Posts tagged Japan

Spicy Japanese Beef Udon with Spinach – Noodles for the Soul


Spicy Japanese Beef Udon with Spinach

I've always been fascinated by Japanese culture, from the art and architecture to the food. But it was the food that really captured my heart. There was something about the fresh flavors, the delicate textures, and the beautiful presentation that just made me want to eat it all.

  • wok or pan
  • 1 pack udon noodles with sauce included
  • 1 pound US premium beef sukiyaki (thinly sliced against the grain)
  • 1 bunch spinach (washed and trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  1. Cook the udon noodles according to the package directions.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the soy sauce, mirin, and sesame oil.
  5. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.
  6. Drain the udon noodles and add them to the skillet with the beef and vegetables.
  7. Stir in the chili powder and cook until heated through.
  8. Serve immediately.
  • For a more authentic flavor, you can use dashi broth instead of water to cook the udon noodles.
  • If you don’t have mirin, you can substitute dry sherry or sweet Marsala wine.
  • You can also add other vegetables to this dish, such as carrots, mushrooms, or bok choy.
  • For a spicier dish, you can add more chili powder or red pepper flakes.
Beef Udon, Japanese food

Exploring the Magic of Juan’s Place, Where Japan Comes to Life

Juan’s Place in Sta Maria Laguna is a hidden gem that feels like a little slice of Japan. The food, while Filipino bento, is absolutely delicious, and the ambiance of the place is so serene and peaceful. Even the rain adds to the beauty of the place. The best part? It’s pet-friendly! We were able to bring our two puppies and kitten to enjoy the unique accommodation in the big dome with complete amenities. Plus, there’s no need for air conditioning as it’s already chilly enough. I highly recommend Juan’s Place to anyone looking for a cozy getaway that feels like a trip to Japan.

Although I want to write more about this place, the pictures and videos speak for themselves. The sheer beauty of this location is absolutely awe-inspiring, and I believe words alone cannot do it justice. Here are some photos that I took to truly comprehend the magnificence of this place. Rest assured, you won’t regret it.

Hello, New Year 2021! Taking a Step Back: The Importance of Disconnecting from Technology in Today’s World (long post ahead)

First of all, let’s acknowledge the end of a year filled with unexpected events. It’s important to reflect on the lessons learned and appreciate the growth that comes from facing challenges. Despite the difficulties of 2020, we have gained valuable insights about ourselves and the world around us. Let’s express gratitude for the experiences that have strengthened us and inspired us to strive for more.

In my experience, it’s not always about the year itself, but rather how we react and adapt to the challenges that come our way. It’s true that 2020 was a difficult year for many, but it’s important to remember that we all face struggles and unexpected events in our lives. I learned this lesson firsthand last year and it has helped me to approach difficult situations with a more positive and resilient mindset.

As we start this new year, I’m excited to see what opportunities and challenges come my way. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s important to be adaptable and open to change. Instead of focusing on specific goals or resolutions, I’m choosing to trust in the journey and have faith that everything will fall into place. Letting go and letting God has brought me a sense of peace and clarity, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this mindset takes me in the year ahead.

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