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10 Sensational Stops for Japanese Food in Shinjuku, Tokyo

Jay Friedman 9 comments

If you're visiting Tokyo for business or pleasure, there's a good chance you'll be staying in the Shinjuku area. Arrive at night, and you'll feel like an alien (or perhaps a replicant?) amidst all the neon in the Blade Runner-like atmosphere. And while amazing Japanese food surrounds you, that alien feeling may challenge you in navigating the streets (addresses are difficult in Japan), not to mention the menus, and perhaps even the basic how-tos of ordering and etiquette. Read on for a list of essential Japanese dishes to eat in Tokyo and our favorite spots to enjoy them, all right in the Shinjuku area. More

One-Pot Wonders: Brown Rice Bowl With Wakame, Shrimp, and Sprouts

One-Pot Wonders Yasmin Fahr 2 comments

Light and delicious, this wakame-filled bowl of brown rice is topped with creamy avocado, crunchy sprouts, and tender shrimp for an easy one-pot meal. Finished with fresh lime juice and soy sauce, it makes for a fun and flavorful weeknight meal. More

Brown Rice Bowl With Wakame, Shrimp, and Sprouts

Serious Eats Yasmin Fahr Post a comment

Light and delicious, this wakame-filled bowl of brown rice is topped with creamy avocado, crunchy sprouts, and tender shrimp for an easy one-pot meal. Finished with fresh lime juice and soy sauce, it makes for a fun and flavorful weeknight meal. More

Do You Know Your Tsukemono? A Guide to Japanese Pickles

Miki Kawasaki 11 comments

Japanese pickles—known collectively as tsukemono—can easily go unnoticed as part of a washoku (traditional Japanese) meal. Yet they've rightfully earned their place as a cornerstone food because they serve an important purpose: Japanese food culture is heavily influenced by principles of balance handed down from kaiseki (the national haute cuisine). Here's how to tell your gari from your umeboshi. More

How Ivan Orkin is Changing New York's Ramen Cuisine

J. Kenji López-Alt 26 comments

With the opening of his flagship restaurant on the Lower East Side, Ivan Orkin brings a wacky touch to New York's somewhat staid ramen scene. Beyond the lighter, less fatty ramen broths (a refreshing change-up from the New York standard), he now has menu items like fried tofu with Coney Island chili sauce and roast pork onigiri topped with tomato. Orkin's new restaurant shows the potential for ramen to join the broader category of American cuisine. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Scallions, Ginger, and Teriyaki Glaze

Grilling J. Kenji López-Alt 5 comments

Negimaki—grilled beef rolled around scallions and grilled with a sweet and savory teriyaki-style glaze—is one of my favorite Japanese appetizers. Here we've Super Mario mushroom'd it to full main course-sized proportions, stuffing a butterflied flank steak with an aromatic scallion-ginger oil before grilling it over hot coals and serving with a teriyaki sauce. More

Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Scallions, Ginger, and Teriyaki Glaze

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 10 comments

Negimaki—grilled beef rolled around scallions and grilled with a sweet and savory teriyaki-style glaze—is one of my favorite Japanese appetizers. Here we've Super Mario mushroom'd it to full main course-sized proportions, stuffing a butterflied flank steak with an aromatic scallion-ginger oil before grilling it over hot coals and serving with a teriyaki sauce. More

Pai Men Miyake's Chirashi, a One-Bowl Meal for Sashimi Lovers in Portland, ME

Hub Grub Liz Bomze 3 comments

Though "chirashi" literally translates to "scattered," I always think of classic chirashi as the composed salad of sushi preparations: a bed of vinegared rice overlaid with fanned out fish fillets and tidy bunches of vegetables set just so. The chirashi at Pai Men Miyake is particularly nice and well portioned for the price. More

Japanese Classics and Specialty Surprises at Tsukushinbo in Seattle

Eating Asian Jay Friedman 1 comment

This homey Seattle restaurant serves Japanese classics like ramen and sushi, but if you're adventurous, items like ika wata ni are sure to delight. More

Go for Lunch at Hi-Collar, the East Village's Japanese Coffee and Sake Bar

New York Nicole Lam 10 comments

A cafe by day and a sake bar by night, Hi-Collar brings two highlights of Japanese cuisine under one roof. But the lunch menu is worth a visit all its own. More

We Eat Every Rice Ball at Sunny Blue, in Santa Monica

Joy Hui Lin 5 comments

Sunny Blue's excellent rice balls come in flavors and fillings that suit just about everyone. And at just $3.15 to $4.95, there's no reason to skimp on your order...which is why we decided to take on the full dozen they had in stock. See them all! More

BentOn, BentOff

New York Rabi Abonour 2 comments

You won't want this for lunch every day, but as a reasonably priced meal with lots of variety in two neighborhoods lacking in good food, BentOn is a good option to have. More

Pan-Fried Vegetable Dumplings

Serious Eats Shao Z. 8 comments

Pan-fried dumplings stuffed with cabbage, carrots, five-spiced tofu, and seitan. More

Sushi By-the-Piece at Wasabi, Times Square's Newest Fast Food Import

New York Krista Garcia 16 comments

Wasabi, a by-the-piece sushi shop, is the latest fast food import to hit Times Square. More

Dinner Tonight: Japanese Curry Rice With Hanger Steak

Dinner Tonight Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

No, this is not beef stew. This is actually a popular Japanese take on curry. More

Japanese Curry Rice With Hanger Steak

Serious Eats Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

No, this is not beef stew. This is actually Japanese curry, which is actually quite popular in that country. More

Sunday Brunch: Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

Sunday Brunch Sydney Oland 4 comments

Pancakes drenched in syrup and butter are all well and good. But pancakes filled with savory cabbage and shrimp? Even better. Move over buttermilk, you've got competition. More

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancakes)

Serious Eats Sydney Oland 7 comments

Pancakes drenched in syrup and butter are all well and good. But pancakes filled with savory cabbage and shrimp? Even better. Move over buttermilk, you've got competition. More

Chuko's Vegetarian Ramen is Awesome

New York Lauren Rothman 9 comments

Chuko opened in 2011 and continues to draw enough of a dinner crowd that evening waits for a table can stretch perilously close to one hour. But the idea of ramen on a bitingly cold day is too good to pass up, and for the vegetarian noodle-lover, there's good news: Chuko does a great bowl of meat-free ramen. More

Surprisingly Strong Shabu-Shabu at Roaring Bowl, Seattle

Eating Asian Jay Friedman Post a comment

A new restaurant in the shadows of the Space Needle turns out surprisingly impressive Japanese shabu-shabu. More

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