Niigata Memories..

May I share some food memories with you from our Niigata road trip?

Whenever I have a mouthful of rice I remember how perfect the rice in Niigata was. Soft, shiny, pearly grains of rice!

It was grown and harvested from the very fields we stayed amongst.
Our getaway house that I spoke of here, was a truly tranquil space. It also came with the warm and kindhearted service of our very own obachan who came to cook our dinner and breakfast for us.

We had some edamame.
"FRESH" as in just picked from the garden edamame.

Japanese cucumbers are quite different from the ones over 'ere. They are smaller but crunchier and juicier.
Obachan pickled some for us.

I am really very fond of Japanese pickles. Obachan's aubergine pickles were lovely.

This was definitely one of the more unusual things that I tried in Japan. It is known as "Zenmai" and is a mountain fern. Obachan told us that this is a treat as she reminisced about when she was a child and used to spend hours foraging for this in the mountains with her mother. Zenmai tastes very earthy. This was served to us with konnyakku which I am not so keen on.

Koshihikari icecream anyone? Yes! It's icecream made with rice. Delicious! This was Hiro's most favourite icecream flavour of the trip!

On the way back to Tokyo we stopped off for ramen. I ordered miso ramen and it was humongous!

We even stopped of too think and smell the flowers:
Okay, sunflowers don't smell BUT they do make a lovely sight,

Even on a rainy day!

Niigata has given me a taste for the Japanese countryside and I most certainly want MORE.


  1. I do love your food posts especially the one's from Japan.
    Delicious looking delicacies.

  2. I'm going to Niigata in 10 days' time. I'm excited to be in inaka again. Lovely pix!

  3. The rice looks delicious - I was brought up on rice but it's hard to find the quality of rice you mentioned above. Ah, I love this culinary introduction to the Japanese pantry;-)

  4. I've never tried icecream made with rice before =o but it looks good. I remember hearing about a place in japan called something like ice cream land where they sell all kinds of icecream. like chicken wing icecream and crab ice cream. haha are there many places like that in japan?

  5. yum! i think i have tried the mountain fern before... it's used in Chinese cooking too! x

  6. I'm digging for the ice cream! :D Love those sunflowers :)

  7. Nom flippin nom...pickles=WIN!

  8. I catch myself making nom nom nom noises while reading your posts!;)

  9. Yum, yum ,yum, yum, yum. I grow sunflowers. Love em. Xxxx

  10. i love edamame! so lucky that its fresh! mines always frozen in a bag =P

  11. I wonder if that ice cream is anything like rice milk ice cream (which is really thin and has a bit of a strange aftertaste)...that ice cream still looks creamy!

    mmm rice...I'm hoping to wake up early enough tomorrow to make garlic rice for breakfast before work :)

  12. ice-cream made of rice =O

    - okay I have to try that lol.

  13. i envision u as someone who will live in the japanese countryside with a mini farm and perhaps a workshop for hiro to work in

    pls invite me XD

  14. @ Yumeko

    Only if it is in Okinawa!! I dont want to live somewhere cold when I am old!

  15. Of course Niigata would have rice ice cream! LOL! Everything looks good! And homemade to boot! :)

    Those sunflowers are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these awesome Japan memories with us! :)

  16. i luv me some edamame!! they are so yum yum and my tum tum (tummy) loves 'em!! and YES! i want some ice cream made with rice...please?

  17. yummm, so much food! that ramen looks delicious :D and i'm not so keen on konnyaku too -__-

    that nasy looks DELICIOUS!!


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