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Chiso Zanmai: The Return

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No, I’m not a food blog yet. I just wanted to share some pictures from when I went to Chiso Zanmai for lunch with my friendsnekoIt’s my second time going there to eat—the first time was for my school assignment (the one about cheap buffet places, hoho).

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This was my plate this time; there were new items like okonomiyaki and corn croquetteshappyI wanted to try more different things, but I couldn’t ignore the takoyaki so I took it again. And the green tea tofu.

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My beloved currygirlI wanted to eat it with rice but I didn’t want to be too full so went without.

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It’s a croquette mountain. I love croquetteslove rabbitWhen I first went around the plate was empty so I was disappointed, but then when I passed by again it was filled! Magic. Or maybe the chef just cooked a fresh batch. And there were so many of them! But I only took one. (I am now accepting congratulatory messages, thank you)

I tried to keep the main dishes to the minimum…

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Desserts! Desserts! Otherwise known as the priority.

Most of them were still the same as the last time I went, but there were some that I’d never tried before like the sweet potato pudding and strawberry swiss roll. So of course I ate them (all)love girl

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This was really interesting! Matcha egg tartnekoAlthough think I was the only one who enjoyed it, because my friends aren’t crazy about the green tea flavour. But I thought it was delicious. Egg tarts have the best combination of flaky crust and soft puddingheartThe green-ness of it just made it stand out even more.

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Standard mochineko

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And its cross-section.

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I had a good time at Chiso Zanmai againkirakiraFor such a good price, there’s a lot of food and nice ambience too. We got a table overlooking the river this time, so at least there was something else to look at besides the food.

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Next time I’ll blog about something other than food for a changeneko

See you next post!

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Music Monday ♬

Music Mondays

Hellokira kiraToday I just wanted to share some of the music I’ve been listening to recently! I listen to my song in phases—one week I’ll be listening to happy-sounding pop, the next week I’ll be repeating ℃-ute’s entire discography, and the week after it’ll be a whole playlist of Ghibli jazz. Something like that. It varies.

The past few days or so I’ve been playing the same stuff over and over again while I toil over my assignments because I’m too preoccupied to change up the songsneko

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1Partition Love — Tokyo Girls’ Style

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TGS’s new single hasn’t been released yet, but I’m already hooked on their song. I’ve been listening to the previews on YouTube for the past few weeks! It’s supposed to be out on Wednesday, but it doesn’t make much difference because I keep going back to their channel for my daily listen.

The only thing is, I’m not sure I’m into the whole concept about forbidden love. The song is all about falling in love with a teacherhmmThe MV follows this entire saga of the girls getting a crush on their new teacher—and then things escalate quickly when they start making lunch boxes and going out with him. Which makes me feel kind of weird when I watch the girls make romantic advances on this good-looking albeit significantly older man.

But! I still love the songnekoThere was also a live performance that was put up, and it’s almost even better than the MV version because the members’ vocals are amazing.

Listen to it here! → http://youtu.be/QEojg0y70LQ

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2Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa — Morning Musume。’14

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It’s been almost two weeks since it got number one on the charts. I’m still listening to it lotslove girlOut of this single my favourite song is actually What is LOVE?, but the previews were out a long time ago so it’s not quite as catchy to me as it was two months ago. I like Egao no Kimi just as muchkiraIt has this incredibly bouncy tune that just seems to pump out self-esteem and happiness.

Listen to it here! → http://youtu.be/fcQMPbbq_Fs

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3Kumori Nochi, Kaisei — Ohno Satoshi

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A random old song! But Ohno is always relevant so that’s okayloveHe has one of my favourite male voices, and the song is also one of those that instantly cheers me up when I listen to it. I’ve been feeling down a lot in the last month or so—this is my go-to song. It’s my recommendation for a cloudy mood! How fitting.

Listen to it…after you’ve downloaded it or bought it I can’t find it on YouTube because it’s too old sorry:')

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Those are the songs I’ve been playing lots recentlysmile

Here’s a picture of the steamed bun I ate.

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With lotus seed paste! It’s so soft and springy. Yummm.

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Tsukada Nojo & their Hotpot

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Recently I went to Tsukada Nojo, a Japanese restaurant that’s famous for its beauty hotpot. There was a lot of hype about it; it sounded interesting so I went to try it with my family.

