Nagoya 2011 and the MISOKATSU

misokatsu - nagoya

As it is a Thursday, let me jump on the bandwagon and reminisce a little bit about my trip to Nagoya, Japan in 2011.

Well, I won’t be giving you a walk-through of my trip, but let me tell you a little bit about that picture on top, the misokatsu.

The misokatsu is a popular Nagoya dish which was recommended to me by my former student, Nori-san. As a person who considers eating as her hobby, despite my friend’s warning that this dish might not match my usual taste for food (as I am Filipino) and because it has too strong of a flavor, I still went ahead with it. Well, when in Rome do as the Romans do, right? I was in Nagoya, so I’d eat what Nagoya people would.

Right. ooookay.

That wasn’t what I expected, or probably more than I expected. It was strong, like wasabi strong. Of course it wasn’t spicy and olfactory-aggresive like the wasabi, but the misokatsu has the overwhelming flavor of a miso paste with very little water added. I usually like tonkatsu (fried pork strips) and miso soup (soybean paste soup), but these two together as one dish was too much. I remember attacking the yellow pickles (that I usually ignored) as it helped ease the strong taste.

PHEW! Good thing I didn’t pay for that dinner!

Anyway, my trip to Nagoya was memorable. Although it’s not Japan’s usual destination for tourists, since I was able to watch my favorite band there and meet our friend, it was fine! Moreover, that was my first trip abroad, so it’s automatically awesome.

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And of course, Japan is my dream destination, so I consider myself very lucky! Hopefully that first visa would pave way to a multiple entry on my next try. *crosses-fingers*

If lucky, in a year or two, I’d be able to go back to Japan, to Osaka and Kyoto. This time, my target is a food trip in Osaka’s Dotonburi, and Kyoto’s temples.  I need to schedule it in spring for my hanami (cherry blossom festival) birthday!

いきましょう~~~!

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