Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hakone 2

Last time, 2 days were not enough to enjoy Hakone, so we decided to stay 3 days this time :) Of course, we bought Hakone Freepass valid for 3 days (allows you to get on and off freely within a specified area, as well as providing discount admission to various attractions in the area, and also includes return transportation on the Odakyu Line)!!!.

DAY 1:

We took Romancecar to Hakone Yumoto (箱根湯本) from Shinjyuku. Since it was during the Bon vacation (8/13-8/17 this year) the train was fully booked!!! My favorite Bento is なだ万 (Nadaman). You can get this Bento at Odakyu department store!

I didn't want to push myself to go far on the first day, so we decided to stay close to the hotel (Harvest) and visited Hakone Venetian Glass Museum (箱根ガラスの森美術館) which is 5 minutes away from the hotel! If you like glittering and sparkling stuff, you will enjoy this place!!! The path to the museum was really pretty, crystals glitter in the sunshine :3 There are several workshops where you can make your souvenir. I can't wait to go back here with my child! hehe

We ended the day having early dinner at the hotel, and enjoyed swimming at the pool. It was a relaxing day~ no housework! haha

DAY 2:

We decided to use the Freepass effectively XD We took Hakone Tozan Cable Car (箱根登山ケーブルカー) and Hakone Ropeway (箱根ロープウェイ) from Gora (強羅) to Owakudani (大湧谷) where you can get black eggs (a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs). Eating one egg is said to add seven years to your life!!! One bag comes with 5 eggs, and they last for 2 days. My darling had 2 eggs and I had 1 egg at Owakudani. Then we had one each on the way back to home on the next day~. We are going to live long for our child!!! haha

Then we enjoyed the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise (箱根海賊船) on Lake Ashi, and had lunch at Moto Hakone-ko (元箱根港). Shinsho Soba (深生そば) is a must visit restaurant!!! Their Tempura is very crisp and shrimp is amazingly huge and delicious. I will definitely come here again!!!

We took Hakone Tozan Bus (箱根登山バス) to go back to Gora (強羅). It was a great shortcut and took only 30 minutes!!!

For dinner, we found a famous Kamameshi (釜飯) restaurant called Kamaya (かま家) near the hotel. Kamameshi is a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in an iron pot called Kama. Their Kamameshi was simple yet delicious XD It is better to call them and ask them to make Kamameshi before you visit or you must wait 40 minutes until cooked (of course we did call them! hehe). I think I want to go back here again as well!!!

Early dinner is always good because we could again enjoy swimming in the evening before taking a bath in hot spring ;) I am happy that I could wear my maternity swimsuit two days in a row. LOL

DAY 3:

We first visited Gora Park (強羅公園). No admission fee is required if you have the Freepass :) There are many workshops but they were all fully booked at around 10AM. I think we must line up before the park opens! Anyways, next time with our child! hehe

Then we headed to Hakone Open-Air Museum (箱根彫刻の森美術館). It was such a great place to spend quality time with your family!!! 2 hours were not enough. I think we need a day to fully enjoy the place! We had a quick lunch at Gallery Cafe. Their snacks are very fine and delicious.

Our return train was at 17:18 from Hakone Yumoto (箱根湯本). Time flies~ I wish we could stay longer!!!

BTW, you can enjoy collecting stamps during a specific period of time like in summer, and you can get a gift (this time 2 Anime file folders), so you don't want to miss it, too! hehe


Onsen Manjyu (温泉まんじゅう) @ Hotel: brown soft steamed bun filled with Azuki bean paste.

Ariheitou (有平糖) @ Owakudani: healthy sugar candies (peanuts, black soy beans, and black sesame seeds)

Earrings @ Hakone Venetian Glass Museum: my darling bought me XD

Ring @ Gora Park: 300yen!!!

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This is the 21st hula dancing video :D

Lei Pikake (jasmine flower lei) stands for your loved one.

I could finally make this post since I was very busy... danced on the 19th week of pregnancy. hehe

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You can find this video there :)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Make Yakitori at home (Yakitori Sauce from Scratch) - Video Recipe

Yakitori is grilled skewered chicken. Very simple yet delicious.

I received many requests for Yakitori sauce (Tare) recipe, so I decided to make this tutorial. Also, I will show you how to make salt (Shio) flavored Yakitori, too.

How to cook Yakitori on the grill is here:

Yakitori (Tare and Shio Flavors)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 12 sticks

200g (7oz.) chicken thigh
200g (7oz.) chicken breast
2 white parts of long onion
((Tare - Yakitori sauce))
* 100ml soy sauce
* 100ml Mirin (sweet sake)
* 2 tbsp. sugar
((Shio - salt))
salt and pepper
lemon wedges if you like
Shichimi-togarashi (seven flavor chili pepper) if you like
Yuzukosho (Japanese chili pepper paste) if you like

1. To make Tare (Yakitori sauce), place soy sauce, Mirin, and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Then turn down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. *You can store the leftover sauce in the fridge for a month and use it for other dishes like Teriyaki.
2. Remove the skin from the chicken if desired. Then cut into small bite-sized pieces. Cut the long onion into 2/3-inch pieces. Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper for Shio (salt) flavor.
3. For Tare (sauce) flavor, put long onion and chicken thigh alternately onto bamboo skewers. For Shio (salt) flavor, put seasoned chicken breast onto bamboo skewers.
4. First, cook the Shio (salt) flavor. Heat a thin layer of cooking oil in a frying pan, place Shio (salt) flavored Yakitori, and cook on high until golden brown on both sides. Then cover and cook on low for 3 minutes until done.
5. Next, cook the Tare (sauce) flavor. Heat a thin layer of cooking oil in a frying pan, place Yakitori with long onions, and cook on high until golden brown on both sides. Then drizzle with 3 tbsp. of Tare (Yakitori sauce), cover, and cook on low for 2 minutes. Then cook on high for 1 minute until the sauce thickens.
6. You can enjoy the Shio (salt) flavored Yakitori with lemon wedges, Shichimi-togarashi (seven flavor chili pepper), or Yuzukosho (Japanese chili pepper paste) if you like.


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