Mac & Meaty day!@Ueno & Asakusa, Tokyo

It was terribly cold that day. Like face, fingers, legs frozen day. Despite the crazy cold weather, I excitedly embraced it through as the weather forecast showed the possibility of snowfall. 

Today was Ueno day, which fortunately or unfortunately, was the day which required a lot of outdoor walking. So yes, while I excitedly waited for snowfall, I was also half freezing to death.

I was so happy to see the happy M logo along the shophouses in Ueno. Time to hide from the cold for just a short bit in McDonalds!

My Bulgogi pork burger proved to be an enjoyable snack to warm myself up in this crazy cold five degree weather. 

In fact, the ebi burger was an even better choice for a short and sweet snack! The yumzers part was biting through chunks of prawns which were visible in the eye! The Japs truly didn’t stinge their ingredients even if it was a fast food meal.

Each burger cost about minimum 300 yen though. Pretty steep for a mini sized burger as you may possibly get a bowl of ramen with the same amount of money.

The biggest difference I had observed in my dining experience in McDonalds was how strangely quiet it was!

Every McDonalds I had entered back home was always noisy, and not necessarily clean. But over here, it was so quiet that people who were seated on the other end from where I was, could hear me slurping up my Diet Coke from such distances away.

The other stark difference was that, many tables were designed for solo lunch goers, and I sat on one of them…Table and single seated chair which faced the window, so individual patrons would be seated side by side with their frontal view looking out through the window.

And the biggest difference of all was that each patron was trained to put the trash into the bin by themselves. I know we encourage this method in Malaysia as well, unfortunately adoption of this practice was very low. Severely low.

True enough, the tiniest snowflakes did come down that day! Although the snowflakes were too fine and the snowfall period was too short, I was able to catch a glimpse of very thin layers of snow coming down from the sky and I was the only crazy person on the street jumping for joy, and grabbing the air in the attempt to capture the snoflakes.

Snow catching in the crazy cold weather (okay, barely call it snow since it was so thin and short duration) proved to be a tiring process.

After the stroll at Ueno park and the Tokyo museum (twas an enjoyable time there seeing a great collection of artifacts and art, but I felt a big part of history was missing from the entire display), I was dead beat and wanted to just head back to Asakusa early, and cook something at B Conte and rest in.

Passed by a local meat shop selling delicious looking chunky slices of wagyu beef! Okei. One slice of sirloin and ribeye please.

Yes sir, coming right up!

Although the cooking skill was a little lacking compared to top notch restaurants, but because the quality of the beef was so friggin’ good that the downhill cooking skill didn’t matter that much.

The beef was crazy tenderlicious, melting in the mouth like gooey butter. Although it seemed as if each piece was rather big, both slices were swallowed up in minutes. Foodventura gluttony mode on!

Honestly, with such fresh ingredients sold in every part of Japan, easily accessible and not too pricey for locals earning in Yen, I would really be inclined to cook at home more. Home cooked wagyu beef steak for lunch in the office? I won’t mind, not a single beat!

Masak masak Italian night!@Home

After nights of youtubing foodie clips eg: No Boundaries: Anthony Bourdain, Tokyo street food, etc and the recently re-activated gas stove, ignited the cooking spirit again.

Tonight’s theme: Italian meatballs meet garlic cheese bread!

Shaping the Australian minced beef mixed bread crumbs, milk, paprika, egg…. these red juicy balls will be popped into a pan of tomato paste soon!

Bubbling pan of tomato paste! Bloop, bloop, bloop!

After the meat balls were lightly fried till the outer layers became slightly crunchy, they were put into the boiling pan of tomato paste, simmered until the sauced thickened. 

Whoa-lah! Italian meatballs coated with creamy tomato sauce…ready to be dipped in the bread soon!

Time to melt half a bar of New Zealand butter left in the fridge. I threw in a generous handle of chopped basil and garlic, let the herbs absorb in all the aromatic melted butter. Yums!

The only downside was that the bakery ran out of baguette, which was the original plan…had to settle for the only loaf bread there, which was a much more dense bread, added with some grains. I sliced the bread but not till it cut through, then drizzled in the seasoned melteded butter between the slices.

The bread was toasted for 30 minutes at 160 degrees.

After that, I took out the brie I bought sometime back but forgotten  to eat it. Sliced them thinly and slotted then in between the bread slices.

Since brie melts easily with even low heat, I needn’t to add the bread back into the oven.

They melted soon after I put them in. When you split the slice open, the creamy gooeyness of the brie, clung onto the bread which absorbed the melted season butter, and nicely toasted. 

Now time to combine my meatballs and the garlic cheesey bread! 

Time to feast my masak masak foodie ! Peace out!