Cuisine

Enjoy the Height of Japanese Desserts With The Tallest Matcha Parfait in Japan

2017-09-20 08:18

Matcha is probably one of the most recognized of Japanese flavors, even beyond Japanese borders. While it is a delight to sip matcha in the traditional style, sweets containing matcha are a more accessible way to enjoy the rich and concentrated powder. And while cakes, cookies, donuts, macarons and other varieties of sweets containing matcha continue to appear on Japanese store shelves, one combination stands out among all others as a perennial favorite with matcha lovers: matcha ice cream! For example, ice cream giant Haagen Dazs created a bittersweet matcha crumble ice cream bar, Shizuoka-based gelato shop Nanaya prides itself on offering the darkest (and most intense) matcha ice cream…


The Mystery of Cup Noodle’s Mystery Meat is Finally Cleared

2017-09-20 01:31

When Cup Noodle released its Mystery Meat Festival noodles last year to celebrate its 45th anniversary, fans of the ubiquitous instant noodles were surprised by Nissin’s bold move. After all, for the past 45 years since it first appeared on store shelves, all it took for customers was a cursory glance at the ingredients list to realize that Cup Noodles original flavor contained pork. And yet, the tasty pieces of protein floating in their cups clearly contained other ingredients which were not yet identified. For the company to embrace the “mystery factor” and make it into a selling point created a renewed interest in the true identity of this “mystery…


It’s a Fukui Sharknado! Or is it?

2017-09-19 01:49

Sometimes, certain less populated prefectures of Japan which are less commonly frequented by tourists and less commonly known by average city-dwellers are characterized in popular culture as wild and dangerous. For the most part, such characterizations are tongue-in-cheek, and even the locals enjoy playing it up. This seems to be the case with Fukui, located in the central Chubu region of the Honshu island facing the Sea of Japan, and one of the least populated prefectures. This picture posted on Twitter last Saturday by @oyayubi_814, along with the caption: “Fukui…dangerous!” caused quite a stir. It would seem to be a hammerhead shark lying on a street gutter, clearly far removed…


“Blackface Potato Chips” Leave Questionable Aftertaste

2017-09-15 05:03

One of the features characterizing the Japanese commercial food and beverage industry is that new variations of products, whether in flavor, packaging, or size, continually appear on the market, some lasting a whole season, others only lasting a few weeks. In other words, consumers can expect to see something new at all times. A stroll through the aisles of a Japanese convenience store is never boring. Right now, this is what you’re likely to see in the potato chips section of your local store: source: Grape Inc. “Wait a second? What’s a Japanese man in blackface doing on the cover of that bag of chips?” you may wonder. It turns…


Shiba Inu Face And Butt Dango May Be The Cutest Japanese Snack Ever

2017-09-07 06:40

Many traditional Japanese sweets (wagashi) are lauded not only for their exquisite taste, but also their intricate and beautiful designs as well. As recently seen with a Japanese jelly dessert that reveals a different picturesque scene with each slice, many longstanding wagashi makers are looking to enhance the aesthetic qualities of these treats, but sometimes it’s the simple creative effort people apply at home that stands out the most. Take for instance, animal lover and Japanese Twitter user Nao’s (@england618) take on dango, a Japanese dumpling sweet made from mochiko rice flour. Nao has made perhaps the cutest dango Japan has ever seen, as they are shaped and decorated to…


Fascinating Look At How Japanese “Eel Masters” Work 24/7 To Make The Perfect Unagi

2017-09-07 06:40

It’s often thought that sushi (although which contrary to popular belief, doesn’t actually require any seafood) is thought of to be Japan’s representative fish dish, it may be eel, or unagi, that is the country’s most beloved. Now changing attitudes toward food abroad has helped unagi gain more popularity in foreign countries, shifting toward the same status as a savory and luxury treat (and one of the country’s summer delicacies) that it holds in Japan. Much like sushi, unagi may as well have become part of the English language, with many high quality varieties in Japan attracting foreign guests and tourists. The sauce-covered warming dish is a big crowd-pleaser, and…


