Going Japanese: Ajiichiban, Greenwich, London

I love Japanese food! I really do. Especially in winter when it’s freezing outside – I just think it’s a perfect food to warm you up. Imagine… a good bowl of ramen, or one of those hot bento boxes, or a donburi, coupled with pan-fried gyoza or tempura and a heart-warming miso soup… yum…

So, that’s what my husband and I had last weekend. We went to a Japanese restaurant in Greenwich called Ajiichiban. It’s our second time there. We really like this place – it’s cute, very clean and welcoming. It’s also very authentic, which is important (obviously), and the food is delicious – definitely one of the best Japanese food we had in London.

We started off with Wasabi Prawns. We haven’t seen one of these in other Japanese restaurants in London, so we thought we should give it a try. We were not disappointed; they’re delicious (and that’s saying a lot considering that I’m not a fan of wasabi). Although, if you really “can’t stand the taste of wasabi at all”, then these prawns are probably not for you. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other mouth-watering starters to choose from – I recommend the gyoza or tempura (we ordered these the first time we were there… loved them).

Ajiichiban Wasabi Prawn | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

Wasabi Prawns

Moving on to main, I ordered Katsudon (that is, pork chops with breadcrumbs and eggs on rice) and miso soup, and my husband ordered a bowl of Crispy Duck Ramen. Both were delicious! Very very tasty! And the portion is huge – you certainly won’t leave feeling hungry (I eat a lot, so for me, that’s also important!).

Ajiichiban Katsudon | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

Katsudon

Ajiichiban Duck Ramen | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

Crispy Duck Ramen

Oh, did I mention that they’re also not overpriced? £6.80 for the Wasabi Prawns, £8.50 for the Katsudon and miso soup, and £8 for the Crispy Duck Ramen.

So, the verdict: really good food, big portions, not expensive, lovely place, and great service – a perfect casual dining experience, don’t you think? We can’t recommend this place enough and we will certainly go back.

Ajiichiban is located at 8 Nelson Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9JB.

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.

Comfort food: “nasi goreng kampung” (that is, village-sytle fried rice)

I love comfort food, and food that is easy and quick to cook. For me, nothing beats “nasi goreng kampung” (which loosely translates to village-style fried rice) as the ultimate after-work meal for lazy cooks (like me). It literally takes minutes to whip up, especially if you’ve got leftover rice in the fridge; in fact, I wouldn’t cook it with freshly cooked rice (kinda defeats the whole quick meal thing if you’ve got to cook the rice first, and besides, fried rice is best made with leftover rice).

Nasi Goreng Kampung | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

So, anyway, here are what you need:

  1. Leftover rice
  2. A handful of dried anchovies
  3. Cooked and peeled king prawns
  4. Bird eye / finger chillies (how many depending on how spicy you’d like your rice to be; I usually use 2 chillies for 1 portion of fried rice)
  5. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and slice (or if you’re lazy like me, use the very lazy garlic instead)
  6. 1 bag of baby spinach
  7. 3 eggs (or 2 if you don’t want a sunny-side up)
  8. A bit of light soy sauce and dark soy sauce
  9. A bit of sunflower oil

And here’s how to cook it:

Microwave the baby spinach (yes, I’m lazy). At the same time, heat some sunflower oil in a wok and fry the dried anchovies, prawns, garlic and chillies for a few minutes. When the anchovies are cooked, drop 2 eggs into the wok and lightly beat them until almost set. Then add the rice and baby spinach. Mix well with a bit of light soy sauce and dark soy sauce (to taste). Plate. Fry your sunny-side up (if you want to). Serve.

Omelette with prawns, tomatoes and herbs: yum!

I love omelettes. I really do. They make a good hearty high protein breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, I can eat them all the time! Here’s one of my favourite personal recipes – it’s very easy to make, healthy, nutritious, and just yummy. Enjoy! 🙂

Omelette with Prawns, Tomatoes and Herbs | www.angeliquelee.co.uk

What you need:

  1. 4-6 eggs (depending on how many people you’re trying to feed or how big an eater you are; I use 4 eggs to cook for one person (me!))
  2. Cooked and peeled king prawns
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Dried parsley
  5. Dried coriander
  6. Crushed chillies
  7. A bit of lime zest
  8. A bit of sunflower oil
  9. Salt to taste

How to cook:

Beat the eggs in a bowl and add some salt to taste. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the prawns and tomatoes for a few minutes. Add a bit of lime zest and pour in the egg mixture. Cook for a few minutes until set and sprinkle a bit of dried parsley, coriander, and crushed chillies. Flip it over so that it’s well-cooked. Serve. Simple, yes?!