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Hengdong, the Yellow, Emperor’s, Pepper

Hengdong, the Yellow, Emperor’s, Pepper

China has a thing with the color red. It’s not only conspicuous, it’s also considered auspicious, and so it’s everywhere. Good thing that the chile pepper is so nice and shiny red; it sometimes seems like that alone made it so particularly popular in China. […]

Seeking Spice in Japan 2: Kamachiku Udon, Tokyo

Seeking Spice in Japan 2: Kamachiku Udon, Tokyo

From soba, I went on to udon. And tempura. And a revelation. The neighborhood: Nezu. Small alleys, low buildings, it is a place of normal life, of ordinary people, giving Tokyo the village-vibe it does have, but normally just in the mixture of different neighborhoods. […]

Seeking Spice in Japan 1: Kanda Matsuya Soba, Tokyo

Seeking Spice in Japan 1: Kanda Matsuya Soba, Tokyo

Soba, with a trend-like influence in a place that opened in 1884 and looks the part. In a good way. The nearest metro station is Awajicho, but you can just as well – and maybe more interestingly – walk to Kanda Matsuya from Akihabara station. […]

ChiliCult Goes Japan: The Paradox of Japanese Cuisine and Strong Aromas

ChiliCult Goes Japan: The Paradox of Japanese Cuisine and Strong Aromas

So, I recently went to Japan for a whirlwind 10-day-tour. There were some personal/professional reasons for that, but it was also and in large part an attempt at increasing my practical knowledge of the use of strong flavors there. You see, there is something odd […]

Thoughts at a Farmers Market in Rural China

Thoughts at a Farmers Market in Rural China

The local farmers market in Jiubujiang, Hunan, again this summer. Again I can only show a few impressions; it would be just too silly to be standing, video camera in hand, in a place like this, babbling away.