Japanese

Cheese Renkon Chips

Looking for a Japanese appetizer? Try this classic but with a cheesy twist. Cheese Renkon Chips or Cheese Lotus Root Chips is a dish of thinly sliced Lotus Roots deep fried till golden and crispy then topped with cheese powder. The first time I tried Renkon chips was in a...

Inari Sushi

Afraid of making sushi? If yes, then try this one out, it’s the easiest way to prepare sushi at home, no rolling needed. Inari Sushi is a type of sushi prepared with rice seasoned with vinegar then filled in deep-fried tofu pockets that come un-topped or topped with variety of...

Janken (Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand)

Moving from North to Northwest was quite a challenge for us in terms of dining options specially when it comes to Japanese, we missed our family favourite Naritas, up until now nothing can replace its bento box offerings, while Sushi Tomi was close we still missed that restaurant we visit...

Ramen Eggs

This is a must when serving ramen, it almost illegal serving one without this. Ramen Eggs or Ajitsuke Tamago are jammy Eggs that has a sweet, salty and umami taste from the spiced soy sauce marinade, a key ingredient usually served with ramen. Have you ever wondered why the eggs...

Nari Sushi (Massey, Auckland, New Zealand)

Many months ago, when we first moved here out in North West the first thing we noticed is that there are very few food options in the area, maybe because it’s still a growing suburb or people living here are not just interested in a variety of food compared to...

Hakata Ramen

This tonkotsu based ramen will surely give you all that warmth you need during cold winter night Hakata Ramen is a noodle soup dish from Fukuoka Japan prepared with thin, straight and firm wheat noodles on a creamy tonkostu broth topped with slices chashu, negi, beni shōga , soft boiled...

Chashu-men

If the meat from your Tonkotsu ramen is not enough then this will certainly fulfil your chashu dreams. Chashu-men is a type of Japanese noodle dish served with ramen noodles over a rich pork broth served with a copious amount of chashu. The first time I had a real ramen...

The GYOZA BAR (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand)

If you are looking for a Japanese bar with an Izakaya feel then look no further and head over to the Gyoza Bar at Ponsonby. I had visited several Izakaya’s before and most of them happened during our family trip in Japan. Since then, I was trying to find something...

Matcha Crinkles

Another one for the matcha lover out there! Matcha Crinkles is a type of crinkle prepared with matcha powder along with the usual crinkle ingredients giving it a nice bight green colour. If you follow my blog then most probably you would have known my daughters love for anything Matcha....

Maruten Ramen (Dominion Road, Auckland, New Zealand)

The last time I had Maruten Ramen is when they were still at Mercury Plaza, since then I never knew where they moved to until one day when we were at Westfield St Luke’s Shopping Centre and was craving for some Ramen. After searching online what’s the nearest ramen shop...