Friday, August 20, 2010

How to eat your sushi

I happened to wander around St. Leonard looking for something yummy for my lunch and came across this 'Bento-ya' on Chandos street. The menu board next to the entrance looks tempting so I did give it a try.

My sakura bento box

My 'sakura bento' comprises three gyoza, two sushi, salad, steamed rice, and prawn teriyaki for the main dish. Considering the price, the portion weren't a disappointment and the taste still ok but one thing really caught my attention when they served my bento box, can you notice from the picture? They mix wasabi into the soy sauce! One thing I hardly found in a Japanese restaurant (even it's not an authentic one). This unusual way of serving sushi reminds me of one page from "Morimoto-The New Art of Japanese Cooking". Morimoto-san gives two advices in regards How to Eat Sushi:

- Don't dunk your sushi rice first into the soy sauce, he said: this spoils the the texture of rice that I've worked so hard to create and overwhelms the delicately seasoned rice.

- Don't mix wasabi into your soy sauce. Ideally, the sweet bite of wasabi tucked under the fish, and the rich, salty slick of soy on top meet each other in the mouth, not before. This create an exciting friction that's lost when they are combined into a murky sauce.

Morimoto also said: I don't believe strict rules should govern how you eat every bit of food, yet I do hope customers will appreciate the efforts I've taken to create a balance and delicious sushi.
Friday, August 13, 2010

735-yen iPad?

Only in Japan..
A unique product from Gifu, here is the news from Mainichi:

A company run by students here is enjoying brisk sales of its "Padnote" -- a notebook which looks just like Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet. The unique product has been developed and released by Gocco. -- a start-up business established by students at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture.

"When we develop new software, we often start by drawing a design image on a piece of paper. We thought, 'A notebook in the same size as iPad would be convenient,' and developed the product," says Ryosuke Kimura, 31, company president and a second-year graduate student at IAMAS.

The notebook with gridlines is designed to facilitate drawing. In collaboration with a printing firm near the college, they have managed to imitate the exterior appearance of the iPad, including its texture and control buttons. The product went on sale online in May, and gained unexpected popularity for its unique design and cheap price of only 735 yen apiece.

The notebook has been available at Tokyu Hands department stores nationwide since June, and the company had sold a total of some 2,000 notebooks online and over-the-counter by the end of July.

"We copied the detailed design (of the iPad), and the notebook is apparently attracting people apart from software developers due to its uniqueness. I would like to exchange various ideas with my colleagues and offer them to the public," Kimura says. The company is also planning to release a memo pad designed after the iPhone sometime in the future.

The Padnote costs 735 yen a piece. Inquiries about the product can be made by e-mail at

And here is my new toy..

Actually it's my very first Apple's product! I never owned iPod nor iPhone, I am just not a fan of Apple's but this time somehow I ended up buying this iPad.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Let it snow..

I reckon there won't be many post from me this month, got an unexpected thing came up earlier this week and there will be a lot of things I have to go through till end of this month.
Thankfully, we made our way up to the snowy mountain last weekend!
Arriving in Perisher Blue on Saturday morning then spent almost the whole day up there before headed down to Cooma to stay overnight. Continuing our snow trip to Thredbo on Sunday morning, exploring a beautiful snow village while enjoying the heavy snow pouring all day.

Trying to get proper shots despite the heavy snow..

Here are some shots of Perisher Blue..

(Perisher Blue chair lift)

(Curry shack in Perisher Blue)

And here are the Thredbo's shots..

(Thredbo shuttle bus)

(Thredbo village)

(Thredbo village)

(Thredbo village)

(Christmas in July..)