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17 January 2010 @ 03:30 pm
Croquette banzai!  
Croquettes banzai!

I think croquettes are very possibly my favorite japanese food, along with Chou cremes. I know that strictly speaking, they are not japanese in origin, but I had never seen or tasted one before I came to Japan. (Only heard of them) It's a good thing that I found out what I was missing!! So far, pumpkin ones are my favorite... though I long to find some new flavors one day (I did try a GREAT Kobe beef one in Ginza one day)! For all that I search online, I can't seem to find a hundreds-of-flavors croquette restaurant in Tokyo yet. I don't really get it, since it seems obvious to me (along with chou creme, and gyoza places). But for some reason, people are just not as adventurous as me. When I made chocolate gyoza a few years ago, my coworkers looked at me like I was crazy. But how is such deliciousness not obvious?

Anyways, I love love looooooooooove croquettes!! I don't usually like deep-fried food (french fries, fried chicken, not a fan. I don't really like tempura either, pumpkin aside of course!)

This has me thinking yet again... maybe I should open a restaurant some day. I don't want to be a cook, but coming up with things like chocolate-strawberry gyoza and sakura chou creme seems so natural to me! And they don't exist anywhere that I can find.. so I feel like I should partner up with someone who wants to be a chef who is willing to follow my vision!!

Any aspiring chefs out there who want to work in Tokyo one day?? =D

PS: Banana croquettes.... with chocolate sauce! I think this will be my first creation!
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heldi: nachihiroki_chan on January 17th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
I love japanese croquettes!
I made a lot yesterday and been eating them for the past 2 days 'cause they're so yummy <3

totally love the creamy cheese croquette
toy rockets in candy skiespwoth on January 17th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
I never had croquettes before, but they look so good!

Gyoza with chocolate in it??? Somehow I really want to try that...reminds me, I once had a riceball with chocolate nutella in it, it was fantastic in a sticky-mushy way. >w
femo on January 17th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Banana croquettes with chocolate sauce sounds DELICIOUS.

I eat crepes with banana and nutella. Or just banana with nutella. It is a staple in my household.

Ohhhh I'm getting hungry.

Also, I love sweet potato tempura. Never tried pumpkin but I'm sure I'd love it.
孤児: Bellekoji on January 17th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
Oh I love them too, seems you and I both have a love for kabocha, haha. Once I had kabocha cream pasta and OMG no other pasta will ever compare, lol.

Recently some Chinese friends of mine made gyoza with sugar inside, and before then I had never thought of using gyoza as a desert but it was SO GOOD my mind started to work the same as yours, lol. I said, "Wow this would be awesome with chocolate or cream!"

There have been times when I thought it would be fun to have a sweets cafe with all sorts of unique deserts, so I'm totally with you on the whole little restaurant in Tokyo thing. Too bad I'm not a chef~ but a dreamer much like you, haha. Some friends of mine and I talk about it sometimes, deserts based on Japanese foods...like onigiri rice crispie treats with chocolate inside for instance <3
schmiddttersschmiddtters on January 17th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
Pick me! I wanna open a restaurant someday! And I'm even coming to Tokyo this summer (only for vacation though). I'd totally be down for chocolate gyoza. *drool*
Kakijunkakijun on January 17th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
What is a Japanese croquette?

They seem a lot different than American ones.
|Jillian|kutsiekittie on January 17th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ellaellamies on January 17th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Oh maaan I wish I'd be able to go and buy some where I live xD *lazy*
alldreamsdie85alldreamsdie85 on January 17th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Jamie, if you haven't seen it before, you should check out this entry on japanese food blogger "Fuji Mama" 's site, it's for "Nutella and Banana Gyoza" !

ore-samathesundaywriter on January 17th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
I love trying out different food combinations, too bad I'm all the way here though T.T But if you ever open a side business I'll go there and try it =3
Peter Gsinetimore on January 17th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I love to cook, but Japan would require a whole new level of expertise.

A few years ago, I decided to make melon bread. Never tried Japanese cuisine before, and as a guy with a fascination with Japanese culture, I wanted to make it as authentically as I could. So imagine my surprise to find out Japan uses three different kinds of flour and the recipe didn't specify which one. I know from regular cooking that different flour cooks different ways and can alter both the prep work and the finished product. Fortunately, I found a friendly grocer I could show the recipe to and I was guided to the right stuff.

Just saying I know it wouldn't be easy.

And the less said about "chocolate pork," the better. The first time I heard it, I thought it was a joke. Now, I just wish it was a joke.
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on January 17th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Banana croquettes.... with chocolate sauce!

you should try the ones my dad makes.
clearly this is a sign that you should come visit me when I'm back home in Europe ;P
On the corner of 4th and Crazy: pixystix crack4thandcrazy on January 17th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm no aspiring chef (though I do enjoy cooking occasionally), but I would definitely come to visit your restaurant.
☆: Astrotheidolhands on January 17th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
DO IT!!!11
Thou hast spoken the truth about croquettes.
~Your Devious Shadow~mr_endo on January 17th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Chocolate gyoza sounds AWESOME!!

Anyway, though originating in french culture, croquettes are pretty much everywhere. I had hispanic style croquettes in Florida which were yummy, and I'd love to try the Japanese version.
mangakami21 on January 18th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Yoshi! hajimemashite...
hmmm.. I originally posted this to your Youtube..but it seems you use this journal more often so here goes:

S..so...you...YOU'RE SO CLOSE TO MY DREAM!!! I think people like you and me are few and far between...I think not many people are crazy like me that wanna move to Japan and create an authentic manga! Heh! It's been my dream for quite some time now....seeing where you are and what you are doing has given me hope! I will become a mangaka and I will change JUMP! 2010 is my year!!! But a lack of Japanese is holding me back w
J: FuzzyBugjstar9 on January 18th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)

I wanna eat star-shaped croquettes (I'd even be a willing -vic- *ahem* taste tester and try that Banana croquette with chocolate sauce).

I'd be weird enough to use food coloring to make 'em all sorts of colours to match the fillings. Haha.


Gah! Thought of opening my own cafe/bakery. Unfortunately, making "sushi rolls" out of candy ain't gonna take me places. Lol! That's about as close to J-cuisine as I'm gonna get.

(Anonymous) on January 18th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
fried things
Yum,I had my first croquette Nov 09 in Nagiso it was pumpkin and some sort of seafood and potato.
Ate a hida beef one or two in Ogimachi
Had some more in Minakami they where yummy yummy.They taste good in a sandwitch with mayo for extra bad fatness.
They are the best when your feeling cold and hungry.
Mechelle with 10 yr old computer.
Saeri: takoyaki for everyone!skippytoad on January 18th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Croquettes are originally French (as you can probably tell from the name), and were brought to Japan by the Portuguese. From what I understand, they became really popular in the difficult times after WWII, according to my really cute book Anime Eats! from Badcat Studios, which has a lot of really great recipes. It's only $10 from www.happyjapan.net, who I met at New York Anime Fest. And it's got a recipe for pumpkin croquettes! Itadakimasu!
Jennifer: Jiraiyaknittedninja on January 18th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh, those look tasty! Nowhere to get them around here, but I'm going to give making them at home a shot.
(Anonymous) on January 20th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
if yer serious...
if, one day, you would really like to open a restaruant in tokyo i'm more than willing to give you a hand as a chef. i've got a couple of years of culinary arts skill, love japan, and would more than love to have a niche market in the center of it all. if you honestly have the intention of making something like this a reality, you can send me a message @ hindmostii@gmail.com

thanks and have great day.