Orders Now Open For Japan’s Ultimate Mochi Brand ‘THE OMOCHI’

11.November.2019 | FOOD

dot science launched a new brand on Wednesday called ‘THE OMOCHI.’ Together with the brand’s partner Kasaharamochiーa Miyazaki-based mochi making companyーthey are aiming to update one of Japan’s most recognised traditional confections: mochi.

 

Kasaharamochi make their mochi using an old-fashioned method that is almost extinct which makes use of a kamado BBQ and firewood. They shoot towards making the ultimate mochi.

In the video below, one of the staff members at Kasaharamochi discusses the cooking techniqueーthe oldest method, but the one that creates the most delicious mochi around.

Ingredients are carefully selected and placed carefully into the fire to steam. Kasaharamochi has continuously sought this ancient technique to cook the perfect mochi, a flavour which has been eaten by emperors and the imperial family during celebrations. This mochi has now been dubbed THE OMOCHI.

 

For the first line-up of the THE OMOCHI brand there will be 5 different types of mochi.

Pickled Egg Yolk & Soy Sauce

Cinnamon Honey Bar Mochi

THE OMOCHI website is also showcasing how best to eat and enjoy mochi as well as what is possible with this sweet treat. The website offers wine pairings, what to eat mochi with, original recipes and more, so be sure to check out the website.

 

THE OMOCHI Original Recipes: https://theomochi.com/#recipe

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  • These Hello Kitty Kintsuba Japanese Confections are the Perfect Souvenir From Japan

    05.November.2019 | FOOD

    Confectionery company Nakataya has teamed up with Sanrio to release the Hello Kitty Kintsuba.

     

    Kintsuba is a type of traditional Japanese confection of sweet beans wrapped in wheat-flour dough. Nakataya is famous for their kintsuba, which are made with large-grained beans and red bean paste. They have maintained the flavour and quality of these confections, each of which is made with the utmost precision, and all individually.

     

    This year marks the 85th anniversary since Nakataya opened. The long-standing store hopes to bring in more foreign and younger customers by collaborating with Hello Kitty.

    They have crafted several flavours. Pictured above is the apple pie flavour, Hello Kitty’s favourite. It’s made with fuji apples from Aomori Prefecture which is known for its incredible apples. It’s mixed with white bean paste and is lightly flavoured with cinnamon.

    The mixed berry flavour is a fruity sweet and sour mix of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries which have been mashed together with white bean paste.

    The confection comes in two kinds of packaging: one designed by Nakataya’s founder Nakata (中田憲龍), and a Hello Kitty version where she is dressed as a dragonーa symbol of the shop. This is a completely original Hello Kitty design made specially for the collaboration.

    The outer packaging is made with a wrapping cloth to both pass down an aspect of traditional Japanese culture while also catering to the eco-friendly lifestyle of the modern age. It’s made from amuzen fabric and can be reused. The inner packaging is a simple paper tray so can be recycled. And if you take the wrapping cloth back to the store, they can refill it with the three Hello Kitty kintsuba confections at a discounted price.

  • Laforet Harajuku Announces 2019 Christmas Market, Menu & More

    05.November.2019 | FASHION / FOOD

    Laforet Harajuku is set to hold LAFORET CHRISTMAS 2019 from November 15 to December 25. Stores throughout the shopping centre will sell various holiday season fashion items that make perfect Christmas gifts, and up on the second floor at GOOD MEAL MARKET, you can look forward to the Laforet Christmas Menu.

    All customers who spend over ¥3,000 (tax included) from November 15 onward will receive an original mirror, and those who spend over ¥5,000 (tax included) from December 14 onward will receive an original handkerchief. Both of these items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until December 1 at Dinalog in Laforet Museum Harajuku.

     

    Additionally, the main Christmas visual for this year’s event was designed by Japanese art director YUNI YOSHIDA.

     

    A two-day market will take place on Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15 in Laforet Museum Harajuku titled Laforet Market vol.9 “Christmas.”

     

    CHRISTMAS GIFT

    If you’re searching for the perfect surprise gift to friends, family, a special someone or yourself, you’re bound to find a fitting match for them during the event as stores in Laforet Harajuku display their Christmas goods in their windows.

