmmmm...taking wedding photos locally? Nah! Too many people taking it at the same place.
See, same pier, same pier, same pier. Just different people, different pose.
Just not special enough for me.

What can I do differently?
Hahhhhh....take wedding photos abroad.
Taiwan sounds good. Plenty of wedding packages at the travel fair. I can Shoot while I Play. Perfect!

It is a Good choice too!

Here are some good things that you must know:
a) The scenery was really nice. Totally amazing and special when compared to my friend's wedding photos taken locally.
b) The hospitality when you first arrived was terrific.
c) The bridal company arranged all the accommodations.
d) Took care of our meals. Bought us lunch and dinner.
e) This one is the one I liked best. Bridal company allowed us to take photos when trying out dresses (which most local bridal companies don't)
f) Bridal company gave us a complimentary stay at Sun Moon Lake. The room was large with private jacuzzi pool.


Now you are ready to sign for a package!
Here are some of the things you must know when you plan for wedding photography in Taiwan.

1) Have an idea of what you want kind of scene, background you would want for your wedding photography. My advise: If you want to take studio photos, take it locally. What for traveling all the way for studio photos?  Some wanted sakura. Some wanted the scenic spots in Taiwan. Some wanted the Taipei 101. Decide ahead. For me, I wanted a background of lavender field.

2) Knowing what type of background helps you to decide the bridal company. Ask for the location of their bridal company back in Taiwan. Why? Because if you want Taipei 101, no point choosing a bridal company from Tainan (Southern Taiwan). Take another examples, if you want to take scenic views such as lavendar farms (in June/July), and Sakura (in March), choose a bridal company around Taichung. For my case, I selected Hsinchu, near to Taichung.

3) Ask for the price. Make sure you understand what is provided/ what is not.
Here is something that you must know:
a) How many dress for the lady? How many white? How many colored? What about the guy?
b) How many poses can you select?
c) What is the size of album and photo frame (example photo frame for the bedroom photo)?

Here are some that are usually not included.

d) How much is transportation during photo shoot?
e) How much is entrance fees to scenic spots?
f) How much is it to bring the stylist for outdoor photo shooting?
g) Is the air ticket included in the package?

Here is something that you wished had known earlier that could save you money.

a) Bring along white underpants so you don`t have to buy one there. White outfits are definite. You don't want your photos to see an imprint of your black underpants.
b) Bring along a pair of nude bras. Bridal might sell you at a higher price if you dont have one.
c) This is the most important part. Honest and open discussion with your husband/wife about budget for extra photos. You will have a few hundreds photos taken, and you will be persuaded to take up extra. This may cost you dearly.
I give you an example: We took more than a hundred shots. Package we initially signed up was only 30. Then, they told me that 30 photos wont be enough to make a decent album, and asked me to add photos. Believe me, the price was crazy. Initial package cost NTD 35000, adding photos to make a decent one will need to top up another NTD 42000. Of course, I refused. On the spot, their look changed and gave me the ungrateful look.

Now you know what you must know.
Have fun and wishes you and your wife happiness forever!
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