October 13, 2014

Japanify: Grilled Shio-Koji Nagaimo

by Yoko Kumano

Last February, I went to Jicca in Tokyo and had this seemingly unassuming dish. I’ve mainly had raw nagaimo (Chinese yam) julienned or grated in all its gooey glory. But at Jicca, it was seasoned with some serious magic. Lightly grilling this nagaimo brought out a toasty, yammy aroma while retaining its natural saku-saku crunch factor. The magical taste […]

March 1, 2012

Japanify: Nagaimo

by Yoko Kumano

On paper, nagaimo sounds like a miracle food. Nagaimo is a type of yam with hardly any calories, while simultaneously lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s also full of potassium and fiber and ideal for the diet of a diabetic. And that list doesn’t even include its most popular benefit. It’s been said that during the […]