Showing posts with label crab. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crab. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

foodie saturday in kyoto

IMG_3226 Saturday, Satoshi had to work, so I met up with Tamakikat for lunch.

She took me to Kani Doraku for my birthday. It was my first time here and they serve crab, lots of it...check out my other photos on my Flickr labelled "kani doraku".

And how neat is this wooden tool to scrape and "poke" out the crab meat?!

IMG_3232 After lunch we did a bit of walking and came upon this tiny bakery.

Cute with the giraffe painted on the outside, yeah?!

Sidenote: Satoshi and I halved their an france (an pan) & curry france for our Sunday breakfast.

We loved the chewiness of the bread and there was a lot of filling. The an pan also had walnuts alongside the sweet bean paste.

IMG_3233 After picking up some baked items, we then walked up towards Kiyomizu temple and stumbled upon this taiyaki shop.

They were having a special for their custard & chocolate filled taiyaki...only 100 yen!

I thought this was better than some taiyaki I've eaten before, the outside was crisp, almost like a waffle cone.

IMG_3235 While walking past some shops we came upon Happy Bicycle.

The owner, an expat of Chile, makes these wire bicycles. This particular model is made from 1 piece of wire!

He also had one which cheered on the Tohoku area.

IMG_3239 We ended our day at a retro coffee shop called Otafuku Coffee.

Their prices are reasonable and their coffee delicious. Downside of this place was that there weren't many seats and they allow smoking.

All in all, it was a great foodie day. Thank you Tamakikat!

Kani Doraku
525 Tenshojimae-cho, Sanjo Teramachi Nishi
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.211.0671
Hours: 11:30-22:00

Pain Raku
458-2 Masuya-cho, Takatsuji-dori
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.344.2378
Closed Sundays & Holidays
Hours: 10:00-20:00

Shiawase no Ougon no Taiyaki
5-126-2 Kiyomizu
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Phone: 075.551.3160
Hours: 10:00-19:00

Otafuku Coffee
609 Teianmae-cho, Teramachi Shijo
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
Phone] 075.256.6788
Closed every 15th of the month
Hours: 10:00-21:30

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

zuwaigani

DSC02735 Yesterday, it rained all.day.long.

We stayed indoors, and had our zuwaigani (snow crab) which we received from the mystery tour for dinner.

I think I told you I don't have something proper to heat sake in, well, I don't have a proper clay pot to make nabe (hot pot) either.

DSC02734 Anyway, we made do with what pots I do have.

The veggies (hakusai (chinese cabbage), shungiku (garland chrysanthemum), maitake and carrots, I cooked in my frying pan with a couple of ladlefuls of dashi with a cover.

The crab, we removed the legs and put them in a pot along with some dashi (stock) and heated them for about 5 minutes.

Since the crab was par-boiled, it didn't need to be cooked too long, just heated through.

By the way, the 2nd photo is the way Satoshi wanted to show you the crab...beady eyes and all.

DSC02736 For the dashi, put 4 cups of water and a 10 centimeter (3.9 inch) piece of konbu in a pot and heat until just before boiling.

Remove the konbu and add 2 tablespoons sake (rice wine) and 1 tablespoon shoyu (soy sauce).

Cook for about 5 minutes to burn off alcohol of sake.

This was delicious, the crab had a slight sweetness to it, though we thought there could've been a bit more "meat".

Still, was a great dinner and a nice way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

kani kani kani

After coming out of the wind and the rain, we checked into our hotel, Hotel Urban Port Hana Tsubaki, located along Obama Bay.

The welcome service kind of surprised me as they gave us some matcha (green tea) and sweets (mini creme brulee, cake and yokan (bar of jellied sweet bean paste). (At most places, you receive tea or juice or nothing at all.)

After checking in, we went to the separate bathing areas and took a nice soak, working up a nice appetite for a dinner of...kani (crab).

The particular hotel plan that Satoshi signed us up for served crab for dinner...

Besides the appetizers and sashimi (sliced raw fish), there was boiled crab, grilled crab.

There was also a crab hot pot, chawan mushi (savoury custard filled with crab, unagi (eel), some shrimp, ginan (gingko) & yurine (lily bulb)), zosui (porridge using the stock from the hot pot, leftover crab, rice, egg and green onion), tsukemono (pickled veggies) and dessert (black sesame ice cream & fresh fruits (papaya, strawberry & pineapple).

Boy! were we stuffed after dinner. We calculated that each person had about 2 crabs each. Satoshi was surprised that I ate most of my share, as most times I leave a large portion of my food for him to finish.

My favorite crab preparation would have to be boiled, it was the easiest to eat. Grilled crab was the hardest to eat because it stuck to the shell.
The next day, we awoke to a beautiful day.

If you thought dinner had a lot of food, breakfast the next morning was almost just as large.

Grilled fish, sashimi, a little hot pot & other foods. It was really filling and everything was delicious.

After a very hearty breakfast, we were ready to explore some of the sights in Obama.

Hotel Urban Port Hana Tsubaki
72-1 Obama-shiratori
Obama, Fukui
Phone: 0770.53.2001