Ramen Sen no Kaze | Kyoto

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Ramen Sen no Kaze - entrance
Ramen Sen no Kaze – entrance

I could finish this post right now by simply saying: Ramen Sen no Kaze is THE BEST RAMEN EVER in Kyoto, but I’ll be a nice person and give you some extra information. 🙂

While planning my trip to Japan, I did some research on the food subject. You know, must-go restaurants, dishes to try and sweets. I’ve also added some places to my itinerary, so I wouldn’t miss them. But something that I can’t believe is HOW ON EARTH there was nothing about this place? Seriously Internet, are you kidding me?

Anyways, Hubby found them while we were there and we decided to give it a try, and what a nice surprise! They have a deep in flavour broth, perfect noodles and GOD, those chashu slices, dear lord they were the best ones on our trip. I believe after cooking, then grill it so you get a nicely and very tasty caramelized slice of pork. YUM!

My order

We had been there 3 times (could have gone more :P) and tried the dishes below:

  • Mine: Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chashu pork slices.
  • Hubby: Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza – pork-based broth, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza - miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chased pork slices.
Yamato no Miso with gyoza – miso-based broth, with veggies, minced pork and spices, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza - pork-based broth, topped with three chaser pork slices.
Kyo no Shio Ramen with gyoza – pork-based broth, topped with three chashu pork slices.
Gyozas
Gyoza side

You can have only the ramen bowl (which is cheaper) or with a side of gyoza or rice. We got the gyoza one and it was delicious! Gee, I’m mouthwatering seeing these photos again. Don’t they look perfect?

The verdict

This is a MUST GO place. Do not dare to leave Kyoto without going there, I’ll never forgive you! Ah, a good thing to remember is that this is a very small place so lines can get huge. I would go around 6pm or be prepared to wait. We once arrived there around 7 and waited for at least 40 minutes.

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate very well in English.

Bill: $2160 Yen ($25 AUD) – no drinks.

Exact location: http://goo.gl/maps/ZCT7FRNHtM32
More information: http://ramensennokazekyoto.com

Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Documentary

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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

Today I bring you an old but gold very good food documentary: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi.

This is the story of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old Japanese chef, who owns the only sushi restaurant in the world awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating. This documentary is a beautiful meditation on hard work, family, and the art of perfection.

Jiro is a very inspiring guy, he never stops working, living in a very simple way and focused on always being able to serve the best sushi in the world for his customers. You can see his attention to the quality of ingredients (how they were transformed negatively over the years due to environmental changes), the perfect size for a single bite, the perfect moment to be served. Everything is meticulously planned.

I’ll tell you, I’ve watched this documentary just before planning my trip to Japan, and I was convinced I had to go there. However, I’m not rich yet and couldn’t afford a $345.00 AUD dinner per person. 😐 To be honest I think this would be like what I spent during my 16-day trip. 😛

Anyways, if you are a fan of the Japanese culture and cuisine, or simply a foodie, this documentary is totally worth. You can find it on Netflix, but below I leave you with the trailer.

Hot Cross buns (grain free) | Easter

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Hot Cross buns are made especially to celebrate Easter. Yep, Easter is not only about chocolate, you know? They are somewhat spicy and can be made using dried fruit or chocolate chips. I love them served warm with a bit of butter and jam.

In case you don’t celebrate Easter, no dramas my friend, just make them as a delicious snack and be happy!

Ingredients
  • Bun
    • ½ cup of coconut flour
    • 5 tablespoons of psyllium husk
    • ½ cup of raisins
    • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
    • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • 2 ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons of honey (or any sweetener you like)
    • 4 eggs
    • 7/8 cup (a little less than a full cup) of boiling water
  • Cross paste
    • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
    • 5 tablespoons of water
    • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Directions
  1. Cross Paste
    1. In a small bowl mix all ingredients until well combined.
    2. Pour the mixture in a plastic or piping bag and reserve. The plastic bag will help to shape the cross, but you can use a spoon instead.
  2. Bun
    1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients making sure to mix them well.
    2. Then, add in the eggs, vinegar, raisins and mix them until you have a thick dough.
    3. Now it’s time to add the boiling water and mix everything until nicely combined and there is a dough consistency.
    4. Split the dough into 8 small buns and place them in a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
    5. If you are not using a piping bag: get the plastic bag with the paste mixture and cut a small piece of its edge.
    6. Next, draw a cross at the top of each bun.
    7. Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 180C for 30 minutes.
    8. It’s done! They are perfect when served warm and with butter or jam.

Kendonya | Kyoto

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Kendonya entrance
Kendonya entrance

What an adorable family restaurant Kendonya is. You can feel everything is made with love and the result is an amazing plate of fresh food in front of you.