Japanese Sushi Chain Offers Up Riceless Sushi and Noodle-free Ramen

2017-09-04 11:12

Despite what many think, the most crucial ingredient in sushi is the shari (しゃり), or sushi rice, and neta (ネタ), the ingredient used as topping, isn’t actually the defining factor–which allows for some creative toppings at sushi restaurants. Popular conveyor belt sushi chain (kaitenzushi) Kura Sushi definitely embraces that trend, having even featured Sushi Rice Cola And Sweet Sake Cream Puffs on their menu in the past. Kura Sushi may be pushing the envelope with their most recent seasonal menu, however, as it takes that critical sushi rice and replaces it with vegetables for a low-carb sushi option. Source: PR Wire Source: PR Wire To make up for what might…


Japanese Swordsmith City Carves Into Summer With “Non-melting” Katana Ice Cream

2017-08-27 05:44

It’s very common for regions of Japan to have their pride for local specialties showcased, in both limited edition food and decoration. When those regions take matters into their own hands, however, the result tends to be a bit more creative and charming. For a recent and cutting edge example of this, look no further than Seki City in Gifu prefecture. Seki holds a famous history of crafting fine Japanese swords and cutlery, and now the city is boasting that history in the form of katana ice cream. 先日、先行販売された岐阜県関市の新名物「日本刀アイス」。味は上之保ゆずとこしあんの二種があるぞ。次の販売はいつ頃になるか?楽しみだな! pic.twitter.com/kyNsPbSxIO — 関武将隊KUMOAGEHA (@sekibushoutai) June 20, 2017 ( 」゚Д゚)」<こちらが「日本刀アイス」になりまーーーーーす!! ( 」゚Д゚)」<「刃物のまち 関市」の新たな名産でーーーーーす!! pic.twitter.com/yNQU82QbLH — 音久@岐阜県関市の眼鏡屋ami店員 (@neku07) August 22, 2017 According to…


No Face Soy Sauce Bottle And Rice Paddle Are Here To Spirit Your Cooking Away

2017-08-24 10:27

You can always count on Japanese Studio Ghibli goods store Donguri Kyowakoku for some cool and quirky Spirited Away themed goods, including a No Face Piggy Bank that gobbles up your money and belches, and even some stylish vintage Japanese jackets. Now the retailer is going back to the well of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic film’s mysterious spirit to release this ominously charming No Face soy sauce bottle. Source: PR Times While you may be a little apprehensive about receiving anything No Face offers you, the simple visual of the creepy but cool character pouring you a serving of soy sauce is likely worth any supernatural danger you risk. Fortunately, if…


Tokyo Cafe’s Matcha Fair Includes Spicy Matcha Burgers

2017-08-16 03:37

Whether it’s double-matcha Kit Kats, matcha-flavored curry, or the world’s most intense matcha ice cream, you’ll find no shortages of ways to scratch your green tea craving in Japan. Coupled with a boom of several cafes trotting out adventurous burgers such as the ghoulish Ghostbusters burgers and Studio Ghibli burger, it was only a matter of time before a restaurant took on the challenge of the matcha burger, complete with deep green buns. Source: Fashion Press/Elle Cafe For a limited time, ELLE café in Tokyo will be sporting a heavily matcha-themed menu for a matcha fair event, in partnership with English brand Matchaeologist. While the menu contains a variety of…


Putting A Pattern: A Japanese Food Decorator Makes Some Of The Cutest Toasts Imaginable!