     

    Kailijumei/5F

    Kailijumei 2019 Christmas Coffret – ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Charles Chaton/4F

    Flower Frill Cushion – ¥5,500 (Tax Included)

     

    JUEMI Syncretic/1F

    e.m.OrganicCollegeStarRing – ¥24,200 (Tax Included)

     

    Les Merveilleuses LADURÉE/1F

    Limited Edition Rose Ladurée – ¥13,200 (Tax Included)

     

     

    CHRISTMAS FOOD “Laforet Christmas Menu”

    “Pink” is the themed of the Christmas menus being whipped up at Laforet’s restaurants.

     

    Chipoon /2F

    Tomato Soy Milk Cream Noodles – ¥935 (Tax Included)

    This vegan noodle dish combines the full-bodied taste of soy milk with refreshing tomatoes to create a tempting mild flavour.

     

    machi machi /2F

    Strawberry Cheese Tea (Taro Topping) – ¥858 (Tax Included)

    A fusion of Jasmine green tea and fresh strawberries to create a unique and delicious beverage.

     

     

    Cafe de paris /B1F

    Kumono Smoothe – ¥605 (Tax Included) / Whipped Cream Topping +¥110 (Tax Included)

    Cafe de paris opened on November 1 and will be selling their exclusive cute drinks.

     

    Laforet Market vol.9 “Christmas”

    The Laforet Market is an opportunity for 40 shops to come together to sell fashion, food and miscellaneous Christmas goods. There will be workshops carried out be creators and artists, performances, and more.

     

    If you’ll be in Harajuku the holiday season then don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Laforet Harajuku this Christmas.

  • Christmas Gifts, Delicious Desserts & More Coming to Tokyo Skytree Town This Holiday Season

    04.November.2019 | FASHION / FOOD / SPOT

    The dessert shops and and bakeries on the second floor of Tokyo Solamachiーthe shopping facility at the base of Tokyo Skytreeーare reading themselves for Christmas by baking up a whole range of festive delights for the holiday season, perfect for parties, gifts, or as a little self-indulgence. Let’s dive in and take at what’s on offer this year.

     

    The perfect cakes for spending Christmas at home

    Bonheur du Noel – ¥6,480 @ Ginza BOUL’MICHI (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 13 / Serving: December 21-25] *Tokyo Solamachi exclusive

    Macarons are in this year in Japan, so BOUL’MICHI has whipped up the perfect strawberry chocolate cake adorned with colourful macarons and fresh strawberries to give it that Christmas-y look. Only 50 of these precious cakes will be sold, so don’t miss out.

    Fromage Citron @ – ¥2,970  Ginza Ginger (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 10 / Serving: December 23-25] *Tokyo Solamachi exclusive

    This no-bake cheesecake is made with Oceania cheese and layered with an almond base followed by a sumptuously sour lemon cream.

    16cm Yule Log – ¥4,104 @ Sweet Heart Tree (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 20 / Serving: December 15-25]

    A gourmet yule log made with rich chocolate and packed with fruits and nuts. This sophisticated dessert is one for the adults to enjoy.

     

    Takeout Sweets & Christmas Merchandise

     

    Tiny Waffles (Dark Chocolate/White Chocolate) – ¥486 Each @ RL waffle cake (Tower Yard Floor 2F) [Reservations: November 1 – December 23 / Serving: December 20-25]

    If you’re looking for something a little smaller, perhaps as a Christmas present to friends and family or as a little gift to yourself, then check out these fluffy waffles made with strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream. Simple, but delicious!

    Mamegui Towels (Santa Clause/White Christmas/Snowman) – ¥550 Each @ Mamegui (East Yard Floor 4F) [Available From November 1] *Gifts inside sold separately from ¥388

    Mamegui are a type of towel used in Japan to wrap gifts in for people. These Christmas versions are perfect for wrapping up small presents for people, like Japanese snacks and candy.

    Crispy Cakes (Happy Wreath/Santa/Reindeer) – ¥508 Each @ pon pon×Chris.P (East Yard Floor 2F) [Available From November 15]

    These tiny crispy cakes are another great little bite to eat. The cute Santa version is cookie and milk flavoured and has marshmallows as the fluff of his hat.

