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The truth about Japanese tempura

When 16th-Century Portuguese came to Japan, they brought a special dish with them. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.<p>In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up …

Japan

The Toxic Saga of the World’s Greatest Fish Market

More than 16 years and 600 billion yen later, the fate of Tokyo’s Tsukiji market is still up in the air<p><b>Tsukiji is the most exalted fish market</b> on earth, the sort of humbling place that causes the likes of globally worshipped god-chef René Redzepi to deem it one of the “seven culinary wonders of the …

Japan

Maruka: Shikoku-style ‘udon’ at its best, if you don’t mind the wait

Many of Tokyo’s finest restaurants are so hidden away you hardly know they’re even there. But there’s little chance of missing Maruka. In the …

Japan

Apicius, Tokyo, Japan. An exceptional meal,...

Apicius, Tokyo, Japan. An exceptional meal, transporting you back into the first half of the 20th century where the art of traditional French fine …

Demand for Exotic Kit Kats Is So High Nestle's Building a New Plant

Wasabi, green tea and sake aren’t just foods in Japan, they’re also a few of the many versions of Kit Kats offered in the country.<p>While the …

Japan

Tokyo cafe ditches bread, makes its sandwiches with slices of cake instead

Never eaten <b>beef and cake in the same bite</b>? Neither had we, until now, but we’re glad we finally did.When making a <b>sandwich</b>, creating some sort of …

Japan

Toyoken: Narisawa's take on 'yoshoku' cuisine

Curry-rice, <i>menchi-katsu</i> cutlet, <i>kani</i> (crab) cream croquette, and <i>kaki</i> (oyster) fry… Dinner at Toyoken reads like a roll call of retro comfort food from …

Japan

How the Japanese Government is Killing Yatai Food Carts

Every night at dusk, the sun sets over Fukuoka City and the past emerges from odd corners. From alleys between buildings and abandoned parking lots, …

Japan

Yatai: Fukuoka’s Fantastic Street Food

The first time I visited a Yatai in Fukuoka, I ate some truly delicious Mentaiko Tamago-Yaki whilst I chatted to a Japanese man who proceeded to tell …

Japan

Sushi Gyoten: In the experienced hands of a young sushi master

Arriving at Sushi Gyoten for the first time feels a bit like slipping back in time. The weathered bamboo fence, carefully positioned ornamental rocks …

Food & Dining

Udon Taira: Keeping Kyushu's noodle tradition alive

You can’t mention “Fukuoka” and “noodles” in the same sentence without thinking of ramen. But long before ramen arrived in Kyushu, the local favorite …

Japan

Sake Diary - Kikuya: Ebisu

Kikuya is Tokyo's first stand-up tempura and craft-sake bar, an extremely specific culinary niche that we didn't realize needed filling until we …

Fish

Tenzushi Kyomachi 天寿し京町店

Forget the conventional ways<p>Forget the adage that ultimate simplicity leads to purity<p>Forget everything you know about sushi<p>Let go and Let Amano<p>Ladies …

Kikuzushi 菊鮨 (Fukuoka, Japan)

<b>The Force is Strong with this one….</b><p>That was what was running through my mind when I was having sushi at this place.<p>There are many things to like …

Food & Dining

5 of the Best Ramen Restaurants in Fukuoka

Add to favorites<p>If you can’t resist a steaming bowl of ramen, you’ll want to try the real deal on its home turf. Head to Fukuoka, the heart of …

Japan

Motsunabe Treat in Fukuoka

During our brief stay in Fukuoka, we tried Motsunabe for the first time at a place called Motsunabe Yamanaka, one of the better known restaurants in …

Delights of Kyushu (5): Horsemeat cuisine at Suganoya Kamidori (菅乃屋上通店), Kumamoto

We went to Kumamoto on a day trip today, about 1.5 hours south of Fukuoka on the Shinkansen. This city is home to one of the most important castles …

Travels With Tetsuya

You could say that Tetsuya Wakuda has come full circle in life. Born in the town of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka, he left Japan in 1982 at the age of 22 …

Japan

Tsuruhachi Bunten 鶴八 分店

<b>I LOVE THIS PLACE</b><p>I am usually a very cynical person but I still believe in love(<p>Interesting side fact is the location of this sushi-ya: it is located …

Food & Dining

Japanese hamburger chain replaces buns with beef patties for awesomely crazy sandwich

<b>Mos Burger’s</b> new <b>Niku Niku Niku Burger</b> actually shows some restraint in its name, but not its ingredients.<p>Long ago, before moving across the Pacific, …

Burgers

Ryo: Grilled eel perfectly paired with sake and relaxed style

Specialist <i>unagi</i> restaurants generally fall into two categories. Most follow tradition, evoking the old days when grilled freshwater eel was a humble …

Japan

Mimosa: Taking Shanghai cuisine to the next level

When a restaurant is so popular you have to reserve as much as a month in advance, there’s always a concern it may not live up to all the …

Restaurants

Pizza Studio Tamaki: A challenger for the title of Tokyo's best pie?

Tokyo’s best new pizzeria is not hard to find. Just a brief stroll from Akabanebashi Station, it faces out onto a quiet open space ringed with trees. …

Pizza

The 12 Best French Restaurants In Kyoto, Japan

Ryoriya Stephen Pantel<p>Think you know French food? Think again. Opened by French chef Stephen Pantel, Ryoriya Stephen Pantel breaks down culinary …

Restaurants

Kurosugi: A fish doesn't need to be sexy when it's sublime

Without a doubt the worst-named restaurant of the year is London’s “Sexy Fish.” But, the name — the audacity and stupidity of it — did set me …

Da Yuki: An authentic Neapolitan pizzeria

Da Yuki is an authentic, bijou Neapolitan pizzeria opened 10 years ago by Yuki Kamada, who, like many Japanese, is not prone to doing things in half …

Japan

Kappo: The Art of Dining in Osaka

When we learnt that we were headed to Osaka, we asked ourselves, “what must we eat?”<p>Because Osaka is affectionately known as the Kitchen of Japan, …

We visited an oden store in Shinbashi frequented by the late Kim Jong-nam

Oden tastes best when simmered in <b>flavorful history</b>.The world reeled in shock when Kim Jong-nam, eldest son of the deceased leader of North Korea, was …

Japan