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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Eating Chicken Teriyaki at RaiRaiKen

Im not a fan of RaiRaiKen. The one time I ate there, I remember eating something masquerading as chicken curry; the spice mix was so bad no amount of coke could drown out the aftertaste. It was also horribly expensive, with VAT, service charge and all. What was I doing ordering curry in a Japanese restaurant? The curry experience was so bad I have been avoiding RRK like crazy eventhough we have such a limited selection of eating places along Magallanes. RRK is down there beside TokyoTokyo: I don't understand why there are still lines? Why?
No I dont hate Japanese food. In fact, I love Japanese food. I was addicted for sometime on Sushiya's Chawan Mushi. So addicted that I would go all the way to Libis (where the first Sushiya stood). In cooking school, my oden, which I left stewing in dashi broth with daikon and eggs and potatoes for hours and hours on end, was a runaway hit. In fact, it was my sole culinary accomplishment in Japanese cuisine. My sushi creations were so bad, even I couldnt stomach them. For a time I stocked up on Mirin, and Japanese rice wine vinegar, and dashi, and even those ridiculous lotus roots for our Japanese themed house meals. My housemate had oodles of Soba noodles from Japan, where he had spent a year as an exchange student. So we would have some soba noodles with sesame oil, or miso soup with nori and tofu, and other simple concoctions.
I like peasant food, and the best part of Japanese cuisine for me is the so-called Japanese country cuisine. But Japanese fast food - such as RRK and TokyoTokyo - these are insults to Japanese cuisine.

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