Kitchen Culture

Tasty tidbits from the old-fashioned Japanese kitchen
Earthy Gobo

Earthy Gobo

ごぼう・牛蒡・Gobō (burdock root; Arctium lappa) Kimpira, named after a folk-hero celebrated for his fervent determination and fiery ways, is a quickly assembled, skillet-stirred vegetable dish finished with an incendiary 7-spice blend. Kimpira frequently appears on the menu...

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Elusive Taste of Spring: URUI

Elusive Taste of Spring: URUI

うるい・UruiThe Elusive Taste of Spring Urui (Hosta sieboldiana) is in the lily family; it is often planted as an ornamental in gardens. It thrives in damp soil in areas of partial or dappled shade. It has been cultivated in Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868) though...

KUSHI (skewers)

KUSHI (skewers)

串・KUSHISkewers Galore Because spearing or threading food on skewers makes cooking over a fire easier and more efficient it's not surprising to find some sort of skewered food in nearly every food culture. There is (Brazil's) churrasco, (Spain's) pinchos, (Turkey's)...

Chikuzen Ni

Chikuzen Ni

筑前煮・Chikuzen NiVegan Version: Soy-Braised Vegetables with Thick Fried TōfuClassic Version: Soy-Braised Vegetables with Chicken Chikuzen is the former name of a province, the area that is today part of Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyūshū. The word “ni” in the title of this...

NYUMEN

NYUMEN

煮麺 ・NyūmenSōmen Noodles Served in Piping Hot Broth Sōmen is usually served chilled, often on chunks of ice. Dipped into a deeply flavored sauce to which condiments have been added, it becomes a survival strategy for hot, humid days. But in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku),...

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