No3 [Restaurant] Oodles of noodles at Ittenbari

Oodles of noodles at Ittenbari There is a scene in the quirky 80s film comedy ‘Tampopo’, where an old ramen master teaches his young pupil the correct way to eat noodle soup. “First you must observe it in its entirety,” explains the aged teacher, “and then caress the noodles with your chop[...]

No3 [Cooking] Zaru soba

Zaru soba Soba noodles are very traditional form of Japanese cuisine. These noodles are made using buckwheat flour (the buckwheat plant is also calles “soba” in Japanese) as well as wheat flour, eggs, Japanese yams and water. They are low in calories compared to other carbohydrates, whic[...]

No2 [Restaurant] Celebrate the finest steak in the world at Matsuri

Celebrate the finest steak in the world at Matsuri Wagyu – The Holy Grail for any lover of red meat seeking the ultimate steak. Prized as possibly the most tender, succulent beef available on the planet, Wagyu is produced from four main breeds of cattle, developed in Imperial Japan to yield me[...]

No2 [Eating] How to make perfect nigiri

How to make perfect nigiri Creating rice balls for nigiri-zushi and onigiri, can be a bit of a bore. And unless you’re a trained sushi chef it often ends with a plate of misshapen sticky lumps unlikely to appear on the conveyor belt of any half-decent kaiten-zushi. But you can make things eas[...]

No2 [Cooking] Inari Zushi

Inari zushi Inari zushi are made from fried tofu that is boiled to be sweet or bittersweet and stuffed with boiled rice. When the rice inside is infused with vinegar it is classified as a kind of sushi and the name of the dish is said to come from an old folk tale where fried tofu was the favourite[...]

No1 [Restaurant] A taste of Kyûshû, in Marylebone

A taste of Kyûshû, in Marylebone Japanese food for many people means one thing – sushi. Tempura, tonkatsu curry and bento boxes may also figure, but it’s sushi that dominates. It may be the national dish, but spend a short time in Japan and you’ll discover a country obsessed by food. Dishes [...]

No1 [Eating] Harumi, the Housewife’s Heroine

Harumi, the Housewife’s Heroine Despite her status as domestic superstar (over 22 million books sold in japan, a chain of shops, her own homeware range) Kurihara Harumi still retains the image of ordinary housewife, or shufu. The celebrity writer likes to recall how her mother would rise at five e[...]

No1 [Cooking] Tofu “Hamburgers”

Tofu “Hamburgers” Make healthy Tofu “Hamburgers” by simply mixing with tofu and frying! Enjoy the silky smooth texture of tofu together with the crunchiness of vegetables with these Japanese style hamburgers that use no meat at all. Tofu is a processed food product made from [...]