Thursday, 10 April 2008

Bento for Dinner : From Shin Osaka to Kyushu

More on our earlier trip reports here.

Our meals from the first day were either eki-ben or bento bought at family mart or nearby depato.
My lunch, eaten in the train from Shin Osaka heading to Kyushu. A two-tier bento, one filled with rice. Particularly hard fish - cured fish, I think. Actually, there's pickled squid inside, now that Kak Lela mentioned it in her YM. Yes, I ate them all, except for the plastic grass.

Zaini's bento eaten in the same train consisted of ebi tempura, salmon, soba and an assortment of vegetables and jellied stuff-konyaku(?) (which is Raimie's favourite). Photo is fuzzy as the train is moving (Duh)

Dinner in our hotel room at Nikko Hotel Huis Ten Bosch. Too cheap to eat in a restaurant, we bought these at a nearby Family Mart. Four ebi-tempura with rice for Raimie. Delish! Ours had takenoko, fish roe, sweet tamago and more stuff

Lunch at Ultramanland. Not much choice at the Ultra de Restaurant, so this time we went to a nearby konbini and bought our lunch there. Deep fried octopus with generous serving of shrimp mayo. Chewy but yummy...

Dinner bought at a department store in Hakata Station. Four types of rice, nice and hot (warm by the time we reach our hotel) for Zaini and both Raimie and I had bento with shrimps, fish roe, strips of crabs and fried egg and stuff (I forgot what else). Drinks bought from a nearby 100yen shop.

Had a tempura lunch with Hanny when we went to Mojiko, but totally forgot to take any photos there. The tempuras were served straight away after it was fried, direct to our table. Made so much difference than eating tempura at Sushi King here.

Anyway, some updates on Tenya by Nash for all fellow Malaysians & Malay (and Muslims) especially. Do read the comments here too, as A Z Haida had some investigation done on her part too.

You know, we were a bit more knowledgeable about local specialties during this trip as we were kinda got introduced to the local specialties by a TV program. It was not a cooking program (I know I harp on and on about Dosanko Cooking) but it was actually Yakitate JaPan! Thank goodness for anime. Hehe


  1. This report could be an example for other Malaysians, Malay in particular, to be more adventurous in trying out Japanese bento while traveling in Japan...

    A lot of Malaysians complain that it's hard to get something to eat in Japan, but personally I think that's only because lots of them do not have 'adventurous' taste bud - Japanese rice is too sticky, seaweed is too smelly, octopus is just a big no-no, etc etc etc... one touring group said they didn't want to eat at (halal) Indian restaurant all the time, wanted to taste Japanese food instead - yet when they were brought there, many of them started poking at the 'stuff' served in front of them and asked 'halal ke ni?'. (walhal yang tukang order pun orang Islam juga - takdela order tonkatsu ke...)


  2. A Z Haida,
    sure hope it can be somewhat a guide to those reading. :-) And adventurous is the key word. That is the beauty of travelling, right?

    I always get irritated (and I am not even Japanese!) when people say they can't (don't want to) visit Japan because they cannot eat raw food. Come on, people in Japan do cook!

    If dah "was-was" tu, better don't eat. Evil'nya I. Heee...

    Then there's Malay friends who "was-was" (unsure/scared/reluctant, I don't know)when you offer them food bought from overseas (and there's a Halal logo - albeit from other country i.e Australia) and they won't eat it because the logo is not similar as JAKIM's.

  3. to be on the safe side, I usually introduce tempura or tendon to those who want to give Japanese food a try but not too adventurous... (sometimes I introduce ebi-furai, but most Malaysians could not tell the difference between ebi-ten and ebi-furai, hehehe)

    anyway - for those friends who are 'was-was' with halal logos other than Jakim's, this link -
    - might help to overcome their 'was-was'ness...

  4. A Z Haida,
    thanks for the link.
    though, now Tenya also seems to have pork items in their miso. That kinda suck...

    But I admit, I am kinda typical Malaysian, cannot live long without spicy food. The week after we came back from our holiday, I ate tomyam, ayam masak merah, sambal belacan, etc. (which I don't normally eat because I'm watching my figure. Hehehe) Gian & rindu!

  5. aduh duh duh - ur statement on Tenya's miso prompted me to ask a kohai to go and check the allergy section in Tenya website (in Japanese) - and the finding? tendon, jou tendon, and even yasai tendon contain pork elements. no info on the miso though - anyway, what's the point. it might be okay to have just the tendon without the miso, but not just the miso without the tendon. so i guess it'll have to be home-made tempura from now on...

  6. looks yummy, almost too good to eat!

    still haven't gotten the item you sent me yet -_-

  7. Bring me, bring me! I'd eat anything!! As long as it doesn't still move or make faces at me, i'm okay! I can't however remember all those long weird names, not that it matters cause i trust YOU.. Trust ya?


    p.s. Don't kill me with fugu.

  8. Nash must be correct in his finding. upon closer inspection in the allergy page, my kohai found out while tendon served in the restaurant is said to contain pork and chicken extracts, the take-away is not. and no pork/chicken extract found in the tempura/ yasai tempura set (served without rice and misoi shiru). the difference between tendon served in the restaurant and the take-away is only miso shiru - served in the restaurant but not included in the take away package.

    so, yes, it must be the miso shiru then...

  9. Umai!!!

    Wonderful food photos! Thanks for sharing!


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