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Japanese Fruit: Hyuganatsu Miyazaki Omiyage Hyuga-no-Kaori Yokan

Japanese Fruit: Hyuganatsu Miyazaki Omiyage Hyuga-no-Kaori Yokan
Itadakimono from NoRecipes: The hyuganatsu is a very mysterious citrus from southern Japan that apparently just appeared in 1820. I became acquainted and enchanted with this fruit this spring thanks to a business associate that is originally from Miyazaki. The taste is uniquely sour and very fragrant. The white pith ... read more

Depachika: Sanma-zushi

Depachika: Sanma-zushi
Aozakana season is upon us here in Japan. Aozakana literally means 'blue fish'. Aozakana isn't a species but a category. Aozakana are varieties like mackerel (saba), saury (sanma), sardine (iwashi) and so on. The backs of these fish are blue in color and in the autumn and winter they are ... read more

Tsukemono: Kiku Kabura (Chrysanthemum Turnip)

Tsukemono: Kiku Kabura (Chrysanthemum Turnip)
Autumn is chrysanthemum season in Japan and the flower which has literally countless form, shape and color variations makes numerous appearances in Japanese cuisine, both as decoration and as symbol. This meibutsu tsukmono is from Kamekura a shinise in Kameoka, a small and quaint town west of Kyoto. Kamekura is perhaps ... read more

Dinner at Yoshikawa Ryokan: Tempura Kakiage O-chazuke

Dinner at Yoshikawa Ryokan: Tempura Kakiage O-chazuke
The other day I was fortunate enough to be invited for a wonderful tempura kaiseki dinner by some new friends from San Francisco at one of Kyoto's most famous ryokan inns: Yoshikawa Ryokan. While Yoshikawa Ryokan is a fine place to stay, it is perhaps more famous for its tempura ... read more

Donabe Yaki-kuri Gohan (Roasted Chestnut Rice)

Donabe Yaki-kuri Gohan (Roasted Chestnut Rice)
Miwa's Kyoto Kitchen Recipe An autumn favorite in Japan is kuri-gohan, or rice cooked with chestnuts. Chestnuts are in season now and Miwa got a bag full from Tamba. While roasting and peeling chestnuts takes some time, this is an extremely delicious dish, especially when cooked in a donabe earthenware ... read more
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Kyoto Cuisine

Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot) Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot)

Botan Nabe, or wild boar nabe ‘hotpot’, is a dish commonly found in cold, rural, mountaino...

Mamezen Soba: Kyoto-style Dashi Soymilk Ramen Mamezen Soba: Kyoto-style Dashi Soymilk Ramen

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Recipe

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A happy 2011 to all you foodies out there! 2010 was probably the best year of my life, ...

How To

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Persimmons are delicious, but dried persimmons are divine. Totally divine!! Let me qualify...

My Original Hiiragi Iwashi Design (Whole Sardine and Holly Leaves) My Original Hiiragi Iwashi Design (Whole Sardine and Holly Leaves)

Last year on February 3rd, the day before spring, I put a grilled sardine head on a holly ...

Kyoto Restaurant + Cafe

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This is a guest post from one of my clients: Takaokaya. Takaokaya has been making beautifu...

Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot) Kyoto Restaurant ‘Hatakaku’ – Botan Nabe (Wild Boar Hotpot)

Botan Nabe, or wild boar nabe ‘hotpot’, is a dish commonly found in cold, rural, mountaino...

Chef

Coppa Broth Ramen – Guest Cheffing at Mamezen Coppa Broth Ramen – Guest Cheffing at Mamezen

Wunderkid Chef Dylan Brawn and I guest cheffed at Mamezen last night (Oct 30, 2010). Mamez...

Otokomae Tofu: Interview with Founder and CEO Shingo ‘Johnny’ Ito Otokomae Tofu: Interview with Founder and CEO Shingo ‘Johnny’ Ito

In the last 30 years, two-thirds of the tofu producers in Japan have gone out of business....

Ingredients and Condiments

Japanese Condiment: Furikake Japanese Condiment: Furikake

Furikake is a condiment for sprinkling on rice in Japan. Conventional furikake is of medio...

What is Ryorishu? Japanese Cooking Sake What is Ryorishu? Japanese Cooking Sake

Itadakimono: Recently I visited my favorite sake brewery, Uehara Sake Brewery in rural Shi...

Cooking Utensils

Kana-ami: Traditional Japanese Handmade Metal Cooking Utensils and Kitchenware Kana-ami: Traditional Japanese Handmade Metal Cooking Utensils and Kitchenware

Kana-ami: Traditional Japanese Handmade Metal Cooking Utensils and Kitchenware (京の金網細工 辻和金...

Product

Kyoto Otokomae Tofu: Popular Products Review Kyoto Otokomae Tofu: Popular Products Review

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Wagashi: Miso Flavored Chigiri Mochi in Wasanbon Sugar Wagashi: Miso Flavored Chigiri Mochi in Wasanbon Sugar

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