February Treatment

Hi all!

Does anyone feel relieved that January is just over? We so do ^_^ Exam period is just finished. It’s time to slowdown a little bit in the cold. Maybe for those out there who were packed with start of the year deadlines, could feel the same way. 
 

image from weheartit

 
Besides giving times to loosen our schedule, February treats us with warmth both for our body and heart. At least in Kyoto, this year winter has been told not as cold as usual. There are more sunny days although the temperature keeps on a single digit. Additionally, the high tensions of love flows everywhere since the infamous Valentine Day just passed. 
No matter how busy you could be this year, we hope that you can treat yourself the February’s warmth with the dearly ones. 

Lastly from us, we hope to treat you with some long-waited-posts! 

Keeping warm!
Chiyo and Aya

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 First Taste of The Real Shabushabu and Sukiyaki

Tanuki Rokkaku front door view

Tanuki Rokkaku front door view

It’s getting cold and the weather start to change here. In time like this, when I got asked the magic question, “what do you want to eat?” I just asked back “what is a good Japanese food to eat on cold weather?” After went through a rough list, we doubted to choose between shabushabu or sukiyaki. Lucky for us, we spotted  one restaurant that serves both since the season changed.

So we headed to downtown Kyoto, on Sanjo Karawamachi area. The left side of the second traffic light from Kamogawa river, we walked towards Rokkaku area. On the second floor of Dekku bai koosuto (Deck by coast) building, we found Japanese traditional restaurant called Tanuki Rokkaku. Good news for us, they have offered hot pot menus whether as a set or all-you-can-eat package since September.

Shabu shabu and sukiyaki are both Japanese hot pot dishes which self cooking by simmering the tender meat pieces and fresh vegetables into broth or sauce on the pot. I was totally excited since it was my first time eating the real shabu shabu and sukiyaki in Japan. Although in Jakarta you can find many shabu shabu restaurants, the taste has been adjusted to match with the local. What I found strange is that the popular broth or soup based is either kimchi or tomyum. As you know they are definitely not Japanese. But I could understand the business point of view, since most of Indonesian are much favorable with more spicy taste.

Sukiyaki and shabu shabu table set

The differences between the two dishes are the taste of the simmering soup or broth and the dipping sauce. For sukiyaki, often the meat and vegetables simmer on the pot with sweet soy sauce. The liquid is less amount and easier to absorb. Making it easier to burn as well. When they are well cooked, the ingredients usually dip into raw egg before you can finally enjoy the dish. I really think that using raw egg as dipping sauce maybe only possible in Japan. Japanese egg is sweeter than the one you can normally find abroad. It’s totally fine to eat raw egg in Japan. In fact, Japanese people often have raw eggs mixed with rice as their breakfast.

sukiyaki – beef meat dips into raw egg

While for shabu shabu, the ingredients simmer in more watery and more savory broth. You can boil them a little bit longer until well cooked. There are two popular dipping sauces for shabu shabu, ponzu sauce and sesame sauce. When the meat and vegetables are all finished, Japanese people usually put udon noodle into the soup. And the meal is completed.

shabu shabu meat on sesame dipping sauce

Back to the restaurant, the waitress first came with one plate tsukidashi or appetizer of takowasa (chopped octopus with wasabi sauce), chikuwa (fish cake) and edemame as free services. Then, she set up the table with mini stove, one large boiling pot, two dish boxes of beef, another box of various vegetables, one bowl of eggs and two pots of sauce. The hot pot divided into two, one part was for sukiyaki and another was for shabu shabu. And later after the main part was finished, she came back for udon noodle into the shabu shabu broth to complete our meal.

It was incredibly great yet still very much Japanese flavors. My body indeed warmed up into sweet-savory meats and vegetables. It was totally fit into my definition of a good japanese food which focus on good quality taste of the meat and vegetables cook with light but well balance of sweetness or saltiness sauces. The price which was around 3000yen definitely worth the tasty meal and cozy atmosphere. The sukiyaki and shabu shabu package is absolutely recommended whether you are in small or big group. If you are not in the mood for either sukiyaki or shabu shabu, you still can enjoy other typical izakaya menu, especially the yakitori is the restaurant’s speciality.

