Japanese Cuisine 日本 料理

A Poetical Pursuit of Food [1]
Harmony for the Palate and the Eye

–“All Japanese food needs its setting.” — Sir John Pilcher, H.M. Ambassador to Japan [2]

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see 20 percent of Americans eating sushi as part of their regular diet in 10 or 15 years.” — Boye De Mente, 1987 [3]

Tosa Sake for New Year

Japanese food is one of the great cuisines of the Pacific Rim — and the world. Its popularity is leaping over national boundaries. Japanese cuisine is about Continue reading

Ramen I

The World’s Most Popular Pasta
Marco Polo’s Legacy?

Swung noodles, because of the stretching and the rolling, have a feel and texture cut noodles lack.” — Buwei Yang Chao

Instant Ramen

Ramen, if you count its instant varieties, is far and away the most popular pasta dish on earth

So how did an Asian pasta dish come to surpass its Italian original? We’ll come back to that. Continue reading