Wild Boar Nabe (Botan Nabe/ ぼたん鍋; Inoshishi-nabe/猪鍋)

Japanese Wild Boar Hotpot Wild boar hotpot originated from Tanba Sasayama (丹波篠山市) in Hyogo prefecture (兵庫県) and soon spread around the region as an autumn/winter dish. This dish can now also be commonly found in the region around Mount Amagi (天城山) of Shizuoka prefecture (静岡県), and the city of Gujo (郡上市) of Gifu prefecture (岐阜県)….

Gizzard Shad (Kohada, コハダ) Nigiri

Recipe on how to prepare Gizzard Shad (Kohada, コハダ) for sushi. Kohada, (コハダ) or Gizzard Shad (Konosirus punctatus), is a kind of silver skinned fish (hikarimono,光り物) that is typically served at traditional edomae sushi restaurants in Japan. It belongs in the Clupeidae family which is the same family as herring and sardines, which means that…

たまひも親子丼 Tamahimo Oyakodon

たまひも親子丼 Tamahimo Oyakodon This post follows my previous post on the traditional Oyakodon and is a variation on it using tamahimo eggs (たまひも), kinkan (キンカン) or chochin (lantern/ 提灯) eggs. These eggs are the eggs that are harvested from the hen when the hen is slaughtered. This means that they have yet to be fertilised…

Double Blind Taste Testing- Expensive vs Cheap Chicken

Is expensive chicken worth it compared to cheap store brought chicken? We try carrying out a double blind taste test to find out. In this test, we brought 5 different chickens to compare. Of the 5 different chickens, one was the famous Nagoya Cochin名古屋コーチン(7000¥), one chicken was labeled as generic “from Japan” (1800¥), 3 chickens…

Tamahide Nagoya Cochin Oyakodon Recipe 玉ひで名古屋コーチン親子丼

Nagoya Cochin Oyakodon名古屋コーチン親子丼 One of Japan’s most famous comfort food, Oyakodon, was invented in 1891 by a restaurant in Nihonbashi, Tokyo called Tamahide. Tamahide is now run by its 8th generation family owner who maintains the tradition of making it. The name Oyakodon literally means parent (oya) and child (ko) rice bowl which basically summarises…

Sansai Recipe (山菜)

As spring arrives in Japan just around the blooming of plum trees and just before that of the cherry blossom trees, the snow on the mountains start to melt, while a variety of wild green shoots start to peak through the soil. Many of these plants have come to be known as Sansai (山菜), a…