味の時計台 – ramen in [Sapporo]

The second ramen shop we visited in Sapporo was 味の時計台. It is a chain restaurant where you can visit not only in Sapporo, also in Hokkaido, even in Haneda Airport in Tokyo!

↓ one of the chain shops in the underground shopping street of Susukino Station. This one was not quite new but still lots of customers kept coming in after 2PM!

↓ the main restaurant

The cheapest ramen in the shop was さっぽろ中華そば (Sapporo Chinese noodle). Only cost 390 yen and was the top 2 ramen in the shop!

↓ most popular ramen in the restaurant: butter corn miso ramen. The miso ramen added with a slice of butter and some Hokkaido sweet corn…….the taste was so strong and thick. Although the soup was quite salty (as usual), I couldn’t forget this taste! I’ve tried to look for this taste of Hokkaido miso ramen in Taipei but failed. The corn here in Taipei is not as sweet as the one in Hokkaido, couldn’t give the soup and the taste a big hit.


↓ This was ねぎラーメン (spring onion ramen), with lots of fried spring onion. The soup was thick and salty (soy-sauce salty), very closed to Taiwanese flavour.

↓ If you like the ramen taste and want to cook it at home, buy this one.

↓ But if not bothered to cook the ramen, buy this one. You wouldn’t tell this is instant noodles after taste it!

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Mexican Corn – Cafe Habana

This was my first experience with Mexican Corn – and hopefully wasn’t my last. This was the best corn I have ever had. The spices and cheese combination was awesome. I’ve tried different Mexican corn, here in Los Angeles, but they all don’t compare to the Mexican Corn from NYC at Cafe Habana (a Cuban restaurant)

You can always count on me ordering some sort of pork dish/plate at any restaurant and Cafe Habana was no different. I did like the carnitas or some sort of roast pork, though was a Mexican dish.

Anyways. .I would love to go again, next time I am in NYC. Cafe Habana is quite a small place. The tables and chairs are close together. The bathroom is tiny. If you are in NYC, check out Cafe Habana for lunch or breakfast.

Cafe Habana
229 Elizabeth St
(between Houston St & Prince St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-2002
ecoeatery.com



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味一番つばさ – ramen [Sapporo]

In October 2004, my boyfriend (at that time) and I had our first oversea trip to Hokkaido. The first stop was the capital city of Hokkaido, Sapporo. (not that beer, Sapporo, my friend)

We decided to have ramen for our first dinner in Hokkaido. Following the tourist guide we bought in Taipei, we came to the closest ramen restaurant to our hotel. This “Ramen Street” was called 新ラーメン横丁 near the Robinson Department Store in すすきの駅 (Susukino Station), just next to the すすきの交番 (the Susukino Police Box).


“Ramen Street” was not a REAL street. Actually this only had around 4-5 ramen restaurants on the first floor in a very general business building. This “street” was not clean at all and not many people, except this one we were heading to.

↓ this one was the last restaurant in the ramen street

↓ while waiting for the seats, I was reading the posters on the wall outside the restaurant. This ramen restaurant was the top on the list from a survey of one Japanese entertainment magazine. It got nearly 500 votes – so much more than the second one which only gained 219 votes.

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↓ this ramen was miso flovour. The soup was very thick, with a little bit wine taste – I guess this taste was from the ferment miso. Again, the soup was too salty, unfortunately.

DOZO Izakaya ‧ Dining Bar

DOZO is not an ordinary Japanese restaurant – mixed of izakaya (dining bar), lounge bar with very creative Japanese cuisine. The price is not ordinarily cheap either…….that was why every time I came here only for company events.

I love nearly every dish we ordered – really enjoy the food, atmosphere and bear/cocktails! oh, of course, also enjoyed the time with friends/colleagues.


Address: 台北市光復南路102號1樓
Phone: 02-27781135

↓ taken from the room on the 2nd floor



↓ raw beef with mayonnaise on top

↓ crispy lappa (牛蒡) (yum~ so much better than any kinds of chips)


↓ beef roll BBQ

↓ Caesar salad

↓ large portion of mixed sashimi

↓ with caviar on top!

