Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint

The end-all-be-all guide to ramen from Ivan Orkin, the iconoclastic New York-born owner of Tokyo’s top ramen shop.     While scores of people line up outside American ramen powerhouses like Momofuku Noodle Bar, chefs and food writers in the know revere Ivan Orkin’s traditional Japanese take on ramen. Ivan Ramenchronicles Orkin’s journey from…

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Mamezen Soba: Kyoto-style Dashi Soymilk Ramen

Mamezen is another Kyoto culinary treasure and if you are into noodles and, or soymilk dishes, you should definitely put Mamezen on your list of places to ‘foodie’ when you visit Kyoto. Mamezen serves ramen in a unique soymilk broth: Mamezen Soba. I like the ‘omakase set’ which is soymilk ramen and yuba donburi ricebowl. Mamezen Soba: Soymilk Ramen Mamezen is the creation of a young Kyoto chef named Minoru Yonegawa. His family owns a very nice yudofu (simmered tofu hotpot) restaurant in Kyoto called Toka. Toka make their yudofu in a soymilk-based broth, which is very unusual, creating a very ‘Kyoto’ luxurious and rich broth with which to simmer your tofu in. Chef Yonegawa worked at his family’s…

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American Metalcraft 13″ Sushi Plate with Built In Sauce Cup

American Metalcraft 13″ Sushi Plate with Built In Sauce CupThis American Metalcraft sushi plate can be used to serve your favorite sushi selections and a side sauce for dipping. Also ideal for a selection of appetizers and desserts.Additional Information:Material: Porcelain Color: White Length: 13″ Width: 9-1/3″ Built-in Sauce Cup Model…

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Custom California Roll

Of all the sushi rolls I’ve been trying to perfect since starting to roll my own sushi last year, the simple California roll has irritated me beyond belief. When I made mine, something never quite tasted right. I was missing something. I’ve derived my own version and it comes close to what I get at restaurants, but I think mine has a slightly different good flavor to it. I know I’ve been talking about writing this post for a while, so here it is.First, start by making some wasabi. I use the reconstituted powder form. Be aware that the horseradish flavor…

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How to Make Hoshigaki (Japanese Dried Persimmons)

Persimmons are delicious, but dried persimmons are divine. Totally divine!! Let me qualify that though. There are small, hard, dried out dried persimmons (in Japan they are ‘Made in China’) and then there are big, plump, soft, wet, sticky, gooey dried persimmons — sounds decidedly sexy and they are! These high-quality dried persimmons are very caramelly in taste that brings to mind the finest Medjool dates. And, the best ones, in my opinion, are made from the shigugaki, a persimmon so astringent that it simply cannot be eaten fresh. However, peel it and hang outside for 4-6 weeks and you …

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Rick London s Fine Art Sushi Gifts – Pro Sushi Sky Diver – Coffee Gift Baskets – Coffee Gift Basket

Pro Sushi Sky Diver Coffee Gift Basket is measuring 9x9x4. Contains 15oz mug, BONUS free set of 4 coasters, biscotti and 5 blends of gourmet coffee. French Vanilla, Kenya AA, Decaf Colombian Supremo, Chocolate and Italian Roast Espresso elegantly presented in our signature black planet coffee gift box. A very…

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Sushi 1-27-2011

I was hungry for sushi today and with the squash and cucumber sitting in the refrigerator without any other purpose, I went ahead and threw a few rolls together.First up, I made a Philadelphia roll using the salmon that was in the freezer. Didn’t pack the flavor punch I wanted, but with the cucumber and cream cheese, it worked.Next came the scallop rolls. Two scallops weren’t enough to make two different rolls, so I ate the extra pieces while I was rolling. Made one roll with scallops, green peppers, and yellow squash. I should have added the wasabi mayo, but …

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Food packaging labeling for allergy-causing substances in Japan

Last year I uploaded a series of printable cards for communicating dietary restrictions in Japan. This is a follow-up of sorts to this, with some information about food package labelling and allergy-causing products. There are seven substances that must, by law, be indicated as being present on packaged foods that contain them in Japan. I’ve listed them below in this order: English: kanji: hiragana or katakana: roma-ji. read more

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Wagashi: Kamishichiken Oimatsu Bitter Citrus Summer Jelly

Natsumikan is a bitter Japanese citrus fruit in season during the summer months. Several wagashi confection stores in Kyoto are quite famous for their chilled natsumikan jellies, in which the jelly is usually inside the hollowed out whole natsumikan fruit peel. They are a bit expensive but are quite a dramatic presentation so are often given as gifts. Natsumikan (lit. summer tangerine) is a bitter citrus fruit making it especially suited to quenching summer thirsts. Natsukanto Citrus Jelly – Served Oimatsu is a famous shinise confectionary in the Kamishichiken geisha quarter (hanamachi) near Kitano Tenmagu Shrine in the Nishijin area of Kyoto and their natsumikan jelly is perhaps the most famous of all in Kyoto. I like the …

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Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Girl Kraft Treat Boxes

Send guests home with homemade goodies in these Vintage Girl Kraft treat boxes from Martha Stewart Crafts™. Includes everything you need, except the treats, to make 6 complete favors: boxes, labels, ribbon, and paper inserts. $ 4.37 List Price: $ 7.99 Price: [wpramaprice asin=”B0052UNVAE”] [wpramareviews asin=”B0052UNVAE”]

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