Thursday, December 13, 2007

"Giant freakin' mutant gingerbread Christmas tree"

Didn't really take as much food pix as before plus some came out a little blurry, probably cos I was trying to snap as fast as I could. Now Osaka has this HUGE underground subway mall that just goes on and on. Lots of small shops and places to eat as well as leading to big departmental store buildings like Daimaru. It's a huge maze to me and I got lost more than once unlike Tokyo which I found easier to navigate.

Breakfast was always at one of the deli cafes. Here's one with something I call 'giant freakin' mutant gingerbread Christmas tree', it's bout 2 floors high and was right in front of me while I had my breakfast. Check out those bagels, coffee mugs and loafs hanging from it! Now I can't really remember what I had in that particular deli but here's a typical breakfast while I was there. I'm actually a big breakfast kinda guy so yah, most folks I know would say it's a lot.

In this pix, the hot drink there is a green tea latte (or was it mocha?). Was perfect, unlike the other green tea stuff we have back home here. Breakfast (pastries or sandwiches and a hot drink) was usually bout little less than 1,000 yen so that's bout less than S$13, maybe around S$10.


This was a pretty memorable and sinful lunch. For bout S$15, you get a large serving of ramen and 3 huge scallops with lots of roe (the orange part), as well as the usual stuff! And you see that white square thing in the middle? At first I thought that was tofu, nope, it's a piece of butter!


Now, whenever I visit Japan, one thing I always buy and try is the their new Haagen Daz ice cream flavors. I don't think you can find most of these unique flavors anywhere else. Here, here and here are the ones I tried on my last few trips. There were more this time but think was only humanly possible to try three, Creme Brulee, Mont Blanc and Kokuto & Kuromitsu. Heh. My favorite was the K&K which was like brown sugar.



13 comments:

b said...

That tree is great! Odd, but great! And I like the name you gave it! :)

Aim said...

Hhmmm, I want that ramen!

niki yokota said...

scallops in ramen? lol
woow that is new to me.
i want to try Creme Brulee! yum yum...
Osaka ppl seem to be more creative than tokyoite.
love that freaking mutant gingerbread tree. haha~

Richard said...

Odd they should put a dollop of butter in the soup.

The soup looks more interesting and appetizing to me than the bagels. But, then again, I am a soup man. I grew up with soups.

Cavalock said...

b: hah, its quite when u r having breakfast n its right in front of u.

aim: yah, its a lot n wait till the butter melts into the soup!

niki: From my limited experience, i think the food in Osaka is better too. i met a new Japanese colleague in my old office just the day before i left, he's from Osaka. He told ne Osaka food is better than Tokyo. lol!

richard: have u tried chinese soups with all the herbal stuff in them? I grew up on those!

niki yokota said...

eewww lol
however shaffy-chan says there are more beautiful women in tokyo :D

niki yokota said...

where else did u go?? osaka castle?
i want to visit universal studio osaka :D

Richard said...

I am very partial to Vietnamese and Thai soups.

I can't think of any Chinese soup I have ever been impressed with - even when prepared by Chinese friends (which they always served after the main course).

Cavalock said...

niki: i'll post a little more of what else i did later!

richard: hmmm...normally we have soup together with the main dish or before. don't remember when was the last time i actually had one after the main dish...unless its a soupy kinda dessert.

AVIANA said...

HI there...

is the food in that tree real? oh well my favorite ice cream in the world is cinnamon dulce leche by haagen daz mixed with french vanilla coffee drink mix.....

weird...but gorgeously delicious!

Richard said...

My friend told me (he is from mainland China) that the soup is for after the main meal. "To fill in the spaces" as he put it.

Baby Angel said...

the ramen looks so delicious... and Haagen-Dazs... *drools*

Cavalock said...

aviana: wow...wish i could try that.

richard: hmmm...that's new to me n i think folks down here.

baby angel: tastes as good as it looks. ;)