     

    Tokyo Skytree’s THE SKYTREE SHOP Christmas Items

     

    THE SKYTREE SHOP is the official souvenir store of Tokyo Skytree®. This Christmas they are selling a new batch of themed items, including plenty featuring their cute official mascot Sorakara-chan.

    TOKYO SKYTREE Premium Chocolates – ¥1,706 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 345 & 450 [Available From November 7]

    This luxurious assortment of Tokyo Skytree-shaped chocolates come in a variety of flavours, including ruby chocolate.

    Left: Sorakara-chan Winter Collection S – ¥2,200 / Right: Sorakara-chan Winter Collection Mascot – ¥1,375 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 1, 5 & 450 [Available From November 7]

    You can’t leave Tokyo Skytree without a little memento, so why not pick up a cute duffle coat clad Sorakara-chan? Available this winter only.

    Sorakara-chan Compact Mirrors – ¥968 @ Tokyo Skytree Floors 1, 5 & 450 [Available From November 7]

    Also part of the Sorakara-chan winter collection are these compact mirrors which are filled with glitter that falls like stars or snowflakes depending which one you go for. They are small enough to fit into your pocket or bag making them super convenient.

     

    And that’s not allーTokyo Solamachi has countless other goodies, from desserts to souvenirs, to pick up this Christmas too. If you’re in Tokyo this winter season and are planning a trip to Tokyo Skytree, be on the lookout.

     

    *All listed prices include tax. Applicable tax rate may vary on certain products in line with Japan’s consumption tax increase.
    *Products and sale periods subject to change. Products available while supplies last.
    *Pictured photos are for illustrative purposes only.

    ©TOKYO-SKYTREE

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  • This Week’s Breakfast: Warming Up With Asa Kayu at Asora no Chaya in Ise

    14.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. I find it very important time well spent in order to live a happy, fulfilling life.

    During a business trip to Ise, I decided to treat myself to some breakfast in the coastal city. I got up nice and early and went to pray at the Toyo’ ukedaijingu of Ise Grand Shrine before making my way to Asora no Chaya to order some of their Asa Kayu (“Morning Porridge”) to warm myself up since I was feeling a little cold.

     

    Asora no Chaya is about an 8-minute walk from Ise Stationーwhich by the way is the closest station to the Toyo’ ukedaijingu of Ise Grand Shrineーand just a minute’s stroll from the inner shrine itself.

    At the entrance they had “Asa Kayu” written on the door as pictured above. The cafe itself is located on the second floor.

    The cafe has wood-based decor, and the windows are nice and big, letting lots of natural light seep in. From the window I could see Ise Grand Shrine which I prayed at just moments ago. It’s a place where you can wind down and relax.

     

    I ordered the “Mike no Asa Kayu Awabi” (in Japanese: 御饌の朝かゆ 鮑). I found out that the word mike is used to refer to precious, sacred food. Apparently, your good fortune will increase if you eat it after praying to the god of food at the Toyo’ ukedaijingu.

    Mike no Asa Kayu Awabi (御饌の朝かゆ 鮑) – ¥2,040 (Tax Included)

    My meal arrived in a wooden box. When I opened it, I was happy to see that I not only received the porridge, but other small plates and bowls of food too.

    I was charmed by how shiny the rice was in the sunlight. To eat the thin rice porridge, you add the awabi, pickled vegetables, kombu, bonito broth and other ingredients.

     

    The rice porridge is easy to digest and warms you up to the coreーthe perfect way to relax on a cold day. The combination of the tender bonito and the smooth porridge is a match made in heaven. It’s a very simple dish with no unnecessary additions. It has a gentle flavour that makes your mind and body just wind down and relax.

    As well as the rice porridge, the meal comes with other healthy foods too like dried fish, soft boiled egg and vinegared ingredients. For dessert, you get zenzai which is a type of sweet soup. This is a very special breakfast you can only experience here at this cafe, coupled with a view of Ise Grand Shrine, all in the early morning.

     

    Whenever I wake up early, it feels like I’ll have a very different start to the day than usual, but spending my morning in Ise, praying at Ise Grand Shrine and eating kayu porridge at Asora no Chaya had me holding my head high.

