Aburi Style Nigiri

Many of you may wonder why some sushi got torched? This is actually a different style of nigiri sushi. Its special name is called “Aburi Nigiri”.

Aburi Style Nigiri means “flame-seared” when the flame is applied to sushi, the heat changes the sushi’s flavor to create new textures while enhancing its natural flavors.

Some of our customers may already try Aburi Nigiri. The interesting thing is different chef will have their “secret” to create their own favor. With the mixture of Y93 chef’s special sauce, the flame caramelizes the sauce, it will release a smoky aroma and bringing out the finest flavors of each piece of sushi.

We are happy to include Aburi Nigiri on our menu now!

Decorated Sugar Cubes

I know the spring is just around the corner ….but it doesn’t feel like it.

I have had enough snow and grey weather for this winter!
I miss seeing the lush green hills and colorful flowers.

I can’t wait for my garden to start blooming again. Which inspired me to make my own garden in the kitchen!

Have you ever made a Gingerbread house and decorated it with Icing Sugar? The concept with these sugar cubes is the same, but I find it so much more satisfying!

I started to decorate my sugar cubes after my family went to bed which meant I could decorate the sugar cubes all night long.💕

These spring decorations definitely brightened up my kitchen.

To make Royal Icing Sugar it is very simple! All you need is three ingredients: Icing sugar, Egg whites, and water. If you do not want to use raw egg, you can use meringue powder instead.

Sugar cubes are probably the smallest canvas I have ever “painted” on, so it was very exciting to do. You can use piping bags or even use Ziploc bags to decorate the flowers onto the sugar cubes!

Pink Roses are my favorite type of flowers, so I made a hundred roses within 10 minutes💕💕💕

These cute flowers will definitely make your day brighter especially during those dreary mornings. 💕
-Marimo

Uni Story

Sea Urchin and the Little Boy

 
Have you ever tried Uni at a sushi restaurant before?
If the answer is YES, I think you are a brave person!
Uni was not quite appetizing  for me.
My family had a sushi restaurant  in Japan, Uni was in our fridge all the time.
When I was kid, I was thought that Uni was the tongue of the fish.
So I was never tempted to try one…
 
 
Until I met this boy… and I was going to regret why I did not try Uni for such a long time! 
 
In the early 90’s my friends and I went on a camping trip in Aomori prefecture .
It is on the north end of the main island .  
It was a 15 hour drive from our area, 
but everybody was so excited to see the beautiful ocean. 
 
The Camping trip was great! 
Our campsite was just by the beach.
Local people were very kind to us and we were having such a good time!  
 
My friends enjoyed snorkling everyday.
I would not go into the ocean because I was stung by a jelly fish many years ago.
I spent my time going for walks and collecting sea shells. 
 
Then in the middle of nowhere, this kid started following me around.
He was not shy to ask me a bunch of the questions.
Where I came from ? Which language my  friends are speaking?
This kid was so curious about us! 
 
Suddenly he ran into the ocean and picked up the black spiked creature!
And he told me that this is the Uni! I had never seen Uni in their shell before!
Then he grabbed a rock and crushed the Uni shell and pulled out what was inside.
Then he washed it with the ocean waves and threw it into his mouth!
 I was so amazed I just stared at him.

Then he found another one and did the same thing.
This time he put the Uni in front of me and said 
 “ this is for you! ”
I didn’t want to be rude by saying no thank you, so I tried Uni for the first time.
 
I was so scared at first, and I had a little bit of panic…
but the Uni I just tried was so good!     
It was the most creamiest thing I have ever had!
It is hard to describe!
Some people say Uni tastes like butter with the flavour of the ocean! 
 
Later I found out that the market at our campsite was selling baskets of Uni.
So I bought some Uni for my friends to try.
 
I  clean the Uni  just like he did.
My friends were so surprised that I prepared Uni like pro.
There was no hesitation for them to try fresh  Uni!
They love it very much !
 
If I did not meet this boy …  I would have never tried Uni till this day. 
 
The camping trip was unforgettable for us!
We were invited to the Bon festival and danced with the locals.
We saw Noctiluca and Spectacle milky way above of the night ocean !
 
It was close to 30 years ago.
I still keep in touch with my friends and still we talk about our Aomori camping trip!
One day I would like to go back there and reunite with those people that I met at the beach!
Especially with the little boy!
He must be over 30 years old now… I hope he became a great fisherman. 
 
 
 
 

Yes, we WON!! ——————— Champion of “Calgary’s Best Fish n Chips Award”!

In December, we jumped out from our comfort zone and challenged ourself to join the “Calgary’s Best Fish n Chips Award” competition hosted by Culinaire Magazine. Although Fish n Chips isn’t our specialty; we still decided to accept this challenge.

