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Kyoto Soba Wagashi Shinise – Soba Boro Cookie

Kyoto Soba Wagashi Shinise – Soba Boro Cookie
Soba Boro is a traditional Japanese cookie that is made with soba (buckwheat) flour and lots of egg. The texture is similar to biscotti. It is a traditional Japanese confection and unlike many Japanese confections, it is quite cheap. It is also non-perishable so if you are looking for a ... read more

Spicy Cookbook: Scent of the Mansoon Winds

Spicy Cookbook: Scent of the Mansoon Winds
Scent of the Monsoon Winds. That is the piquant title of a new cookbook written by Michal Haines from New Zealand. And what a cookbook it is! A globe spanning cross-cultural collection of recipes, old and new, with the unifying element: spice. I had the pleasure of meeting Michal and her ... read more

Kyoto Cafe: Jouvencelle Gion and Maccha Chocolate Fondue

Kyoto Cafe: Jouvencelle Gion and Maccha Chocolate Fondue
I have received requests for more Kyoto cafe reviews. Here is one of my favorites: Jouvencelle. Japanese Western-style cakes and confections, called yogashi, in Japanese, I am not a fan of. They are nearly alaways fluffy, puffy, airy things, short on taste and soul. Western-style cakes and confections available in cafes ... read more

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. Seven years ago Shingo ‘Johnny’ Ito started Otokomae Tofu, moved to Kyoto to take over a bankrupt tofu factory and now has a total of 3 production facilities in Japan. Otokomae Tofu is ... read more

Kyoto Otokomae Tofu: Popular Products Review

Kyoto Otokomae Tofu: Popular Products Review
Say hello to my favorite tofu brand: Otokomae Tofu. Otokomae Tofu is a Kyoto company, new and successful, but not an old and established shinise. It is now a well-known brand throughout the country even with some distribution abroad, but it is a very un-Kyoto company. While Otokomae Tofu may ... 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

Mamezen is another Kyoto culinary treasure and if you are into noodles and, or soymilk dis...

Recipe

Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne

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

Hearty Mid-winter Salt Pork Mochi Rice Okowa Recipe Hearty Mid-winter Salt Pork Mochi Rice Okowa Recipe

Did you know that mochi rice isn't just for sweets? When you think mochi in Japanese cuisi...

How To

How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons) How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons)

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

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...

Kyoto Ice Cream: Gion Kinana – Kinako Ice Cream Kyoto Ice Cream: Gion Kinana – Kinako Ice Cream

Gion Kinana’s fresh-made kinako ice cream, more cream than ice, is the best Japanese ice c...

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

Say hello to my favorite tofu brand: Otokomae Tofu. Otokomae Tofu is a Kyoto company, new ...

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

Kyoto Top-ten Foodie Omiyage Souvenir: Miso Chigiri Mochi This is miso flavored gyuhi m...

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