Kobe: Taiyaki

I visited Kobe for one reason and one reason only: to sample real Kobe beef. I achieved the goal by visiting a teppanyaki restaurant specializing in Kobe beef and I quite enjoyed my experience there (…more to come on this experience in a later post). After I finished my Kobe beef meal and as my family and I were heading towards the Kobe train station for an express train back to Osaka, we came upon this: This was the biggest sign I’ve ever seen for a place that exclusively sold taiyaki. The storefront itself was rather small compared to its … Continue reading Kobe: Taiyaki

Osaka: Only At Theme Parks

I’ve been to my share of theme parks and amusement parks, and I’ve basically seen and tasted most of the food items they have to offer. They usually offer giant-sized, overly sweet, or overly oily items like churros, funnel cakes, dough fritters, buckets of caramel popcorn, deep fried oreo cookies, two-feet-long hot dogs, turkey drumsticks, frozen bananas, and cotton candy. They also sometimes offer items that match the theme of a particular featured character or featured ride, but the items are usually just renamed and repackaged versions of the theme park’s regular food items. The food items that caught my … Continue reading Osaka: Only At Theme Parks

Taipei: My Favorite Thai Restaurant in Taipei

Sukhothai restaurant, located in the Taipei Sheraton Hotel, is my favorite Thai restaurant in Taiwan. Its combination of decent service, best-in-genre atmosphere, and impeccable food has made it the only Thai restaurant that I would visit whenever I’m back in Taipei. Thai food in Taiwan, like the Thai food in North America, has been generally adapted to suit the local palate. The food at Sukhothai is no different in this regard. But the tweaks it has made to its food are different from every other local Thai restaurant in that the food has stayed true to its Thai roots and … Continue reading Taipei: My Favorite Thai Restaurant in Taipei

Osaka: An All-Crab Kaiseki at Kani Doraku

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say the Kani Doraku is the most iconic restaurant in Osaka. No matter where you look – whether it be travel websites, travel magazines, or travel guidebooks – the giant crab that is a part of the restaurant’s sing looms as one of the signature (culinary) sights of the city. Being the typical tourists that we were, my wife, kids, and I had to have our pictures taken in front of the restaurant. And being the curious food addict that I was, I had to try its food. Here’s a picture of the iconic … Continue reading Osaka: An All-Crab Kaiseki at Kani Doraku

Bad Poutine, Good Albacore, and Average Everything Else

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro- I only know of the existence of The Oakwood Canadian Bistro because I happened upon its review while going through the food section of The Globe and Mail’s website. The review made the restaurant’s version of poutine sound delicious enough that I made a mental note to try the restaurant as soon as I got a chance to. Of course, ‘as soon as I got a chance to’ became ‘as soon as I remembered that the restaurant even existed’ after reading countless other restaurant reviews describing dishes that seemed to be equally as delicious as the … Continue reading Bad Poutine, Good Albacore, and Average Everything Else

Taipei: Food From The Center Of Taiwan

There is a class of restaurants in Taiwan where the owner tries to impose his/her own philosophies, ideologies, world views, and personality on the diners who visit his/her restaurant. The owner is usually charismatic, often spewing out his or her own personal words of wisdom (sometimes personal words of culinary wisdom) to anyone that enters the restaurant. If the owner is often absent from the restaurant, her (or his) words of wisdom will most likely be plastered all over the walls, tables, dining utensils, or any other object in the restaurant that words can fit on. “Tumu” Puli restaurant happens … Continue reading Taipei: Food From The Center Of Taiwan

Osaka: Ice Candy

  I’m going to complete the iced treats trifecta today with Hokkyoku ‘ice candy’. What Hokkyoku calls ice candy is known in our part of the world as a popsicle. Instead of their popsicles being distributed to the numerous convenience stores and supermarkets across the city, Hokkyoku (which, coincidentally, means North Pole) opts to sell their popsicles in dedicated hole-in-the-wall type shops all around Osaka. I’ve seen quite a few shops selling their popsicles while eating my way through Osaka and I have to say that the popsicles look especially enticing on hot summer days when the mercury goes over … Continue reading Osaka: Ice Candy