I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Welcome Party 2005 (Apr 27)

Yesterday evening, our lab had a welcome party for new comers into our lab starting the 2005 Fiscal Year.

The new comers were for free. But the old staffs including students, had to pay quite an amount of money. Students were required to pay 3000yen per person.

This was the izakaya (居酒屋) that we went, called Shioriya (栞屋).

It is a norm for Japanese izakaya to prepare a few small plates for each person, which usually are ceramics. The white double decker container were filled with 2 types of appetizer.

Before starting to eat, it is a must to have a Kanpai (乾杯) (session, which is always followed after a shorrt speech by my professor.

I had a glass of non-alcoholic cocktail, named as Cinderella. Kekeke... good name for a drink that actually a mixture of orange juice, pineapple juice and a wedged lemon.

I was so starved by the time we started our real eating time. The appertizer turned to be cold Harusame (春雨,bean-starch vermicelli) that mixed with vinegar and other seasoning. Yap, a good starter to increase my appetite. As for the Kamo (鴨, wild duck), I gave to my junior that was seating opposite me.

The 1st plate of the main dishes are a plated of sashimi of assorted seafoods. Not my type of food. I was seating in between 2 sensei (am I lucky or what?). One sensei on my right keep attempting me to try the sashimi, he said they were very good. But he will never understand, as a vegetarian, those raw things will never be able to evoke my single urge to try them.

Kekeke... in the end, he gave up.

Ah~ but this, was something very irresistible for fish fish. I just love this egg cake. It was very good, quite thick until I need to open my mouth big big to put them in. The texture was very fluffy, juicy and the taste was not salty. Heee... sensei didn't eat this, he offered his portion to me.

This was a bowl of tofu vege salad with korean spicy sauce as dressing. However, the sauce was not spicy at all, sweet I should call it. One thing I don't like bout the salad in this izekaya, they love to used raw white radish stripes and white radish sprouts, which never been my interest.

Luckily, the next dish was something I am fond of. Sweet corn. As the name, SWEET~

A very small plate of tempura for 4 people. Heee... except the prawn and sweet potato, the other three let me had all the others on this plate, cause half of the dishes of the night, were "inedible" by me. :P

Hmm... the tempura in this shop was just so so, nothing to brat about. Too oily indeed.

A quite unique dish for the nite. It was a plate of yuba (foo chuk) and raw squid salad with plum sauce dressing. >_< src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/kuishinbo_meow/Apr%202005/Shiori11resizeovocadoprawn.jpg">

One of my favorite dish. Avocado and prawn salad, which has blended with mayonaise sauce. Very nicely done. The avocado was very melty in my mouth. Heee... a very high calories food, but who cares for once a long while. (But I did regret the next day. Ah~ I've been putting on weight this month. Dou shiyo~ -_-")

Duh~ another plate of caloric killer. But couldn't be resisted by fish fish. Fried potato wedges. It looked like normal potato wedges, but once bite one it, the taste told me all the differences. The out layer was fried until a very crispy soft coating, with powdery sweet texture being wrapped inside. Sensei and me just couldn't control ourselves, put keep picking them up.

Kushiage (串揚げ, deep fried sticks) plate 1. A combination of 5 stick of vege and meat. I ate the egg plant and asparagus. Taste ok only.

Kushiage plate 2. 5 sticks of meat. Yap, Japanese love to have kushiage when go to an izakaya, cause it is like a good tit-bit for them to go with the cold and !"yummy" beer.

Frequently, you will see scene like this :

A big jug of beer, with a plate of freshly fried kushiage. A guy is doing a big sip on his beer, then one go gulp the kushiage stick.

"Ah~~~ Bi-ru saikou!! Kore, umai~"

Then, tilts his head a little.

It was almost to the end of the food lining up. This plate of sweet and sour chicken...

...came as the same time with this Tai's (鯛, sea-bream) head cooked with soysauce. Once again, sensei was persuading me to try the fish. I don't want, but to make him feel a bit satisfy, I try to dip a bit of the sauce into my tongue. Gosh~~ so regret I did that. The fishy taste of the sauce nearly made me vomit. Heee... but then, that somehow did make my sensei guilty too, for keep pushing me to do something impossible.

Well, he was complaining the fish was over-cooked. Too salty.

It was supposed to be the end of the menu. But I specially requested this Deep Fried Sweet Potato Stick with honey butter sauce for dipping. Heee... it was a special menu for me, considering many things one that nite I couldn't eat.

This was truly good, as usual... that I had 3 big sticks of them. I am not a fan of sweet potato, but I would say, this is an exception.

Heee... sensei asked me why I don't take tempura sweet potato, and yet love this. I told him because the way the food is prepared is different. And therefore, the texture and the taste of the foods, even from same basic ingredient, will be having a big gap within them.

