Tag: Japanese

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

Bay Area Bites Guide to 10 Favorite Asian Soups (Non-Ramen) in the East Bay

| December 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Everyone is talking about ramen, and there’s a ramen shop in almost every East Bay neighborhood. But what about all the other delicious Asian soups out there with the same soul-warming potential? Here are ten soups (at eight venues) you might not have thought of.

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Matcha: Silky and Smooth, It’s Not Just for Tea Ceremonies Anymore

Matcha: Silky and Smooth, It’s Not Just for Tea Ceremonies Anymore

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Japanese tea-ceremony staple for centuries, antioxiant- and umami-rich matcha is spurring a new wave of geekdom.

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Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Hana, Cocotte and Sakoon

Watch Check, Please! Bay Area review Hana, Cocotte and Sakoon

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reviewed this week: a Japanese restaurant in Rohnert Park, French cuisine in San Francisco, and Indian fare in Mountain View. Leslie shares her spirits tips about Scotch.

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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It’s A Cultural Heritage … And Art Form

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as Washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of Washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.

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Namu: Growing the Menu

Namu: Growing the Menu

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Namu is the only restaurant at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market that operates its own farm, which yields ingredients for the farmers market menu as well as for its Mission-based restaurant, Namu Gaji.

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International Cuisine: 5 Favorite Bay Area Specialty Food Shops

International Cuisine: 5 Favorite Bay Area Specialty Food Shops

| August 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

Here are five favorite specialty shops selling food and culinary goods imported from Spain, Japan, Russia, Germany and Italy. If you are curious to explore products from these countries or are nostalgic for the food and culture from any of these regions be sure to visit these shops. And, of course, there are so many more of these specialty stores in the Bay Area so please share your favorites.

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Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

| April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

You think clovers and hearts are impressive? Wait till you get a load of these Japanese latte drawings. A culture that values the beauty of the ephemeral has brought us a new level of art in foam.

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Eating Eyeballs: Taboo, Or Tasty?

Eating Eyeballs: Taboo, Or Tasty?

| March 6, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sit down to eat in Iceland, and you might be served boiled sheep’s head, complete with the eye. In some cultures eyeballs are considered a culinary treat, but for most of us they’re still in the category of “eww.”

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Food Speaks in Many Tongues

Food Speaks in Many Tongues

| August 27, 2012 | 13 Comments

Porridge Head! Sweetie-Pie. Adaptable Tomato. Every language uses descriptive food phrases as insults, endearments, warnings and advice. Here is a smorgasbord of food metaphors and idioms in 17 languages including French, ASL, Danish, Chinese, German, Spanish, Turkish, Hebrew, Italian and Arabic.

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Searching for Okonomiyaki

Searching for Okonomiyaki

| July 16, 2012 | 10 Comments

Okonomiyaki is a dish that’s described many different ways: a savory pancake, Japanese pizza, or an Asian frittata.There may be tons of Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area, but I realized that most of them don’t serve okonomiyaki. So I was thankful to find these two restaurants that serve good renditions of the dish.

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Japanese Mochi Both Modern and Traditional

Japanese Mochi Both Modern and Traditional

| June 30, 2012 | 3 Comments

Elaine Wu shares two places in San Jose where you can get Japanese mochi — one makes these treats the old-fashioned way by hand, the other takes a modern approach and the mochi is made in Japan and shipped fresh to the States, weekly.

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Ramen Roundup

Ramen Roundup

| June 6, 2011 | 10 Comments

Elaine Wu visits a few Bay Area spots where you can find three distinctly different versions of authentic Japanese soup noodles, and finds out why ramen is Japan’s favorite comfort food.

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Vegan Ramen for a Rainy Day

Vegan Ramen for a Rainy Day

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

A favorite soup for everyone is ramen. Yummy broth, chewy noodles, and a medley of toppings. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Unfortunately traditional ramen is not vegan; the broth contains fish (bonito), pork, and sometimes chicken, and the noodles contain eggs. So the option of going to a Japanese restaurant is out. But no need to fret! You can make easy and delicious vegan ramen at home with just a few tweaks.

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All About Miso Soup

All About Miso Soup

| January 18, 2011 | 12 Comments

If you’re looking for lighter soup that’s nourishing and easy to digest, you might consider having a big bowl of miso soup. Miso is comfort food with a little international flair.

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