June 13, 2011

ReCPY: MOnut

by Moto Yamamoto

After seeing so many people starting a second career by opening gluten-free bakeries around the U.S., I thought, “Martha, you totally missed your chance to capitalize on my MO-dessert line!” Unfortunately, whenever I read recipes for gluten-free items online, it’s always so complicated. Xantham gum? What the hell is that? To substitute wheat flour people […]

June 1, 2011

Packaging Whore: Wrapper’s Delight

by Anders Arhoj

Oh great, here we go again. Another blog post about Japanese food packaging design. But you know what? The reality is that the Japanese kick our butts many times over when it comes to intelligent, fun and groundbreaking ways to wrap something edible. Ok, so there actually are American designers at work behind the scenes […]

May 11, 2011

Slightly Peckish: Lanka: Japanese Cake Shop + Tea Salon (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

As you may all know, I’m half-Japanese and half-Sri Lankan, so anything to do with either country sparks an immediate interest. So when I began hearing rumours about a new Japanese cake shop and tea salon springing up in trendy Primrose Hill in north London last year, my ears perked up. My sister and I […]

February 28, 2011

ReCPY: MOcarons

by Moto Yamamoto

My MO-obsession (baking with rice flour) has returned, and this time, it’s the MOcaron. Now that I know exactly what to do when it comes to macaron-making, substituting almond flour with other ingredients is not that hard. Having said that, I had no idea whether rice flour would work. Since the first recipe I used […]

February 9, 2011

Packaging Whore: Kawaii Eats

by Anders Arhoj

The kawaii (= cute) world of Japan is a very positive dimension of happiness, beauty, bunnies, rainbows and ribbons. And not just something that contains characters, but also an aesthetic approach that appeals to your heart, with a rather feminine touch and usually a soft design that makes you go, “Awwwww, that’s so CUUUTE”. Girls […]

November 15, 2010

ReCPY: Yamahomo vs. Ladurée: Black Sesame + Kinako Macarons

by Moto Yamamoto

PREFACE Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (Part 1 & 2) Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (The Battle Continues) Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (Trial 4, 5 & 6) Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (Matcha Macarons) I know, I know, I have to revisit the Flødeboller Battle, but it takes too much effort so I diverted to macarons this week. You may be sick […]

November 1, 2010

Battle ReCPY: Yamahomo vs. Ladurée: Matcha Macarons

by Moto Yamamoto

PREFACE Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (Part 1 & 2) Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (The Battle Continues) Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (Trial 4, 5 & 6) Since winning my Ladurée Battle at Trial #6 two years ago, I haven’t made macaron for a while. But when looking through the Best of UM posts, I was tempted to make another […]

August 9, 2010

ReCPY: Shiso Granita

by Moto Yamamoto

I mention all the time that there’s a Greenmarket every Wednesday outside of my work. There’s an awesome Korean-owned farm, who always have Japanese cucumbers, eggplants and shishito peppers. This season, shiso is abundant as well. I only buy shiso there since everything else is extremely expensive. On top of it, the next tent sells […]

July 13, 2010

Tokyo JUNKtion in New York

by Moto Yamamoto

My friend Futoshi came back from Japan and brought some of the newest and weirdest junk food from the motherland. In recent months, the most popular food item in Japan is apparently the edible chill-infused oil or 食べる辣油.  I saw articles about it in newspapers everywhere– Japan’s major condiment brand Momoya, came out with this […]

July 5, 2010

ReCPY: Cool Mizu-Yokan

by Moto Yamamoto

In Japan, people give gifts to each other on many occasions. Don’t you have one or two Japanese friends, who give you gifts whenever they return from Japan despite the fact that you’ve never given them anything? You thought, “This is awkward, do you like me or something?!” right? I have no idea where this […]