Author Archives: Moto


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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September 13, 2013

MOTOism: Ramen Burger

by Moto

When it comes to waiting for food, New York is turning into Japan. The Cronut for example, a pastry mashup of croissant + donut created at the Dominique Ansel Bakery, is apparently so good that people line up at 6am to score the precious two pieces per person.

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August 12, 2013

MOTOism: A Glimpse Into My Cooking Class

by Moto

Just about a year ago, I left my day job to become an entrepreneur. Similar story to the Umami Mart ladies.

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July 23, 2013

MOTOism: Food in France

by Moto

I went to France for the first time. As I packed for the trip, all I could think about was the scene from The Devil Wears Prada where Anne throws her cellphone into a fountain.

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June 19, 2013

Conbini Cabaret: My Inconvenient Conbini Town

by Moto

Conbinis are everywhere in Japan. Lawson, 7-Eleven, AM/PM, Yamazaki Daily, to name a few. You throw a rock, and you would probably hit three conbinis simultaneously.

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