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Japanese Sushi Chef

Here's an article on a so-called sushi academy.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2010...

Dec 08, 2014
steamer in Japan

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

They did reply to my question about a real corned beef sandwich on sour Jewish rye bread; saying they would do their best to accommodate me. Still no tongue sand. I'd make my own (when it warms up) but these days a whole tongue costs about 25 bucks.

Dec 08, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

I looked at their page and it seems sort of creative Kool Kosher without a deli classic in sight. I wrote to ask if they were doing a real corned beef sand and they just erased my post; so I think it's safe to say no tongue sandwich.

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

That's what I was thinking, but as always chacun a son gout, seems some folks like the spoons and horse manure image.

Dec 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

Sounds like they are doing well. Is it just me; or do others think this is this an incredibly bad name for a restaurant.

Dec 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Stick a fork in Nye's

This is almost criminal. http://www.startribune.com/local/minn...

Dec 02, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

Yes the Dotonbori or Dotenbori, was still there when I stopped by in June 2014, it had a renewal/remodel a few years ago, but was still basically the same place.

Dec 01, 2014
steamer in Japan

TAMALES, NOT MEXICAN

I don't know that much about regional variations on the tamales; but I do know black beans are what they eat in southern Mexico.

Dec 01, 2014
steamer in Los Angeles Area

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

Every Year NHK Kyou no Ryouri has an osechi issue. They have done Korean, Chinese, and Western. The Western version had stuff like roast beef and lobster thermador IIRC.

I used to put together the full trad Japanese version until one year we decided we really wanted to eat sashimi, taraba gani,roast beefand namasu and didn't care so much for kamaboko and the rest.

Nov 21, 2014
steamer in Japan
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I can't believe anyone hasn't posted about #grapegate yet

Not only do they not eat non-local grape salads but Minnesotans do NOT talk like Frances McDormand in Fargo; well most of 'em don't anyway.

Nov 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

Tripeler, Thanks for the name. That was driving me crazy.
I'll have to stop in there on my next visit to the homeland. Don't know if I should mention another Dogenzaka hotspot; the Dotenboro Gekijou, which is a, er, "Burlesque" club. No cocktails but there is a beer machine inside.

Nov 19, 2014
steamer in Japan

BLACK FRIDAY!!!!!!

Never heard of this place, looks interesting. Any reviews? What's good here?

Nov 18, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

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

Lion was always a fave. Love that super gloomy early post-war atmosphere. They haven't been spinning vinyl the last few times I was in there. Please note you are not allowed to speak except to order.

There is (was) a bar next door to Lion, the name of which I forget, but it has an enormous collection of rock vinyl and cd's that you can request. Very much a time trip back to a college dive bar of the seventies.

Nov 18, 2014
steamer in Japan

Name of Chewy Tofu in Japan?

Isn't Kouya tofu kind of spongy rather than chewy? But goma tofu really isn't chewy either. I've attached a photo of the goma tofu

Nov 17, 2014
steamer in Japan

where to eat on Narita-to-Haneda transfer?

There is a sushi bar in Haneda. IIRC it is a kaiten bar, but not bad for that sort of thing.

Nov 17, 2014
steamer in Japan

Name of Chewy Tofu in Japan?

Goma dofu?

Nov 07, 2014
steamer in Japan

Minneapolis Winos - Remember to Vote!

Voted last week by mail. Saves standing in line forever. Onward to victory. How about we do something about our quaint Sunday liquor laws next?

Sushi during New Years period

It would be impossible for a sushi restaurant of good standard to be open when the market is closed and they can't buy good fish. This goes for any top class restaurant because the produce market and other purveyors are shut down too.

Oct 31, 2014
steamer in Japan

Anyone Try This - Eric Ripert's Romantic French Carbonara ?

Creme fraiche is actually kind of sour. 2 cups sounds like a lot of creme fraiche.

Oct 30, 2014
steamer in Home Cooking
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Gyoza

Those gyoza died with Hayashi-san (hope that's right name) His gyoza were a treasure, 500 yen a plate and the only other thing on the menu was shanghai yaki soba.

He had been on Dogenzaka since 1949 IIRC and was a sharp wit who told amazing stories of the old days. He once told me after the war there was very little food so he decided to cook in a Chinese restaurant instead of becoming a salary man--at least he could be sure to eat.

People would always ask him for his recipe and he would tell them it doesn't matter; you won't be able to make them like me. And of course he was right.

He also said he felt that the wrappers were a living thing and had to be made by hand. I really miss him and his gyozas and cold beer in his tiny shop.

If you ever find gyozas like that please share.

Oct 28, 2014
steamer in Japan
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Good Sushi in the Twin Cities

I've already posted that the fish was pretty good at Sushi Fix.

Oct 22, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Sweetbreads - Where to buy to home cook?

Another reason to move to Florida?

Oct 22, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Good Sushi in the Twin Cities

Kuan, I agree with you that Minneapple sushi is not close to the level of Los Angeles. But tuna is usually frozen even in Japan. Salmon too, it's prone to parasites and needs to be frozen to kill them.

Oct 22, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

How are your corn tortillas doing?

I've had this problem too, many years ago my tortillas fried up crisply, now they seem to go soggy. The only difference from I can see from the olden days is that nearly all tortillas contain methyl cellulose or some other kind of edible gum.

Oct 06, 2014
steamer in Home Cooking

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

They often call ramen "chukka soba" (chinese noodles) and ramen shops frequently serve fried rice and gyoza (guo tie)

Sep 30, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

I'm not gonna debate you, Hill Food.

Sep 27, 2014
steamer in General Topics
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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

--It's in Minnesota

Sep 26, 2014
steamer in General Topics

5 Guys Burgers and Fries: Still don't see what the big deal is?

Gotta agree, no big deal soggy, fries not bad but not great.
You get nailed for 12-15 bucks. Probably rather have a smash burger.

Sweetbreads - Where to buy to home cook?

Jeez that's a tad expensive. Funny how all this offal they used to almost give away is stupid expensive now

Sep 19, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Octopus that tastes like chicken

I've done a confit of octopus, slow cooked in olive oil, which gave it a soft texture.I don't think I could say it tasted like chicken.

Sep 17, 2014
steamer in Italy