Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Shrimp Shumai

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Back when I spent the summer of 2006 in Japan, one of my favorite food discoveries was “shumai,” little bite-sized steamed dumplings with some sort of meat filling. Unfortunately, most of the shumai out there was pork-based. The couple managing the dorm I stayed in knew about my (only) dietary restriction, pork, so on the days that shumai was on the menu, they would make shrimp shumai specially for me. It would make my day.

When I returned to the States that year, I browsed through Japanese stores until I finally found boxed frozen shrimp shumai. I was stoked! I would steam them and eat them a couple at a time…. until I looked at the ingredients one day and realized that it contained pork fat! I had to give the remaining shumai away to a friend. The happiness was short-lived.

This afternoon, when I was perusing the happy hour menu in one of the Japanese restaurants I frequent, the item “shrimp dumplings” caught my eye. I figured it would be something like gyoza, so I decided to order some, after asking the waiter repeatedly if there was any pork in it — she didn’t understand why. Then, they arrived. They were shumai!

how to eat sushi

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

The coordinator of MIT’s summer Japan program forwarded us a link to a video that’s a parody of how to properly eat sushi. (Don’t worry, not all of it is true.) Click here to see it!

favorite japanese foods so far

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

– black pepper rice crackers
– udon noodles
– green tea Kit Kats
– pickled eggplants
– miso soup
– black sesame ice cream


Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

In about ten minutes, I will leave the house to go to Japan. I’d been getting ready for it ever since school ended. I had planned on putting up some things this past week, but I was just so tired… My excitement about Japan also kept me from wanting to do anything. I’ll probably put up a bunch of pictures in about two and a half months.

Friday, March 17th, 2006

It’s beginning to hit me that I’m going to Japan this summer. It’s a very scary thing. I’ve been thinking about it the past few days, and I’m very nervous and excited.

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Life is good:
– School started two weeks ago. I have a very busy schedule ahead of me. I’m taking more classes than I ought to, but I like them all, so I don’t think I’ll drop any of them. I’ll write a post about them later.
– I’ve been accepted to an internship program in Japan for the summer! I will be doing protein and DNA research.
– Last week, somebody brought her cat into the classroom. The cat walked around the room, or sat down and watched the lecture. It was hilarious. She was fascinated by the piano.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

The Japanese language department had a sushi party for the Japanese students yesterday afternoon. We ate catered sushi and Japanese snacks, and chatted with our professors in Japanese. It was kind of stressful, because we couldn’t think of answers fast enough, but at the same time, it was fun because most of the time it was one professor surrounded by a group of students. I think they organized this party to show us how much we can talk about.. We still have a lot to learn, though.

Also, they talked a little about their Japan abroad program. I’m definitely going to apply to their summer internship program. Aahh! I’m kind of excited, even though this thing is more than a year away.

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

I’m done with the first week of school! Well, the first three days anyway. I don’t want to sound like a dork, but I really like my classes. They all seem so interesting! For now we’re just doing review; I remember a lot more than I thought I did!

The only “new” thing this semester is Japanese. The class is so funny! Yesterday we spoke entirely in Japanese, and learned how to greet people, apologize, etc. I laughed so hard I cried.

Last night I watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I liked it a lot. I really like movies that have hallucinations and dreams in them, especially if they’re done well. For example, he walks into a room, and when he turns around the room changes. Stuff like that. Also, the content of the movie was really cute, too. I recommend it.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

I’m in Japan right now, and that’s why I haven’t been writing these past few days. We’re staying at a hotel in Kyoto. Today was our first day here, and we spent hours walking around in the city, visiting shopping places and temples. Right now I’m so tired, and it’s 4:30 am in California right now, so I whipped out the computer to try and stay awake.

Kyoto is an awesome city. I’d like to live here for a year or two. Everybody’s so friendly. It’s so frustrating to look around me and not understand a single written thing, though. I haven’t had this feeling since we first came to the United States 12 years ago and the only words I knew were “yes,” “no,” and “My name is Melike.” (I’d memorized it verbally as “mayneymis Melike” and it reminded me of mayonnaise. I remember watching Inspector Gadget without understanding a single word.) I really want to learn Japanese, though. I will (hopefully) take Chinese I this summer, but then I want to learn Japanese also. Actually, I just want to intuitively know all the languages that I’m interested in, but since that’s impossible, I have to take classes. I’m already beginning to forget my Spanish, though, and I took AP Spanish Literature only last year. Last week I had to look up what the Spanish word for January was. It’s kind of embarrassing.

Anyway, I’m going off on huge tangents in this entry, because I’m starving. My parents are probably jetlagged and are sleeping upstairs in the room (well, I know my dad is). I’m gonna go wake them up and force them to go eat dinner.

Sunday, July 7th, 2002

Which Lilo & Stitch Character Are YOU?

Find out now! Only from the Quiz Junkie

Hehe. Sorry, I don’t really like to post quiz results on my blog, but I had to put this one up because Aimee and I are obsessed! Well, we’re not really obsessed, we just get a bit.. enthusiastic about it.

Today was a better day than yesterday, for sure. I had a lot of fun with Aimee and Lawson again. We saw the Powerpuff Girls Movie! It was oh-so-adorable, and funny too! Eww, but yeah, the Dexter’s Lab episode was a bit disgusting at the beginning there. Also, they’ve changed the drawing style a bit, and I must admit that I liked the older style better (that’s always the way it goes, huh?). Grr, like in Johnny Bravo, they changed Little Suzie in the second series, and that’s when I stopped watching the show. It was a stupid show, but at least Suzie was cute. Oh, but not anymore!

Anyway, then we went and Lawson bought food and we watched him eat. It had come to a point where nobody was talking, but as soon as Lawson started eating, he started to talk endlessly about his memories from middle school and high school, and it was really cute and fun to listen to. But then, when I playfully punched my bag, he thought I was bored, and we were forced to go walk around. That was sort of sad in my opinion, since I was really enjoying his little monologue there. Then, we walked into toy stores and stores where they had Japanese stuff. The little Sanrio store is soo cute! I was dazzled by all the cute stuff they had, but it’s so expensive there. Then we went to the little manga shop that had just opened down the street, and spent quite a bit of time there. Wow, there was so much manga, and so cheap too! I bought a stupid English Mixx Sailor Moon manga (the third volume) which was only $4.50. I figured I might as well expand my manga collection, you know. Then there were walls full of Japanese manga, and they were really really cheap. Like, Lawson bought five Ranma volumes and they were only $2.00 each. They’re about $16.00 here! Roar. He also bought some other stuff. Aimee looked for something cute and lighthearted, but failed (apparently she hates violence and/or romantic stories). Of course, walls covered in Japanese didn’t signify anything to me, and I thought that was sad, because I want to read so much manga. I’m jealous of Aimee because she knows Japanese but has no interest. Grr! Just the opposite of me! I remember I wanted to take Japanese when I was a freshman, but I took Spanish instead, because it was more widely used in the world, I guess. Not that I have anything against Spanish. But now that I think about it, if I were taking Japanese, my social circle would probably be completely different. I mean, people who are taking Spanish aren’t really united in any way, but the Japanese students seem to know each other better because of their common interests. (After all, if you don’t like Japanese culture, why would you be learning the language?) That’s how Lawson made all his friends, like Tom and Jon and everyone else I don’t know. Hehe. It would have been so fun. Maybe if I learn Japanese when I’m older, I’ll go out and buy manga.