Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

| Jun 28, 2013

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

by Steve Trautlein

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

by Steve Trautlein

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

by Steve Trautlein

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 — ...

Diversifying Japan's biggest food festival

| Sep 28, 2012

Diversifying Japan's biggest food festival

by Steve Trautlein

From its origins as a regional festival in the backwaters of Aomori Prefecture, the B-1 Grand Prix has attained a status of Fuji Rock-like proportions. The seven-year-old event, which attracts enthusiasts of local cooking from around Japan, almost single-handedly kick-started the country’s obsession with ...