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Auck Ward Digest: October 2014

Cat Cafe Kiwi cats

October 2014 has been nuts. We left our apartment in Washington, D.C., took a road trip through the southern U.S., said goodbye to friends in Nashville and family in Atlanta, took a plane Los Angeles, said goodbye to friends and family in Los Angeles, went to Japan, went to South Korea and went to Vietnam.

You might be exhausted by that sentence. It’s a lot. And we’re only half done with the trip.

Over the last few days, we’ve settled on a November and December itinerary. From Ho Chi Minh City (where we are currently touring for a few days), we plan on traveling to Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia before heading to New Zealand for Christmas.

If you’d like to review what we’ve done over the first half of the trip, here is an archive of our adventures. I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog so far as it’s been a really fun experience. Any feedback or blog post ideas are much appreciated and I hope you will keep reading.

Ideas? Suggestions? Jokes? Just want to say hi? Let’s chat in the comments.


Vietnam flags on Halong Bay cruise ships at sunset.

How Will A Tall Husband Deal with the Overnight Sleeper Bus?

I Miss My Couch: Not Homesick, Creature-Comfort Sick

Cruising Ha Long Bay

Zen and the Art of Walking into Hanoi Motorbike Traffic

South Korea

Multiuse unit in a room at Small House Big Door

Seoul: Small House, Big Door, Cool Hotel


Osaka bento box with Asahi beer. Photo by Warwick Meade.

Hiroshima-Style Japanese Pancakes

Shinkansen and Ekiben: Eating all the JR Train Station Bento Boxes

How Will a Tall Husband React to Sleeping at a Ryokan?

Visiting a Cat Cafe in Tokyo

Surreal Experience Hearing Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ in Tokyo

United States

Flying Singapore Airlines’s A380 LAX-NRT

What I Carry On Board for Long Haul Flights

Why Do I Get Sick When I Slow Down?

Alleged Auckland ‘Poo’ Flight Path?

Photo 1 by our friend Cathy, photo 2 by Kiwi, photo 3 by Tina, photo 4 by Kiwi

Hiroshima-Style Japanese Pancakes

Half of a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

When you think of Japanese food, you think: sushi. Sushi, again. Sashimi. Teriyaki. Yakitori, if you’re fancy? One dish that isn’t as common, as least in my experience in the States: Okonomiyaki.

Okonomiyaki can be explained as, depending on the style, an eggy pancake with add-ins in the batter, like an omelet or a frittata; or it can be Hiroshima style in that it’s a layered crepe.

Between the two of us, we ate five okonomiyakis of multiple styles in Kyoto and Hiroshima. Only while eating the last one did we realize that these filling meals can be easily split between two people. And they’re reasonably priced at around $8-$15, depending on what kind of filling you request (like chicken, squid, scallops, pork or whatever else is offered.)

At the Hiroshima train station, we stopped by the ticket counter to get our reserved seats to Shimonoseki (where we would catch the ferry to South Korea) and grabbed lunch at an okonomiyaki restaurant. One of the chefs behind the counter was lovely enough to allow me to take pictures of him preparing a Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki:

Preparing Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki

Japanese chef preparing Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

First, the chef makes a thin crepe, then piles on cabbage, bean sprouts, some seasoning (bonito flakes?) and what looks like fried bits. I had to Google what these fried bits were: Judging from, they look like tempura scraps.

Then, the chef layers pork, which looks like thicker, leaner bacon. The heat cooks down the veggies and pork. The chef adds another crepe, and pushes down the pile to a flatter layer.

Japanese chef adds pork to Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki.

A Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki in process

Offside, an egg and some noodles (udon or soba) are fried (separately) and added as another layer. On top, a sauce kind of like teriyaki is added, then served. You can add more sauce or a smattering of mayo on top.

If you live in the DC-area and interested in trying okonomiyaki, The Washington Post published an 2013 article about DC-area restaurants serving okonomiyaki at Teaism and others. I’d be curious to hear if anyone has tried them. The Post also included a recipe for making okonomiyaki at home.

Ever tried okonomiyaki? Would you ever order one?

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