Tag: Japanese

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 | 12 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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Event: Sake Appreciation

Event: Sake Appreciation

| July 2, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here’s another great opportunity to try izakaya style cuisine paired and sake. The Japan Society of Northern California, in cooperation with Sozai Restaurant and Sake Lounge and True Sake, presents its next Japanese Language & Cultural Experience Workshop: Sake Appreciation.

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Bento Porn

Bento Porn

| January 26, 2008 | 0 Comments

On display through the wonderful internets are hundreds upon thousands of photographs of everyday lunches. No soggy PB&J’s here, though. One forum, the Mr. Bento Porn Flickr group, posts their collective creative efforts to make mid-day meals visually appealing, healthful, delicious and, yes, a little easier on the wallet. Their cousin site, Diet Bento, includes […]

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Meet Amy Kaneko

Meet Amy Kaneko

| November 21, 2007 | 2 Comments

Amy Kaneko is a Bay Area resident now, but she spent time living in Japan and earlier this year she published her first book, Let’s Cook Japanese Food! Her book details some of her favorite recipes for home-style Japanese cooking. How is Japanese home cooking different from what’s served in Japanese restaurants?Here we get a […]

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