Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa
Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.
We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.
The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.
Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.
I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).
Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000
The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.
The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.
The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.
Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480
The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.
The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.
The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.
Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”
Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.
Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500
If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.
What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)
Oniku no Osushi (Asakusa Branch)
Address: 2-6-14 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:30-15:00 / Dinner 18:00-21:00
Access: 7-minutes on foot from Sensō-ji’s Kaminarimon Gate / 2-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via Tsukuba Express
Asakusa Bubble Tea Shop BOBA365 Reveals New Matcha Latte & Dorayaki
04.March.2019 | FOOD
BOBA365, a bubble tea shop which just opened in Asakusa in November last year, has announced it is releasing a new drink and dessert on March 1, 2019.
Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte – Regular Size ¥700 (Tax Included)
The new Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte is an upgrade of BOBA365’s most popular beverage, the Tapioca Matcha Latte Kiwami. It’s a combination of bitter matcha from Shizuoka Prefecture and milk. It has just the right amount of sweetness to create an even deeper flavour than the store’s original matcha latte. Matcha is said to be good for health and beauty, and so to make it even more delicious, BOBA365 has burnt the top of the drink like a crème brûlée. There are five layers of flavour to indulge in with just one sip.
Thick Dorayaki Matcha Kiwami: ¥480 (Tax Included)
The original Tapioca Matcha Latte Kiwami has also be turned into a delicious dorayaki dessert packed with a generous serving of cream laced with matcha from Shizuoka Prefecture.
BOBA365 has announced it will release more new items in the near future, but for now enjoy the Yaki Brûlée Matcha Latte and Thick Dorayaki Matcha Kiwami.
Address: 2-5-9 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: 11:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via TSUKUBA EXPRESS / 10-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station via all other lines
BOBA365 Official Website: https://peraichi.com/landing_pages/view/boba365
TV Anime ‘Sarazanmai’ to be Set in Asakusa, New Story Details Revealed
13.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME
Sarazanmai is an upcoming TV anime series set to begin airing in April 2019. The series director Kunihiko Ikuhara appeared alongside Junichi Suwabe who voices Keppi at Animate Girls Festival 2018 which was held on November 10 and 11 where he unveiled details surrounding the story and setting.
Kunihiko Ikuhara has wanted to create stories since he was a child. Today, he is a creative artist and anime director who has directed hit anime series such as Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997) and Mawaru Penguindrum (2011).
During his talk, Ikuhara spoke about how he wanted to create a story on the legend of the kappa, a yokai of Japanese folklore that has webbed hands and feet and a shell on its back similar to a turtle. As he explained this, he also dropped that the story will be set in Asakusa, Tokyo. “[Asakusa is] next to the Sumida River. I wanted these young boys’ story to be in a place where one can feel life,” he commented.
The theme of the story is “connecting.” We live in a world where we can connect to anyone at any time with a mobile phone, but there’s a lack of actually wanting to connect. “If we carry on connecting in this way, where would we end up? If we lose sight of connecting [with others], would it really become like that? Is connecting a necessity or not? These are things I wanted to explore,” explained the director.
A radio show titled Purezanmai based on the anime series was also announced to begun airing in January 2019.
Two important characters in the series, the police duo Reo Niiboshi voiced by Mamoru Miyano and Mabu Akutsu voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya, also have their own Twitter account which they will be posting on frequently until March 31, 2019.
Comment: Junichi Suwabe (Voices “Keppi”)
“This anime is an original series so there’s a lot I can’t talk about, but what I can say is that since it begins in April 2019 it will straddle the new era*. The old era will go and a new one will come. Even though it will be very new for the new era, I think it will be a wonderful and nostalgic series. I hope people look forward to it.”
*Translator’s Note: He is talking about the end of the Japanese Heisei Period which is set to end while the anime is airing.
Comment: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Director)
“Even now the staff are working diligently on the series. I hope to connect with everyone during this time where it’s hard to know what it means to connect and where we would end up if we did. Please look forward to Sarazanmai!”