In case you are visiting the Fushimi Inari Taisha temple, Kendonya is the perfect place to stop for lunch. I could spot many locals there and the place doesn’t seem to get packed, although being very small. And in case you don’t have any wheat intolerance, give their homemade udon noodles a try. Hubby loved them!

My order

Hubby was crazy to try their homemade udon noodles, so you pretty know what he’s ordered. I got my beloved chicken and egg rice bowl. More details below:

  • Mine: Chicken and egg rice bowl with miso soup side and some veggies that I don’t remember what they were. 😀
  • Hubby: Pork cutlet set B (tonkotsu sauce) – udon with pork broth, breaded pork cutlet, and rice.
Chicken and egg rice bowl
Chicken and egg rice bowl
Chicken and egg rice bowl sides: miso soup and I don't remember what is the other thing. :D
Chicken and egg rice bowl sides: miso soup and I don’t remember what is the other thing. 😀
Pork cutler set B (tonkotsu sauce) - udon with broth
Pork cutlet set B (tonkotsu sauce) – udon with broth
Pork cutler set B (tonkotsu sauce) - pork and rice
Pork cutlet set B (tonkotsu sauce) – breaded pork cutlet and rice

Hmm, my belly warms up only by the thought of eating that rice bowl again. The chicken broth used was spot on! Deep in flavour and with a wonderful smell. Man, I could have a mug of that broth right now.

Hubby was very happy with his choice as well. Said the pork cutlet was crispy and moist. Also, the udon didn’t disappoint him.

The verdict

If my mother was Japanese I would say I was eating at her home! Such a good place with amazing food, definitely feels like homemade comfort food. I wish I could teleport back there to try something else this weekend. 😐

About the English: English menu available and staff can communicate well in English.

Bill: $1750 Yen ($22 AUD) – no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/Xvi9oE1ZhG12

Extra information: www.kendonya.jimdo.com

Out there: Albero-di-lemone Trattoria | Sutherland

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I need to tell you, my food weakness is pizza. Every now and then I make it at home, always trying some low carb recipes and playing around with different toppings. This is totally fun and I love it!

However, when I spot a really good pizza place I make exceptions to my diet routine, allowing me to indulge once in a while with a good and traditional Italian pizza, and this is the case with Albero-di-lemone Trattoria, in Sutherland, Sydney.

Their pizza is so good that’s worth every gram of gluten and refined carbs in it. But, before you go all sad and think this is not for you, hold on a minute! There is a gluten free crust available, not to mention delicious risotto and salad options. They also have specials every day, with different flavours for pizza, risotto and salad that are not on their regular menu!

Entree

We (Hubby and I) had been there several times, so the following photos are a collection of dinners, ok? 😛

Normally we get for the entree:

  • Buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, chilli e basil (GF)
  • Garlic and herb pizza
Albero-di-lemone - Antipasto: Buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, chilli e basil.
Albero-di-lemone – Antipasto: Buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, chilli e basil
Albero-di-lemone - Antipasto: Garlic and herb pizza
Albero-di-lemone – Antipasto: Garlic and herb pizza

Mains

Their pizza serves well two people, leaving room for an entree or a dessert. The risotto, however, is HUGE and I advise you to not get anything else in case this is your choice. Below a few things we already tried:

  • Margheritta: the classic mozzarella, tomato e basil pizza.
  • Napoli: olives, anchovy, capers e pesto.
  • Risotto: roasted pumpkin, prosciutto, fontina, oregano. (GF)
Albero-di-lemone - Main: Margheritta ‘the classic mozzarella, tomato e basil pizza’.
Albero-di-lemone – Main: Margheritta ‘the classic mozzarella, tomato e basil pizza’.
Albero-di-lemone - Main: Napoli ‘olives, anchovy, capers e pesto’.
Albero-di-lemone – Main: Napoli ‘olives, anchovy, capers e pesto’.
Albero-di-lemone - Main: Roast pumpkin, prosciutto, fontina, oregano risotto.
Albero-di-lemone – Main: Roast pumpkin, prosciutto, fontina, oregano risotto.

Hmm, I dream with this risotto every now and then…

About their pizza, the crust is very crunchy and thin enough. Toppings come in a good quantity, they use very good quality ingredients and their tomato sauce is fantastic!

I highly recommend trying their special pizza flavours! We had it a couple of times and we absolutely loved.

Albero-di-lemone Trattoria
Shop 2, 720 Old Princes Highway – Sutherland. NSW 2232
For more information: www.albero-di-lemone.com.au