November 10, 2016
In our last Eatyoursushi, we mentioned how we want to go out and travel more. It was really this trip here that convinced us. We went to Fukushima for a couple of days, and filmed some fun videos.
Now, as soon as you say the word, Fukushima, the first thing people think is about the Nuclear Reactor, and then questions about “aren’t you worried about the radiation” will automatically pop up, and that’s a shame. Fukushima is huge. The meltdown happened in a small part of it, way far away from the rest of Fukushima. The entire prefecture didn’t have a meltdown, and there are other parts of it that are absolutely lovely that are negatively affected by the bad press. Ouchijuku is one of those places. We loved it here, and want to share a couple of the things we did.
I gotta say, there was something really special about Ouchijuku. When we heard about it before going there, we thought it was going to be campy and touristy. But it didn’t feel that way at all. It felt…I don’t know. It felt real. It felt special. My eyes widened when I walked into the village. It felt historic and impactful. We were only there for a few hours, though, and I’m saddened that I couldn’t spend a whole day there, walking around, grabbing cold beers from the stream, tasting all the sake, taking pictures of every gorgeous thing I could find.
We came here specifically for the noodles, though. Which, again, I was skeptical about before going. We’d try it out because it was fun. I mean, eating with a leek instead of chopsticks? THAT’S AWESOME! But it was actually a lot tastier than expected. Those leeks are unlike any I’ve tasted before. I’d be totally happy eating them like apples. And they do something that’s super important for me with food: balance crunchy with soft. If it’s too much of one without the other, I get bored. I want contrast in my mouthfeel. And having these nicely cooked noodles with a great crunch from the onion is just perfect. Absolutely perfect. And not only in mouthfeel, but mouthtaste. I’m not sure if those are words but you know what I mean. The point is, the sweetness of the noodles with the spiciness of the leek is great as well, kind of like a habanero chocolate, you know? Except it’s more savoury than sweet. AND I LOVE IT!
We did take a few pictures, though, if you’d like to see them. We’ve got a story about the sake pictures as well, below:
We didn’t talk about this in the video, but the Sake you see in these pictures is legitimately delicious. I remember when we first came to Japan we really liked One Cup Sake that you can get at the convenience stores, and it’s still fun to have, but if I had a choice I’d drink the sake you see in these pictures, hands down. Back then, I didn’t understand the difference. But now, after tasting a lot of Sake, especially from Bakawarai, I can easily say this is my favourite Sake. We just had two tastings of it, and both bottles were really yummy. We bought both and took them home with us. We’re saving them for a special occasion, but I don’t know when that would be. Does sake go bad? Oh hell let me just open it now and drink it, to be safe, of course!
Also, if you’d like to know more about our trip, we went with Sharla. She’ll show you a lot more than we did (we just focus on food because we’re weird), so check out her video if you’d like to see more! We’ve got another video from our trip to Aizu Wakamatsu, in which we go to freaking SAMURAI CITY, yes Samurai Freaking City, and it’s coming this Monday. Otherwise, we have some extra scenes from today as well, linked below!