It’s supposed to be a sunny spring afternoon, but as April would have it…there was some rain, gray skies and quite cold winds for this time of the year. It does happen often in April, dubbed as the crazy-weather month that does what it likes in this part of Europe. The sky would have been perfect in blue, as a backdrop for the tulips that I, unfortunately, didn’t see much this season.Continue Reading…
Winter finally manifested itself in our region…though it depends on the person wanting to view it as fortunate or otherwise. We have had an inch of snow for a 3-day downpour…and as they say it’s like winning 10 cents in the lottery! ^_^ Not much snow photos to show this time around then. And as the kids’ semestral break came, I had planned for us to go about the city, eat and explore museums. Unfortunately, I fell sick on the first day the snow came (bummer!). So the kids and I only had the chance to visit a hole in the wall restaurant serving home-cooked Japanese goodness! The restaurant, called Kuishimbo, is owned by a Japanese couple who acts as chef (husband) and server/cashier (wife) and they are with their 2 sons who help overall as well.Continue Reading…
After daughter’s theater performance, which ended a few minutes shy of 10 o’clock, we walked to Karlsplatz to look for some quick bite. Vienna’s first district tends to be crowded even on a Thursday night. There’s theater performances to watch, opera shows to enjoy and music recitals to listen to. Afterwards,a coffee or tea with friends is perfect to cap the night off.
There’s a number of restaurants around Karlsplatz and we really didn’t have the luxury to choose as it’s running late, kids got school the next day. We entered an Asian restaurant at a corner (senior moment here, can’t remember what the restaurant’s name). The joint offers mostly Chinese and Japanese cuisines. Talk about sushi, maki, spring rolls, noodles, vegetable dishes, tofu, grilled meat, seafood.
The place, well-lit, has a very clean, friendly atmosphere. There’s separate areas for smokers which added plus points for me who avoids cigarettes.
So we just had futomaki, spring rolls, salmon maki and crispy chicken wrapped in almonds (not in photo). The futomaki we had had cucumber, pickled radish and surimi. The spring rolls are the ones you buy ready to cook from a box, I hoped they made something fresh and original. The salmon maki were how you’d expect them. I didn’t get to taste the chicken…that looks about good to munch on too…
Light? Not really but it’s not the normal meal we would have on other days. Giving this restaurant another try the coming days, probably order house specials than small meals.
Yasai is the Japanese word for vegetables and this is what I ordered last time hubby had a craving for noodles. As usual I ordered online and paid via paypal. (Talk about convenience.) In half an hour, hubby was happily eating this noodle on soup with vegetables and tofu.
This is one of the healthier noodles that hubby and I enjoy. The subtle flavor of the soup blends nicely with the tofu and noodles. The vegetables are well cooked and add a different feel to all the softness in this dish. This is simply a comfort food on those cold spring evenings.
How many plates (mini-plates) can we finish when we pig out at a running sushi restaurant? I would always lost count. These three could put up a tower every time and it’s really worth what I pay for. The various dishes and desserts served at running sushis are very wide…they always want to try each of them. Sorry for the photo quality, this is one of those moments I forgot to bring our bulky camera – every time I say, “I forgot the camera” the kids reply in chorus, “Iphone!” So I would use my Iphone to capture everything.
Not necessarily in order would be shrimp tempura, crisscut fries, maki rolls, nigiri-zushi, spring rolls and other deep-fried bite size goodness. It’s not often that we go and indulge so I think the cholesterol they get is not yet over the head. There are a number of running sushis in the city and there are 3 that we frequent. This one is at the mall near our place.
Those are our designated colors of soy sauce dipping container. Ebay colors?! Son2 would always have them, dip everything in soy sauce if he can, reason that he always end up drinking a lot too! (Good!)
Gyoza and steamed brocolli.
Steamed Mussels and mini-chicken schnitzel with lemon.
Chicken Toriyaki and spring rolls.
For dessert, we try to get them too but being full from the main dishes we would end up having very little. Here’s something that resembles majablanca but blander, milk with sago (tapioca pearls). Below would be something similar to turon, only smaller. They are bananas wrapped in batter and dip fried, served with honey. Son1 always gets those oranges which he said is easier to eat than satsumas and clementines.
Sunrise Kyoto Running Sushi,
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Though called “red” – it only refers to the azuki beans, the mochi itself is a lovely pink.
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If there is one thing I admire about Kuya O, it is his nonchalant attitude about things. For one, he sipped his ramen soup at the restaurant we dined in as a real Japanese would…The locals were looking, of course, but he just went ahead and finished his bowl. It’s not only about food, there are a lot of things too that he is nonchalant about but I won’t elaborate much.
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^Tamagoyaki, sake and ebi sushi, sake and kappamaki
Finally found these photos. I had a previous review of the place and partly of the food in May Lee, an Asian restaurant serving Japanese and Chinese dishes. It’s too obvious how I love Japanese food, I often feature them here whenever I can…and because I often take the kids to buffets. There’s a good reason why I love dining with the kids in eat-all-you-can joints.
Their regular menu includes noodles, fried rice, regular rice, chopsuey (as I like to call all of them veggies mixed together), spring rolls, lobster chips, beef brocolli, fish in tausi and so on. Desserts include fruit salads, orange slices, something that resembles the filipino buchi and maja blanca.
Though situated not far from the city center, May Lee gets full only after office hours. We’ve been there twice and we were at both times early birdies. Guests came only after we were served our orders or when we have started eating.For 9Euro (12$) it was worth pigging here with the kids (Kuya O and Tita S were with us as well). There was also a Filipina who welcomed us here. She was very friendly that we enjoyed our dining experience all the more.
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Tuna and Butterfish sashimi
This is the color of tuna I’m used to eating, a hint of pink to red. I would have preferred it pink marbling with white (fat) though. I cannot be sure if this is yellowfin (ahi), big-eye or bluefin (surely not bluefin as this is hardy in the market here). All I know is that the texture and taste is far different from what I had from one of the Japanese restos I had back home (below photo). Sure, the maki tasted good but the tuna sashimi was all wrong like this is the kind that I read about fishing companies trying to make imitation tuna. I cannot find the link for now but a lot of restaurant seem to prefer this cheaper version of the so-called tuna…
You’ve read and heard about sushi grade tuna and the different types which are best for sushi and all those topics. This plays a big role on tuna pricing. 🙂 Of course, how good the tuna tastes depends on other factors too…not only on the species, but the season when the fish is caught even where it is caught.
As for the “grade” well, when tuna is caught, it gets pierced with a long probe and evaluated for color and fat content. The greasier the probe comes back, the higher the grade.Not very scientific huh? And this doesn’t have anything to do with the freshness at all, only the taste. There is also another variable to consider, tuna cuts. The mid-section near the belly is the fattiest and most expensive, and the tail is the cheapest.
All that being said, I could say that what I often had at the nearest Japanese resto from home must be a higher grade tuna…both for the taste and the freshness that makes me disappointed about the other plate in the photo up here.
I anyway enjoyed the beef soup which I traded with hubby. 😀 I had beef at first with rice then he exchanged his soup with mine.
I forgot the name of the resto, but it’s a Japanese fast food joint we hurriedly went into feeling the pangs of hunger malling all day…it’s not Tokyo Tokyo nor Teriyaki boy, I really forgot…lol