Written by ayano

NEW Yebisu comes to Chinatown

By ayano, Posted on 13/03/2017

Izakaya is always the perfect choice whenever I miss Japanese food. Izakayas serve a variety of dishes and drinks so you can keep trying things until you discover your favorite. I went to the new opened Grill & Bar Yebisu in Chinatown. It is located right in the center of Chinatown on the corner of Dixon […]


5 types of Wagashi you must try

By ayano, Posted on 02/03/2017

Photo Credit. Wagashi, traditional Japanese confections, is an essential in the food culture of Japan and it has a long history. There are many different types of wagashi suitable for different seasons and occasions. I personally recommend these 5 kinds of wagashi you should try! 1. Nerikiri (sweet white bean paste) This is my favorite! Nerikiri always […]


Takoyaki – Learn more about the Osaka snack

By ayano, Posted on 24/01/2017

Takoyaki is the first thing on my wish lists during a holiday in Japan. Takoyaki is a popular Japanese snack, little round dough balls containing pieces of octopus. The word tako means octopus and yaki means grilled.  It is topped with takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, but I like to use okonomi sauce in place of takoyaki sauce. It’s often topped with seaweed […]


The sake event at the Bar H, Surry Hills

By ayano, Posted on 27/10/2016

On the 24th of October, an inspirational sake matching lunch was held at Bar H, attended by various local bars and restaurants and supported by Zenbeiyu. The purpose of this event was to suggest how to match sake with local foods for local restaurants. Kontatsu Australia invited 40 people including chefs, sommeliers, and bartenders. Rebecca, […]


What is Sake?

By ayano, Posted on 29/08/2016


Photo Credit. Sake, traditional Japanese alcohol, is getting popular in Australia and you can see various brands of sake in Japanese restaurants. You might already have experienced drinking sake, but do you know what sake is? Even if you have no idea about sake, don’t worry. This blog will help you understand the basics of […]


5 Reasonable Matcha Sweets in Japan

By ayano, Posted on 01/08/2016


Photo Credit. Spring is the peak season for matcha. Almost all tea produced in Japan is green tea. Japanese green tea is picked from the end of April to May. This is generally the best time to pick the tea, and it is the first tea of the year, called “shincha” (新茶). There are three […]


Japanese Hot Pots

By ayano, Posted on 20/07/2016

hot pot

Photo credit.  Speaking of winter in Japan, one thing to do is enjoy Japanese hot pots, ‘Nabe’ (鍋)! It is absolutely necessary for the Japanese to have hot pots to survive the cold winter. We normally put a pot over a portable burner on the table and boil seafood, vegetables, meat and other ingredients depending […]