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/
McFlurry® Black Thunder Make its Delicious Return to McDonald’s Japan
03.June.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is collaborating with the hugely popular Japanese chocolate bar “Black Thunder” to release the “McFlurry® Black Thunder” at all McDonald’s branches across Japan for a limited time from June 10, 2020.
The McFlurry® is known to every McDonald’s customer. Made from delicious soft serve ice cream, it is mixed with various toppings and sauces and then blitzed at high speed to create a smooth, velvety dessert. The dessert has seen many collaborations with other products in Japan in the past, and it’s been 2 years since it has been mixed with Black Thunder.
McFlurry® Black Thunder: ¥290 (Tax Included)
The McFlurry® Black Thunder sees the rich, velvety ice cream combined with crumbly Black Thunder so you get the crunch of the cocoa cookie and biscuit. It’s also drizzled in a chocolate sauce that has been frozen for added crunchiness. You get the bitterness of the cocoa cookie and the sweetness of the chocolate come through.
The dessert will be served in a limited edition Black Thunder cup too. These are available while supplies last.
If you’re in Japan, don’t miss out on the delicious return of the McFlurry® Black Thunder.
McFlurry® Black Thunder
Serving: June 10, 2020 – Mid July 2020 (Subject to change)
Available: Most McDonald’s branches in Japan
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.
McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with confectionery company Morinaga & Company to release the “McShake® Morinaga Ramune” at all McDonald’s branches in Japan. This is the first time McDonald’s Japan has collaborated with the product.
Morinaga Ramune is a candy soda, and the perfect match to McDonald’s sweet and creamy to cool down during spring and early summer.
The mixed beverage maintains the same refreshing taste as the original McShake® while drawing out the full flavour of the Ramune. It’s available in a small size only while supplies last and is the same light blue colour as Morinaga Ramune. It’s also served in an original cup.
McShake® Morinaga Ramune
Release Date: May 20, 2020
Official Website: https://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan are releasing two new limited edition drinks on May 20: the “Goro Goro Peach Smoothie” and “Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe.”
The “Peach Smoothie” first appeared at McDonald’s Japan in 2015 and has been popular every year since. But these two new drinks are taking the peachness to the next level. Until now, the Peach Smoothie has been made with only white peaches, but the new beverages add yellow peaches to that for double the peach goodness.
Goro Goro Peach Smoothie: Regular ¥440 / Large ¥480
The Goro Goro Peach Smoothie uses the juice of white and yellow peaches to create its smoothie base. It’s also topped with a sauce made from the juice of white peach. The sweetness of this yellow and white peach combination makes for an even deeper level of flavour, and the fresh white pieces on top elevate it even more.
Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe: Regular ¥490 / Large ¥530
The frappe uses the same smoothie base and sauce, but adds whipped cream into the mix, resulting in a deliciously creamy texture and flavour.
And for an extra ¥60, you can add more sauce to your Goro Goro Peach Smoothie if you feel it isn’t peachy enough!
Goro Goro Peach Smoothie / Fuwa Fuwa Peach Creamy Frappe
Serving: May 20, 2020 – Late July 2020 (subject to change)
Available: At McCaféby Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp
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 to Release Custard Pudding Flavoured McShake
08.April.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is teaming up with Ezaki Glico to bring Glico’s popular “Pucchi Purin” custard pudding dessert to McDonald’s McShake®. The “Pucchin Purin McShake” will be released at all McDonald’s branches around Japan for a limited time starting on April 13, 2020.
The collaboration comes at the right time as Glico has revamped its popular Pucchi Purin dessert.
The new Pucchin Purin McShake incorporates everything that’s delicious about McShake, including its creamy texture and subtly sweet taste, and combines it with the milky Pucchi Purin pudding with all its caramel goodness, creating a drinkable dessert.
It also comes with some additional caramel sauce (available while supplies last) which only adds to the tempting sweetness of the drink. Add as much or as little as you like.
