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Thursday, February 18, 2010


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Ahhh, Suvir, you sound a little homesick. I will make dumplings for you as soon as you get back!
From the look of these dumplings, they could use lessons from Hiroko, who is so masterful at shaping them. You've reminded me that the best food always comes from the kitchen of someone you love. But be sure to bring back some dumpling art to hang in your kitchen!! It will be a conversation piece for sure.


Homesick? Moi? Well, I could be. But really, we are having much fun here. Japan is a wonderful country. With amazing citizenry and a very sensitive heart and warm hospitable people. Of course the food is sensational. And the quality of the food most mind bogglingly good.

Agree with you a hundred percent about the best food coming from kitchens of loved ones.

Dumpling Art shall never have place in my life. Not at least physical space.

But of course we can converse about that and our travels soon after our return. You are missed!


Funny.. gyoza is total comfort food enjoyed with ramen when drunk..i love japanese gyoza, again from osaka the best. the japanese love salt. they have high blood pressure. and msg was "invented" i thought in Japan - its "umami" taken out of foods (like kelp/konbu) and purified . its in everything there. but i think there must be a purity issue or something because people don't get dizzy like they do when they eat at chinese restaurants.

sorry you didn't like gyoza. its my favorite food in the world. the thin crunchy skin is the highlight.

senmonten seems to be a play on the word "specialty store" and "source of inspiration from heavens" from my reading of the kanji


I too find Gyoza to be comfort food. And so does our friend Sally Longo. WE LOVE eating them. And we do not even need to be drunk! LOL.

I have now seen first hand the Japanese love for MSG and salt and all things laced in Sodium. Next time a Japanese lectures me about Japanese food being healthier than others, I am all equipped.

And yes, I think it must be the kind of MSG, or how they use it, that makes the difference. I get dizzy and sick everytime I eat Chinsese food (and that has never stopped me from eating it, I LOVE Chinese food!!!!) and I did not get that feeling after eating MSG laden foods in Japan. I was seeing how liberally some of the cooks were sprinkling MSG, and yet, nothing happened to me. Will check my blood pressure when back home, and report back.

Do not be sorry, we ate Gyoza in Tokyo and they were wonderful. I loved them, and could have eaten scores of them. The skin in the Tokyo gyoza was really lovely.

Thanks for explaining what Senmonten means. You are the best!

Hao Le

泉門天 means "Fountain gate heaven".

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