TV Anime “Sarazanmai”
Initial Broadcast: April 2019
Official Website: http://sarazanmai.com
Radio Show “Purezanman”
Hosts: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Director), Junichi Suwabe (voice of Keppi)
Time/Date: Every Saturday at 21:00 (JST) on A&G TRIBAL RADIO AGSON
Reo & Mabu Twitter
Running: Until March 31, 2019
Matcha Café Yanagi Chaya to Open Near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa
Shin Nakamise Shopping Street in Asakusa runs perpendicular to Nakamise Shopping Street, and it’s there that the new Japanese tea café Yanagi Chaya will open on July 6, 2018.
Asakusa is one of Japan’s most famous tourist destinations and is packed with tourists from both inside and outside of Japan every single day. Yanagi Chaya will open nearby Sensoji Temple which is a significant sightseeing spot for tourists, hailing as the oldest temple in Tokyo. The café’s ideal location means that those strolling around Asakusa can pop in for drinks and desserts.
The shop is positioned so it takes in a lot of light, so it’s nice and bright. It’s also spacious, giving it a welcoming vibe. Its simple wooden décor lets one feel at one with the warmth of nature while also being surrounded by that Japanese omotenashi, or ‘hospitable’ atmosphere.
Uji Matcha Tiramisu – ¥600
Uji Matcha Rice Flour Dumplings – ¥790
The menu is packed full of matcha items. You could tuck into a boxed Uji matcha tiramisu which MACCHA HOUSE, another shop, is famous for and was even featured on news media. Or you could chew on some Uji matcha rice flour dumplings which are all individually handmade instore and made white syrup and a matcha paste created on site that mixes together strained bean paste and matcha. There’s plenty more on the menu too where that came from.
Both the tiramisu and dumplings are something you’ll want a photo of. There’s also an original takeout matcha drink you can sip on which is made from a matcha called Tomo no Mori by Mori no Han who’ve been around since 1836. It’s served in Yanagi Chaya’s own bottles so you can take it around Asakusa with you as you explore the sites.
Yanagi Chaya should be put on your list of places to visit in Asakusa. Enjoy yourself some delicious matcha sweets.
Japan’s New Eel Burger is Made in Collaboration With the Theatrical Entertainment Sushi Bar Teruzushi
03.July.2020 | FOOD
Matsuya Foods, Gastroduce Japan, and Teruzushi have all joined hands to cook up the new “Eel Burger” which will be sold exclusively in Japan via Matsuya Food Court on Rakuten and Matsuya PayPay Mall starting from 8:00pm (JST) on July 4, 2020.
Like all countries around the world, Japan’s food industry is suffering at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, with less customers dining in restaurants and eateries. That’s where Matsuya Foods comes in, which has launched an effort to collaborate with fellow restaurants to release exquisite dishes online. That begins with the “Eel Burger,” the first of many foods to come.
Teruzushi is a sushi bar famous for its “theatrical entertainment” style of sushi serving which has earned it the spotlight in the news and on social media in Japan. They serve high-grade sushi which can have the average person easily spending over ¥30,000 during their visit.
The restaurant, located in Fukuoka, is also famous for its “Unagi Burger,” which uses 220g of eel that is prepared in the kabayaki-style and wrapped around sushi rice. That itself is then wrapped in high quality domestic seaweed, resulting in a unique burger-style of sushi. The Eel Burger is an amalgamation of flavours and textures, with the crunchy seaweed complementing the soft eel.
Eel Burger (340g/8 Slices)
Price: ¥6,000 (Tax Included) *Free shipping
Official Website: https://www.matsuyafoods.co.jp/
KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS: Asakusa’s New Artist Lounge and Hotel Fusion
20.June.2020 | SPOT
KAIKA TOKYO by THE SHARE HOTELS is set to open on July 15, 2020 as the 8th branch of THE SHARE HOTELS, a chain of renovated hotels which aim to find and share new beauty of the local area.
KAIKA TOKYO is renovated from a 7-floor 1966 warehouse building and is comprised of an artist lounge and a hotel. It aims to become a new hub for contemporary art in Japan.
The name “KAIKA” is derived from several Japanese words, all of which are read as kaika: “開架” which means open-access i.e. giving open access to the warehouse, “開化” which means enlightenment i.e. to spread and make known Japan’s art culture, and “開花” which means blossom, i.e. to bring out the talent of future artists.