As a conclusion, my sensei say, "You willful gal, hmm... only eat the best."

"No ler~ sensei, I only eat things that suit my tastebud. ;) "

Oh, I am bloated. And a light entertainment would definitely something very welcome at that moment.

Heee... the junior seating opposite me decided to show a little magic trick.

First, he asked a lady sensei to pick a card from mixed pile of cards which he didn't know at all.

Then, after jumbled up the cards, he showed this Heart 4 to be the card that sensei chose.

"Ha!! You are wrong" We said, thinking that his magic trick has failed.

"Oh~ not this one?"

Then he continued, "It is number 4, so why not we go to card number 4 from the top of the pile then?"

So, the number 4 card was laid out on top like in the picture.

"Now sensei, I believe this is the right card? Please open..." He gave an instruction to sensei.

Wow~ indeed, it turned up to be a Diamond J.

Cool huh~ I just love magic. ^_^


At 11:10 PM, Blogger Julie said...

ui cinderella.. u replaced the sashimi wif the egg cake ka.. u rugi but ur sensei 'jap dou' la.. hoho..

nice review ^^

* there i see the 'foo jook' again =p

At 11:23 PM, Blogger mrstweety said...

Love your review.. Yums..!

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Primrose said...

Great food pictures! Yum! Sweet potato in syrup dip. I have a sweet tooth. I began to wonder how it is like to snap, snap pictures of your food all the time and everywhere. Kekeke!

At 1:42 AM, Anonymous Wilson said...

Really need to go Japan man......my stomach actually want to go lah...hehe!!

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous mrkiasu said...

The Japanese food look very high quality leh, not like sushi in Malaysia. Even the rice is made by the machines, so square and standard size somemore.

At 2:25 AM, Blogger mei gie said...

Hello...i am back. Wah, lucky me...get to see all the 'good good' japanese food here. Hhmm...i love all those fried stuffs (though is fattening). You are even luckier to be there to taste those food.

At 5:06 AM, Anonymous hsin said...

*paw paw* long live food blogs man. i tried doing one a couple of months ago, but didn't have enough money to sustain the eating habits. m(_ _)m

nyah but anyway, love the pics, love the food, love the site, love the everything, woot woot~


At 5:57 AM, Blogger OsloFoodie said...

Oh torture torture! That's all I can say.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, nice pictures, good food and magic trick. but "Heee... a very high calories food, but who cares for once a long while." Really ? Watch out girl, or when you come to California 有點自卑感喔 :)

At 7:26 AM, Blogger Evil Jonny said...

You have my sympathies. In Japan and in the US, group dinners are always full of meats and people trying to get me to eat them, not understanding at all my chosen diet.

So when you say: "When I meet a vegetarian I feel an instant affinity for them," I know what you mean exactly. :)

At 12:40 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

julie : hehehe... but for me, it is actually a 'jap dou' ler~ :P

mrst : Thanks. :)

primrose : Try it primrose, you'll get hooked. Kekeke...

Wilson : Hehe, it is a good place for your stomach adventure.

mrkiasu : They also got this type of sushi shop, all the rice molded with machine.

mei gie : -_-" Me too extremely love those deep fried things. But I'll need to stop taking them in another 2 weeks. Got to start my dieting for summer. :P

hsin : Heee... the eating habits actually cost me quite poor now. -_-"

oslofoodie : Oops, sorry... :P

cooknengr : Right Da Ge. Even I myself have noticed the changing. But I'll only start my hardwork to lose weight after next week. It is Golden Week next week, impossible to get rid of my extra fat before I get thru that. -_-" Will work hard before I can meet you and DD. No lose weight, will not go see you 2. *wah~ what a curse to myself!*

kimchi jon : Man~ how I wish got some more people in Japan that know my feeling like you do. We must defend ourself. ;)

At 7:04 PM, Blogger letti said...

that's an interesting collection of food, for sure.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Acrix said...

Wah beer and fried foods >< Best foods for summer! Ur sensei is kinda nice and lovely...

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Lrong said...

Aiming to be a vegetarian myself, but the temptation is too great. Especially the sea food in Japan...

At 8:36 PM, Blogger Evil Jonny said...

Those ceramics are really beautiful. I want them!

At 1:08 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

letti : Yap, each Izakaya its own unique menu.

acrix : He actually not my supervisor. However, he taught me before about the usage of gas chromatography. I actually like him, a very friendly old man. :)

lrong : Hello~ nice to see you here. Heeee... even the fish on ur hand is a bit too temptating for you then. :P

kimchi jon : *agree with you* ceramics in Japan are very nice. But everytime when thinking bout how am I going to bring them home when I graduate, I decided to control myself to own them.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger hima-rain said...

how delicious food. nice blog..nice posts.. uhm, what's d meaning of kuishinbo???


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