MacDonald selling Potato ?

IN JAPAN There isn’t anything called “french fries” in Japan’s MacDonalds menus. Instead you will find a word “ポテト”, which is a direct english translation for the word “Potato”. Perhaps because they have difficulties translating it into hiragana. Japanese has weak tolerance against spicyness and that explains why they only serve ketchup without chilli. As I don’t really fancy ketchup, I have been eating MacDonalds without any sauce since I arrived in Japan 2 years ago…. IN SINGAPORE Luckily, we still use the word “french fries” for french fries. The only difference is the kind of sauce we have in Singapore. As compared to Japan, Singapore’s MacDonalds does provides a great varieties of sauce, e.g ketchup, chilli sauce, sweet chilli sauce ….

way of counting money & returning changes

IN SINGAPORE The most common way Singaporeans counts the bills is by folding all of them into halves and count using two fingers brushing the notes upwards. (Too bad, I will find a illustration soon !). If you go to any part of Singapore, most of the vendors will first keep your note and return you the change later. IN JAPAN Just as what the Singaporeans are doing, most of the shops in Japan will give you the change first before keeping the note. Perhaps it is a way of politeness and service so that the customers does not need to wait too long for the change. Also, they have a particular “counting money in your face”, to make sure you got all your changes. Well, …

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Disposal of used items

IN SINGAPORE When there is something which is unwanted, you can just sell it to the Garang guni man that “patrol” around the neighborhood, who will sounds a bell while on the patrol. The Garang guni man will then examine the used items and will offers you an unexpectedly low price for the goods, which in most of the case we will accept as the used items means not value to us anymore. Perhaps a dollar or two. IN JAPAN The scenes are quite different as compared to Singapore. Japan has a set of recycle laws that prohibits it people from throwing off used items unnecessary, especially on electrical appliances. Instead of getting paid for your used items, you would have to pay certain amount of …

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Osaka’s Food Culture – Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)

This is one of the food that represents Osaka – Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き), which is like a cabbage pancake fried over a Teppan (Hot plate). Though the cooking method is the same, there are many kinds of fillings and sauces you can choose from. I went to a shop in Namba with one of my taiwanese friend (Who discontinued her studies and went back to Taiwan) and she was saying that this shop has been around for decades and their cooking style are a bit different from other shops. So let take a peek at their making process… Osaka Botejyu (大阪ぼてぢゅう) Making process of a Okonomiyaki A cabbage mixture is placed on the Teppan as base, and the shrimp on top. Next, the bacons are placed in, …

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Osaka’s Food Culture – Curry Rice (カレーライス)

When you first sees the word ‘curry’, which taste would come to your mind first ? Spicy right ? Well, if you have not eaten before Japanese-style curry, it is not spicy at all, in fact, I would say it is tends to be sweet. Japanese themselves possess a weak tastebud for spicy food that they have adapt most of their cuisine to suits the mild tastebud. The 1st curry house I visited was Fukujima Top Grade Curry House (福島上等カレー) and there wasn’t any waiters bringing over the menu, instead you could just simply purchased the tickets of the dish which you preferred through the ticket vending machine. I think it is really good for travelers who had difficulties speaking Japanese. This is the one I …

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Osaka’s food culture – Motsunabe (もつ鍋)

Motsunabe (もつ鍋) is another Japanese-style hot pot similar to Shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ), with the main difference in ingredients, which are beef or pork offal. The soup is put to boil with the offal, together with vegetables to complete the dish. It becomes from this… VVVVVVVVVVVVVVV to this ! The taste ? It is like eating chewing gum but in the end part, you would need to force it down your throat. In order to smoother your throat, best is to down it with a beer ! It might not be as bad as I have described though, but for those who hates or dare not eat offal, you have just missed a japanese cuisine. As mentioned by one of my teachers, Motsunabe (もつ鍋) was popular among …

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Shabu Shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) at Osaka

Shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ)is a variant of Japanese-style hot pot, which are available all year round, though it is eaten mostly during winter times to keep away the coldness. Most of these restaurants operates like buffet, houdai (放題) which allows you to have free flow of ingredients for 90 mins or 2 hours, depending on the restuarant itself. In addition, they also have a la carte menus which can be included in the buffet course, of course at additional charges. There are many style of soup base available and the one shown below is so-called yin-yang pot, where one is spicy while the other is just plain chicken stock. Let’s introduce the ingredients used… Usually thin slices of meat and veggies varieties. You can try all the …

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Osaka’s Food Culture – Introduction

Sorry guys, I was slacking around too long that I did not even bothered to update my blog !!! Just joking, busy recently and had little time to linger with my blog. So today I am going to talked about the food culture in Osaka. Simple to say, as listed below … Izakaya (居酒屋), Japanese-styled Chilling PlacesGyuu-don (牛丼), Rice topped with BeefYakiniku (焼き肉)Takoyaki (たこ焼き)Okonomiyaki & Yakisoba (お好み焼き&焼きそば)Sushi (寿司)Katsudon (かつ丼)Fuku (河豚)Motsunabe (もつ鍋)Kani Doraku (蟹ド楽)Curry Rice (カレーライス)Shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ)Convenience Stores ‘Dining’Family restaurants I know it would look stupid if I were to put all these information onto this post. You guys might wanna to bookmark this page so you can do easy reference…