February 19, 2013

MOTOism: Ghetto Gourmet: Ramen della Carbonara

by Moto Yamamoto

Ramen culture has finally reached America. In New York, when it rains, it rains cats and dogs. There are so many new places opening up and I already lost count. Tonkotsu, shoyu, miso, there is so much variety. Plus, American-owned ramen places serve innovative dishes that are more like soupy pasta than ramen. Thanks to […]

December 11, 2012

Lazyass Cookin’: Mapo Tofu

by Kayoko Akabori

Life is busy these days. With the shop in full holiday swing, it’s hard to find time to cook. But Yoko and I are good about taking turns bringing bentos — it’s nice to take the time to plan out what to make next. The key is to make a big vat of something so […]

October 25, 2012

Japanify: Negitoro Don

by Yoko Kumano

I am posting a recipe for negitoro donburi for the pure fact that this is the most delicious thing to make in under 5 minutes if you have cooked rice on hand. If your fish monger sells toro pieces for cheaper, grab the opportunity to make this dish. If pieces of toro are not available, […]

April 9, 2012

ReCPY: Lazyass Sakuramochi (And Failures from Cutting Corners)

by Moto Yamamoto

In Japan, everything is made easy for busy housewives who have to raise kids, clean the house, yet also have to cook and make dessert. You throw things in a microwave and five minutes later, you can a serve main course to your hungry kids and demanding, asshole husbands. I was recently given a simple-to-make sakuramochi […]

February 10, 2012

Lazyass Cookin’: Curry Udon

by Kayoko Akabori

As we continue to celebrate the almighty noodle here, I give you one of my most delicious, yet absurdly lazyass recipes in my repertoire: curry udon. I love making Japanese-style curry in the winter, it is so soul-warming, with all the carrots, onions, meat and potatoes. But living alone means getting bored of having the same […]

December 8, 2011

Lazyass Cookin’: Natto Omelette

by Kayoko Akabori

I have missed writing this column, so I’m bringing it back! I can not pretend that I have abandoned my lazy ways, or that I’ve stopped cutting corners when cooking. My kitchen may be much bigger than what I had in Brooklyn, but this only means that I can spread out my laziness over more […]

November 30, 2011

Skankynavia: Bacon Udon

by Anders Arhoj

Enjoying the early winter so far? I know I am. I’m a cave bear and enjoy spending the long Scandinavian winter evenings in my studio or couch, working, crafting or watching Daria. In fact, since it is so windy, wet and utterly, depressively dark, I feel less bad about not hanging out on the beach, […]

October 31, 2011

Beyonce + Dancing Japanese Cup Ramen Boyz = Best Commercial Ever

by Kayoko Akabori I spent the weekend with my good friend Naoko in her cabin in the woods this weekend in Nagano. We had a wonderful time catching up, sleeping, going to the onsen (hot springs), reading, and of course, watching tv. This commercial is by far the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. The […]

September 29, 2011

Japanify: Silicone Steamer Rice

by Yoko Kumano

The silicone steamer craze has been in full force in Japan since 2010. With the economy tanking continuously since 2008, single men and women who have never tried their hand at cooking have taken solace in kitchenware that promise quick and easy recipes. My friend from Tokyo who visited me last year, gave me my […]

August 18, 2011

Japanify: Avocado Sashimi with Yuzu Kosho

by Yoko Kumano

Avocado sashimi with yuzu kosho is the easiest dish to make. It’s great to serve your guests before the main course. It’s also an ideal option to serve yourself when you are feeling really lazy but a little fancy. I prepare this for myself when I am craving something heavier than a salad and more […]