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Monday, September 14, 2009

Lunch


I don't even know what it's called in nihonggo. I just grabbed it at the convenience store as I walked towards the office. It's salad, with a thin slice of raw fish wrapped in edible film (whatever it is). Sauce comes packed with it, and it tastes, well, "japanesy" (whatever that meant).

Since I got posted here, lunch has always been a problem. There are a thousand and one restaurants in the area but only a few have English menus. Some are kind enough to attach pictures, but sometimes what comes out does not really look like the one I choose. Nor would they taste as I fancied.

So through all these time, I played safe.

My all-time favorite is Yoshinoya, where the beef strips taste not so different from our own adobo. If I want a little more meat, I go to Pepper Lunch. Some other times, I'd go for Vietnamese noodles and Thai cuisine.

As you would notice, not much Japanese food. Not that I can't eat it. Aside from tempura, it's just not really something that I'd pine for. What funny is, I must be the only islander who is not fond of "kinilaw" or sushi and its brothers.

But maybe I should change - and give authentic Japanese food a chance to convince my palate. I will start slowly. Starting with this "japanesy" veggie salad.

14 comments:

I am Xprosaic said...

Hahahahhahahaha... ewan well i still find their foods interesting... aside from it's "japanesy" taste, it also look "colorful"... jijijiji

based! nyahahahhaha

Lawstude said...

i am a fan of sushi and sashimi but i believe japanese foods served here are a bit customized for filipino palate. unlike jan siguro na talagang hardcore japanese taste.

aajao said...

di yata ako masasanay sa japanese food. :/

siguro puro pork tonkatsu at ika fry lang kakainin ko. hahaha

Rico said...

Kawawa. Have you considered cooking your own food? Wala ba dyang mga Filipino stores?
The ones in the pic look like Vietnamese food. We order something similar in Pho Hoa called Fresh Spring Rolls. The transparent casing is called rice paper.

BlogusVox said...

You're post reminds me of an old joke about a pinoy in the US who always order apple pie in a restaurant. : )

r-yo said...

Xprosaic: that's one thing with the Japanese: their packaging is next to nothing! grabe. ultimo rice cake, napakaganda ng presentatioin.

r-yo said...

lawstude: you're right. sabi ng mga japanese, wala daw japanese resto sa pinas. filipinized na daw lahat.

r-yo said...

aajao: parehas pala tayo. basta cooked, ayos!

r-yo said...

blogusvox: yun lang din alam nyang english? heheheh

Abaniko said...

Don't worry. When you come home again, I'll bring you to a Japanese bar and restaurant once more so you won't forget the japanesy taste.

I love sashimi!!!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I'm not into Japanese food myself but I'm always impressed with the presentation. Kahit na yung naka-bento box ang ganda tingan.

totomai said...

libre mo ako atty sushi o sashimi, kahit all you can pa di kita uurungan..

yoshinoya... planning to blog about it... haha

Abou said...

i will eat whatever japanese eat if im in japan. actually i eat anything edible hehe

Kikit said...

Many think I'm "okashii" because I hate curry and rice.

How about champon? or ramen? or okonomiyaki? They taste good. :)