January 25, 2012

Skankynavia: Vigorious Rice Mix

by Anders Arhoj

The other day at my local Asian market — which is usually not very well equipped since importing food from Asia to an unsignificant little island kingdom like Denmark is incredibly pricey — I found these bags of grains. And I remembered the many crazy versions of rice I often came across when living in […]

December 22, 2011

Japanified Arancini

by Yoko Kumano

When I was a kid, my mom made ebi-fry, tonkatsu and korokke frequently. Every time she would serve up one of these deep-fried treats, my sister and I who were both picky eaters, would be satisfied. To this day, I love Japanese deep fried foods. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the […]

October 25, 2011

Radiation + Japan: Interview with Satoshi Imai, Rice Farmer (Niigata)

by Yoko Kumano

Last Wednesday, I went with the OPENharvest group to a rice farm in Uonuma, Niigata. We harvested one paddy of rice from cutting the rice plants to hanging them to dry on a rack. Rice farmer Satoshi Imai gave me the run down on why his rice is special and how he envisions the future […]

October 24, 2011

Rice Harvesting in Niigata

by Kayoko Akabori

At 5am on a Thursday morning, groggy and jetlagged, 20 of us OPENharvest participants, with Food Light Project members piled into three vans headed for Niigata prefecture. As we drove through the quiet morning streets of Tokyo, we eagerly anticipated the adventures ahead. Three hours and several rest stops later, we made it to Uonuma, […]

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 […]

September 21, 2011

Skankynavia: Iri Iri Pan Pan (Beef + Eggs Over Rice)

by Anders Arhoj

Most people think the Japanese eat sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fact is, most of their diet is something entirely different. Like iri iri pan pan for example: rice, beef, eggs and peas. It’s a super easy dish which has an undertone of sugary sweetness crashing with the crunchy peas. – Served very hot […]

September 19, 2011

ReCPY: Homemade Hayashi Rice

by Moto Yamamoto

The Japanese have many dishes that originated somewhere in the world, but recreated it in such a way that fits to their taste. Curry, from India, is a good example. Japanese curry isn’t the same curry as the kind from India. It’s a lot sweeter, and thicker. Hamburger aka humbagu is eaten without buns (very […]

August 31, 2011

Skankynavia: Copenhagen Onigiri (A Tribute to Tokyo)

by Anders Arhoj

My city has experienced the wettest summer in the recorded weather history of Denmark. Just this morning I woke up to a two hour thunderstorm with the most insane cracks, blitzes and a mustard yellow hazy sky. It felt like some aliens were landing on the planet in giant yellow spaceships. Unfortunately they didn’t, and […]

August 12, 2011

Orenchi Ramen (Santa Clara)

by Kayoko Akabori

The Bay Area is a big sprawling wasteland of awesome food, that rivals Los Angeles in its expansiveness. Sadly however, up in the hyped-up food scene of San Francisco (“the city”), no one really talks about the South Bay. San Jose is a bad bad word. It’s a shame, cause just a 45 minute drive […]

August 11, 2011

Japanify: Zousui aka Hangover Porridge

by Yoko Kumano

The other morning I woke up with the worst hangover I’ve had in two years. I remember drinking shochu the night before like I was drinking water. I clearly ended up mixing up the two halfway through the night because they both looked the same, yet the shochu tasted better. The upside is that I […]