the art of kitchen combat
soothes heart and soul
the art of kitchen combat
soothes heart and soul
It’s no secret that ramen dishes are some of the tastiest meals on the planet and that it’s very likely you’ll find the meaning of life at the bottom of a bowl once you’ve finished slurping up all the noodles and broth. This deliciousness comes from the heart and soul that ramen chefs put into their craft.
Using a wide variety of techniques and tools, the chefs elevate ramen making into an artform and one of the most intriguing skills that’s put into practice is yugiri. This technique involves ‘cutting’ hot water in a strainer, producing some of the most elegant moves that you’ll ever see in a kitchen.
Japanese food is perfect for experiential dining, as there’s an art and tradition behind Japanese cooking that goes back centuries and deserves to be shared with people from all walks of life. One of the most interactive Japanese dining experiences is an omakase menu, which puts the power of food in the chef’s hands. The customer must place their trust in the chef, who serves a range of dishes that are personal to them.
I recently had my first omakase experience at Auradaze, a small Japanese deli/restaurant combination in Ambleside in the Lake District. The definition of a hidden gem, Auradaze was a truly unforgettable experience that brought together humble beginnings, fine dining, great stories and good company under one roof. Continue reading “The Definition Of A Hidden Gem: Experience Some Of The Best Japanese Food In The World At Auradaze”
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to business all over the world. Lockdowns have closed restaurants and bars, forcing the hospitality industry to adapt rapidly to people staying at home. The same situation happened in my home city of Manchester and I was seriously craving some good ramen broth.
The solution? Call on YaoYao Noodles to come to the rescue and deliver a ramen noodle kit.
Japan produces some of the most unique spirits in the world, namely shochu and awamori. The production of western spirits such as gin has increased rapidly and it’s also worth keeping an eye out for Japanese rum.
I recently tried my first Japanese rum in the form of Santa Maria gold and found it to be a revelation. Soft and delicate, the Santa Maria gold is unlike any kind of rum I’ve tasted before. Continue reading “A Rum Revelation: Santa Maria Gold Is A Must-Try Japanese Rum”
Cooking fusion food is an excellent way to experiment with different flavours and influences from other cultures. And I’m back with another recipe that brings together my two favourite types of food: Japanese and Italian. I wanted to create a dish that celebrated my Calabrian heritage, while maintaining a Japanese aesthetic.
The result was a spicy bowl of udon noodles coated with Calabrian nduja sausage and mixed with bacon, polenta and a nori garnish. It’s an easy, delicious meal to make for when you want a quick lunch or dinner. Continue reading “Nduja Udon With Bacon And Polenta Recipe”
The craft beer boom has given breweries an unprecedented amount of freedom to test new flavours and constantly reinvent the idea of what makes a refreshing pint. Japanese breweries like the Shimane Beer Company are at the forefront of this runaway success, producing a wide range of craft beer that can now be found all over the world.
A beer I tried from the brewery recently was Shimane Weizen, a 5% German-style hefeweizen that went down only too well. Continue reading “Shimane Weizen Beer Review: Golden, Glorious And Gentle”
Wafu food is the meeting of Japanese ingredients and western cooking and pasta is a wonderful arena for wafu experimentation. My latest recipe is scrumptious fusilli pasta that features savoury shiitake mushrooms slathered in homemade tomato sauce infused with sake. Continue reading “Wafu Shiitake Mushroom Fusilli With Tomato And Nihonshu Sauce Recipe”
Japanese sake is experiencing a renaissance in the west. More information is available for demystifying Japan’s national alcohol, while sake-related organisations, breweries and sommeliers are breaking down misconceptions about nihonshu and experimenting with a variety of amazing flavours.
One of the most dynamic western markets for sake is the UK and there are some great places to get it if you know where to look. With that said, here are six of the best places to get your sake fix in the UK! Continue reading “6 Of The Best Places To Buy Sake In The UK”
There’s a drink revolution going on in the UK and it’s all to do with Japanese sake. And if you want to experience it firsthand, then London is one of the best places to step into the world of nihonshu at Moto, the UK’s first independent sake bar and shop. While sake has always been a staple of menus in Japanese restaurants, Moto has taken it a step further by making the alcohol the star of the show and the results are electrifying. Continue reading “Step Into Sake Heaven With A Visit To The UK’s First Independent Sake Bar And Shop Moto”