And it was tasty!girl tongueI’ve been there twice now.

The bijin nabe (美人鍋—beauty hotpot) is so named because of all the ingredients that supposedly help beautify a person. I don’t know how well that works, but I ate it more for the fun of seeing the pudding-like lump of collagen melt.

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That’s collagen from organic chicken bones all piled up in the potdiet nekoI know some people might find it alarming, the way it’s piled up like that—but I’m being honest when I say it’s delicious.

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When all that collagen melts, the result is an extremely tasty soup (really, I could’ve just come for that alone). The waitress then comes back to pop all the ingredients in. They follow a specific order of putting them in to make sure the hotpot’s as delicious as possible. Such carehappyIt looked gorgeous with all the vegetables and mushrooms and tofu and everything else propped up in the bubbling pot.

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Noodles come with the hotpot, so we got egg noodles.

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Bijin nabe is the signature dish, but there were other yummy side dishes. The nikumaki was amazing—fat, fluffy rice balls wrapped in baconlove rabbitIt was like biting into sauce-drizzled happiness.

They did a really good job at presenting the food! And I like Tsukada Nojo even more because of how fun they are with customers. They have a loyalty system that treats customers like office management—on the first visit you get a mock Assistant Manager business card with your name on it. After another visit, you’re promoted to Manager and get a new card. And then it goes on and on as you keep visiting—if you visit enough (i.e. lots of) times, you eventually become the President. Not for real of course, but I thought it was a cute way of getting people to come back.

On my second visit I got promoted to Manager! I’m doing wellhurhurAs reward for getting a promotion, there were appetisers on the house. We had edamame and fries.

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They were delicious toolove

The service was great. We were served by a young Japanese waitress who was went out of her way to be friendly and chat with us as she set up our dinner. At the end there was a complimentary dessert plate too!

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The dessert was just tiny jelly cubes, the main point was the message and illustrations drawn on in chocolate sauce. They really put a lot of thought into details like these to make customers happy. It was adorablecryheart

If you live in Japan or Singapore I hope you’d try out this placeheheIt’s good for a treat once in a while, and to have fun during dinner with friends or family.

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Nana’s Green Tea

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I studied with Ju Eun today! We worked on an assignment together.

As usual we messed around and laughed a lothappyBut it’s all right because we did get our work done. Study dates aren’t conducive without a bit of fun, anyway. Otherwise we’d just be a pair of stressed out bricks.

It rained in the afternoonrain

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Before dinner we made a quick stop at the Kumamoto Fair in the supermarket. I adore these food fairs because they’re like a little festival and during the Japan ones they bring in Japanese chefs who smile and welcome you to their stall while they do things like chop tuna up in front of people. I ate nishime manjuu—steamed bun with my beloved bamboo shoots as a filling.

We headed to a Japanese café called Nana’s Green Tea for dinner after that!

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The two of us shared everything just to be kinder to our stomachs and our wallets.

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Curry udonheheSomething warm to start us off. There’s always some sort of cosy feeling with curry udon.

And then there was this.

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It might possibly be the best dessert I have ever seen.

So it deserves a close up.

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There’s a cake in it. A cake.

And a blizzard of matcha ice cream, whipped cream, cornflakes, vanilla ice cream and a lot more sweet stuff (plus guilt) stacked on top of each other. This is the kind of thing that I’d use the word fantabulous for. A good point was that the ice cream stayed frozen for quite a long time, which was just as well because we took forever to take pictures.

Then we scooped it out bit by bithappy neko

It was a sweet addition to our study date. Even though we were doing work it was still funheartI think we took a lot of pictures. Haha. It’s a requirement between the two of us.

But of courseneko

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Chiso Zanmai

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The week is over. But the semester still rages on, so I barely even have weekends to take a breather. Two more months till the holidays! ← kinda sad countdown

Last weekend I went to a Japanese buffet place called Chiso Zanmai with Ju Eun to do coverage for another article. Yay, more good foodhappyKeeping in line with our theme of affordable eating, we scoped out the (relatively) cheap restaurants to check out. I wouldn’t say Chiso Zanmai was cheap, but it was pretty affordable compared to others for that quality of food!

