Author Archives: Florentyna Leow


November 2, 2016

Postcard from Hokkaido: Next-Level Ochazuke in Kushiro

by Florentyna Leow

I’ve had many a bowl of ochazuke in my life but never expected to be blown away by a rendition from a random little izakaya called Aburiya in Kushiro.

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October 26, 2016

Postcard from Hokkaido: Autumn Salmon at Washo Ichiba, Kushiro

by Florentyna Leow

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I paid a quick visit to Washo Ichiba, a sizeable fish market in Kushiro near the city hall.

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October 10, 2016

You Need This in Your Life: Bacon and Egg Mazemen from YUJI Ramen

by Florentyna Leow

Living in Japan, I’m not used to spending a lot of money for ramen. But recently, while visiting New York – Brooklyn, to be exact – I shelled out $20 for a bowl of ramen and I would do it all over again.

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March 14, 2016

Furochan Eats: A Guide to Buying Fish Sauce in Vietnam

by Florentyna Leow

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Here’s the scenario: you’re travelling in Ho Chi Minh and you’ve made it your mission to buy fish sauce.

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September 14, 2015

Furochan Eats: Taco Rice GIF!

by Florentyna Leow

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Taco rice is the culinary lovechild of Tex-Mex, Okinawan and Japanese flavours — a dish that’s popular all over Japan these days.

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January 22, 2015

Furochan Eats: Ramen Is Not Dead. It’s Just Getting Started

by Florentyna Leow

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Sometime last week, Dave Chang of Momofuku fame declared ramen dead (in the States). You can read his diatribe in its entirety over at Lucky Peach, but he makes several ludicrous claims there, including, “Access to instantaneous information from the Internet has killed innovation in ramen,” “Ramen was always a fringe pursuit in Japan” and, most absurd of all, “Ramen is not supposed to be about shared experiences; ramen is food for those who don’t want to be part of the mainstream.”

This is, of course, a whole crock of horse shit.

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January 15, 2014

Sweet Nostalgia: A Translation

by Florentyna Leow

I’ve been thinking a lot about food and nostalgia. I always think about food, but lately I’ve been interested in the way people discuss and remember food — things we eat, things we used to eat, and the memories associated with various kinds of food.

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December 4, 2013

Furochan Eats: I Dream of Yee Mee

by Florentyna Leow

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Sometimes when I eat out I’ll come across a dish so awful, I occasionally fantasise about bringing the bowl to the kitchen, pouring the contents into the sink and then storming out of the shop, leaving glitter and rainbow dust in my midst.

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October 25, 2013

Furochan Eats: Out in Otaru, Hokkaido

by Florentyna Leow

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The temperature readings for the past week have been falling to lows of nines and elevens (that’s Celsius, for all you Americans out there).

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September 16, 2013

Furochan Eats: Sapporo’s Soup Curry is a Joy Forever (Until You Finish Eating It)

by Florentyna Leow

“I hate Tokyo.” S’s face was perfectly serious. “Sapporo is so much better — less people, nice weather, great seafood, lots of snow… and Tokyo sucks during the summer.”

I’ll never hate Tokyo but you can’t argue with a Sapporo boy on that last point.

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