July 7, 2011

Japanify: Summer Slurp Series: Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen)

by Yoko Kumano

PREFACE Summer Slurp Series, Pt. 1: Nikumiso Udon The one (and only) thing that I miss about the disgustingly humid temperatures in Tokyo is the arrival of cold noodle dishes on menus everywhere. During the hot months of June through September, I would convince myself that I deserved a daily reward of a big bowl […]

June 6, 2011

ReCPY: Barbie Doll Cake

by Moto Yamamoto

I am sure you have been wondering for a week what the hell I was going to do with Barbie doll.  I must say, this journey was one of the most hilarious baking experiences I’ve ever gone through. I made a birthday cake for a friend of mine, let’s call him Deric Dercep, to keep […]

May 25, 2011

Happy Hour: Rainforest Cobbler

by Payman Bahmani

It feels good to return to normalcy (read proper hydration) now that the Manhattan Cocktail Classic (read Manhattan Hangover Classic) has concluded. For myself and the other Bar Fellows of this year’s cocktail classic, normalcy took a bit longer to reach, as we were in the Astor Center Kitchen 12 hours a day prepping and […]

March 29, 2011

Slightly Peckish: Vegetable Shopping, Sri Lankan Style

by Sakura Gooneratne

My parents do their daily and weekly shopping at the vegetable shop just down the road from their house. The thing about South Asian countries is that even though their produce is fresher than fresh, but because of the heat, things go bad very quickly (who wants a bunch of wilted greens?). The main market […]

January 26, 2011

Happy Hour: What’s a Mixing Glass?

by Payman Bahmani

Back in September of last year I wrote about some of the various bar implements that a devoted cocktail geek would own. Looking back I realize it deserves a follow-up piece devoted solely to the various mixing vessels used in cocktail-making. There are shakers and there are mixing glasses, and within each category there are various types. I’ll […]

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 […]

September 2, 2010

Japanify: How to Wash Rice

by Yoko Kumano

One of my tasks as a wee lass in the early 90s was to wash the rice for dinner while my single mom did the rest of the preparation and cooking. She told me that the ultimate goal in rice-washing is to get the water clear. With my tiny hands, I would grind the rice […]

August 11, 2010

Skankynavia: The Art of Growing Shiso

by Anders Arhoj

I am not a gardener. I have no interest in physical labour, no patience for watching stuff grow and I’m always too busy for watering. But after spending one year looking at a pack of Japanese Shiso leaf seeds I got from Yoko (a pure shisoholic) I had to cave in and try it out […]

June 3, 2010

Japanify: Tsuyu (Soba Dipping Sauce)

by Yoko Kumano

Cold noodles are one of the best things about the summer. My favorite cold noodles are soba noodles. When it’s hot outside and steaming rice sounds like the last thing I want to do, I can always rely on soba noodles. But there have been more than a few times that I find that my […]

May 6, 2010

Japanify Ingredients: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Dashi

by Yoko Kumano

One of the most basic things about Japanese cooking that baffled me before living in Japan was how to make dashi. I knew it was easy and that the ingredients were readily available, but I wanted to make it right. All from scratch. Here is the definitive guide to making dashi. The easiest way to […]