I am one who is head over heels in love with Japanese food. I thought I was having good Japanese food in Singapore until I went to Japan. And boy, was I blown away! Everything is delicious. Everything. My words here only do it injustice.
The freshest ingredients are used and food is prepared in such a way that it retains its original taste. Condiments if any, are used to enhance the original taste. On top of that, the food is presented so well aesthetically. The Japanese takes pride in preparing food. A proper meal is a holistic experience, not simply eating per se.
Now that I am back home, unless I pay a premium, the lackluster Japanese food I get is hardly satisfying my craving. I came across this cooking book, Harumi's Japanese Cooking at Kinokuniya a while ago. Harumi is a household name in Japan and this is one of her two cook books that is translated into English. I simply love it because it showcases Japanese food that is healthy, home-like and simple to prepare. Now, I just have to discover the culinary skills in me.
I should also dig out some pictures of my food adventures for a future post.