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Saber

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Washington state license plate w... Washington state license plate with Saber car decal
I saw this license plate on my way home the other day. Cool! It is a reference to Saber from the Japanese anime series, "Fate."

#anime #japanese #fate #bellevue #WA

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Tsukushinbo

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The line wraps around the co... The line wraps around the corner of the building $9 lunch special: Giant bowl o... $9 lunch special: Giant bowl of shoyu ramen, 3 gyoza, and a half-cup of rice Beautiful color Beautiful color Unagi nigiri Unagi nigiri Sushi chef is torching the unag... Sushi chef is torching the unagi in this photo! After I finished eating there w... After I finished eating there was still a line of people waiting to get in
Tsukushinbo is a Yelp-famous Japanese restaurant hidden in the center of Seattle's International District. For reasons unknown, Tskushinbo has no signage at all. If you were to walk past the building you would never know a restaurant was there. Except for the line of people, I guess. Aside from intentionally hiding their restaurant, Tsukushinbo customer service lacks care. On both visits, my waiter answered with curt replies and rushed away before I could ask them more than a single question. I felt like the staff was putting on appearances with friendly smiles when they otherwise treated me like I wasn't good enough to be in their restaurant... but, does customer service matter if I think their food is worth the indignation?

My goal to taste the best Japanese food in Seattle compelled me to wait in line for over one hour on a beautiful, but cold, morning in December. You see, the window of opportunity to try the highest-rated ramen in Seattle is as short as their customer service: Tsukushinbo only serves their Tokyo-style shoyu ramen on Fridays from noon to 2 pm. On my visit, the line started with me at 10:20 am and had already wrapped around the building 40 minutes later.

With confidence, I will declare that Tsukushinbo's ramen was the best ramen I have ever tasted in my life thus far. Living in America, I do not have a lot of options. However, of all the restaurants I have tried, Tskushinbo's ramen was just outstanding. After waiting in the cold for a little over an hour, the prize of a piping hot bowl of the best ramen I've ever had made me forgive the grief I endured to obtain it.

The sushi served at Tsukushinbo is expertly prepared with huge pieces of fish, which is another win for them.

If you get the chance, I would recommend Tskushinbo for their high-quality food despite their sub-par manners. Your efforts to get in will be rewarded.
#tayloreats #ramen #Japanese #food #Seattle #WA #Chinatown #InternationalDistrict #downtown #Tsukushinbo #comfortfood #winter #December

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Ishoni Yakiniku

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Oishii! Oishii!
Last night I got to try yakiniku for the first time! Ishoni is the only true Japanese yakiniku restaurant in the area. In order to get a seat you must make a reservation because they only have a few tables. Each table is also given a 1 1/2 hour time limit so more people have a chance to get in. I've never tried Japanese pudding, plum wine, cuttlefish, beef tongue, karubi or other cuts of beef before, so I got to try a bunch of new experiences during my visit. Of the red meat, beef karubi with BBQ sauce was my favorite. I primarily ate from the seafood platter and enjoyed the scallops and shrimp the most. The shrimp were big and juicy! I overcooked a few pieces of the spicy miso cuttlefish, but they had a good amount of heat and a pleasant texture otherwise. We ordered cucumber and Korean kimchi for sides and I liked them, too. The biggest surprise and treat of the night for me was trying Choya plum wine. I've never had plum wine before, but now I am determined to find and sample more. The sweet flavor was striking.

Ishoni is a great place to experience if you get the chance.
#tayloreats #yakiniku #Bellevue #WA #Ishoni #Japanese #BBQ #plumwine #Choya

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Tamago Kake Gohan

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Tamago Kake Gohan: Egg, ses... Tamago Kake Gohan: Egg, sesame seeds, and soy sauce (before mixing) Finished rice and garlic-ginge... Finished rice and garlic-ginger salmon
This morning I prepared a simple recipe that I found online called Tamago Kake Gohan or Japanese-Style Rice With Egg. I made garlic-ginger sockeye salmon to go with it for a more complete breakfast. I have a Zojirushi rice cooker so I felt like this dish was mostly authentic!

The sesame seeds and soy sauce added a nice flavor to the egg and rice. I microwaved the sesame seeds until they started popping (10-12 seconds) which really brought out their flavor.

Nutrition Info
Calories: 397
Protein: 31 g
Fat: 12 g
Carbs: 37 g

Ingredients
1 serving Tamanishiki short-grain rice (42 g, raw weight)
1 egg
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
1 TB soy sauce
3 oz Sockeye Salmon marinated in 1 TB rice vinegar, 1 TB soy sauce, 1 TB lemon juice, and freshly grated ginger and garlic
#taylorcooks #Japanese #rice #egg #tamagokakegohan #salmon #breakfast

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Daigaku Imo

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The dish looks warm and delic... The dish looks warm and delicious thanks to the contrast between purple and yellow and toasted sesame seeds. I'll take caramelized sweet potatoes over caramel apples any day.
This weekend I made daigaku imo, which is a Japanese sweet potato (satsuma imo) fried and then tossed with honey and toasted sesame seeds. This is not a dish found in restaurants or stores in America, so I had to make it myself. It took a few tries to get everything just right. The first time I only soaked slices for 10 minutes and then fried the potato, but the insides did not cook completely and the texture was wrong. Another time I fried the potato slices in honey and oil at the same time per a recipe I found online and the texture was chewy instead of crispy. The final and best result came from soaking potato slices in the fridge overnight and then parboiling them before frying. Once they were fried I added honey to the pan and tossed them quickly before serving. Each bite has a satisfying crunch from the crispy outside while retaining a fluffy inside and honey-sweet taste.
#taylorcooks #daigakuimo #satsumaimo #sweetpotato #fall #Japanese #snack

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Cutting Board

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Plenty to choose from! Plenty to choose from!
I love Japanese food because it is lighter than other restaurant fare: I can eat a sensible portion of food and still feel satisfied. Lunch was catered by the Cutting Board in Georgetown, Seattle for all employees thanks to my boss. My favorite dish had to be the pan-fried chicken salad because it was slightly crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. I also enjoyed the ginger pork and warm vegetable medley.
#tayloreats #Japanese #CuttingBoard #Seattle #WA #Georgetown #stafflunch

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