CATEGORY FOOD

Limited in Japan? Many flavors for Häagen-Dazs ice cream

Häagen-Dazs is an American ice cream brand, established in The Bronx, New York in 1961. The founders are Reuben Mattus and Rose Mattus (née Vesel). “Häagen-Dazs” is not Danish and it doesn’t have any meaning in any language. Reuben Mattus felt that Denmark was known for its dairy products and had a positive image in…

Photogenic? Colorful ramen!

Which flavor of ramen do you like the most? Sho-yu (soy sauce), Shio(salt), Miso, or *Tonkotsu? Those are popular flavors for ramen, but there are also other flavors! Today, I’d like to talk about unique and colorful ramen. (*豚骨Tonkotsu literally means “pork bone” in Japanese. Tonkotsu-soup is prepared by boiling pork bones and vegetables, and…

Matcha flavored desserts

What is “matcha”? 抹茶(matcha) is powdered green tea leaves. Both the powder itself and drinks made with the powder are called matcha. There are two types of traditional matcha drinks called 濃茶(koicha) and 薄茶(usucha) in Japan. 濃茶(koicha) literally means thick(strong) tea and it has dark green color. On the other hand, 薄茶(usucha) literally means thin(weak)…

Soumen, the thinnest Japanese noodle

素麺/索麺(Soumen) is a type of very thin white Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. The diameter of soumen is under 1.3 mm, and it is usually served cold with a light flavored dipping sauce. You might imagine ‘udon’ if you heard Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. Soumen’s main ingredients are the same as that…

‘Omiyage’ in Kanazawa

What is お土産(omiyage) in the first place? I’d like to write what お土産(omiyage) is before I tell you about omiyage in Kanazawa. I think it is one of Japanese cultures that people buy some souvenirs for their family, friends or co-workers when they go on a trip. When I take a vacation and go on…

The day that people eat eels!      

土用の丑の日(Doyou no ushi no hi=the day of the ox in the term called doyou) July 25th and August 6th, 2017 are days called “Doyou no ushi no hi” in Japan. If you asked Japanese people “What is Doyou no ushi no hi?”, most of them would answer that “It’s a day that we eat unagi(=eel…

Cute animal-shaped desserts

I hadn’t noticed that there are many animal-shaped desserts in Japan until one of my friends from the US told me so. It seems like Japanese people like cute desserts. I’d like to tell you about cute animal-motif desserts today. Ikumi Mama’s animal donuts I was surprised when I saw their donuts! They are so…

Various flavors for soy milk

Kikkoman’s soy milk I suppose you may have heard of Kikkoman if you like soy sauce. Kikkoman is an international food and drink company based in Japan. Its main products include soy sauce, food seasoning and flavoring, sake, juice and other beverages, and they export soy sauce from Japan to many other countries. Let me…

Delicious and healthy ramen for vegetarians and vegans!

What kind of ingredients do you imagine when you hear ramen? Flour and egg for noodles, fish, dried seaweed, chicken, and pork for soup, and boiled egg, bamboo shoot, ginger, and chashu(grilled pork) for toppings? The ingredients are different depending on ramen restaurants, but most of them use meat and chicken or pork bones to…