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The Rise and Fall of Ebi Tempura
March 17, 2011, 3:23 am
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I love to eat but am a very picky eater. If there is something I do not like about certain foods, which is most usually the smell or some obscure thing about it, I will most probably not eat it. When it comes to food that I really like, however, no matter how badly formed it is, if I decide that I like it, I will really go for it.

Because I am a picky eater, when I find food that I really like, I keep having it and having it until I reach my point of stauration in which case I move on to some new found love. I figure, if I really like something, I might as well enjoy it as much as I can while I still like it or while I have access.

This was the case with ebi tempura.

I’ve always loved shrimp. It’s one of my favorite basic ingredients and I would eat almost anything with shrimp in it. This carried on to my choice in Japanese Food.

I loved ebi tempura. My whole clan knew that I loved ebi tempura so much so that everytime we would go to eat at a Japanese restaurant, my order was always made without a need to consult me first. I didn’t need to say a thing. It was a given already. At most, I would order something on the side but the ebi tempura was a constant.

This went of for years and years. I cannot even recall when I started eating it but for as long as I can remember, I have always tried to eat my weight in ebi tempura.

Recently, well, recently as in maybe about two years ago, I started diverging from my norm.

My family went to a Japanese restaurant and I stared down at the menu looking at an interesting dish that had caught my eye. It has a pretty picture and the description sounded wonderful. My mother looked at me to confirm my order and I said “katsudon”. She spoke to the waiter and ordered me one serving of tempura and one of katsudon to which I corrected her, stating I only wanted the katsudon. She asked me unbelievingly if I was sure and I confirmed. Even when the waiter left, she asked it I was sure and again when the food came, if I wanted to order tempura. I said no

We were with my uncles, aunts, and cousins, and they were all quite surprised at what I had ordered. It wasn’t until then that I realized that I had always been ordering ebi tempura but they talked about my lack of it like it was a big deal and I found this kind of funny.

I haven’t had ebi tempura in a while. I have this feeling that it’s been replaced by katsudon since that’s pretty much what I order all the time now but it hasn’t quite sunk into me yet that that is my “favorite” order. I suppose I’m still open for auditions for the next ebi tempura replacement.



Tamago Sushi
March 17, 2011, 3:05 am
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I loves sushi. Its aesthetic qualities draw me in and the freshness and flavor keep me hankering for more. How food looks is a very big deal for me because I’m a very picky eater and one of the factors I consider is how the food looks. This is rarely a problem for Japanese food for often times, they are unmatched in color and composition with both simplicity and flamboyance in one serving.

Sushi, of course, is one of the most popular of Japanese foods and they are not exempt from the excellence in appearance and taste that Japanese food boasts.

My favorite sushi however, is not one of rich color contrasts and amazing shapes. It is the tamago sushi. It is toned down and simple but there is nothing about it that I do not like.

As much as I love sushi, at times there are elements within it that I do not like. For instance, I do not care much for wasabi and some sushi rolls hold a bit too much of it. This for me, almost ruins it. I also do not like mayonnaise which is sometimes dropped on or spread within certain kinds of sushi. Even if it is Japanese mayonnaise, I really don’t like the way it tastes and feels in my mouth so I try to stay away from that.

With tamago sushi however, there is no such thing. It is simply a wonderful integration of sweetened egg, rice, and nori. Add in a bit of soy sauce and it has the most fantastic flavor. Ironically enough, I do like egg much either yet tamago sushi is something I constantly crave for. Such Japanese Food mysteries never cease.



I Love Japanese Food
March 17, 2011, 2:50 am
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Ask me what my favorite cuisine is and the answer is simple. Japanese, hands down.

I often find Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Filipino food vying for the number two and three ranks but Japanese has always been my number one favorite.

I LOVE JAPANESE FOOD.

Almost everyone who knows me knows of this partly because my default word, when there is nothing to say has always been “sushi”.

Given the opportunity to choose, I will almost always pick Japanese food. Of course, I can’t have it all the time. It’ll ruin the magic if I always have it but even when I don’t go for it, there is always a hint of reconsideration for it.

Now I’m hungry and craving for what else, SUSHI.