↓ roast cod fish

↓ yakitori (chicken)

↓ fried spray

↓ giant onigiri!

↓ fried chicken cartilage (soft bone)

↓ mushroom with cheese


↓ beef with yuzu sauce

↓ salad with fried chicken


↓ omlet with soba

↓ potatoes with mayonnaise (yum~)

↓ okonomiyaki with huge kezuribushi (Japanese dry fish flakes)

↓ soup with huge clams!

Top 10 Sandwiches

I saw this article and I knew I had to repost it here on the blog. I love the sandwich. The simple handheld meal. As some of you know, I have been on a quest to find a great Tuna Steak Sandwich. Anyways. .. I hope you enjoy the article.

Top 10 Sandwiches
Submitted by MySweetRhodora on Sun, 01/11/2009 – 2:51am.

I have downed many a sandwich in my day. When it comes to food conveyances, the sandwich is perhaps the most ingenious design in its simplicity. Examples of the sandwich go all the way back to ancient Jewish sage Hillel the Elder, who supposedly consumed meats sandwiched between pieces of matzos. People of the middle ages ate their food off of thick slabs of bread called “trenchers” which after the meal was finished would be given to the dog or a beggar: the precursor of the modern open-face sandwich. Though probably the most famous sandwich origin story is attributed to John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich. It was said that he was an avid gambler and card player and couldn’t be bothered to leave the betting table in order to have a proper meal. So, he had servants bring him slices of meat between slices of bread in order to keep his hands clean while he played cards, though this is just a legend.

One could say that we owe the very cornerstone of modern society to the sandwich. It’s the people’s food and everyone and their mother enjoys sandwiches from the hard working factory-laborer to the leaders of the world. But there have been some sandwiches that stick out as the greatest. For some reason, their unique pairings of flavors come together to make not just a food, but cultural icons. Not counting hamburgers or hotdogs (can you even really call those sandwiches?), these are MySweetRhodora’s Top 10 Sandwiches.

10) BLT

Bacon, lettuce and tomato were one of the greatest things to happen to sliced bread since, well, sliced bread! Usually served on toasted bread along with a helping of mayonnaise, people know what you’re talking about when all you say is “BLT.” Personally, I find that adding avocado enhances the flavor and if you have the time, try frying the bacon in balsamic vinegar. It’s delicious.

9) Chip Butty
Most of us Stateside don’t know what in the world a chip butty is. In fact, I’ve been hard-pressed to find a place that serves this sandwich anywhere in the States. I’ve only been able to get my hands on one while visiting my cousins in the UK, and I always remember to get one while I’m there. If you don’t know about it, a chip butty consists of two slices of buttered white bread around a healthy (well not exactly “healthy”) portion of chips (the big french fry kind, not Lay’s). When I first heard of it I thought it sounded gross, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t one of the tastiest things I’ve ever eaten! Top off with some ketchup for junk food heaven. Hey, at least it’s vegetarian right?

8) Pan-Bagnat
This one came out of left field didn’t it? The pan-bagnat (pronounced pahn-bahn-yah, the “t” is almost silent) is a specialty of the people around the region of Nice, France. The flavors come together perfectly in this sandwich: take a hollowed out baguette and fill with tuna (if you’re using canned please use the kind packed in oil), green bell pepper slices, red onion, sliced hard boiled eggs, olives (kalamata variety please), tomato and top with a vinaigrette made from red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper (there’s tons of good recipes for this out there). It sounds strange at first but it’s really one of the best picnic sandwiches out there. It’s so popular that those crazy French have an association to promote and protect the pan-bagnat. Take a special lady out for a picnic and impress her with your culinary skills. I swear she’ll think you actually know what you’re doing.

