Author Archives: Moto


June 22, 2016

MOTOism: Matcha Sesame Tofu Two Ways

by Moto

When I tried to come up with a recipe for the Umami Chef Matcha Challenge*, all the usual recipes were too ordinary (lots of sweets) and I wanted to make something a bit different and creative.

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March 7, 2016

MOTOism: Karashi Mentaiko Extreme (Spicy Cured Cod Roe)

by Moto

Hi I am back, sorta. I’ve been making a lot of stuff from scratch. I spend half the week in the countryside, with a big-ass kitchen — it’s an ideal setting to be creative/adventurous with my cooking.

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July 16, 2015

Packaging Whore: Kewpie Egg Royal Mayonnaise

by Moto

Mayonnaise in America = Hellman’s = Gross. This is what many people say or think, but mayo in Japan is very different.

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June 11, 2015

MOTOism: Italian Shumai

by Moto

(Disclaimer: I did NOT see any of the shadows when I was taking these photos. Sorry about this.

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May 11, 2015

MOTOism: Natto Brie Dip

by Moto

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I’ve made quite a few dishes using natto (fermented soy beans) in the past years — from Natto Moffin to sweet Natto Sandwich.

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April 20, 2015

MOTOism: Sake Ice Cream

by Moto

Since this month commemorates Umami Mart’s Japanese beer and sake shop debut, here is another post on sake-related cooking.

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April 9, 2015

MOTOism: Baking with Sake

by Moto

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Hi, I am back. It’s been quite a while since I last posted. Umami Mart has been crazy for Kayoko and Yoko, and I’ve been creating recipes non-stop and teaching cooking classes which has been occupying most of my time.

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May 14, 2014

MOTOism: Homemade Mustard

by Moto

I’ve made many many things from scratch, from macarons and Worcestershire sauce to wedding cakes and plum liqueur.

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March 12, 2014

MOTOism: Homemade Miso

by Moto

As you may know, we recently bought a country house in the deep woods of Connecticut.

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December 17, 2013

MOTOism: Living on Deadlines

by Moto

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Apologies for my long absence, my life has been a bit chaotic. As you know, I teach cooking classes to Japanese ladies (some gents), and temaki sushi-making class for Americans.

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