Tenzaru (cold Japanese Soba noodle with Tempura)

We, Japanese often eat cold noodles mainly in summer time.
Because Japanese summer is hot and humid.
Cold noodles are good for our appetite in this Japanese weather.

The photo that was my dinner (of course I cooked), is one of popular Japanese noodle dish "Ten-zaru".
"Ten" means Tempura. "Zaru" means Zaru-soba.
Soba is cold but Tempra is of course warm.
How to eat, is dipping both Tempra and Soba with soba tsuyu (dipping sauce).

Many Japanese people enjoy drinking Sobayu (the water in which the noodles were cooked) after the dish.
If you went Japanese restaurant, and if they provided Sobayu after you ate Soba, this restaurant will be good sign.

Oh, remember we drink only Sobayu.
We don't drink the water in which Ramen or Udon noodles were cooked.

About the detail of Soba, you can refer wikipedia, hehe...


Sauce Katsu-don (Japanese pork cutlet rice bowl served with Japanese sauce)

I introduced standard Katsudon before.
Today I introduce other type of Katsudon, called "Sauce Katsudon".

Sauce Katsudon is the one served with special sauce that is Japanese brown sauce based.
About this dish, sauce means "Japanese brown sauce" like Bull-dog sauce or Otafuku sauce.

Sauce Katsudon Recipe:

1. Prepare the rice

2. Make Tonkatsu

How to make Tonkatsu:

You can also use schnitzel pork meat for Tonkatsu.

3. Cut the cabbage into fine strips

4. make "Sauce Katsudon" sauce

stair well following ingredients and boil 1 min.

- JP brown sauce: 3 tbsp.
- JP soya sauce: 3 tbsp.
- kechap: 2 tbsp.
- sugar: 2 tbsp.
- water: 2tpsp.
- Dashi(Japanese fish bouillon. you can also get this in Toko): 1/4 tea spoon.

5. Serve rice in bowls, pour 2 tbsp of "4" on it. then place the cabbage.

6. Cut Tonkatsu pieces, dip both sides with "4". Then place Tonkatus on "5".


- Japanese brown sauce.

I am not sure about other towns. About Utrecht, you can get JP brown sauce at Toko centraal (Amsterdamstraatweg).

- About Panko

If you are living in the Netherlands, you can make Panko from Dutch Bischuit.

Clash this Bischuit like this photo, you can get Japanese type Panko.
You can make Japanese fried dishes with Panko like Tonkatsu, Korokke, and Ebifurai, etc...

Kyaraben (character bento) workshop

Kyaraben, a shortened form of character bento, is a very popular bento style in Japan which features food decorated to look like Anime or Kawaii characters. At the workshop you learn how to make authentic Kyaraben and the result you can take home. More info http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/bentoworkshop.html