     

    This morning, it was the start of another new day, and I began it feeling dignified.

     

     

    Today’s Souvenir

    Awabi Gohan no Moto – ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    I wanted to share the happiness between friends and family on this fine day where I got to eat a delicious breakfast. This Awabi Gohan no Moto is an easy way to enjoy awabi. You took it together with rice to make awabi rice. Being able to purchase awabi, which is a high quality ingredient, at this price is an absolute steal.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Dine On Fancy Authentic Japanese Food Casually at SHARI in Ginza

    06.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SHARI is a restaurant located on the second floor of Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza-gochome, a new hotel that opened on September 26 located within walking distance from Ginza Station and Higashi-Ginza Station. This restaurant serves authentic and fancy Japanese-style food as well as luxurious Kobe beef, gozen set meals, and much more.

    Ginza is known as the expensive, upmarket part of Tokyo, and when talking about small local restaurants there the pricing threshold tends to be rather high, but at SHARI customers can enjoy proper Japanese cuisine in a more casual manner and at a much more affordable price, with the typical set lunches starting at just ¥1,200.

    Sophisticated is the word that springs to mind upon entering this restaurant, as your eyes meet the gorgeous mix of wood on black. As well as table seats, they also have counter seats too, allowing for you to enjoy a little luxury on your own if you so wish.

    There is an additional restaurant inside the main restaurant itself that goes by the name Teppanyaki Mitaki, a tiny six-seater restaurant that serves Kobe beef, a type of wagyu beef and one of the top three beefs in Japan.

    SHARI Gozen – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    I ordered the SHARI Gozen which is served during lunchtime. This set comes with six small bowls, each filled with different colourful foods. It’s a cute-looking set♡

    There’s lots of meat and fish included in the set. For meat, they have steak made with domestic beef. It’s succulent and drizzled in a rich sauce that fills your mouth deliciously with a single bite. With the sashimi, the restaurant makes sure to serve fish that’s in reason. There were 3 types of fish so it was a very satisfying meal.

    The set can also be served with a variety of deep-fried foods, stewed foods, and cold fishes, as well as rice, miso soup, desserts and more. No matter what you order you can rest assured you’ll be full afterwards.

     

    SHARI is a chic and stylish restaurant with great food, plus it’s located in Ginza. And you can enjoy all of this at a super low price!

    Lady’s Gozen – ¥2,600 (Before Tax)

    I have to recommend the Lady’s Gozen if you’re looking to enjoy fish and vegetables. It comes with two varieties of sashimi and one fried fish, all in season, as well as an assortment of fried food, savoury egg custard, and four side dishes.

    It also comes with rice and sushi rolls as well as a dessert like the SHARI Gozen.

    The whole dinner menu is lined with Japanese food, including sashimi, tempura, fried food and more. There’s also various courses, including the Teppanyaki Mitaki course which is priced from ¥12,000. It comes with Kobe beef of course in addition to various other high quality ingredients.

    Shu – ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    I also recommend this Japanese-style cocktail for those thinking of staying late. It’s inspired by the colours used in kabuki theatre―a Bloody Mary combining shichimi, nihonshu, and tomato juice. The rim of the glass is lined with more shichmi for a spicy and refreshing kick when you sip.

    Check out the cute glass it comes in too.

     

    From affordable lunches to dinner courses made with top quality ingredients, SHARI can be enjoyed throughout the entire day with its diverse menu line-up. Be sure to pay a visit to tuck into authentic Japanese cuisine in the luxury district of Ginza.

     

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • The Fanciest Egg and Rice Dish You’ve Ever Seen Will Be Sold at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

    09.September.2019 | FOOD

    Towering over the bustling city of Tokyo is the capital’s luxury hotel Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Starting from October 1, the hotel’s restaurant Shunbou, which serves Japanse-style cuisine, is introducing an all-new exquisite serving of TKG, or tamago kake gohan (“egg on rice”).

    The dish will be made with shinmai, or “new rice,” which refers to the new rice harvested for the current year. It’s topped with rich egg―a simple combination but incredibly delicious and loved by people in Japan. Normally TKG stops there, but Grand Hyatt Tokyo is taking it to the next level with a topping of caviar to create the most exquisite egg on rice you have ever seen.