We accepted because we also love Fish n Chips. We have been to few different places to find the best one. The most memorable one was in Montreal Old Port. That dish is memorable because they used Salmon, not many places used salmon in Fish n Chips. More surprising was the seasonings, it has a touch of curry favour in it. It’s crispy, delicious and also different from others. So we loved it.

Although we are not specialty in Fish n Chip; we also want to SHOW Calgarian there may be another way to enjoy Fish n Chips too. That’s the reason we created the Y93 Japan cultural infused Fish n Chips and join this competition.

Joining the competition is a fun and valuable experience. It’s also an learning process too. We need to find the best balance in ingredients, taste, sides, presentation, original creativity, innovative, affordable. and more. But the most important part is the judges’ overall experience. This involved suggested pairing drinks, adding fun & surprise factor to the dish, and how easy for them to enjoy. We want to let our diners know, we used our heart on each creation. We care about every single details. This is also our promised. Every customers are invited guests to Y93 home enjoy the best we offered.

It’s our honour to be the champion of “Calgary’s BEST Fish n Chip” Award in contemporary category. It’s definitely the best news we’ve got in the beginning of year 2021.

We are thankful that our CEO is guiding us and walking through with us in every single step. Ask us for more journey with God story when the dine-in option open up. It’s very real and we would love to share that with you, hope it could also inspire you.

In the future, we will keep being innovative. Creating lots of different delicious and fun Japanese food to all of you. We promised will do our best in every creation. We approved, you approved!

For the full details on the other best Fish n Chips in Calgary and more information of this award, please go visit Culinaire Magazine official website or simply get a free copy of the magazine.

 

Chogokin (超合金)

The very first Chogokin produced by Popy – Mazinger Z numbered GA-01 (photo by: Paul Yo)

 “Chogokin” (超合金) is a Japanese term which means “Super Alloy”.  It was originally the name of a fictitious material used to construct the super robot “Mazinger Z” which appeared in a Japanese comics and animations series back in the 1970s.  Eventually in 1974, this term was adopted by a Japanese toy manufacturer “Popy” as the name of a new line of die-cast metal robot toys.  Since then the popularity of Chogokin had grown so much that several other Japanese toy manufacturers, e.g. “Takatoku”, “Clover”, and “Bullmark” also joined the market.  Nowadays, all kinds of Japanese robot toys are generally referred to as “Chogokin”.

Following the huge success of the Chogokin toy line in Japan and other Asian countries, “Bandai” (the mother company of “Popy”) introduced it into the North American and European market by renaming it as “Godaikin” in the 1980s.  Besides the sturdiness of the die-cast metal body, the missiles and fists launching features as well as the transforming and combining mechanism of those later Chogokin productions had won the hearts of many kids at that time.

 

Left: My very first Chogokin – Machine Robo MR-01 from the early 1980s
Right: Vintage MR-01 in brand new condition (photo by: Paul Yo)

My Love for Chogokin

It all began when I was a kindergarten kid.  Like most boys at that age, my favorite toys used to be those toy cars like Tomica, Hotwheels and Matchbox.  Until one day when my father took me to a toyshop for my birthday present, he saw a little robot that could transform into a motorcycle!  He then turned to me and said, “How about I get you something different this time?”  It was this motorcycle robot which had led me to the world of Japanese robot toys.  It also brings back the precious memory of my father’s love for me.

 

A famous Japanese vintage toyshop in Hong Kong named “Whykukok (懷古角)” (photo from Whykukok Facebook)

The Journey Began

I did not start collecting Chogokins until I went to university when I managed to earn my own pocket money.  In the mid-1990s, some people from my generation started collecting Japanese vintage robot toys in order to bring back their childhood memories.  Since this hobby was yet to be popular, the price of Chogokins was still at a reasonable and affordable level.  During that time, one of my favorite things to do during weekends was to shop around vintage toyshops.  After collecting for almost two decades, I have got myself quite a collection of Chogokins already.  However, due to the limited living space back in Hong Kong, my collection had spent most of their time in storage.  It had been my dream to have them properly displayed one day…

Dream Comes True

My family and I eventually moved to Canada in 2018 and settled in this beautiful city – Calgary, where we were blessed with an abundance of living space.  Thanks to my loving wife who gave me her kind support, I was finally able to set up cabinets for displaying my Chogokin collection in our basement.  After weeks of unboxing, tidying up and decoration, I finally welcomed the grand opening of my very own Chogokin Museum!  DREAM COMES TRUE!

My very own Chogokin Museum

My name is Paul Yo and I am going to share more about my Chogokin collection here in Y93 JapanChat Corner.  For those who are interested in knowing more about Japanese vintage Chogokin toys, or for those who would like to bring back their childhood memories, please stay tuned!

