Category Archives: Japanese food

Sando knows no rules

The Japanese attitude to sando (sandwiches) constantly astonishes me.  There seems to be an almost wilful ignorance of the ancient laws of sandwich making.  The traditional sandwich structure in Japan is mocked; it`s a fun food to be played with, a relic of a … Continue reading

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Rooting for radish

We need energy to fight the cold of winter.  We need vats of veg stinking out the kitchen every night. We need soil, shovel loads of it lining the kitchen floor.  The more smell and soil there is the better.  As my grandad never said, “If … Continue reading

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A visit to Tarekatsu in Kichijoji

Tonkatsu (pork cutlet) is the bangers and mash of Japanese cuisine.  It`s a cheap, no frills meal.  The pork simply arrives on a bed of rice with a bowl of miso soup.  The proof though, as they say, lies in the tonkatsu.  As in the UK with sausages, the … Continue reading

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Morning in Nishiogikubo

For many foreigners, living in Japan is easy; the wages are comfortable,  the crime threat is low, and locals generally let you do what you want.  Language and cultural differences are an inconvenience, but no more.  The biggest challenge for long-term life here is the … Continue reading

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Beat the heat with eel

Eating eel is a popular way of relieving the effects of  natsubate  (summer exhaustion).  Today is national eel eating day. 

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Conquering Burdock

On my recent tour, I had to prepare a barbecue for the group.  I wanted to include Japanese ingredients,  so I bought some gobo, burdock root which appears in many Japanese dishes. 

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Ocean pigs

I ate ocean pig a couple of months ago in Asakusa.  The red juicy flesh, fried dark brown and tender, was chewy and tasty, although pricey. 

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