Other menus of Tanuki Rokkaku restaurant

 

Restaurant Info:

Tanuki Rokkaku

Dekku bai kōsutobiru 2 F

Kawaramachi-dōri Takoyakushi noboru naraya-chō 291

Nakagyou-ku Kyoto-shi

050-5589-2561 (+81-50-5589-2561) (For reservation only)

Open hours: Mon-Fri-Sun: 17.00 – 24.00; Saturday and holidays: 17.00 – 05.00

 

 

Cheers,

Chiyo

Beautiful Mind on November

Hi all,

Good to be back!

Autumn is here!

Maybe in almost parts of the world, autumn has started since october. In Japan, however, the autumn is quite late. This year’s autumn peak will be mid of November. It’s been two years since we have the last autumn. We’re lucky to enjoy the weather in this fascinating-autumn-view-country. So exicted~

Autumn often symbolizes as romantic when the leaves start changing into mature colors. It also have image of peacefulness when the weather cools down and blows the chilly breezes.

The season illustrates unpredictable beauty. Even though the weather keeps changing, until the extend that you don’t know whether you should wear your raincoat or not. But in every single of its day, autumn brings something beautiful surround us. In the end, we still look forward what beauty it brings us everyday.

It is the same thing with our life. It is beautiful. The good and the bad. Everyday lies hidden beauty for us to experience and to learn. But we never know exactly what will happen on the next day. In that case, we should, like the season do, look forward to unpredictable beautiful of our life.


Keep your heart warm.
Cheers for our beautiful mind.

Love,

Chiyo and Aya

Taking Your Summer Journey

Hi All!

It’s August, means that it is Summer time for most of us!

No matter what you plan for summer, whether trying something completely new, going to some exotic places, taking full packed trip with your friends and family, or just simply staying away from the heat; we do have more time to take a chance to find what we like in this summer.

It is a perfect time to explore ourselves in the place and with the people that we prefer. Both of us hope that everyone can take this summer journey to help finding what we are looking for the whole time. Because in other times, we become too much busy with our daily life.

So with that in mind, in the end of this summer, we all could learn something new about ourselves.

Explore it, enjoy it, and feel your summer journey!

 

Love,

Chiyo and Aya

Author Time: Kyoto 1st Impression

Hello All,

So glad to write here again! As mentioned on the latest post, I moved out from Indonesia for my master study. It’s almost 3 months since I moved to Kyoto, Japan. A lot of things to do already! But everyday I learn new different things. So excited! Let me share with you my first three months impression in Kyoto!

If I can describe the city in just three words based on my observation for these three months, that will be: shrines, tourists and students. These three things are for sure you can see everywhere around the city.

Illumination Light Festival in Shore-in Temple on April

In case someone doesn’t know, Kyoto is famously called as City of Thousand Shrines. It is likely true! It’s amazing that they are just everywhere..I think even if I stay here for two years, I wouldn’t manage to visit all of them. Kyoto is the place for most of world’s herritage shrines. Some of the-must-see shrines/temple are: kiyomizudera, shimogamo-jinja, kinkaku-ji, Heian Jingu, and so on.

Shrine Gate in Arashiyama

Beautiful Garden in Heian Jingu Shrine

Kyoto city is also one of the The Most Visited Tourist City on earth. In 2015 alone, about 200,000 tourists visit this ancient city. It thanks to the preserving Japanese cultural activities and places from Kyoto city citizens and government. It’s not only foreign tourist that filled up the city, number of domestic tourists is actually still dominant in the city. Domestic tourists usually comes on specific event on the city or when it is a good weather day. In just after 3 months, I could easily found wandering faces all over the city…lol

Tourists crowd near Kiyamizudera ancient shopping town

Tourists walking in Fushimi Inari

Another thing you could spotted around the city is students. Kyoto is a home for around 30 universities. College students are likely found on the cafe or family restaurant with their bunch of thick books and laptop around. Because of the city vibrant culture, Kyoto also attract many foreign students. When you spot a foreigner that looks familiar with the surrounding, most likely he/she is the foreign student.

Lotus Garden in Mimurotoji Temple

Personally, I really like the city. It’s the perfect balance of what modern city can offer, ancient historical places and nature. The thing that I like the most is that I can easily get fresh air in nature for one day, half a day or even only in a few hours. Just by taking a bus or even walking, I can have a break from study or work.

Sakura Tree near Kamogawa River in April

So, I hope you guys will enjoy reading chiyo and aya journey in Kyoto, the city of culture. I’ll get back to you next time.

Love,

Ayu