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Mexican-Ryukyu cuisine: Borrachos! in Sangenjaya

With a name like Sangenjaya, one could expect Indian food (from the sound of the name) but last night a friend took me there for a meal at Borrachos!, which could be the only Mexican-Ryukyu restaurant in Tokyo. The Ryukyu islands are essentially Okinawa, and there is a bit of crossover cuisine (umi-budo seaweed in salsa), but we stuck mainly to the Mexican food, which seemed to predominate on the menu, along with Okinawan creations like "Taco Rice" (American style taco ingredients spread out over a plate of white rice instead of a corn tortilla) and even pasta with crossover touches. We split a beef burrito (big chunks of stringy steer beef cooked way tender) and a tostada made into a salad, and had Mexican craft beer called Day of the Dead in IPA and Hefeweizen versions. The real hit of the meal, though, were these huge hunks of uncut spareribs made with Okinawan pork, which had been marinated in lots of citrus and spices. Incredible ribs they were, which essentially ended the meal because of their immense quantity. The ribs are a special order, and are best ordered in advance -- we didn't and got whatever was left in their kitchen, but they were exceptionally good. Anyhow, there are a lot of great things served at Borrachos! to warrant another visit soon.

http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1317/A13170...

about 14 hours ago
Tripeler in Japan

Questions re. Cocktail Bars, Sake Pubs, Jazz Lounges, etc.

I believe it was the Dotenbori Gekijou, a strip show club just across the street from where the gyoza place (Taiga-en) was. Long gone, I believe. Right next to Dontenbori was a classy hostess bar in a two-story tudor-style house, razed back in the late 80s I believe. At least Lion and BYG are still intact and in business.

about 15 hours ago
Tripeler in Japan

Ototo Sushi Co.

Little Brother is Watching.... (at Ototo).

1 day ago
Tripeler in San Diego

Rule #1...always...

Also, with Borscht, don't forget the belt!

Nov 23, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

I don't like Tilapia. Do you?

Bait for what kind of women, those who live in trailer parks?

Nov 23, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics
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Yank Sing Settlement Labour Dispute [San Francisco]

Quite a lot like someone I know who repeatedly pats himself on the back for solving the very problems he himself creates for others.

Which of these must go? Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

Robb,
Yes, that's it. Their tebasaki are great, but be warned of the heavy, heavy seasoning. I have been to one of their Shinjuku branches. They also sell the Akamiso Lager made in Nagoya. Goes great with the miso-seasoned tebasaki.

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in Japan

Osechi for ex-pats: make it, buy it, or skip it altogether?

In my local supermarket here in Tokyo this morning, I saw a donburi bento with uni, ikura and crab. A closer look revealed that the uni wasn't raw/fresh, but rather the cooked/flavored type you get in a bottle.

Actually, I have had a few nigori sakes that were so thick you could call them liquid gohan. Like library paste with 18% alcohol. Imagine the work your body must do to process that stuff.

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in Japan
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10 Things That Taste Like Apple Pie But Aren't

Articles by Ms. Chen are always interesting and well-written. At first, the subject wasn't interesting, but part way through it I was craving apple pie, and things that taste like it.

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in Features

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

There is a brand of sake named after LiPo -- Rihaku, from Shimane prefecture. When you go to their website, they have a tab that says "English" which takes you straight to John Gauntner's description of them.

http://esake.com/Brewers/RihakuB/riha...

Gauntner is a brilliant sake writer and one of the foremost non-Japanese experts on the subject.

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

Osechi for ex-pats: make it, buy it, or skip it altogether?

Silverjay,
I can't think of a better way to do it. I hope the large Hokkaido prawns are botan-ebi. What is kamanoko? Little baby lamas?

Best of all, with the really good sake, you don't need any rice. I wonder if anyone in Japan calls good sake "liquid gohan?"