     

    Rice: The best of the best

    The rice served at the hotel is harvested in the city of Nanyō in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s a special kind of rice known as Tsuyahime, and the hotel makes strict selections of the harvested rice, ensuring they serve the best possible rice to guests. This rice is served only at Grand Hyatt Tokyo making it even more special.

     

    Nanyō is blessed with rich soil. The farms have been using organic fertiliser for well over 10 years, meaning their beautiful harvests are reduced in agricultural chemicals and chemical fertilisers unlike many other farms. The rice’s taste quality value has also been listed as over 80, much higher than your average rice.

     

    Sturgeon Caviar

    The caviar used in this dish is from the Sturgeon fish from Kagawa prefecture. Everything from the food to the temperature of the water for the fish is considered from when they are a young age, allowing for the best possible caviar. They are seasoned with the perfect salt quantity and are additive free, allowing for a creamy and velvety taste and texture that just melts in your mouth the moment it hits your tongue.

     

    Rich Egg Yolk

    The eggs served on the rice are from what is known as one of the country’s best egg specialist shops in Kyoto. To ensure the perfect egg, the shop takes great care in the fodder and water given to the chickens from the time they are chicks. This takes away the unpleasant raw smell characteristic of eggs, and is also a healthier lifestyle for the chickens themselves. The eggs are also packed with nutrients that are said to be lacking in the people of today including vitamins, DHA, niacin, and so on.

     

    To top it all off, the hotel has created their own original blend of dashi soy sauce just for this dish.

  • Experience Tasting Mount Koya’s Famous Sesame Tofu at ONAKA PECO PECO in Tsukiji

    07.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen is a cafe located in Tsukiji, a district in Chuo, Tokyo. They serve rice balls filled with locally sourced ingredients from various locations in Japan. In the evenings, the rice balls can be enjoyed with delicious sake.

     

    If you visit the cafe right now you’ll be able to try sesame tofu (goma tofu) made by the long-running restaurant Kadohama. Sesame tofu is a meibutsu―or “local speciality”―of Mount Koyo.

     

    While it is possible to buy sesame tofu on Kadohama’s online store, the only places you can eat them out at is at their restaurant on top of Mount Koya or at select branches of department stores such as Mitsukoshi or Isetan. We visited ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen for a taste of this exquisite collaboration.

    Mount Koya is located in the Ito district of northern Wakayama Prefecture and is home to the town of Koya. The region is encased an abundant mountainous landscape. The Japanese Buddhist monk Kūkai opened the sacred mountain around 1,200 years ago. In 2004, Mount Koya which was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 under the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” category. It has since become a popular tourist destination with Japanese and foreign travellers alike.

     

    Here is the heavenly menu lineup at ONAKA PECO PECO which is packed full of Kadohama’s sesame tofu.

    There are five items which are made with the sesame tofu: an onigiri rice ball, crab soup, cold tofu, pork shabu shabu, and a drink.

    Time to tuck in and try this famous food which has been enjoyed for many years!

    White Vegetables & Steamed Pork Shabu w/ Koji Sesame Tofu Sauce – ¥800

    This dish is garnished with a generous serving of fresh white vegetables and succulent meat. It includes lotus root, enoki mushrooms, cauliflower, and pork. It also comes with a white sauce made with sesame tofu, shio koji, and sesame oil. The sauce has a mild flavour in which you can get the full glorious taste of the tofu. It’s smooth and refreshing so is a perfect pick for the hot summer.

    Sesame Tofu & Plum Cheese-Loaded Rice Ball – ¥250

    This rice ball is a flavourful combination of a sesame tofu and plum paste and lots of cheese.

    This fat rice ball is wrapped in paper like a hamburger. The rich taste of the tofu and cheese reduces the sourness of the plum, giving it a gentler flavour.

    Sesame Tofu & Egg Crab Soup – ¥400

    The soup is an amazing combination with the rice ball. It has a miso soup base filled with green onion, enoki mushrooms, and crab. The elastic-y tofu is cut into big satisfying chunks. Its rich, creamy flavour combined with the crab is to die for.

