So, because our friend’s car broke down halfway while trying to meet us to head towards the city together, we had some time to spare to walk and explore around this Onsen city. As the shops were slowly opening, We chanced upon this famous Croquette shop that prided itself in delivering the best croquette around. Celebrities also patronize them!
Famous Croquette Shop
so we went ahead and ordered 2 to try. I ordered a lobster, Kani(crab) croquette and curry Beef one for my sister to try.
It lived up to its name! and being one of the first customer of the day, probably added to the punch. I love croquette and I think the croquettes were fried very well – it doesnt have that left over oil kind of taste and its very crispy.
We walked around and sighted a few more interesting sights and quaint shops with their own characteristics
Love the way this shop is decorated
This shop sold mainly self hand painted items. I bought a couple of souvenirs from here for my friends, a super cute handmade paperweight in the shape of a Japanese doll! its was just awesome browsing through the things that were crafted there!
Saw this out side this shop that, the whole first level sold all types of glass ornaments, from crystal bracelets to display ornaments. The second level, sold music boxes! Different types of music boxes galore!!!
OK.. too much shopping .. time to set off towards the city!!!
Bye Yu Fuin!
till next time
What a bitter sweet day .. Today is like the last meal we can have at the ryokan 😦
Sunny Side up
Toufu in soy sauce and ginger on top
Mackerel, plum and seaweed.
May I say this seaweed when accompanied with rice is like .. you just can’t stop eating the rice .. Do not underestimate this small pile of seaweed!
Simmered Lotus root and burdock
yup our sad last day breakfast, in comparison to the past few days – seem to also reflect our sadness to leave the place ..
the ryokan lady was really sweet in giving us this special new year’s sake (dai jin jo) and wished us well before we headed off ..
To the city we go!
So we rushed back for dinner almost couldnt make it in time – thankfully for my dad who sped back all the way worried that the roads would get slippery when all the ice formed. The ryokan woman was also very worried for us because we came back so late. We were comforted with good dinner!
dish #1 anchovies, picked raddish, black sweet beans
dish #2 : magurou and tai sashimi
love the plate
dish #3 - chayamushi
with ginger ontop
inside hidden a doubled layer toufu - egg and toufu chawamushi! alot of work indeed!!
Dish #4: Surprise soup
dish #4 : toufu soup with toufu on mustard ♥
dish #5: grilled fish
dish #6 : ponzu salad
dish no#7 : Beef!
Dish no #8: chicken wing stew
dish #9 : tempura shitake mushrooms and snow pea
dish #10: baked apple
We were quite sad to leave.. this is like our last dinner here before we go into the city to celebrate New Year! It was a really good experience staying at a ryokan. I am not a mountain and scenary person, neither are my siblings. Thus, from our unappreciative of such sights backgrounds, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience here and look forward to coming back here to stay again!
We caused quite a bulk of trouble for the ryokan woman, when we accidentally threw the car key on the roof, but she was ever so patient in helping us call the roof man to get it down for us .. as well as trying to provide mops and sticks to try to get the key down.
We have been enjoying ourselves in soaking in the onsen (I love the outside one, its like soaking in your own backyard. Especially at night, there are so many stars that light up the beautiful night sky! and as much as i hate to admit it, but the countryside air is really fresh!)
Overview of breakfast #3
dish #1 : raw egg'
plate just to throw the egg shells! Brilliant Japanese!!!
ta daa the result of the raw egg mixed with soy sauce - totally takes away the eggy taste of raw eggs
dish #2: seaweed mixed with carrots, konyaku
dish #3: grilled smoked mackerel
dish #4: salad with raw onions and funny vegetables
dish #5: hot toufu with red miso dipping sauce
dish #6: pickles
dsh #7 beef!!!
dish # 8 nua nua ikan bilis
dish #9 : slimy wildmushrooms with miso soup
and then we set off towards the Volcano, Mt Aso …
We had such a full lunch! we didn’t want to spoil our dinner! So we continued exploring around Beippu City and walk off some of our lunch so we can enjoy our dinner!
Famous Fountain Near Beippu Station
Quaintly Designed Onsen
then finally dinner time came!! and we went back for dinner!!!
Wild Mushroom with grated yam
Pan fried Mackerel
Salad in Yuzu dressing
Clear Sea bream soup in Dashi Stock , Topped with Raddish
Pan Seared Beef with Mustard
Home made Fish Cake
Prawn and Vegetable Tempura
Because i told the innkeeper I don’t take prawns, I had a special one of
Fish and vegetables Tempura
and of course, not forgetting to end of the night with
just like yesterday, we woke up in excitement to see what special is being whipped up for us today! We are quite a privilledged lot. Accordingly, this Ryokan only have Japanese Guests – we are the only foreigners that were staying there. We came to know about this place through my parent’s church friend- a retired Japanese that worked as a Chef in one of the big hotels in Singapore. He conducts gourmet tours around Japan in small selective group. My parents went for one of his tours and yup thats how we got to know about this ryokan.
Dish #1 Fried toufu with ginger
Dish #2 - pan fried mackeral with sesame - super fishy didn't go down too well with me
Dish #5 : Salad with cream mayo dressing
dish #6 : dried shitake mushrooms
Dish #7 - sweet miso paste with sesame seeds