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)….

On Ramen Noodles – A Biochemist’s Take

This article has been kindly edited and proofread by Esmé. How and Why to Make Ramen Noodles Alkaline The source of alkaline salts in ramen noodles typically comes from kansui powder or sodium carbonate. Both liquid and powdered kansui was originally made by harvesting alkaline crystals from lake shores in China. These were later dissolved and…

Bouillabaisse with Sea Urchin Rouille

Bouillabaisse with Sea Urchin Rouille Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish soup that originated from Marseille in France. The dish originated from a way to utilise fish that was too bony to sell by stewing them together with a variety of herbs to make an amazing fish stew. This traditional dish was then adapted with…

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…

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…

Suckling Pig Porchetta with Fennel Pollen/Flowers

Suckling Pig Porchetta Porchetta is a dish that originates from Ariccia (Lazio, Rome). It consists of a log of rolled pork flavoured with garlic, rosemary, and black pepper, roasted over wood for many hours and is one of the dishes selected by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy as a prodotto agroalimentare…