This is Jin and Noelle again with more exciting adventures in Nakano, Japan. As volunteering we had to cook a dinner for the guesthouse. Delicious dishes that would represent our country. Hmmmm.. to be honest, that was one of the most difficult things we had to do since we came to Japan. Thinking of a delicious genuine Dutch dish.. hmm muzukashii na.. After alot of brainstorm sessions we ended up with the idea of making fried snacks. Famous in the Netherlands are the so-called snackwall. You insert the right amount of money in the wall and yell out the snack that you want to eat 3 times. *Poof* the snack magically appears in the wall and you pull it out.
We, Dutch people, love to eat fried food. Everyday, all day. We decided to make croquettes, the one snack to rule them all. Long and thick standing proud like the citizens of The Netherlands. Crunchy on the outside, but on the inside filled with warm, steamy cream leaving you breathless and yearning for more. Almost too hot to swallow.. must handle with patience and care, else you will get burned. Many have tried eating this delicious, but dangerous snack. Not many have lived to tell the tale. And so.. Fried night was born.
Noelle, my partner in crime, is famous for making the creamiest crabcroquettes mankind has ever known. I, myself, am more of an eater than provider. So I searched in the depths of the internet to find good and reliable recipes to present to my fellow exquisite foodlovers. When you think of Holland, you think of tulips, windmills and cheese. I came accross an ancient recipe of mozzarella sticks which were so delicious that it is banned in several countries. Could I create something so unimaginably tasty with my beginner-skills. For the sake of my pride, honour and love for my homecountry, I had no choice. It was now or never. One shot, one opportunity, to seize everything I ever wanted. My palms were getting sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There's flour on my shirt already, mom's spaghetti. I was nervous, but on the surface I was calm and ready to crack eggs, but I kept on forgettin' what I wrote down, the whole staff goes so loud. I opened the bottle, but the oil won't come out. I'm chokin', how?!, everybody's jokin' now. The clocks run out, times up, over, meow!
The third and last snack that we were gonna make was the potatocroquettes. This snack would represent our love for potatoes. Potato to a Dutch person is like rice to a Japanese. Sadly we didn't have alot of time to take pictures of the food due to being busy cooking and serving the food to our beloved guests.
On Wednesday we went to Asakusa to see the magnificent Senso-ji temple and to browse the souvenir shops. The weather was wonderful, therefore it was very crowded. We decided to go see the SkyTree as well, since it was very close. It was an amazing sight to behold, seeing it from up close. In the evening we ate at the Lotteria restaurant were they had some Halloween themed-food. Terrifying yet delicious.
We're very thankful for this opportunity to share our adventures with our fellow Japanlovers via this blog. Special thanks to Mari-san and the staff for giving us a warm welcome in Nakano. Our Yadoya experience till now is amazing.
Arigatou gozaimasu. (^__^)/
YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers (Office):
*Dorm bed only 2300yen/night, Private 3700yen～, cheapest hostel in west Tokyo, Nakano.
YADOYA Guesthouse for Backpackers D (3min walk):
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YADOYA Guesthouse Tokyo for long stay:
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