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Ichiran Ramen!

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Tourists from China and Taiwan can’t wait to go to Ichiran for its Hakata tonkotsu (pork) ramen. That means the rest of us can’t afford not to know about Ichiran, so let’s have a look. The layout of the Ichiran shop is more interesting than the menu items. It looks like any other ramen shop・・・

Hot Soba on a Cold Day!

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Cold soba’s great, but when it gets cold outside, I really look forward to hot soba. I usually order hot “oroshi soba,” but today I thought I’d try something different. I got soba topped with tempura shrimp and deep-fried “mochi.” It was good, better than I expected. The deep-fried “mochi” is heavy, and it really・・・

The Sound of Chinese Cuisine?!

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Some 30 years ago I attended a class on Chinese cooking sponsored by the Szechwan Hotel in Akasaka, Tokyo. The “sensei” was a man named Park, a disciple of Chen Ken-min. Chef Park would have been a little older than younger brother Chen Ken-ichi, who later became famous on the Iron Chef TV program. I・・・

Sunday Evening in Katamachi

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Many Katamachi restaurants are closed on Sundays. I recommend the Spanish restaurant, Arosu, and the okonomiyaki restaurant, Kona. Arosu’s owner-chef studied in the kitchens of Spain, and his restaurant’s character is not your usual Japanese restaurant. It’s a popular place that will entertain you not only with food but also with talk and performances. If・・・

Musubi — a Rice Ball Specialty Shop at Kanazawa Station

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There’s a part of Kanazawa station called “Anri,” where many local restaurants and food shops have retail space. In one corner there are boxed lunches made by the best-known local restaurants. It’s right near the JR Green Window. Whenever I get on the Shinkansen, I secretly look forward to buying a boxed lunch there, but・・・

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