Sumida is a city popular amongst local and foreign tourists for its many art and cultural facilities. It is a promoter of art and culture in many ways, and KAIKA Tokyo aims to be a part of that process. One way in which it will do this will be with the new “KAIKA TOKYO AWARD.” The judge for awarding the prize is Yūji Akimoto—the director of and lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts—and Japanese artist Noritaka Tatehana. The prize itself will be having your art piece displayed inside KAIKA TOKYO. To commemorate the grand opening, an exhibition by Noritaka Tatehana himself entitled FORM AND COLOR will be displayed until August 16, 2020.
The downstairs lounge which is accessible to guests will include the art storage area as well as the KAIKA TOKYO AWARD winning pieces. There are also appliances and amenities for guests to freely use too, like kettles, microwaves, plates, cutlery, washing machine, and a vending machine.
Rooms have a relaxed vibe to them thanks to the colours and materials used. There are 73 rooms in total split across 10 different types which can cater to 2, 4, and even 6 people.
The 1st floor bar lounge is open to non-guests during the evenings where they sell Japanese tea cocktails, coffee, Japanese finger food, and more. The coffee served uses single-origin beans from a local cafe in Sumida, Tokyo. The bar is open 19:00 to midnight, with last orders ringing in at 23:30.
KAIKA Tokyo by THE SHARE HOTELS
Grand Opening: July 15, 2020
Address: 2-16-5 Honjo Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Access: 8-minutes on foot from Asakusa Station / 9-minutes on foot from Honjo-Azumabashi Station / 9-minutes on foot from Kuramae Station
Official Website: https://www.thesharehotels.com/kaika/
Stock Your Kitchen With Japanese Kitchenware Tools by SALON adam et rope’
21.May.2020 | FOOD
SALON adam et rope’ has launched its new “Nihon no Daidokoro Dougu” (Japanese Kitchen Tools) collection which features a curated selection of Made In Japan kitchenware and cookware items from high quality Japanese brands.
Top: ¥12,000 / Middle: ¥12,000 / Bottom: ¥9,000 (Before Tax)
Traditionally, Japanese knives were made by men with men in mind, but these Kasane knives are made by women to fit with the modern age. They are made in such a way to feel comfortable in smaller hands. The handles are made from rare natural wood from the cerasus jamasakura trees of Gifu Prefecture which give them a texture that changes as you continue to use the knives. The blades themselves are made from high-carbon stainless steel which gives them superior sharpness and durability. The blade edge is the result of a new technology developed by Sumikama called “Zero Edge” which makes them thin and sharp.
Left: ¥1,300 / Middle: ¥2,000 / Right: ¥2,800 (Before Tax)
Left: ¥1,000 / Middle: ¥1,200 / Right: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
These handy stackable containers are made by Kaji Donya, a company based in Tsubame, Niigata. The height of each one is the same which makes them super convenient when stacking inside fridges.
Ceramic Grill: ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
The ceramic grill is a longtime seller at SALON. If you’re grilling bread on it, it leaves the outside crispy and the inside nice and soft. It uses far-infrared rays which means the water content of the ingredients grilled on it is not lost, allowing for the full tasty flavour to stay locked in and the food plump and juicy.
Father’s Day: Otokomae Tofu Celebrates Dad’s Around the World With New Tofu Product
13.May.2020 | FOOD
Japanese tofu company Otokomae Tofu is celebrating Father’s Day this year by releasing its new “Chichi no Hi Tofu” (Father’s Day Tofu) at supermarkets around Japan for a limited time between June 15 and June 21.
When you pour soy sauce over the Father’s Day Tofu, a message of gratitude appears on the tofu’s surface in Japanese. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind tofu experience. There are four messages in total which translate to: “Manly,” “Thanks always, dad. I love you, live a long life,” “You work so hard papa, I love you,” and “Dad.”
Giving your dad some Father’s Day Tofu is sure to make for a Father’s Day to remember!
Chichi no Hi Tofu (Father’s Day Tofu)
Running: June 15, 2020 – June 21, 2020
Price: ¥158 (Before Tax)
Available: Supermarkets in Japan (Except Hokkaido and Okinawa)
Otokomae Tofu Official Website: http://otokomae.com
McDonald’s Japan: Chicken Tatsuta Mentai Cheese & Other Japanese Flavoured Foods Coming to the Menu
09.May.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is introducing some mouth-watering new foods to its menu including two which incorporates chicken tatsuta: the “Chicken Tatsuta Mentai Cheese” which is made with walleye pollack roe, and the bite-sized “Hitokuchi Tatsuta”ーthe latter of which is arriving to the side menu.