    Sesame Tofu & Sweet Sake Jelly Drink – ¥350

    The cute white-coloured beverage is a healthy mix of sesame tofu paste and sweet sake. It retains the pulpy texture of the tofu and the aftertaste is super refreshing.

    You can order the drink for takeout so you can take a stroll around the streets of Tsukiji.

    Kadohama Sesame Tofu – Eat In: ¥300 / Takeout: From ¥240

    If you’re looking to enjoy the sesame tofu on its own then you’ve got to try it with either the wasabi and soy sauce or brown sugar. You can also order this to take away too. Each box contains one piece of tofu.

    The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

    Easy access to Kadohama’s sesame tofu―which is made using traditional cooking methods that have been passed down generations at Mount Koya―can only be enjoyed at ONAKA PECO PECO by Rurubu Kitchen. If you’re in Tokyo this summer, then take a trip to Tsukiji district to try this healthy and nutrient-packed tofu.

     

    Model: Ririka Satsuki

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    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)

    Model: 悦奈(Etsuna)

  • Japan’s Devil Onigiri Return Tastier Than Ever & New Gyoza Onigiri Announced

    01.June.2019 | FOOD

    Japanese convenience store chain Lawson Store 100 has announced that it will begin selling its new White Devil Onigiri and Black Devil Onigiri rice balls on June 5. It also unveiled its new Gyoza Onigiri, a whole fried dumpling wrapped in rice, which will be released on June 19.

     

    Lawson Store 100’s “Akuma no Onigiri” (The Devil’s Rice Balls) first hit the convenience store’s shelves back in September 2018 and were a huge hit with people of Japan with around 200,000 being sold in the first four weeks alone. The rice is cooked in a noodle soup base and is packed with simple ingredients like spring onions, tenkasu (deep-fried flour batter), and green laver seaweed. The new releases take it to the next level and are promised to be even better.

    White Devil Onigiri: ¥108 (Tax Included)

    The rice of the White Devil Onigiri is cooked in white dashi stock and is laced with spring onions, sea lettuce, and white sesame seeds. It’s also drizzled in sesame oil for added flavour.

    Black Devil Onigiri: ¥108 (Tax Included)

    On the other side of the coin is the Black Devil Onigiri. This rice is made with extra sweet okonomi sauce and sour Worcester sauce. These rice balls are filled with tenkasu, sea lettuce and spring onions.

    Gyoza Onigiri: ¥108 (Tax Included)

    The Gyoza Onigiri was first seen on the market all the way back in October 2017. This hugely popular food snack sold around 300,000 in the first three days and over 500,000 over a week. This will be the third time it’s sold. Since stock is so limited, sales have ended after just three weeks, making it a rare sight. It was released again in November 2018 with a different recipe which proved to tickle the palate of consumers too. The new version includes soy sauce and egg fried rice.

  • Visit Japanese Family Homes and Learn to Cook Authentic Japanese Food With airKitchen

    30.May.2019 | FOOD

    airKitchen is an online service gaining popularity by inviting foreigners travelling to Japan to experience what it’s like to cook at home there.

    The number of foreign visitors to Japan has been on the rise in recent years, and with the Tokyo Olympics right around the corner, that number is predicted to continue increasing. One shift happening amongst travellers to the country is their desire for more experience consumption over material consumption. This shift has been noted by the Japanese government and companies who are pushing to offer more experience-based content to foreigners.

     

    One such company doing just this is the online platform service airKitchen whose popularity is only continuing to increase. By using the website, foreigners can choose from a long list of Japanese hosts who will teach them how to make many different Japanese dishes in their very own homes. Bookings and payment can both be done via the company’s official website. airKitchen launched in April 2018 and by April this year it already has over 4,000 users.

    airKitchen’s popularity can be accredited to it satisfying overseas visitors’ desire to experience everyday Japanese life. They will cook authentic Japanese food in a common Japanese-style kitchen. In 2013, Washoku (“Japanese Food”) was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The appeal of Japanese food is on the rise and is sure to become even more popular.

     

    airKitchen Introductory Video

    Some of the most popular foods taught on the website include gyoza, bento and sushi. A total of three hours are allotted for each experience which includes both the cooking and eating time. The price for each service varies but the average is ¥5,000 per person. The biggest ratio of nationalities come from Europe and Australia and range from couples to families.

