Of Shrimps, Spas & Eggs

What does Amalia do when she gets day off work? TRAVEL!
I decided to pay my pal Carlos in Shimabara, Nagasaki-ken a visit. He cooked for me Ginatang Hipon (Shrimp in Coconut Milk) - Filipino dish. OISHIIIIIIIIIIII!!!! You gotta try - recipe below:


1 lb of shrimp (size depends on your preference)
3 pieces of garlic
1/2 of an onion
1 piece of ginger
400 ml of Coconut milk
2 eggplants
1 pack of string beans
salt, pepper and spice (depending on taste)

1) Place the coconut milk on pan. Mix continuously until fully liquefied.
2) Place minced onion, sliced ginger and pounded garlic into the mixture.
3) Add salt and pepper and spice according to preference.
4) Add the shrimp and cook until colour turns red.
5) Add sliced eggplants.
6) Once eggplants have softened, add the string beans.
*Usually eaten with steamed rice.

We drove to Unzen, a beautiful mountain resort which was the first national park in Japan, where we met up with Hui Hui (another Singaporean who lives in Obama). Its No. 1 attraction is the Jigoku (hells?), easily located by its high, dense clouds of steam and of course the awful stench. If you come in spring, at the end of April the Azaleas are in full bloom.

During the period of religious persecution in Japan, 30 Japanese Christians met their deaths in the scalding springs of Jigoku after failing to renounce their faith.

These days people come for the hot spas and eat eggs/sweet potatoes cooked by steam from springs. However, DO NOT bring own eggs. We made the mistake of doing so and had our eggs SMASHED by a seemingly harmless looking old lady who was selling them (yea, very un-Japanese), I was speechless. The eggs sell for about 60-150 yen apiece. Eggs cooked directly over the steam actually taste better but do so at own risk, not sure if it's safe, :p

Hui Hui's town Obama will host an Onsen Festival come April 1st. A beauty pageant, a parade, and karaoke contest are held in honor of the local hot-springs. Kyushu's biggest fireworks display will take place the following day.

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