It is also introducing the “Rice Chicken Tatsuta” burger following the success of the “Rice Burger” which was released at stores for the first time earlier back in February of this year.
These new menu items will be released on May 13, 2020 at all McDonald’s branches in Japan for a limited time.
Chicken Tatsuta Mentai Cheese
Chicken tatsuta is a popular Japanese dish which combines a soft, soy ginger-soaked chicken patty with spicy sauce and stuffs it inside a bun. McDonald’s new “Chicken Tatsuta Mentai Cheese” adds spicy walleye pollack roe mayo and smooth white cheddar cheese to the equation. It will be available all day round, including for the morning menu.
Rice Chicken Tatsuta
The “Rice Chicken Burger” will be available in the evenings only.
Japanese actor Toshiyuki Nishida is appearing in the TV commercials to promote the “Hitokuchi Tatsuta” while comedian Nobuyuki Hanawa and actor Katsumi Takahashi appear in the “Rice Chicken Tatsuta” commercials which feature a re-recording of the song SWEET MEMORIES ~Amai Kioku~ by Seiko Matsuda.
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan
SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.
However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.
I tried out their ice cream
Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice
SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.
I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.
These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.
They have non-alcoholic flavours too!
Matcha / Cherry Blossom
Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.
The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.
mūya: Tokyo’s New Cafe Opening by ‘Bread, Espresso &’ Serving Fluffy Mū Bread
25.March.2020 | FOOD
Bread, Espresso & is a cafe chain with 17 branches in Japan, including Omotesando. The company is set to open an entirely new cafeーspecialising in Bread, Espresso &’s popular mū breadーcalled mūya on April 17, 2020 in Asakusa Mizumachi.
Bread, Espresso &: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/254815
Mizumachi is a new shopping centre also opening on April 17, 2020. It’s near Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town, and sits betwixt Kaminarimon and Tokyo Skytree.
Mū is an original bread recipe baked up by Bread, Espresso & that’s made with lots of butter, giving it a rich taste. The word means “soft” in French. When you break a piece off the fluffy loaf, that rich buttery smell fills your nose.
inside the cafe
The mū loaf is a cube shape, and the interior of the shop has cube designs all over it.
Customers sit at tables with chairs that stack up like cubes – a unique and original design.
Mū is the main dish at mūya, which can be served as it is, as a sandwich, as French toast, or even in a parfait.
When you’re passing through Asakusa, be sure to pop into mūya to try the famous mū bread of Bread, Espresso &.
Address: 1-2-12 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0033
Opening Hours: 8:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Popular Yakiniku Restaurant Futago to Open New Branch at THE JUNEI HOTEL in Kyoto
14.March.2020 | FOOD
FTG Company, which operates 74 restaurants inside and outside Japan, is set to open its new restaurant Nikukappou Futago at THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto in Higashiyama, Kyoto on March 27, 2020 where it will serve authentic Japanese wagyu beef and full courses.
THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto is a small luxury tourist hotel housing eleven rooms in total, including its Bamboo Suite. Bamboo can be found throughout all the rooms as part of the hotel’s concept: “A sojourn embraced by bamboo in a moonlit space.” The rooms, as well as the hotel interior overall, showcases beautiful traditional handiwork using bamboo.
Inside Nikukappou Futago
Nikukappou Futago fuses traditional Japanese elements with modern ones. It features half-size eating areas as well as private areas. Customers can expect their private dining experience to include freshly-cooked full courses with high quality Japanese wagyu and seasonal ingredients.
Menu in Japanese *Menu will change monthly
Nikukappou Futago’s concept is “A relaxed adult’s Iki.” The word iki here refers to a range of different meanings in Japanese, like “sophistication,” “breath,” “spirit,” and “life.” The restaurant will work to serve a hospitable service that enables each and every person to enjoy that iki that lives inside them.
Foie Gras & Wagyu Filet Mouthful Bowl
Wagyu Loin & Kyoto Vegetable Shabu-shabu
The course is made with seasonal ingredients and vegetables. Plus, in using a range of cooking methods, the original flavour meat of the meat is intensified.
