Taiyaki from 'Kura' Japanese restaurant

Posted by Linda on 31. 2012 4 comments 0 trackback
I went shopping with some friends last Saturday at Chinatown and around the Sydney CBD area and decided to drop by at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in the area; Kura restaurant for takeaway. I ordered one of my usuals the Sushi deluxe (you can read about my review about Kura's sushi deluxe here) and a serve of Taiyaki with matcha ice cream for dessert.
Taiyaki is a popular Japanese-style fish-shaped cake made from either pancake batter or waffle batter and traditionally has azuki (red bean) paste filling...although nowadays, there's more modern variety of fillings available, such as custard fillings and chocolate, but you will usually still find Taiyaki with azuki paste fillings.

So these were the Taiyaki I got from Kura restaurant for around AU$6 for 3 small Taiyaki and a small container of matcha ice cream, I had ordered the dessert for takeaway:
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I was a little disappointed that some parts of the batter skin was burnt, obviously the chef had slightly over-baked the Taiyaki, it's not exactly culinary pleasantness when you see dark burnt patches on your food, except maybe if it's for a BBQ, but not when you're baking Japanese sweets like Taiyaki. It brought out that unpleasant burnt taste, but luckily it was only very mild. The batter was rather plain and tasteless and there was not enough azuki paste filling for my liking, the flavor of the azuki paste was surprisingly rather bland as well, meaning the flavor was very subtle.

Overall, these Taiyaki were disappointing, I have tried plenty of Taiyaki from other restaurants and vendors over the years which were baked MUCH better with just the right amount and balance of batter and filling, and were baked for just the right amount of time and with stronger flavors.
I've always enjoyed dining at Kura restaurant and their food are mostly delicious at reasonable prices and the service is always good. However, their Taiyaki is just one of the few disappointments I fault them on. This was the first time I've ever ordered Taiyaki from Kura restaurant, and frankly, I wouldn't want to waste my money on them anymore. But Kura does serve plenty of other food which are really delicious that showcases the talent of its chefs.

If you want to know the address of Kura restaurant located in Haymarket Sydney, please refer to this entry.

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Sakuma drop candies - Matcha (Japanese green tea)

Posted by Linda on 27. 2012 0 comments 0 trackback
here's another goodie I ordered from J-List.com, and it's another container of drop candies from Sakuma! Upon seeing the vast majority of Sakuma candies being sold out on their site, I took the liberty of ordering up as many flavors of these Sakuma candies still in stock from their site, and I ended up ordering 4 remaining different flavors.

Aside from the Choco Banana crepe flavor I reviewed a few weeks ago, this is the Matcha flavor from the city of Kyoto; the oldest city of Japan, which is the home of many legacies of Japanese history & culture as well as serving as the capital city of Japan up until 1869. I love Kyoto, it is one of my favorite cities in Japan besides Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, as well as being one of my most favourite places in the world to visit!

For those who aren't familiar with Matcha, it is a type of Japanese green tea which is fine powdered, it's very high-end and is the staple in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Because matcha is very rich & bitter in flavor, it is typically served with sweets that are particularly sweet to wash down the bitterness of the matcha. Matcha powder has also become a very popular flavouring used in traditional Japanese sweets such as Wagashi, as well as ice cream and western-style sweets & confectioneries.
Matcha powder itself is generally quite expensive just for a less than decent amount, so unless you're rich, it's typically bought for special occasions or not so often.

Anyway, enough with the lecture about Matcha, so let's move on to the review:
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Lotte 'Pie no Mi' cookies - Strawberry cheesecake

Posted by Linda on 18. 2012 1 comments 0 trackback
I hadn't ordered from J-List.com in almost 2 years, so back in January I decided to place another order with them and I received the package sometime last month.

This is one of the yummy goodies I ordered from them, I really like these 'Pie no Mi' snacks from Lotte, these decent bite-sized yummy hexagonal-shaped puff pastry cookies with various cream fillings. This is the Strawberry cheesecake flavor:
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I knew even before I ordered these that I was overall going to be satisfied with these regardless because 'Pie no Mi' is one of the few snack brands from Lotte that has me wanting more of, but, I try not to be too bias in my reviews

Sakuma drop candies - Choco Banana crepe

Posted by Linda on 10. 2012 2 comments 0 trackback
It's been months since I last blogged about these wacky drop candies from Sakuma, so I decided it's high time I brought the attention back to these fascinating candies, and this time I'm going to shine some light on another sweet food-inspired Sakuma candy.

Like many of Sakuma's candies which are special releases from certain regions or cities across Japan, these Choco Banana crepe flavored candies are from the famous diverse fashion district of Harajuku located in Tokyo, Harajuku is also one of the most popular fashion capitals in the world:
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as soon as I opened the tin, my senses were immediately welcomed by the sweet smell of chocolate, which took me by surprise. I eagerly popped a candy into my mouth and was further pleasantly taken aback by the accurate sweetness infused into these candies. The sweet aroma and taste of chocolate was surprisingly strong and accurate, the flavor of the banana was also detectable by my taste buds. Initially the flavor of the banana bear much similarities to artificial flavoring, however I dismissed the probability of the use of artificial banana flavoring when the natural somewhat slight bitter aftertaste of banana kicked in. Since artificial banana flavorings do not leave any natural aftertaste.

Among all the different Sakuma flavored drop candies I've tried over the years, I think these choco banana crepe flavored candies are the most accurately executed in terms of flavor, as well as 1 of the best in my opinion. This has also become my new personal favorite Sakuma flavor candyjust slightly trumping the Cheesecake flavor.

My rating (overall):

'Takenoko no Sato' cookies - Almond & macadamia

Posted by Linda on 01. 2012 0 comments 0 trackback
I really like these cute 'Takenoko no Sato' cookies also from Meiji, these oishii cookies with various chocolate coatings shaped like bamboo shoots, they are shaped like bamboo shoots because the hiragana 'たけのこ' (Takenoko) in its snack name literally means bamboo shoots in Japanese.

I ordered this Almond and macadamia flavor from NapaJapan:
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