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in Japan
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Guiness Blonde American Lager

Too bad we don't see much of ThomasvanDale's posts on this site these days.
He is well-informed and writes well about beer.

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in Beer

F├╝cking beer causes offence

A friend of mine imports this beer into Japan, albeit in a brown bottle.
The label is the same. He hasn't had any problems so far, but I have heard that some bars refuse to sell it.
http://www.ezo-beer.com/eng/fucking-h...

Nov 22, 2014
Tripeler in Beer

Which of these must go? Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

there is a chain in Nagoya, I forget the name, which sells heavily seasoned (miso, black pepper, shoyu) tebasaki, that is pretty good.

I would probably like Nagoya food a lot more if I actually liked the vibe of the city. Not one of my favorite places.

Nov 21, 2014
Tripeler in Japan

Osechi for ex-pats: make it, buy it, or skip it altogether?

Western-style Osechi. Wow, what could that be?

There are a few Osechi things that are totally great -- once a year. Anything rolled in kombu, and I really like crunching those chorogi. Oh, and kazunoko, which is available most of the year at Sushi joints.

Nov 21, 2014
Tripeler in Japan
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Science Proves Seahawks Selling Their Fans Watered-Down Beer

I'd like to see them start selling Belgian beer at baseball games. A few bottles of 11% abv should really get the fans worked up.

Nov 21, 2014
Tripeler in Beer

Crystal Jade, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

Thank you for your remarkably detailed and well-informed post.

Greek Fries Are the Best Fries

Nice article, great photos. As can always be expected from Birdsall and Rochelle.
I have come to think that french fries are best when the potatoes have been frozen first. Don't know exactly why, but it could be that freezing might remove some of the moisture from the potatoes first.

Nov 19, 2014
Tripeler in Features

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Great you are picking up another style of food to write on, J.L., but I have to say your photos of Japanese food are entirely tops on this board.

Nov 19, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

Yeah, the name sort of rams you in the nuts when you hear it.
Besides the trendy factor, how good can these possibly be?

Nov 19, 2014
Tripeler in Los Angeles Area
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Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

I don't think it was fermentation that purified beer. It is because beer is boiled for well over an hour before being cooled and fermented with yeast.

Nov 19, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

Why Chinese cuisines/dishes do not include raw vegetables...

In Japan these days, fresh vegetables are also coming from Thailand, the Philippines and, to some extent, Taiwan.

Nov 19, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

Battle of the Concord delis...Parma vs Luigi's...and the winner is

I'd call that "Nude Age" cuisine...

Asian Soup Options, Marin

Are you sure it wasn't a Tonkotsu Ramen you enjoyed at Uchiwa in San Rafael?

(tonkotsu = pork bones, in soup)
(tonkatsu = fried pork cutlet)

Questions re. Cocktail Bars, Sake Pubs, Jazz Lounges, etc.

Steamer,
The rock place next to Lion coffee shop is BYG. It was there when I got to Tokyo in 1977. (i.e., forever).

Nov 18, 2014
Tripeler in Japan

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Believe it or not, there are sushi rolls now that contain whole shrimp tempura. This is in Tokyo! I often see them in the take-out food sections of supermarkets.

Nov 18, 2014
Tripeler in General Topics

BurgerFi

Can't help but wonder if they have Wi-Fi.

Nov 18, 2014
Tripeler in Chains

Olive Garden has gone downhill fast (modernflavormagazine.com)

Yeah, once you are in the toilet, all you can do is circle it.

Nov 18, 2014
Tripeler in Chains
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Undercooked/Uncooked Chicken

This may be as close as the Japan board gets to standup comedy. Thanks for the laugh.

Nov 18, 2014
Tripeler in Japan

Lefse in Sacramento?

Likely it is Corti Brothers. A supermarket like no other, and quite dedicated to providing some of the best foods available to its customers. These days it really isn't flashy inside, but it is a warm and welcoming place.

Nov 18, 2014
Tripeler in California