Wagyu Sirloin Sumiyaki
Enjoy a selection of high-quality rare wagyu cuts like sirloin, filet, loin, and more. You can also enjoy a selection of classic Japanese dishes like yakiniku, shabu-shabu, and sukiyaki, all in one course.
Like the changing seasons in Kyoto, the menu will be altered every month to bring something new. Discover your iki and enjoy a great meal at Nikukappou Futago.
Nikukappou Futago THE JUNEI HOTEL KYOTO
Address: THE JUNEI HOTEL KYOTO Floor 1F, 4-139 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: March 27, 2020
Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Seats: 32 (6 Half-Size Rooms / 2 Private Rooms
Course Price: ¥11,000 (Tax and service charge not included) *Course menu to change each month
Official Website: https://nikutei25.com/
Winners Announced For The 7th Washoku World Challenge Competition
03.March.2020 | FOOD
The final round for the 7th Washoku World Challenge Competition was held in Tokyo on February 20 and 21, which saw WANG Wei Ping of China, and chef at SUN with AQUA JAPANESE DINING SUNTORY, as the winner.
The two-day event brought together five chefs from Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, Donostia-San Sebastian, and New York come together to compete and show their skills create dishes based on the competition’s main theme of “Umami” and this year’s theme of “Texture and Mouthfeel.”
The judges said: “This 7th edition demonstrates that the finalists’ technical level keeps improving every year. Creating Japanese dishes that incorporate the characteristics and unique ideas of other countries’ culinary cultures, while respecting the fundamentals of Japanese cuisine built on the concept of umami, expands the potential of Japanese cuisine. The creations of each one of the finalists embodied this notion.”
Middle Contender: WANG Wei Ping, 1st Place Winner
WANG Wei Ping’s Dish
On the first day, the chefs used the same ingredients to create a “nimonowan.” On the second day, they forged their own original dishes using five or more ingredients which they arranged on a Japanese “hangetsubon” tray.
When reacting to his victory, Wang Wei Ping said: “I thank the owner and other members of my restaurant. After returning to Shanghai, I would like to continue conveying the excellence of Japanese cuisine, which is both healthy and tasty.”
First Place: WANG Wei Ping (China, SUN with AQUA JAPANESE DINING SUNTORY)
Second Place: Yael PEET (USA, Fury’s) *The restaurant will be open this summer.
Third Place: Loh Man HONG (Singapore, FAT COW)
Wojciech POPOW (Poland, Beaverbrook)
– Head Judge: Mr. Yoshihiro MURATA
(Chairman of Japanese Culinary Academy, Owner and chef of Kikunoi, Japanese Cuisine Goodwill ambassador)
– Deputy Head Judge: Mr. Masahiro NAKATA
(Director of Taiwa Gakuen Education Inc. President of Kyoto Culinary Art College)
– Judge: Mr. Hideaki MATSUO
(Owner of Japanese Cuisine KASHIWAYA, Japanese Cuisine Goodwill ambassador)
– Special Judge: Yoshio KOJIMA
Washoku World Challenge
Official Website: https://www.washoku-worldchallenge.jp/7th/en/
Japanese Tea Crepe Cafe OCHABA Opens Second Branch in Asakusa
OCHABA opened its first branch in Shinjuku in March last year as the first cafe in Japan specialising in Japanese milk tea. The cafe has announced that it will open its second branch in Asakusa on February 22, 2020. The new cafe will introduce a new item to the menu: crepes. The chewy wraps are made with matcha and Japanese tea and filled with mascarpone and fresh cream.
Plain Tiramisu – ¥600
Kogashi Houjicha Puree – ¥650
Strawberry Daifuku – ¥730
The cafe will also serve OCHABA’s famous Japanese milk tea topped up with warabimochi, made using carefully-selected tea leaves from Maruzen Tea, a Shizuoka-based tea company with a history spanning more than 70 years.
If you love Japanese tea, you’ll love OCHABA’s desserts made using all different kinds of teas.
Address: Asakusa Orange Street, 1-39-14 Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
Official Website: https://ochaba.net
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes For Hinamatsuri
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Hinamatsuri is almost here, and I’ve got the perfect treat for this year’s festival: Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes. These Hello Kitty decorations can be made with basic Japanese ingredients, so follow along and try making them yourself.
