Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hiyashi Chuka 冷やし中華

What do you want to eat in summer ? There is a dish that I want to eat in summer. It is Hiyashi Chuka. It is cold noodle and so popular dish in summer for Japanese. I ate first Hiyashi Chuka this summer. It was so delicious!

Normal toppings are ham or boiled chicken, cucumber, kinshitamago (sliced tamagoyaki) and tomato and so on. I think Hiyashi Chuka is probably original Japanese dish. Sauce is especially tasty. There are two types of sauce, one is sesame taste and another is soy sauce and vinegar taste. I like both taste.  

I like other Japanese cold noodle, Somen or soba, however, Hiyashi Chuka is my favorite menu in summer.             

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Good News - Nadeshiko Japan

Rainy season was over earlier than usual year in Tokyo. Hot summer begun. Since Tohoku big earthquake occurred, we have to save electricity. There is difference this summer. We can know forecast for electric consumption in town or on TV news. And we can predict everyday when a lot of electricity is used and we have to save. But it is too hot to use air conditioner. It must be so hard to spend summer for us. I realize again that electricity is necessary for us to live.
Although we have had a lot of problems since big earthquake on 3.11, we can hear good sports news.
Now women’s soccer world cup is held in Germany. Contract with men’s national team, Japanese women national team is not well-known among ordinary people. The games weren’t on air by public broadcasts. However, according to FIFA world ranking, Japanese national team is fourth. It is so strong. We call it “Nadeshiko Japan”. “Samurai Blue” is the nickname of men’s national team. Nadeshiko なでしこ means a name of flower, Dianthus.

"Nadeshiko Japan" defeated German team at quarterfinal last week. We were so grad to hear about news. Next game is semifinal and opponent is Sweden team. If Nadeshiko Japan becomes No1, we will be happy and encouraged.