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Recommend similar cuisine to Shunju?

thanks for the suggestion, i will look into it! i agree that shunju's food is very good, i live in NYC and am extremely picky about where i dine, and have always been very satisfied there- i'd say it's one of my favorite places to eat in the world, actually. although i often wonder if i enjoy the food at shunju so much b/c it's slightly more westernized in its approach? who knows...but i will check out nakamura!

Sep 03, 2012
Jahblessjacob in Japan

Recommend similar cuisine to Shunju?

Hi hounds, am leaving for Tokyo today and lately on my trips I have always had a dinner at Shunju in Shibuya (I go 2-3 times a year for business). I personally find the seasonal veggies, grilled meats, clay pot rice dishes etc to be delicious, though I've heard other reviews suggest the cuisine is mediocre at best.

Can someone recommend a similar restaurant- with a focus on seasonal produce and simple grilled proteins- that maybe is culinarily superior to Shunju for me to try?

Price is no object (though prefer more casual environment to more stuffy), and I stay at Cerulean Tower so would prefer something in Shibuya/Shinjuku or else a 10-15 min cab ride from hotel.

Really appreciate any suggestions!

Sep 03, 2012
Jahblessjacob in Japan

Thick globs in my blueberry pie...where did I go wrong?

That does sound like the likeliest scenario- thank you!

Jul 19, 2011
Jahblessjacob in Home Cooking

Thick globs in my blueberry pie...where did I go wrong?

Over the weekend I made what was otherwise a delicious blueberry shortbread pie--with the exception of the filling consistency. It was overall a little on the thin side, but punctuated with tough, jelly-like globs (the texture of orange rinds in marmalade).

Anyone have any idea where I went wrong? These are the instructions I followed:

In a medium saucepan, bring 1/4 cup water and 1 1/2 cups berries to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to break down, 3 to 4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water; stir into berries in pan. Add lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, stirring, just until mixture begins to thicken, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat.

Could the issue be the acid added so quickly after the cornstarch? I think I might have dumped it right in after the cornstarch slurry, without allowing the starch time to thicken--would this cause curdling? Or is the issue that I should have incorporated it better into the liquid? Maybe my cornstarch is expired?

Appreciate any opinions!

Jul 19, 2011
Jahblessjacob in Home Cooking

The must-have grocery items to bring back from Tokyo?

Hehe, we actually have one of those in our freezer, believe it or not (he just went tuna fishing off NJ)

Oct 16, 2010
Jahblessjacob in General Topics

The must-have grocery items to bring back from Tokyo?

These are great suggestions, thank you! Oh I think he might have told me about that dept store miso (he stays in shinjuku).

Oct 16, 2010
Jahblessjacob in General Topics

The must-have grocery items to bring back from Tokyo?

I put most of these on my list- thanks!

Oct 16, 2010
Jahblessjacob in General Topics

The must-have grocery items to bring back from Tokyo?

My husband is traveling in Tokyo this week on business, and when he's there he always picks up some random grocery items. This time I want him to really stock up for us, because we both really enjoy eating Japanese cuisine (curries, ramens, robata, that sort of thing..oh and sushi too!) and I'd love to be able to recreate some things at home, or at least get some good Japanese pantry basics that would be much cheaper there than here (or maybe not, but it's fun to know you bought them in Japan, at least).

Things I was thinking of: green tea salt, good nori, tonkatsu sauce (recently discovered and LOVE IT), curry cubes, a variety of miso pastes, that sort of thing. I also read that there's other varieties of Japanese kit-kats (bitter almond! baked corn! SOY SAUCE!) and some oreo candy bar that's supposedly very good.

Would love to hear what people would include on a list of Japanese pantry basics, and also any amazing only-in-Japan products I should be sure to have him look for.

Thanks so much!

Oct 13, 2010
Jahblessjacob in General Topics