Good Eats: Sasanoyuki (Tokyo)

Don't laugh, but I adore tofu. I didn't until I moved to Japan and learned that those large strained blocks of mush could actually be turned into something delectable. Since then, however, I detour for good tofu, which is how I found myself at Sasanoyuki in Tokyo's Uguisudani neighborhood, a short walk from Ueno. Sasanoyuki has... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Ashibiuna (Naha)

A few of you have mentioned to me in the comments or elsewhere that you were surprised to hear that  1) I actually lived for quite a while in Okinawa and 2) I didn't really like it all that much at the time. True, and true. I'm certainly much happier here in Kyushu, without the... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Tofu

Courtney serves up some tofu this week, one of the staple's in my own household.  Tofu, or bean curd, is made from soy. Soy milk is curdled and then pressed into blocks similar to how cheese is produced from cow’s milk. Originating in China, tofu arrived in Japan in the eighth century. Tofu can range... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Ten (Kyoto)

I’ve just come back from three packed days of sightseeing and eating in Kyoto and, while I’d love to keep this amazing matcha cheesecake a secret, I can’t help but share with you all my new favorite café in the old capital. If you’ve been fighting the crowds on the Kiyomizu-zaka (one of the main... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Kawashima Tofu (Karatsu)

The seaside city of Karatsu in northern Saga prefecture might not seem like the place to come on a tofu pilgrimage but if you love soy in all its incarnations, you shouldn't miss a meal at 200-year-old Kawashima Tofu. Chef Kawashima keeps baker's hours, in the kitchen by 3am every morning to start boiling and... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Okutan (Kyoto)

Japan is a seafood nation and rightly so. Being made up of over 4000 islands, we kinda have a lot of water here. But Kyoto is a landlocked city and for centuries, the transport of truly fresh fish from Japan’s coasts through the country’s mountainous interior was impossible. As a result, Kyoto was forced to... Continue Reading →

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