Beautiful stories from far away From Japan【The taste of tempura combined with Matsuzaka Beef】Anyway, try getting a Japanese friend!【Complete version】
2021-07-02 ｜ TOSHI
【Complete version】Beautiful stories from far away Part2 From Japan【The taste of tempura combined with Matsuzaka Beef】Anyway, try getting a Japanese friend!
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My name is TOSHI, and I’m a Japanese travel and gourmet writer. But I haven’t gone almost anywhere for a year and half because of coronavirus, and because Japan is an island country.
Living in an island country prevents one from traveling abroad without airplanes or ships, which obviously haven’t been available for the past year.
It’s also hurt the drug trade, according to an article I read in a magazine. You know, drugs are very illegal in Japan, and of course, I would never do illegal drugs.
Nowadays it is not as easy to go to restaurants as it used to be. So, to take advantage of my time, I practice cooking every day.
I recently bought some thin-sliced “Matsuzaka” Beef, a major Japanese brand, and deep-fried it in a light tempura batter.
It was my first time to fry Matsuzaka Beef. The idea to try it flashed across my mind recently when I was cooking tempura; I could try preparing beef with it too!
I folded the thin-sliced Matsuzaka beef, and fried with in the light batter.
It was very delicious, a nice surprise!
The fried batter was crispy, but the Matsuzaka beef inside melted in my mouth. I could enjoy the contrast of different textures and rich flavor of Matsuzaka beef.
Recipe for Tempura Meister sauce, created by Takashi Tamura, 1957-2020
天つゆ レシピ 田村 隆さん ｜【みんなのきょうの料理】おいしいレシピや献立を探そう
It went very well with that sauce. I liked dipping grated ginger in the sauce. I recommend anyone who tries this to eat it while it’s hot. Isn’t it good for an appetizer?
To be clear, I didn’t fry Matsuzaka Beef steak. I repeat, I fried thinly sliced Matsuzaka Beef as tempura. Some people say that one of the attractions of Matsuzaka Beef and Wagyu is its fat, and I agree.
For a long time, eating meat in Japan was frowned upon, but then, Japan set out to make its own domestic beef products. Matsuzaka Beef is one of them.
I like the above sauce the most, but if you have different tastes, you might try different ones.
While eating it, I said to myself that I don’t want to live in any other country anymore.
If I’m going to live, Japan is the place to do it.
Why? Let me try to explain it.
What is love to you? For me, love is primarily patience and stability. Even if I was a little bored or needed patience, in exchange for that, I realized that feeling relieved is my happiness in life, and I understood why I love Japan.
I am Japanese. To get the reader’s attention here, even though it has nothing to do with my life right now, the blood of samurai runs through my veins. Sometimes I thought it would be nice if I could understand a different country better if I had the DNA of another people, but that’s not the case. This is common for people born and raised in rural areas of Japan like myself.
Therefore, when I looked at Japan from the inside, I often found that this kind of thing was painful even in my own country.
However, what I definitely recommend is to make Japanese friends. It’s great to make good Japanese friends.
I had a dream of living in a foreign country, but when I realized what happiness was for me, I said goodbye to that dream. It was a sad and true farewell to the dream.
Then I try to enjoy real life in Japan as much as possible, and thank for the good things.
What I definitely recommend is to make Japanese friends. It’s great to make good Japanese friends.
Every time I go abroad, I am fascinated by foreign countries and people from other countries, but on the other hand, I always realize good points of Japan and my friends and family.
Making good Japanese friends is surely wonderful for you. They can be conservative, hard to understand at first, and their friendships and affections may be lighter than you would expect. But if you really get along and you care for them, they will love you for a long time and with integrity that will surprise you.
Also, I think Japan is a very good country for sightseeing. I’m going to talk about this a lot.
For a long time, foreign dreams have been important to heal me. Now I want to give back to you by writing this story.
After reading this story, I hope you will be interested in the culture, people and beauty of my country.
I would like to you to talk to my compatriots in a foreign country with goodwill. It might be in this weekend, a few days later, or today.
If you have great Japanese friends or partner next to you and it could be one of the motivations for visiting Japan someday, as the writer, I have no more joy.
Anyway, it’s a difficult time for everyone, please take care of yourself.
From a distant country, sincerely yours,
TOSHI (Toshi TAKEI/竹井夙)