Washoku Recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO recognized Japanese cuisine for its contribution to cultural heritage. NHK has had quite a few specials about it over the past few days. Obviously, the goal here is to promote Japanese culinary exports. “Farm ministry’s efforts key in ‘washoku’ being added to UNESCO list” This blog is really dedicated to expanding peoples’ understanding of…

Rokkatei cookie and Polly Style graham crackers

Marusei biscuit

The cookie on the right is a Japanese Marusei biscuit.  It’s made by Rokkatei, http://www.rokkatei.co.jp/, a company from Hokkaido in northern Japan.  They’re kind of like shortbread cookies but thinner and crunchier.  I love the buttery flavor.  There are a wide variety of cookies like this.  Another really good one, and my favorite, is Shiroi…

Japanese Fried Chicken

Kara-age, or Japanese fried chicken, is fantastic.  A friend passed this article from Tasting Table on to me: Japanese Fried Chicken.  The article is about an NYC restaurant.  We have not gone there but might next time we’re up there.  Full disclosure: the goat shoulder sounds fascinating so I’ll probably hit that up first.  I…

Autumn foods in Japan

As is the case around the world, foods change with the seasons.  Three foods that are particularly characteristic of Autumn in Japan are chestnuts (kuri), a fish called “Pacific saury” (according to Wikipedia) in English, sanma in Japanese, and the matsutake variety of mushroom.  My wife was able to get some matsutake a few weeks…

American Food…More Than Burgers

When I’m in Japan, I can get my share of American Fast Food chains.  Other than McDonald’s there’s Denny’s, Subway, KFC, Krispy Kreme, etc.  But what I really miss is “The Q”.  Specifically, I miss our North Carolina pulled pork barbecue w/ our vinegar sauce.  Other barbecue is often beef ribs or brisket with a…

Japanese Candies

A care package came through from my mother-in-law in Japan. Aside from hijiki seaweed (for okinawa gohan) and some other ingredients, she sent over snacks for the kids. We really like Japanese snacks because there’s more variety and there’s not so much sugar. Takenoko no sato and Pocky are pretty easy to find here but…

Condiments and garnishes (I)

Today I will take you beyond pickled ginger and wasabi to explore the world of Japanese condiments.  If anyone else has read the previous post on yakisoba and the comments you may have had questions about katsuobushi which, along with the widely known pickled ginger and wasabi, are used as garnishes and condiments in Japan.…

Yakisoba

When people think of Japanese noodles, most probably think of ramen.  An interesting tidbit that I learned the last time I went to Tokyo was that Ramen is sometimes called Chinese Soba.  Soba and Udon are two traditional Japanese noodles.   Tonight I’m going to write a bit about a particularly common dish, yakisoba.  A similar…

Olympics 2020…try yakitori…

Congratulations Tokyo!  I hope the event can help broaden people’s understanding of Japan – and its food in particular.  Since many people will probably travel to Japan for the first time, I thought I’d mention that yakitori is probably the best food to introduce to Japanese newbies.  You really can’t get more simple than grilled…