15cm cake tin
1 cup vinegared sushi rice
3 Japanese rolled omelettes (dashi-maki tamago)
20 beefsteak plant
Ikura salted salmon roe
Hanpen pounded fish cake
Line a cake tin with baking sheet paper like in the photo. Use a cake tin with a detachable bottom spanning 15cm. In the case that you don’t have a cake tin with a detachable bottom, cover the bottom of your tin with cling film which will make it easy to remove everything afterwards.
Cut Hello Kitty, flowers and other shapes into some hanpen pounded fish cake.
Slice the tuna, salmon, and Japanese egg into cubes about 1.2cm each.
Pile the ingredients in this order: rice→tuna, salmon, and egg→rice. Refer to the photo below.
Leave the ingredients exposed around the outside like so✨
Top with the rest of the ingredients as you like.
Finish by adding your Hello Kitties and flowers which you can decorate with leftovers, like the noses and middle of the flowers. I also used cucumber and crab sticks for the head decorations.
Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!
Fermented Food Cafe ‘Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi’ to Open in Kyoto’s Sanjo Area
19.February.2020 | FOOD
Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi is a new cafe opening in the Sanjo area of Kyoto on February 22, 2020, that is centred entirely on fermented foods.
The name “Haccomachi” derives from the Japanese word Hakko (Hacco), meaning fermented, and Komachi (Comachi), meaning a beautiful woman. The cafe hopes for people to incorporate fermented foods into their livesーsomething which is rooted in Japanese food cultureーand live comfortably.
The cafe’s logo showcases the making of kōjiーa type of mould used in the fermentation process of certain food products in Japan, like soybeans. The logo hope to pass down this long upheld tradition.
Hakko fermentation is a major part of Japan’s food culture. Since ancient times, the sweetness and umami brought about by the enzymes in the fermentation process have served to accompany many foods in the country, such as miso, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, and so onーall traditional condiments used in the Japanese kitchen that are still fundamental today.
The menu at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi features a line-up of fermented foods made in Kyoto, including those from Kyoto-based soybean makers Fujiwara Shokuhin, Sawai Shoyu Honten which has produced the same high quality soy sauce for decades, sake brewery Kitagawa Honke which has been around since the Edo Period, and more.
A Small Look at the Menu
Haccomachi Special – Fermented Lunch Plate: ¥1,690
This lunch plate is an assortment of hors d’oeuvre made with fermented condiments, tandoori chicken that has been pickled to elevate the umami, marlin fish, soup, and more.
Spare Ribs On The Bone in Miso Yuan Yaki: ¥1,490
This hearty portion of spare ribs are marinated in a miso, mirin, and soy sauce mix. Taste the full umami flavour of the juicy meat.
Namerō Miso Salmon in Yoghurt Sauce: ¥770
The salmon is served namerō style, a type of tataki or pounding method, in miso. The yoghurt has both a refreshing and rich flavour.
Homemade Komekoji Rice Malt Sweet Sake Yoghurt: ¥470
The splitting of the sour yoghurt serves to elevate the sweetness of the sake. This is a drink that even those who don’t like sweet sake are sure to enjoy.
Miso Pound Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream: ¥550
The miso pound cake is a collaboration with Japanese confectionery company Sarasa, which has 6 branches of cafes and shops in Kyoto. It’s made using komekoji rice malt powder provided by an old-fashioned Japanese shop (菱六もやし). The umami of the miso is intensified, and the cake stays moist thanks to the powder. It’s served with a dollop of refreshing vanilla ice cream.
Blackcurrant & Vanilla Sweet Sake Affogato: ¥550
A unique spin on the affogato dessert which has you pouring hot sweet sake over tangy and refreshing blackcurrant sherbet and rich vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the mix of the hot sake and the cool ice cream.
Discover the Japanese tradition of fermentation at Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi, opening February 22, 2020.
Tsuke x Koji Haccomachi
Grand Opening: February 22, 2020
Address: 78-1 Masuyacho, Shitagaru Yanaginobamba Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto,
Opening Hours: [Weekdays] 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-22:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] 11:00-22:00
Official Website: https://haccomachi.jp/