2017-08-02 07:03

Eiko Mori is a food coordinator and a great cook. In particular, her “Patterned Toast” is being much talked about on SNS. “Wow, I’ve never thought of decorating things like this!” Let’s check some of her wonderful patterned creations. First up is sprinkle of salmon pieces and rice balls. – おはよう#鮭の切り身柄 又の名を#鮭おにぎり柄 – 今日は朝から次女をド叱ったわけ。 散々怒り散らしたあと食パンに鮭のお絵描きする母親。 そらあかんわ。 #説教台無し#柄トースト#鮭#鮭の切り身#トースト#トーストアート#アレンジトースト#朝ごパン#食パン#おうちカフェ#朝カフェ#おうちごはん#フードコーディネーター#フードスタイリング#🐟#🍙 #food#instafood#japan#japanesefood#instapic#instapost#instaphoto#breakfast#bread#toastart#fish 森映子/Eiko Moriさん(@estyle1010)がシェアした投稿 – 2017 6月 12 3:28午後 PDT The base of it is sour cream. What appears to be salmon skin is actually made of black sesame cream. The salmon flesh is made of strawberry jam. The rendition is so real, you can almost taste the salmon in your mouth. Next up:…


An Art You Can Lick: Watch And Taste The Intricate Flower Jelly Pop

2017-08-02 05:10

Sweets that look and taste great This is the motto of “A’s sweet”, which runs sweets-making lessons in Japan. Mami Kobayashi’s “Flower Jelly Pops” has a glass-like transparency, and it’s a wonder to behold. Inside the sphere is a beautifully-petaled flower. The gradient of colors are so beautiful. Source: A’S sweet When something is so beautiful, it’s easy to forget that you can actually eat this. This particular lollipop is milk tea flavored. Flower Jelly Pops フラワーゼリーポップス 紅茶&ミルク=ミルクティー味 こっちは、層を作ってみました♡ #jellypop #jellypops #flowerjellyart #flowerjellycake #flowerjellypops #jellyart #gelatineart #flowerjelly #cakepops #3djelly #3djellypops #3djellyart #assweet #フラワーゼリー #フラワーゼリーアート #フラワーゼリーケーキ #フラワーポップス #フラワーゼリーポップス #ゼリーアート #ゼラチン #ゼラチンアート #ケーキポップ #ケーキポップス #埼玉県 #川口市 #foodie #instafood #instasweet #instagramfood #instagramsweets Asami…


Sushi Cola And Sweet Sake Flavored Cream Puffs And Shaved Ice Make Summer Splash In Japan

2017-07-07 02:12

You may remember that popular conveyor belt sushi chain (kaitenzushi) Kura Sushi took love for sushi a step further by introducing curry bread and cola made from sushi rice a year ago. Now the sushi chain is giving sushi-lovers a summer treat with the taste of sweet sake and sushi rice cola flavored cream puffs and more. Sushi Rice Cola And Sweet Sake Cream Puffs Source: Kyodo News The whipped custard cream inside these cream puffs contains rice vinegar, along with the previously released sushi rice cola, which uses malted rice used in the traditional Japanese drink amazake, which is a sweet type of sake made from fermented rice, and…


Unleash The Green! Famous Kyoto Green Tea Shop Releases Matcha Curry

2017-06-29 05:44

If you’re a fan of green tea, you don’t really need to travel anywhere specific in Japan to get your fix. All over the country, you’ll be able to not just sip tea, but find authentic flavoring in a range of goods such as Kit Kats with double the matcha, fluffy matcha pancakes, and what claims to be the world’s most intense green tea ice cream right in Tokyo. It’s in one of Japan’s tea meccas that you’ll find the revival a mysterious but popular matcha-themed dish, however, as a long-standing Kyoto tea house is bringing back its matcha green tea curry. That’s a lot of matcha! Source: At Press…


Ramen Kabuto: The Japanese Ramen Restaurant With A Samurai Spirit

2017-06-22 06:53

We’ve seen samurai armor slowly become a trend in accessories and handbags, most recently with a company that makes samurai armor for cats and dogs, but what happens when you combine the a fascination with the armor of Japan’s early warriors with the country’s modern love of themed restaurants? We imagine the result is something similar to Ramen Kabuto, where your chef and server delivers your ramen in custom-made samurai armor. Source: At Press Source: At Press If you were unaware of the the shop’s gimmick and stumbled into Ramen Kabuto seeking greasy noodle and broth refuge from the cold of Sapporo, you might be taken aback to see that…


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