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Kanten vs. agar plus tokoroten in the Japan Times, plus a sweet version

recently on just hungry - Wed, 2014-06-18 06:31

About the difference between kanten and agar, plus cool, slippery glassy noodles.

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So following up on my previous post...the mystery object is called a tentsuki, a...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-16 18:13
So following up on my previous post...the mystery object is called a tentsuki, and is used to make tokoroten - clear noodles made with kanten (agar-agar or the jelly made from tengusa seaweed, served with a vinegar-soy sauce sauce or with brown sugar syrup). The top photo here shows the business end of the tentsuki box and the stick/pusher; blocks of kanten jelly are put in the box and pushed through the grid as shown in the bottom photo.
There may be a recipe coming up later this week... ^_^


Can you guess what this is? (Japanese people/long-term Japan residents please re...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-16 15:22
Can you guess what this is? (Japanese people/long-term Japan residents please refrain from saying... ^_^;)


Following up on my post from yesterday... here is my mom standing at the sink, p...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-06-12 10:50
Following up on my post from yesterday... here is my mom standing at the sink, prepping the red shiso leaves for making umeboshi. That body cast....! It makes me want to cry. (She got out of the hospital last week after a pre-scheduled round 2 of spine and back/hip surgery.) She is such a fighter.
There's a saying in Japanese, 爪の垢を煎じて飲む (tsume no aka o senjite nomu) which literally means to brew the gunk under someone's fingernails as tea and drink it. When someone is exceptionally brave or worthy or wise etc., one says "that person is so great their fingernail gunk should be drunk as tea" basically. ^_^ Anyway, that's how I feel about my mother sometimes...


Not a healthy breakfast! Not caring! #dailypic #france

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2014-06-12 09:21
Not a healthy breakfast! Not caring! #dailypic #france


A little pondering about what is important in life. (Also showing off those beau...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-06-11 16:50
A little pondering about what is important in life. (Also showing off those beautiful ume again.)




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For whatever it's worth this Page has been updated to the new layout, basically...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-10 19:35
For whatever it's worth this Page has been updated to the new layout, basically because Facebook kept bugging me to do so.

I didn't realize until yesterday there were so many regional/local versions of t...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-09 17:29
I didn't realize until yesterday there were so many regional/local versions of the Happy song by Pharrell Williams (because I'm behind the times). Anyway, here's an interesting take on it; setting Awa odori (Awa dance) to the tune. Awa odori a traditional dance that is performed at the bon matsuri (bon = a festival in the summer honoring ones ancestors; matsuri = a Shinto celebration really) that originated in Tokushima, although many regions have their own Awa dance troups nowadays.

The original version with the original music is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRSjvFknAU8



HAPPY AWAODORI(Awa Dance) Compilation Tokushima Japan

Original "AWAODORI"-Awa dance movies are: Awaodori 2013 by Sankei News http://youtu.be/YRSjvFknAU8 AHO-REN stage from 2012 Hanaharu Festa http://youtu.be/vT8...

How to make a Funassyi (Funasshii, フナッシー)charaben. The blue body part is made by...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2014-06-09 14:16
How to make a Funassyi (Funasshii, フナッシー)charaben. The blue body part is made by mixing a little purple sweet potato powder into egg white; the yellow part is made with the yolk. I've seen better Funassyi bentos but this one seems relatively easy... plus, this video has the pear fairy himself on it, plus a professional chef who looks so uncomfortable it's hilarious.


「すごいね!ご当地キャラ弁!」第9回 「ふなっしー」 完全版 supported by日本トリム

「すごいね!ご当地キャラ弁!」 第9回目のゲストは、千葉県船橋市非公認のご当地キャラ「ふなっしー」です! 水色の服など、表現するのが意外と難しい「ふなっしー」のキャラ弁に挑むのは、全国技能士グランプリ銀賞の料理人、山口和孝さん。 「ふなっしー」も興味津々のようですよ! ぜひ、ご覧下さい! ▼番組特設サイト htt...

Not really food related but sharing it here too because I love it so much. Happy...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2014-06-08 11:33
Not really food related but sharing it here too because I love it so much. Happy (Fukushima)



Pharrell Williams - HAPPY (Fukushima, Japan) #happyfukushima

Fukushima is also happy !! Many people might think that Fukushima has been unhappy after 311. But it's not true. With this video I want you to know that we a...

