The ramen burger that ate New York

| Aug 22, 2013

The ramen burger that ate New York

It’s too early to tell if Aug. 3, 2013, will go down as a landmark date in culinary history, but for the hundreds of people who lined up that morning at a food fair in Brooklyn, New York, the excitement was palpable. The crowds ...

A nostalgic nibble on lasting favorites

| Jul 25, 2013

A nostalgic nibble on lasting favorites

As Japanese families return to their hometowns for the traditional summer holidays, cries of "Atsui!" ("Hot enough for ya?!") give way to feelings of natsukashii — a sense of nostalgia triggered by the sights, sounds and tastes of childhood.

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

| Jun 28, 2013

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

Dining doesn’t get more democratic than in Yokohama’s Chinatown, where visitors can spend big bucks on a single meal or fill up on steamed buns for a single coin. Here’s a personal guide to some notable dishes; in the spirit of the neighborhood, there’s ...

Chomp your way through spring

| May 24, 2013

Chomp your way through spring

It’s no surprise that the Japanese get serious about eating and drinking come late spring, as yatai food carts roll out, a bevy of fresh vegetables appear on restaurant menus and the annual festival season begins to heat up. This year is no different, ...

Running with the ramen hunters

| Mar 22, 2013

Running with the ramen hunters

Ramen is to Japanese food as school-girl uniforms are to porn — the animating fetish that sustains an entire industry. Helping to scratch the noodle itch is an army of bloggers whose dispatches are consumed with voyeuristic glee. The numbers are against them — ...

Foodie Media 101: Eat all about it

| Feb 22, 2013

Foodie Media 101: Eat all about it

Every Monday night at 7, Japanese TV viewers are treated to the sight of comedians being locked inside a fast-food restaurant. Formica tables take the place of iron bars, and instead of three square meals a day the cast is fed a steady diet ...

White paper chronicles rise of ramen worldwide

Jan 16, 2013

White paper chronicles rise of ramen worldwide

Ramen’s rise to global prominence has taken many forms: Japanese noodle shops debuting to great acclaim overseas, from Sydney to Honolulu to London; the proliferation of English-language ramen blogs; international chefs incorporating elements of the dish into their cuisine. Now, the worldwide interest in ...