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They also had matcha tofu as one of the appetizers, which I thought was pretty unique because I’d never heard of it before. I wasn’t sure how it’d actually taste, but it was really good!happyThe tofu part might make it sound sloppy, but it had more of a pudding texture. The green tea taste wasn’t that strong either so it all ended up yummy.

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And of course, desserts ♪ You know how I love my sweet things.

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I liked how everything’s always bite-sized so you can try out different things and not get too full on each onehehe

It was a fun dining experience with Ju EunheartIt’s a good thing the prices weren’t too high because we’re clearly on a tight student budget haha. It’s too bad we went in the middle of the school term though…I want to go again during the holidays when we’re able to relax completelyheheAnd not have to worry about getting good photos for our articles. It took us more than ten minutes of snapping from different angles before we let ourselves eat.

Still like the last time at Hatched, it was nice stress relief for the time being!

The rest of the term is going to charge by. I hope I can hang on to it.

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Some Kaya toast I had two days ago ↓

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Yay for Singaporean food toolove

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Eggs at Hatched

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It’s so rare for me to blog in the morning. Something to start the day!

Recently I went to an all-day breakfast restaurant with Ju EunyeyWe were actually there to cover for a school assignment (a food magazine!), so went to review the place. I think we ended up enjoying it a lot more than we should.

The restaurant was called HatchedchickIt’s cute because eggs are their specialty and the menu is based on them. Ju Eun and I had a hard time deciding between all the different eggy dishes.

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These were the two main dishes we sharedhappy nekoIt think it was too much for us…but still yummy.

And as a treat, dessert.

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It was my first time eating a lava cakeloveI got really excited about it. Haha.

Even though it was for schoolwork, I’m glad I got the excuse to go out for a rare dinner! Sometimes these things come in useful, though I end up relaxing more than I should be doing my work. But we all need some leeway once in a while anyway.

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I had a great timeheartLet’s go out again! In September when school ends haha.

Recent coordinates ↓

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They’re completely different stylesneko

Although most of the time I just wear the same jacket-tshirt-shorts combo to school. Since I spend a lot of time in studios (basically lots of air-conditioning) I feel better about keeping warm so I wear jackets and stuff. And then I go outside and start sweatingnekoIt’s tough.

Well then!

I’ll end it hereneko

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P.S. I created Bloglovin, so I’m trying it out here

Almost a bento

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Recently I’ve been collecting bento making toolsnekoI’ve always liked bento because of how packed and colourful the lunch boxes are, but I’ve never really tried making them. So I’m starting now ☆

There was some sort of bento fair at the department store, and there were so many cute tools that I took forever to decide. In the end I got three thingsrabbit

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A mold for making tamagoyaki, which is pretty useful since I don’t have those rectangular pan things.

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A panda sandwich maker called ShokupandapandaIt’s supposed to be a pun on shokupan, which is that fluffy white bread you get in Japan. I don’t have any shokupan, so my pandas didn’t turn out particularly desirable because of the flaky loaf I used.

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And a Rilakkuma rice ball setrilakkumaI like this one a lot because I had first-time success with it unlike the panda maker and my unfortunate sandwich.

I never thought I’d ever shop voluntarily at the kitchen department, but there’s a first time for everything. And it’s all cute characters and stuff, so it still makes senseneko

Anyway, I tried all the tools I got! Except the tamagoyaki mold, I’m still clueless about that one.

When I made the panda sandwiches I had this fancy idea to turn it into a video like the ones RRcherrypie makes, but it seems like my pandas turned it into a joke instead. And I still uploaded ithurhur

Without normal white bread, I only had my rough (and lumpy) wholemeal bread to use so they came out kind of weird. I tried asking my mom for lighter-coloured bread but she wouldn’t get any because the brown stuff is healthier.

However, howeverkirakira

My friend brought me a few pieces of white bread from her home so I made them again!

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And then there’re my little rice Rilakkumas…

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They turned out as the box said they wouldstunned

They were so cute I couldn’t bear to eat them. (ha, ha, ha, pun)

I wouldn’t mind taking a whole bunch of these to school in a lunchbox to eat, but I have no idea how much time I’d need to make so many. Three alone took me long enoughwavingBut it’s only my first time, so I’ll try making them again.

It’s surprisingly funsmile

Well then—

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