To all my pescetarian friends out there,
Perhaps some of you have been wondering how you can still eat at those All You Can Eat eateries such as Hanamasa, Yuraku, and the likes of them that serve red meat, chicken, and other meat that us, pescetarians, cannot and won’t eat. Am I right?
Well, I would like to share with you some of the tips that I’ve got after a few trips to these places.
1. The Yakiniku
meaning “grilled meat” in Japanese, and YES, these restaurants offer plenty of meat choices to be grilled on your table. But, do not be afraid of those intimidating choices of meat, they do offer seafood choices as well like fish fillets (with or without sauce), squids, prawns, and mussels. These are great on the grill!
BUT, usually they use animal fats for grilling base. Kindly ask your server to replace the fats with butter or cooking oil instead. Then, you can eat pescetarian style!
in place like Hanamasa, they offer variety of seafood-based options like prawn dumplings, crab balls, fish balls, seafood tofu, and more. Aside from the obvious vegetable options, they also have noodles and udon to substitute the rice.
BUT, shabu-shabu in these places usually use chicken or beef broth for your soup base. Again, do not be afraid of this. Kindly ask your server to change the broth into plain water with chopped garlic and salt and pepper to taste. You might also need soy sauce — and those lovely prawns! — for the soup; Taste enrichment! 😉
3. Eating with Non-Pescetarians
if you’re out with friends who are not pescetarians and you’re likely to grill, make sure you draw a clear line on the grill pan. In Hanamasa, they have this dome-shaped grill pan so it should be easy to draw the line. The juice of the meat on the half side won’t be affecting the fish on the other half side because of the dome. So, it will slide down to their own side. Though, just be sure to bring friends who respect your pescetarian lifestyle. *wink*
However, it is a bit harder with the shabu-shabu. If you’re outnumbered with the non-pescetarians, just compromise with yourself and skip the soup. The good thing is: you can grill everything! Even the vegetables!
I believe only Hanamasa offers this type of cooking. I don’t remember seeing Yuraku has this. But I could be wrong since I haven’t visited Yuraku for a long time.
Robatayaki is actually slow grilling over charcoal, or barbecue in short with a sweet barbecue sauce, almost similar to teriyaki sauce but slightly different. They usually have sausages in this area, also skewered prawns, skewered shiitake mushrooms, skewered garlic, fish fillets, squid, and many more. So, whenever I don’t feel like grilling over a gas fire, I would just order the robatayaki pieces instead.
Most places like these would probably have tempura in their food choices. Hanamasa has prawn tempura as well as other tempura like fish and vegetables. But only in certain branches. If you’re a bit skeptical about the inside of the tempura, just ask them nicely. 😉
6. Salads and Pickled Vegetables
Aside from all the meat and seafood, these places also offer vegetable salad, which you can mix it yourself (though no great variety), pickled vegetables like kimchi and the friends, and the fruit salad with its sweet peanut sauce, or widely-known in Indonesia as rujak. Pescetarian and vegetarian friendly (except for the rujak sauce, since it uses terasi or shrimp paste).
7. Desserts and Drinks
Basically you can eat all the desserts and drinks they offer. Safe.
Other than those Japanese-styled all-you-can-eat eateries, there are many other places that offer this. If you want more selection, just go to hotel restaurants like JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Mulia, Shangri-La Hotel, and many more. They offer loads of food variety from all over the world so it would be a better option for us pescetarians. But, I found that many of those hotel restaurants have slightly oily food in their all-you-can-eat. Though I enjoy the variety, I don’t really enjoy the oiliness of the foods.
Different story with the desserts and pastry though! Hahaha.. I’m such a sucker for pastry.
Well, that was from me, from my point of view and experience. I hope you find this post helpful, dearest fellow pescetarians out there. This is barely new tips but it’s worth sharing over.
Enjoy your pescetarian life! Because I am! ;))
Till next post!
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