Japan has a type of sushi for every occasion. In the West, we often have a very limited view on sushi. When Belgian people think of sushi, they generally think of sushi rolls, as pictured below: This type of rolled sushi, wrapped in nori seaweed, is called makizushi (which literally means 'sushi roll'). In my... Continue Reading →
Ask anyone to name something typical of Japan, and it is highly likely that they will say 'sushi'. After my return to Belgium, I have often been asked if Japanese people really eat sushi every day. The answer is no! Japanese cuisine is incredibly varied and there is so much more to it than just... Continue Reading →
For New Years Eve dinner we decided to make 'yosenabe', a simmered dish containing many different ingredients. It was a first so I was a little worried how it would turn out. But overall I'm very happy with the result. Real wholesome winter food!
Eel is a popular dish in Japan, especially in summer. It is believed to give you stamina so as to better endure the summer heat. Moreover, grilled eel is a Nagoya speciality. Needless to say I was excited when my friend Mari-san proposed to go to the most famous eel restaurant in Nagoya: Hōraiken. It's... Continue Reading →
During our recent trip to Hokkaido, we enjoyed a host of new culinary experiences. The most spectacular one was without a doubt the sashimi dish that came with the fish's still moving head in the middle. I'm not squeamish about food, but this did make me think twice before digging in. But then again, it's... Continue Reading →
As some of you may or may not have noticed, I have been afk for while. For the non-geeks among you: afk means away from keyboard. The reason was our trip to Hokkaido, the northern most island of Japan. Like many Japanese companies, Toyota had decided to send all of their employees on a mandatory... Continue Reading →