IG: yotoystory

Meet our artist — Paulina ShiiYo (Japanese candles making artist)

Hi!  My name is Paulina ShiiYo. I am the owner of Drift Home Candle. It is my pleasure to share with you our candle creations here at Y93 Japan Chat Corner.

Sharing the joy of making candles is one of our missions. Drift Home Candle is not only a place to find handmade scented candles, but also a one-stop-shop where you can purchase DIY kits to make your own ones at home.

In 2017, I was introduced to soy wax flower piping which had opened my world to all kinds of candle art. To enrich my candle and flower piping knowledge and skills, I went to Korea to study candle making and buttercream piping, and obtained certificates from the Korea Candle & Cake Association. Since then, I have been working on Japanese & Korean candles art.

Scented candles bring comfort and relaxation, and are essential in creating an atmosphere in all settings.  The process of candle-making also brings us joy, peace, and satisfaction.  Each candle requires different composition and temperature to make, which means that every candle is a unique creation.

We are looking forward to sharing more with you about our candles and buttercream piping!

Stay true to yourself, embrace the journey and at the end of it all… Drift Home 

IG: @drifthomecandle

 

 

 

 

 

All about Matcha

Do you like Matcha?  I love it so much.  Would love to share with you an interesting article and video about Matcha that I found…

“While green tea has long been a recommended part of a healthy diet, another brighter shade is becoming increasingly popular: matcha. Here’s what you should know about the beverage.

Did you have one today?

What is matcha tea?

Matcha is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. The powder is then whisked with hot water. This is different from regular green tea, where the leaves are infused in water, then removed. Drinking brewed green tea “is a bit like boiling spinach, throwing away the spinach and just drinking the water,” says Louise Cheadle, co-author of The Book of Matcha and co-owner of the tea company teapigs. “You will get some of the nutrients, but you’re throwing away the best bit.” With matcha, you’re drinking the whole tea leaves.

What does matcha taste like?

“A good quality matcha is bright green and smooth. An average matcha will be yellow and grainy to touch—the tougher leaves of the tea bush,” says Cheadle. The quality of leaves impacts the taste. “A good matcha will not taste bitter at all; there will be a slightly sweet taste.”

How do you make matcha tea?

Matcha powder and hot water should be whisked together. It’s recommended that you use a tea strainer to sift the matcha into a bowl to avoid clumps. Then, add warm water and whisk it. (Traditionally this is done with a called a bamboo whisk called a chasen.) The whisking creates a foamy tea that can be poured into your cup. Some people add the powder to other hot liquids, like milk, to make a Bright Green Latte. Here is the video of how to make traditional Matcha Tea. 

Matcha is known worldwide as a popular ingredient in sweets. But originally, matcha is green tea leaves pulverized into micron-sized powder and mixed into hot water to make tea. From the video by NHK World-Japan — Matcha “Trails to Oishii Tokyo”, they visit Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, a place where matcha is traditionally cultivated and produced, and learn how matcha is used in the tea ceremony, which is considered to encapsulate the spirit of Japanese culture and hospitality.

Article by ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN (Time.com); Photo & Video by Y93 KITCHEN (y93sushicrave.com); Premium Matcha by MATSU KAZE TEA (matsukazetea.com)

All Japanese tea are provided Matsu Kaze

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It’s a Japanese Cafe!!

Japanese Cafe in YYC, Canada

Y93 Sushi Crave is a Japanese Cafe. What is a Japanese Cafe? Have never heard of it? 

In Japan, there is another name called “Kissaten” / 喫茶店 meaning “tea-drinking shop”, which can also be referred to as a coffee shop or cafe.

A Kissaten serves high quality coffee or tea and other light refreshments. 

But for us, we want to give you a little bit extra. 

Y93 SushiCrave Japanese Cafe not only provides a chic cozy place for you and your friends to enjoy a cup of premium Japanese tea, latte, or handcrafted Japanese bubble tea. You can also satisfy your taste buds with the authentic tastes of a variety of Japanese comfort food, such as Curry, Onigiri, Ramen, Sushi, all in this little cafe!

We guarantee using only authentic cooking methods and high-quality ingredients.  All food and handcrafted drinks we serve are 100% original. 

Y93 SushiCrave Japanese Cafe is filled with personal characters and human touch. In every corner, you can see our team members’ favorite toys, plants, books, artworks, and their passion for Japanese culture.

We are not just a neighborhood Japanese restaurant, but also a boutique full of characters! Come experience it yourself today!

– Y93 Sushi Crave Japanese Cafe 喫茶食堂