     

    If you’re travelling to Japan, why not book with airKitchen yourself and get a taste of everyday Japanese home life?

  • Oniku no Chirashi: Kyoto’s New Meat and Scattered Sushi Restaurant

    30.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Oniku no Chirashi had its grand opening in Ninenzaka, Kyoto on March 28 this year. This restaurant serves chirashizushi, or “scattered sushi,” combining an assortment of Kyoto ingredients and produce from Japanese black beef and saikyo miso to things like kyotsukemono, Kyoto-style pickles.

    Food is served in traditional Japanese-style and combines beef and scattered sushi to fully bring out the delicious flavour of the meat.

    Oniku no Masu Chirashi: ¥2,680 (Before Tax)

    This scattered sushi dish comes with everything from beef flakes to Japanese black wagyu roast beef, roast beef with salted kōji, roast beef with saikyo miso, and more.

    Oniku no Hana Chirashi: ¥2,280 (Before Tax)

    This luxurious bowl is filled with Japanese black wagyu roast beef and kyotsukemono with added wasabi for accent.

    To celebrate their grand opening, the restaurant is currently handing out the above-pictured springtime water warabimochi until May 6.

  • Funabashiya Koyomi Hiroo releases sweet kuzumochi and milk crêpe!

    09.April.2019 | FOOD

    Traditional sweets shop Funabashi-ya is famous for its kuzumochi sweets, which are mochi cakes made from fermented wheat starch. From Sunday 7th April to Friday 31st May, Funabashi-ya will be selling a parfait made from six varieties of fermented kuzumochi wheat starch and a kuzumochi milk crêpe filled with strawberry sauce. Five of these will be sold per day at the sister brand shop Funabashi-ya Koyomi Hiroo.

    Six variety hakko parfait ー ¥1,500 (tax included)

    Kuzumochi, kuzumochi pudding, coconut, yoghurt, kuzumochi and strawberry sauce all packed into a parfait. This is topped with fromage blanc to complete the six variety kuzumochi parfait. Not only is this gentle on your health, but it looks luxurious. You will never get bored of these flavours. If you want, you can also top the dessert with some chocolate sauce. The rectangular sakuri topping for the kuzumochi and kuzumochi pudding are unique to Funabashi-ya and Funabashi-ya Koyomi!

    Kuzumochi

    The wheat starch used for the Kuzumochi is fermented for 450 days and then steamed Kanto-style, giving it its unique and special chewy texture.

    Kuzumochi Pudding

    The Kuzumochi pudding is the signature piece for Funabashi-ya’s sister brand Funabashi-ya Koyomi, which was founded 200 years ago. The wheat starch used for this pudding is mixed with the other key ingredients after being left to ferment for 450 days. Bit by bit, it is steamed very carefully.

    Sakuri

    Once the crunchy texture of the Sakuri hits you, you will immediately be taken over by the soft chocolate, which contrasts the snappy sesame seeds. This fun range of textures is an original Funabashi-ya Koyomi sweet treat.

    Kuzumochi Strawberry Milk Crêpe ¥950 (tax included)

    The cream of the milk crêpe is kneaded with kuzumochi strawberry cream. The 12 layers of milk crêpe is sprinkled with vanilla ice cream and cocoa powder to balance the flavours. The fermented wheat starch goes perfectly with the mild and sweet flavours!

     

    Come enjoy Funabashi-ya’s kuzumochi sweets in a brand new form!

  • Try the Addictive Fruity Plum Honey Ume-Kawaii Suppa-Mucho Potato Chips

    10.January.2019 | FOOD

    Suppa-Mucho is a popular brand of potato chips that was first sold in 1993 and celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The company has revealed an all-new honey plum flavour that will hit shelves in Japan from January 14.

    The flavour is being sold in line with this year’s plum blossom bloom in Japan. The name of the crisps is a pun on the Japanese style “yume-kawaii” (dreamy-cute) with “ume” meaning “plum.” The packaging very much fits the dreamy-cute style.

  • Hokkaido Hyaku Soba: The Restaurant That Serves 100% Buckwheat Soba Noodles

    24.December.2018 | FOOD

    Hokkaido Hyaku Soba is a new restaurant that just opened in Asakusabashi, Tokyo that serves soba noodles that are made using 100% buckwheat flour.

