Chicken wing stuffed with pork dumpling

Although my sewing projects are moving along too slowly to be an interesting blog post, I seem to have plenty of food experiences to share.

Today we celebrated a friend's birthday at her favourite Japanese restaurant, Izakaya Ju. Described as a "Japanese bar and grill", it is similar to the better-known Guu Restaurant. (That's darling Caleb eating shredded nori with his hands.)

Different than the typical sushi-Japanese restaurant, the menu had things like soba noodles, grilled meats on rice, grilled skewers of pork belly, black cod, pork cheek, etc. The most amazing of all: chicken wing stuffed with pork dumpling.

At first, we thought it was a typo. "Chicken wing" was on the first line and "stuffed with pork dumpling" was on the second. Perhaps these were two separate menu items?

Nope. It was actually a chicken wing where the bones were removed from the middle wing and then stuffed with a pork and chive dumpling. It was fantastic.


I also ordered a hot soba noodle dish with grilled duck breast and leek...

... which I split with Jess who ordered a garlic soy marinated tuna sashimi on rice. Both were fantastic.

Sometimes it's nice to get some authentic Japanese cuisine and to try something different than sushi. Even the wasabi was a real grating of fresh japanese horseradish, not the stuff in a powder or tube!



I will have to work up the motivation this summer to brave the long lines for Guu so I can compare Japanese Izakaya food!

Paula  – (May 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM)  

The thought of real wasabi is making my mouth AND eyes water at the same time...Yum!!!

OneCraftyFox  – (June 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM)  

Oh, how delicious does that duck look!!

I finished four sewing projects... two skirts and two tops... and tons more fabric to go :)

wubecca –   – (June 3, 2011 at 8:11 PM)  

remind me about this place next time i'm in town! i tried Guu and it was tasty but different style of food that i see here.

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