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The first thing I did after I decided to go to Nagoya for the weekend was to make a list. Not of things to pack with me, nor famous places to go see, but a simple list of the foods I wanted to eat. ^-^;;

Though Nagoya is a bit lacking in major sightseeing destinations, it makes it up by having plenty of food destinations. So onward to the tour!

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Lucky Pierrot is a fast food restaurant chain only found in Hakodate, Hokkaido which serves some seriously tasty burgers and fries. We stopped there for a late dinner on our way around the northern most island of Japan, and only an incoming hurricane stopped us from going there again on the way back to mainland Honshu. Believe me, since we got back, I’ve looked for other locations, hoping in vain to eat there again. Unfortunately the chiikigentei 地域限定 or limited to region status of Lucky Pierrot is no joke. They have over 10 locations, none of which are outside of Hakodate.

While searching for Lucky Pierrot online, I was surprised to read that the restaurant chain has had some controversy in the past, mostly because they had a whale meat burger on the menu. The hunting of whales is a touchy issue between Japan and the rest of the world, and in general, I try to avoid eating things that are on the endangered species list. To be honest though, I did not even notice the くじら kujira whale burger on the menu, because I was too busy trying to wrap my head around how one restaurant can serve hamburgers, curry rice, and spring rolls on the same menu. Looking at their website online now, it seems they no longer serve a whale burger, though they do have a scallop burger, a sweet and sour pork burger and a Genghis Khan (lamb) burger on the menu.

Serious environmental issues aside, the food we did eat was good. Very good. Which is probably why Lucky Pierrot has won the best regional hamburger restaurant in Japan award for multiple years running. (Yes, there is a ranking for that.)

The Chinese Chicken Burger is their #1 selling menu item. It’s 3 large pieces of chicken deep fried and covered in what tastes like kung pao sauce (hence the Chinese part, I suppose) sandwiched with lettuce and copius amount of mayonaisse, in a sesame seed bun. The slightly spicy and sweet sauce complimented the freshly fried chicken, and the chewy bun was the perfect thing to contain the messy sandwich. I would have gladly eaten the chicken just by itself, but the combination of bun, lettuce, mayo and chicken was really satisfying.

I could almost feel my arteries shaking in fear, but pressed on and also tried the Lucky Pierrot special fries. From the menu photo, my friend thought they might be the elusive poutine. However, I was pleasantly surprised to get freshly fried thick cut french fries topped with not the conventional gravy and cheese curds, but a concentrated curry sauce and a mild cheese sauce. It reminded me of eating cheesy chips after a night out, the cheese complimenting the sweet Japanese style curry very well.

I couldn’t leave the shop without one of Lucky Pierrot’s shakes, which come in the normal vanilla, chocolate and strawberry flavours, as well as some seasonal varieties, including this black sesame shake that I ordered. I love all things black sesame, or 黒ごま kurogoma , and this shake was perfect. The shake was thick enough to hold a straw upside down, and had flecks of ground black sesame seeds stired. Don’t let the greyish color of the shake throw you off, it was really delicious.

I was sad we didn’t have the chance to go back so I could try the yuzu ,Japanese citron, shake and get another order of Lucky Pierrot fries.
If you happen to find yourself in Hakodate, I really reccomend you give Lucky Pierrot or LaPi ラピ a try.

Lucky Pierrot@ Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

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My long suffering camera died last week, so I made a trip to Tokyo to pick up a new one. There are some restaurants in the metropolis that I seem to revolve around, like Din Tai Fung in Takashimaya or Soup Stock Tokyo in Shinjuku, but I went to some new (and delicious) restaurants this weekend.

My friend Maya took me to Chaika for some Russian food. I think while I tend to crave things like pho or dim sum, Russian food is fast becoming something I think about when daydreaming about my next meal. Chaika has some affordable lunch sets that give you a sampling of their most popular dishes.

I started off with a hot bowl of borscht, a tomato and beet based soup with beef and vegetables, topped with sour cream and dill. Good on it’s own, and makes for a great bread dipping soup as well.
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I went to a new restaurant in Tsuru this week and had some amazing food!
This plated appetizer was the beginning of their special course meal.
Shabu shabu salad on top: lean pork and fresh vegetables on a bed of crispy lettuce, topped with a tangy spicy vinaigrette.

Rosemary potatoes on the lower right: boiled potatoes with fresh rosemary, onions and ground chicken

Tomato relish on the lower left: tomato and onions in a tangy sauce, served on a cheese cracker.

Tecolote @ Tsuru, Yamanashi, Japan

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A great way to use up extra cilantro on a cold day. This soup is full of veggies and goes great with some toasted french bread.
Ingredients:

  • 1.5 liters of chicken stock
  • 50g-60g chopped cilantro
  • half of an onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped
  • large handful of spinach, chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant, chopped
  • 1 can of crushed or diced tomatoes with juice or 2 whole tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • dash of salt
  • olive oil


1. Add olive oil to a frying pan. Lightly sauté onions, celery, carrots and eggplant until the onions are translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Combine stock, sautéed vegetables and spinach in a large pot and let come to a slow rolling boil. Stir occasionally.
3. Add garlic, cilantro, tomatoes and the bullion cube to soup. Stir. Bring back to a slow rolling boil.
4. When vegetables are thoroughly cooked, add salt to taste.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Noodles: Rice noodles (kway teow) stir fried with soy sauce, chicken and eggs. Served with crispy fried dough and fresh crunchy lettuce. A great breat from spicy food.

MBK 5th floor @ Bangkok, Thailand

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Crab meat shiao long bao and steamed chicken soup
Din Tai Fung @ Taipei, Taiwan

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