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Shinsen Gumi Ramen, Torrance

Located in a mini mall off of redondo, Shensen gumi serves some of the best ramen. Differing from the ramen houses in West LA, Shensen Gumi features a basic ramen with pork slices. They offer it with varying types of soups, oil bases, and noodle textures – but all basically the same. You really can’t go wrong here. While in West LA – they put garlic, other types of meats, vegetables, etc.

Open late, the crowd is mostly South Bay Japanese and Asian. You see from the images that the ramen is served pipping hot with a hearty bowl of soup. I love the soup. Actually, I like most soups. . .anyways, I digress. In addition, they offer combinations with gyoza or chicken rice bowls. I usually get the chicken rice bowls, as you can see from the image. The Chicken, ground, has a subtle flavor that is not overpowering at all.

Anyways. . . Shinsen Gumi Hakata Ramen is probably the 2nd best ramen house in the South Bay. I think Santouka Ramen located in Torrance’s Mitsuwa Market is the best in the area – their pork slices melt in your mouth. I will do a full review later.

Shinsen Gumi Hakata Ramen
2015 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 329-1335
http://www.shinsengumiusa.com/



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Shinsen Gumi Ramen, Torrance

Located in a mini mall off of redondo, Shensen gumi serves some of the best ramen. Differing from the ramen houses in West LA, Shensen Gumi features a basic ramen with pork slices. They offer it with varying types of soups, oil bases, and noodle textures – but all basically the same. You really can’t go wrong here. While in West LA – they put garlic, other types of meats, vegetables, etc.

Open late, the crowd is mostly South Bay Japanese and Asian. You see from the images that the ramen is served pipping hot with a hearty bowl of soup. I love the soup. Actually, I like most soups. . .anyways, I digress. In addition, they offer combinations with gyoza or chicken rice bowls. I usually get the chicken rice bowls, as you can see from the image. The Chicken, ground, has a subtle flavor that is not overpowering at all.

Anyways. . . Shinsen Gumi Hakata Ramen is probably the 2nd best ramen house in the South Bay. I think Santouka Ramen located in Torrance’s Mitsuwa Market is the best in the area – their pork slices melt in your mouth. I will do a full review later.

Shinsen Gumi Hakata Ramen
2015 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 329-1335
http://www.shinsengumiusa.com/



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Macaroni and Cheese! – S’Mac

One of my favorite American fares is Mac and Cheese. This toxic mix of processed cheese with mini machine cut pasta is wholesome goodness! The gooeyness brings us back to our childhood. For me. . . my college days are reminded of this hearty dish. I roommate used to add additional cheese to the prepackaged version – almost creating a thick stew of cheese. This comfort food will just make everyone smile.

But anyways, S’Mac helps bring back those familiar tastes. They serve and only serve mac and cheese and variations of. The menu is diverse with different cheeses, meats, other toppings. I remember sharing the Cheeseburger, the La Mancha, and Cajun. The cheeseburger tasted just like a Cheeseburger. . .it was amazing. Each order starts at less that 8 bucks each for a small. They also have large orders and take out. You can even order online for expressed delivery.

This is not one of the places that New York is known for. But this is one of places that I would come back again. I only wish Los Angeles had a Mac’N Cheese place.

S’Mac
East Village
345 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 358-7912
www.smacnyc.com



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Philippe The Original

A little Los Angeles history for you…

Philippe’s, known as the birthplace of French Dip sandwiches, has been around for over 100 years in Los Angeles now. The menu is fairly simple. Sandwich selection: your choice of a beef, lamb, pork, ham, or turkey sandwich, a cheese topping, and how many times you want it dipped in their special Au Jus. Go with the double dip and add their special hot mustard! Sides: potato salad, cole slaw, pickled eggs… Drinks: they basically have all the sodas and beers, but the more notable drinks are probably the $0.70 lemonade and $0.09 coffee. Desserts: wide selection of homemade pies. They also serve breakfast from 6am til 10:30am.


Pickled Egg
Beef Sandwich with Swiss Cheese, double-dipped

Potato Salad

Pork Sandwich, single dipped
Expect long lines, but they move fairly quickly…
Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.628.3781

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