Pucchin Purin McShake is available in a small only, with cups featuring an original design. This is a must-try for fans of McShake and Japanese custard puddings, known as purin.
Pucchin Purin McShake®
Release Date: April 13, 2020
Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Reveals New Matcha Lattes & Frappes Releasing at McCafé by Barista
06.April.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is releasing four matcha drinks at McCafé by Barista cafes in Japan from April 8: the “Strawberry Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Frappe,” “Matcha Latte Frappe,” “Iced Matcha Latte,” and “Matcha Latte.”
The Strawberry Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Frappe is a new drink by McDonald’s which combines the bitter flavour of matcha powder with sweet-tasting strawberries. It’s topped with a creamy strawberry whipped cream and mixed with tasty milk to create a matcha frappe. It’s also topped with almonds, sliced strawberries, and shiratama, which are Japanese rice flour dumplings. It’s an explosion of flavours that bring together the refreshing taste of the strawberries with the full bodied flavour of the matcha.
The base of the cool Matcha Latte Frappe beverage is matcha powder made using famous Uji matcha from Kyoto and milk which brings sweetness and richness to the drink. It’s finished with whipped cream and a generous sprinkling of matcha powder. The contrast between the white whipped cream and deep green matcha powder makes for a delicious frappe with a Japanese taste.
The Iced Matcha Latte and Matcha Latte too are made with Uji matcha powder and are made with cold milk and hot foamed milk respectively. The milk brings out the richness of the drinks, while the whipped cream with the iced beverage makes for a perfect match with the matcha.
Strawberry Rice Flour Dumpling Matcha Frappe
Matcha Latte Frappe
Iced Matcha Latte
Release Date: April 8, 2020
Available: McCafé by Barista branches in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
McDonald’s Japan Reveals New Samurai Mac Burgers Covered in Charred Soy Sauce
03.April.2020 | FOOD
McDonald’s Japan is set to release two hearty new thick-cut beef burgers under the name “Samurai Mac” at all branches in Japan on April 8, 2020.
The two new Samurai Mac burgers are crafted so the bellies of both kids and adults alike will be satisfied after they chow it down. The burgers mix together Japanese flavours, like charred soy sauce, which is lathered over thick-cut beef burgers.
The “Charred Soy Sauce Thick-Cut Double Beef Burger” is piled with two fat juicy patties made from 100% beef, the taste of which is elevated by the addictive charred soy sauce.
The “Charred Soy Sauce Bacon & Tomato Thick-Cut Beef Burger” is made with a single 100% beef burger and a generous and balanced serving of veggies. The soy sauce once again brings all the flavours together.
McDonald’s Japan has appointed award-winning Japanese actor Masato Sakai as the campaign ambassador to promote the Samurai Macs on social media and the McDonald’s website to help cheer on those working hard every day.
McDonald’s Japan Releases Citron and Pistachio Flavoured Macarons at McCafé by Barista Branches
26.March.2020 | FOOD
McCafé by Barista branches of McDonald’s in Japan released two new flavours in their macaron series on Wednesdayーpistachio and citronーwhich will be served for a limited time until the end of August this year.
The pistachio and citron flavours join McCafé by Barista’s colourful macaron series alongside vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate, which cost just ¥150 each.
The pistachio flavour is filled with a pistachio powder-dusted pistachio cream, giving the crunchy macaron a deliciously nutty flavour and fragrance.
The citron macaron is filled with a refreshing and sour lemon cream. Both of the new flavours are the perfect treat for the start of spring and going into the summer season. They’re even better with one of McCafé by Barista’s high quality coffees.
McCafé by Barista is also serving the “Special Macaron Set” for ¥500 which comes with any two macarons of your choice and a medium hot or iced latte.
Macaron Pistachio / Macaron Citron
Serving: March 25, 2020 – Late August 2020 (subject to change)
Available: McCafé by Barista in Japan
McDonald’s Japan Official Website: http://www.mcdonalds.co.jp/
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/
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/