The gastronomic tour of Japan
continues. There are some standard fare that get you by when
you're hungry, without resorting to the fish-egg sandwich at McD's
(which they no longer seem to carry). One is the soba noodles,
shown below. Cold noodles, whether white, green or grey, all
taste the same to me. There's a container of sweet soy sauce and
scallions you mix and dip, plus some clear stuff. For about $4
you can't go wrong.
Another variation on the "tan-tan" soup which I'm so fond of, this one
was in Osaka, and wasn't as spicy and had some veggies, but was really
One night I was coming back from work and saw a Pizza Hut delivery guy
leaving the building. For the next few days I had pizza on my
mind, but didn't know how to order it. I eventually went to the
front desk and asked them about pizza and they whipped out this large
binder with delivery options of many food styles, including
pizza. I asked what his preference was and he said Domino's, so
on his suggestion I ordered it up. This is a large combo pizza
with pepperoni, mushroom, peppers, and sausage. It tasted just
like at home, except a large is an American medium, and it also cost
$30. No tips required.
In Osaka we came across a beard papa's pipin' hot cream puffs, and got
a couple. Mmm tasty.
Some other selectinos from the local convenience stores. Pocari
sweat is the gatorade over here, and I like it a lot because it's not
as sweet as gatorade and it has this indescribable citrusy
flavor. The Qoo is like a noncarbonate orange soda, kind of
Tang-like, but if you drink too much of it you can get a
stomachache. The Starbucks espresso drinks are the same as at
home though may include milk without saying so. The Country Ma'am
cookies come in two styles - Chocochip Cookies Delicious Choco (so
Choco-y you get to include it in the title twice!) and Chocochip
Cookies Vanilla. The Toppo Ghana chocolates are like Pocky but we
didn't like them as much. And the Kirin Mint Julep soda is a new
release, which was good and a nice change but I wouldn't see getting
one every day.
I still like the cup noodle but haven't had it much in the last couple
of weeks since I've had visitors. Trying to upgrade my dietary
Still love this chinese soup (tan-tan) which I'll have to find at
home. I think I've had it 5 times so far.
The beef tongue was good but the porridge in the upper left was thick
and sticky and not very tasty when it got cold.
The Korean cook-your-own beef was good, and some of the veggies were