The UM Reader

May 5, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Asian Salad Must Die

by Kayoko Akabori

We often joke about the Asian Salad genre at Umami Mart HQ — Chinese Chicken Salad, Chopped Asian Salad, Oriental Salad, etc.

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April 14, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Japanese Wiener Obsession

by Sarah Han

Doggy Style, Alameda, photo by Sarah Han

– Hot diggity dog, check this out! Kayoko is quoted in a recent article written by Jonathan Kauffman for the San Francisco Chronicle on Japanese hot dogs.

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April 7, 2017

The Umami Reader: Here’s How You Shouldn’t Eat Soup Dumplings

by Sarah Han

Photo by Kayoko Akabori

– Oy vey, Time Out London got some people down in the dumps about a recent video on Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings.

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March 31, 2017

The Umami Reader: Drake Learns Not to Eat Crappy Sushi in Amsterdam

by Sarah Han

– Seventeen-thousand disappointed Drake fans in Amsterdam learned 75-minutes into waiting for his Monday-night performance that the rapper would not be playing after all.

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March 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Art of Handmade Soba

by Sarah Han

–  If you’ve had freshly-made soba, you know that the difference between dried and fresh buckwheat noodles is astounding, but even then, you might not know the amount of work that goes into making these noodles.

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March 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Death of Lucky Peach

by Sarah Han

Some sad news for fans of Lucky Peach: The six-year-old food media company created by Peter Meehan and David Chang announced that it will soon close up shop.

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March 10, 2017

The Umami Reader: Japan’s Pizza Hut Cats Are Back!

by Sarah Han

– In 2014, Pizza Hut Japan created a cat-tastic ad campaign. “Pizza Cat!” was a fictional Pizza Hut location run by an all-cat staff.

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March 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kawaii!! Japanese Animal-Shaped Donuts

by Sarah Han

Floresta Nature Doughnuts in Tokyo makes animal-shaped donuts that are pretty much the cutest fried and frosted things you can stuff in your mouth.

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February 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: Can Ethnic Restaurants Be “Authentic” If They’re Not Cheap?

by Sarah Han

Photo via @jamessyhabout

– Hopefully you got a chance to eat at Hawker Fare Oakland before it closed last weekend. 

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February 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: We Support Restaurants that Support Immigrants

by Sarah Han

Image by @maryemilyohara via Twitter

– The restaurant and hospitality industries are two of the biggest with large immigrant workforces, and people within the food industry are beginning to speak out about the anti-immigrant Trump administration policies. 

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