November 25, 2016

The Umami Reader: This Bong Menorah Guarantees 8 Nights of Hanukkah Munchies

by Sarah Han

– You’re going to have some intense munchies this Hanukkah should you partake in rips from this glass bong Menorah. The Gravs Lab Menorah features eight smaller stems and one large stem that you can light and hit all at once. To quote a commentor on Facebook, “Mazel cough!” (Forward) – If you’ve spent much time in a Korean […]

April 5, 2016

Conbini Creations: The Ultimate Umami Grilled Cheese

by Sarah Han

Mayonnaise. It’s such a divisive condiment. People loooove it or haaaate it passionately. Working at Umami Mart, I overhear a lot of conversations between people when they see we carry Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise in our conbini (Japanese for convenience store) food section. I’ve heard customers proclaim, “THIS is the BEST mayo in the world!” and others groan or say, “Ugh! Gross!” about […]

July 16, 2015

Packaging Whore: Kewpie Egg Royal Mayonnaise

by Moto Yamamoto

Mayonnaise in America = Hellman’s = Gross. This is what many people say or think, but mayo in Japan is very different. As many of you know, Kewpie mayo is the good stuff.  If you haven’t had them, go to Umami Mart in Oakland and buy one. Or you can make it yourself. A lot of […]

June 16, 2011

Japanify: Nuked Potato

by Yoko Kumano

Microwave cooking is big in Japan. Just like buying panties from vending machines. People do it all the time and there is no need to be ashamed when doing it. One of the most genius ideas I acquired while living in Japan was microwaving a potato. Japan has these cute little jagaimo (potatoes) that make […]

April 21, 2011

Japanify: Yoko’s Japanese Potato Salad*

by Yoko Kumano

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I don’t like eggs. But it’s not as debilitating as many people think. I can always get a waffle or bagel with a side for breakfast and choose to ask for no egg with my ramen. Luckily I am okay with foodstuffs with eggs as an […]

January 20, 2011

Japanify Ingredients: Homemade Kewpie Mayonnaise

by Yoko Kumano

When I was five, my family moved from the heart of the Silicon Valley (Cupertino) to the heart of Tokyo (Aoyama). Although it probably would have been a dream for trendy tots and tweens like Suri or Tavi, I was a tomboy who liked my suburban swing set in Cupertino and despised the high-rise buildings […]