July 30th, 2014
09:30 AM ET
Share this on:

If you're wary of chicken and beef products after a major meat supply scandal in Asia, the McDonald's in Japan could have an alternative for you - tofu and fish nuggets.

On Wednesday, McDonald's in Japan rolled out Tofu Shinjo McNuggets, a doppelganger of the Chicken McNugget made from a mishmash of minced white fish, tofu and vegetables including edamame, soy beans and carrots. Deep-fried to a golden-brown and shaped just like the original chicken version, the Tofu Shinjo McNugget is crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside.

The fast food chain is known for adding dishes with local flavor to its menu; for instance McDonald's India has the McAloo Tikki sandwich which caters to vegetarian patrons with its potato and peas patty, and gazpacho in Spain.
FULL POST

Posted by: ,
Filed under: Fast Food • Japan • McDonald's • Travel


This hippo-like critter can help you be less lonely
May 16th, 2014
12:45 AM ET
Share this on:

Talk about creative coping mechanisms for being alone - from the blogger who photographs selfies with his imaginary girlfriend to the company that takes your stuffed animals on vacation without you, Japan appears to be cornering the market on accommodating solo travelers.

You can now add the "anti-loneliness" Moomin House Cafe to the menagerie of "wait, what?" strokes of Japanese brilliance.
FULL POST

Posted by:
Filed under: Japan • Restaurant News • Restaurants • Solo dining • Theme • Travel • Weird News


Obama arrives in Tokyo, gets down to fishy business
April 23rd, 2014
11:00 AM ET
Share this on:

President Obama's first mission upon touching down in Tokyo: a fish expedition. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe joined Obama at Sukiyabashi Jiro, the three Michelin-starred restaurant made (even more) legendary by the 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi."

Jiro Ono, the 86-year-old chef/owner, still presides over every bite of the set menu. Obama seemingly approved, telling the pool of reporters assembled outside: "That's some good sushi right there."

Japan's first state visit by an American president in decades comes as the United States works to reassure Abe and other Asian leaders that the U.S. remains committed to turning foreign policy focus on them. The weeklong tour will also take Obama to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

CNN's Dan Shapiro dined at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in 2012 and shared a dish-by-dish account of his extraordinary 39-minute, $375 dinner of a lifetime:
FULL POST

Posted by: ,
Filed under: Asian • Cuisines • Japan • Japanese • President Obama • Sushi


The rival empires of Japanese whisky
March 26th, 2014
03:18 PM ET
Share this on:

The first thing offered to me at Suntory's Yamazaki whisky distillery - the birthplace of Japanese whisky - is a glass of water. It's so delicious it comes as a shock.

Even before the reason is explained to me, I'm asking: why does it taste so crisp, so different?

The distillery is surrounded by beautiful bamboo forests on a mountain - they must be getting to my brain.
FULL POST

Posted by:
Filed under: Japan • Japan Eats • Japanese • Sip • Spirits


Recent comments
Pinterest
| Part of
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,594 other followers