    The restaurant has opened in a joint agreement with Ikkyu Soba―a famous restaurant that opened in the city of Tomakomai, Hokkaido in 1975―to bring their delicious flavours to Tokyo.

     

    Only the best soba noodles are used at the restaurant, all of which are made in Hokkaido. By having them delivered directly from their place of production it will ensure an authentic 100% buckwheat flavour.

    The restaurant will also serve a dish that combines the noodles with scallops and other seafood ingredients caught in Hokkaido. It is served with shiodare salt-based sauce which is made from 41 ingredients including salt that is obtained from burning seaweed, salt-marinated rice malt and more. Made by experts to match perfectly with the meal, the restaurant describes the sauce as “addictive.”

    The wasabi serve at the restaurant is from the brand Yamakawa Wasabi. It is delivered to the restaurant still in soil to preserve its freshness.

    Another dish on the menu is the “Yuki Wasabi Saka Soba” which is sprinkled with this wasabi. It is 1.5 times more ‘spicy’ than regular wasabi so it is sure to add a kick to the meal which travels through your nose and leaves a mellow sweetness in your mouth.

     

    Now you can try authentic 100% buckwheat soba from Hokkaido while you’re in Tokyo.

  • Enjoy Authentic and Affordable Sushi at Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar in Ginza

    02.November.2018 | FOOD

    Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar in Ginza is bringing huge changes to its menu on November 1, 2018 to offer a modern sushi dining experience for customers to enjoy Ginza’s yearned-for sushi culture.

    The new Shari is now equipped with counters where nigirizushi hand-formed sushi can be enjoyed. It now offers the kind of cool atmosphere where you imagine a Japanese businessman in his 40’s treating his junior work colleagues to food. It is estimated an average customer will spend about ¥6,000 here.

     

    The new menu is designed by Issei Suzuki who cultivated experience at Nadaman and worked as an executive chef at one of celebrity chef Koumei Nakamura’s restaurants. Suzuki has woven together affordable izakaya cuisine with Japanese-style Chinese cooking. Customers can enjoy authentic-tasting sushi and a selection of sides together with 30 types of wine and 20 brands of sake, all of which have carefully selected by alcohol connoisseurs.

    Nigirizushi is served after you have chosen your preferred toppings. Each topping is served with two sushi pieces that come in sets of 6 for ¥1,500, 12 for ¥2,500 and 18 for ¥3,500. This autumn’s 18 piece combination comes with 9 different high quality ingredients including sea urchin, tuna, medium fatty tuna, sea bream, scampi and more. Each piece goes for ¥195 each making for a bargain order.

     

    *All prices listed are tax-inclusive.

    The new menu also includes makizushi rolled sushi which too is made with top grade ingredients. New items include the ‘Truffle Foie Gras Roll,’Grilled Beef Roll,’ ‘King Crab Roll’ and the cute seven-coloured and jewel-like ‘Rainbow Roll.’

    The truffle roll sushi is contains richly seasoned foie gras teriyaki wrapped in vinegared rice and laced with sliced truffle that creates a beautiful dessert-like appearance.

    The beef and sea urchin are grilled after being rolled around vinegared rice. It’s made with a rice wine and soy sauce based sauce that also uses beef sinew.

    The king crab roll is best eaten the restaurant’s specially made sauce that contains tommaley and ponzu.

    The colourful rainbow roll is made with five types of fish―greater amberjack, tuna, mackerel pike, squid and salmon―as well as fried egg and cucumber. These 7 ingredients make the roll look like a precious gem that you’ll find yourself snapping a photo of without even thinking.

    The chef’s recommendation consists of two dishes. The ‘Kaisen Kamataki Gohan’ is a new dish that contains sea urchin, shrimp and squid cooked in an iron kettle with the juices of abalone and sea bram. The ‘Sake to Tappuri Ikura no Kamataki Gohan’ is a bright-red salmon and salted salmon roe dish which has people who have eaten it come back for it again at an 80% rate.

    Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar is a cost-efficient location for enjoying food in Ginza whether it’s from their izakaya style meals to their Japanese-style Chinese dishes.

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