Kodoku no Gurume (孤独のグルメ) or The Lonely Gourmet, is coming back for its 4th seas...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2014-06-06 13:54
Kodoku no Gurume (孤独のグルメ) or The Lonely Gourmet, is coming back for its 4th season in July! Based on a manga by Masayuki Qusumi, who also appears in each episode (and is adorable), this half hour drama/comedy stars Yutaka Matsushige as Goro Inogashira, a single middle ages guy who runs a small luxury-goods importing company by himself. Basically the show is about Goro-san visiting various small restaurants (mostly) in Tokyo. It is simple and slightly strange and absolutely awesome. It also makes you seriously hungry - one of the best food-centric series on Japanese TV ever. You can find episodes of past series online ^_^; Here's a clip from Season 3, where Goro-san tackles a "coffee float".


孤独のグルメ3 コーヒーフロート おいしそう!

孤独のグルメ3

Do you have a bento blog or food blog with readers who are interested in bentos?...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2014-06-04 17:12
Do you have a bento blog or food blog with readers who are interested in bentos? Do you want to get a review copy of a new bento book coming out? (no it's not by me ^_^;) Are you based in the U.S. or Canada? (Or if you are based elsewhere, do you have a substantial following in those countries?) If that's you, I have a publisher who is looking for potential reviewers, so let me know how they can contact you and I'll pass the info along! (Please include your blog name/URL etc. You can message me here or email me at maki at makikoitoh dot com)

Very good episode on The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast this week abo...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-03 14:25
Very good episode on The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast this week about the Great Kanto Earthquake (関東大震災) of 1923. This wiped out most of Yokohama and much of Tokyo, including the central part of the city that was old Edo. (My mother's side of the family lived in Kanda, a district in central Tokyo, at the time, and their homes and business were burned out, but they rebuilt again. About 15 years after that my grandfather decided Tokyo was getting too dangerous with the war coming, and moved his family north to Saitama...)

To get a bit snippy (as I'm wont to these days ^_^ I often hear people saying stuff like "You can't see the 'real Japan' in Tokyo, for that you have to go to Kyoto (etc)." Beyond the issue of regarding anything new as 'not real', which is BS, Kyoto hasn't had any major natural or man-made disasters since the 16th century*, but Tokyo has had two in the 20th century (the other one being the WWII bombings). Despite that though, a LOT of things that are "quintessentially Japanese" emanate from Tokyo/Edo, from food (sushi and more) to culture and beyond. While you can't see much of pre-20th century Tokyo (rebuilding of important structures notwithstanding) Tokyo is actually very rich in history.

*Kyoto was basically burned to the ground in the Sengoku (warring states) period of the 16th century, but was rapidly rebuilt in the latter part of the century.


Missed In History: The Great Kanto Earthquake | Stuff You Missed in History Class
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On Sept. 1, 1923, a devastating earthquake obliterated Yokohama and much of Tokyo, Japan. But the earthquake was only the first wave of devastation. A fire followed, and because the number of evacuees far outpaced the capacity of the roads, many survivors of the quake died in the fire. More than 140…

The way French imports foreign words is often puzzling. For example, shampoo bec...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:19
The way French imports foreign words is often puzzling. For example, shampoo becomes 'shampooing', used as a noun to mean..shampoo. Why the 'ing' is added is a mystery. Also, 'relooking' means 'makeover' (applied to people as well as rooms and such). (I know, other languages do this too, especially Japanese!)

Getting back to food though, a fun French made-up-English word is 'scrapcooking', which means decorative cooking like making colorful, kitschy, decorative cupcakes and cookies and so on.


ScrapCooking® - la cuisine décorative | Scrapcooking
www.scrapcooking.fr

Robyn Lee is leaving Serious Eats..the site will never be the same for sure. (Am...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2014-06-03 07:39
Robyn Lee is leaving Serious Eats..the site will never be the same for sure. (Among other things she was responsible for many/most of their best photos.)


Robyn Lee Is Leaving Serious Eats a Mere 7 1/2 Years After She Got Here | Serious Eats
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makiwi: @matt_timmons it could have just been a chijimi with udon in it. It’s not a widely known traditional dish or anything.

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 20:17
makiwi: @matt_timmons it could have just been a chijimi with udon in it. It’s not a widely known traditional dish or anything.

makiwi: @matt_timmons I’m not sure what you mean by ジチミ -jichimi. Do you mean チヂミ - Korean pancakes?

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 20:10
makiwi: @matt_timmons I’m not sure what you mean by ジチミ -jichimi. Do you mean チヂミ - Korean pancakes?

makiwi: @imhoturenot thanks for buying the book ^_^

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 17:10
makiwi: @imhoturenot thanks for buying the book ^_^

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