I feel like I’m going on a Japanese food craze.
Yesterday, my roommates and I decided to have a little roommate bonding time by going to the Lotte Plaza Market’s cafeteria area. (Lotte Plaza Market is an oriental market.) I told them about my project and they were very supportive of the idea of accompanying me to try some new Asian dishes. During our Lotte adventure, I got the Japanese Shrimp Tempura Udon noodles. I’ve seen them in dry packs (the way ramen noodles are packed) but the only place I’ve seen them served fresh and hot is at the Lotte Plaza Market cafeteria.
For those who are unfamiliar with Japanese Udon noodles, it is a soup dish. They have really thick flour noodles with scallions, fake lobster meat, and fake crabmeat. Because I got the shrimp tempura version, there was a piece of shrimp tempura in the soup. To the left of the bowl are pickled radishes.
This recipe from Just One Cookbook uses additional ingredients such as dried shiitake mushrooms, carrots, fish cake, etc.
Today I found out I liked cucumbers. Well, sort of. Today, I also found out that I needed to learn how to properly eat sushi. Do you eat it in one whole bite or you take bites? How do you eat them so all the components stay together? I really still don’t know.
As you can tell, I’m a newbie at eating sushi and I’m also scared of eating raw foods. My friend and I went to Ichiban Café today in Columbia, MD, the same place where I got my bubble tea. It’s a Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant meaning they serve all the Chinese foods you except, such as General Tsao’s chicken and lo mein, as well as bento boxes and sushi rolls. I ordered the shrimp tempura sushi roll. It had the iconic rice/seaweed wrap with cucumbers and shrimp tempura in it, and the whole roll was covered in some sort of sauce that tasted like sweet soy sauce.
As you can see from the photo above, the dish looks like sushi. I mean, it is sushi. But, sushi doesn’t always have to look like that.
Meet my friend Sam.
From the last post, I talked about the history of egg rolls during a little Chinese takeout adventure. As always, accompanying Chinese food were the famous fortune cookies. Again, these fortune cookies came with my Chinese food from the Golden Gate Restaurant and we all know what fortune cookies look like: a golden crispy cookie shaped like a pinched-V with a little paper fortune inside. But where do these little guys come from?