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Tanuki Raw

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Heyo back with another food review of Tanuki Raw where T and I had for our anniversary the other time! Firstly, the food was pretty good. I had the Truffle Yakiniku Don (18) while T had the the Yakitori Don (18). Both had a healthy portion of meat with furikake rice. In my opinion I could do without the furikake rice cause it made the whole meal a little too salty? Though once I literally swallowed the beef the furikake rice proved yummy on its own. The truffle flavor is very subtle and blends well with the taste of egg yolk. The beef was a little chewy ( was expecting melt in your mouth :-() but nonetheless seasoned well! For T, his yakitori was very very yummy with juicy chicken that wasn’t overly saucy which you find in many other teriyaki chicken dishes else where.

Sides: We ordered an order of oysters, salmon sashimi, as well as the caveman roll. Oysters were fresh and the pickled topping was very nice to give a fresh bite to the rich oyster flavor. The caveman roll was my favourite!! It was cuts of raw beef, still red and juicy, with a wasabi mayo that I absolutely loved. The raw beef was so eye opening because I had never had anything so texturely fulfilling???? Also not bloody and no mad cow disease guaranteed!!! The sashimi was super super disappointing in my opinion. It was cut so badly and had the not fresh fishy smell. Very very disappointed compared to the one we had at Standing sushi bar.

Lastly, I wanna address the shitty service there that everyone talks about. Personally, I had very good service. Despite the one of two prompts needed for cups for my water and for the table to be cleaned. All my food came on time with the correct orders given and they were very responsive to me. However I feel so bad for the couple next to us where not only got the wrong order but also waited much longer for their food than we did despite us ordering later. T and I suspect it’s because we ordered 90 dollars worth of food so they had to be nice to us HAHAHA. If you just wanna try the beef bowl go for lunch because it’s cheaper (14.8) and you don’t really wanna pay for shitty service do you? There’s lunch deals from 11:30-3 that you can view hereBut if you’re going on a date where your significant other is paying, feel free to go for the dinner and sit by the balcony to enjoy live music along with your booze and raw salmon (all I feel is bliss thinking about this.. time to drag T to bring me again muahahah)

Tanuki Raw

181 Orchard Road
#02-03 Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

Happy eating friends!

xx

Easy Okonomiyaki Recipe!

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In the event of major stress, there can only be one answer- food! Not just eating but crawling to the kitchen and immersing myself into perfecting a new recipe. The control I have over how well a dish turns out puts my mind at ease unlike the total lack of control over my life as of now. In a fit of rage I went on a Japanese youtube watching spree. My favourite channels for yummy Japanese recipes are Cooking with Dog, Runnyrunny999 and Ochikeron! I got inspired to try and make okonomiyaki as it’s always been a favourite when eating out!

Recipe (Yields 10 small- medium pancakes or 4 large pancakes)

Ingredients:

1. 1.5 cups plain flour

2. 4 small eggs/ 3 large eggs

3. 450g of cabbage (stem intact)

4. 300g Nagaimo aka Mountain Yam aka Huai San (can be easily found at local NTUC)

5. 3 spring onions

6. 175 ml of hot water + 1 packet of dashi stock

7. Fillings of your choice- I used cooked, cut shrimp and dry shrimp, but feel free to go crazy (I heard cheese inside is really yummy)

8. Brown Sauce- This can very from tonkatsu sauce, okomi sauce or a combination of Worcestershire sauce + ketchup will do well

Optional: japanese mayo, aoi nori, benishoga, pickled radish, bacon slices

How to:

1. cut out stem from cabbage and slice to form cabbage strips. do the same with the spring onions!

2. In a bowl add flour, cabbage and spring onions. Toss to coat flour evenly

3. Peel and grate nagaimo using smallest grate size possible. You could also chop up and blitz on a food processor

4. add nagaimo, dashi and eggs to the bowl. stir until combined (do not over mix as it will toughen the cakes!!!!!)

5. Once mixed, fold in your fillings

6. coat a cold frying pan with oil

7. cut bacon in half and lay down bacon strips to form a little square of bacon (optional)

8. spoon in mixture and use your spatula or whatever to form a round shape, cake thickness should be about 3 cm

9. On low heat, cover the frying pan and let it sit for 7 minutes or until pancake is golden brown on one side

10. flip and lt other side cook for another 3 minutes

11. plate up and put whatever toppings you like!

*enjoy*

You’ll find this to be really filling with fluffy yet chewy batter and it makes you happy knowing that you’re eating a healthy meal packed with veggies. Just don’t go cray cray with the sauce!!

xx

ps. for every subsequent pancake there really isn’t a need to wait for pan to cool down. Just keep spooning onto a hot pan it’ll be fine!