April 15, 2010

Japanify: Sharpening Carbon and Stainless Steel Knives

by Yoko Kumano

After seeing how well the chefs (at Konohana, the sousaku-ryori restaurant I worked at last year in Tokyo) and the housewives in Japan take care of their hōchōs (Japanese cutlery), one of the first things I did when I moved back to the U.S. was to get a knife sharpener for my carbon-steel hōchō I […]

March 18, 2010

Gadget Patrol: Ice Cube Ball Maker

by Kayoko Akabori

Matt and I were sitting at our favorite bar, Hotel Del Mano in Brooklyn, when the bartender mumbled something about the Japanese. We were both a bit bewildered (we were the only Asians at the bar), but then he placed a clunky copper contraption in front of us. He told us that it was from […]

February 18, 2010

Japanify: Making Natto in North America

by Yoko Kumano

Natto is the one of those foods that elicits strong reactions. I get overwhelmed with a sense of joy and excitement, but the response I hear from most people (who aren’t from or aren’t descendants of the eastern regions of Japan) is pure disgust. I remember how clueless I was junior year in college when […]

March 27, 2009

Fridgin’ Out: Liquor Cabinet Edition

by Payman Bahmani

Consider it a testament to Kayoko’s power of persuasion that I’m doing a Fridgin’ Out post. You wouldn’t otherwise know this, but for some time now I’ve been averse to the idea. The notion that strangers would open their refrigerators so other strangers can peer into them for no purpose beyond plain curiosity is a […]

October 23, 2007

Pucchin Purin – Japanese Flan

by Moto Yamamoto

Sometimes I crave for certain food I had growing up, and pucchin purin is definitely one of them. In this day and age, almost all the good stuff from Japan are available in New York, but for some reason certain items such as pucchin purin isn’t one of them. Many people say they like dense […]