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Cooking with ChiliCult: Hong Shao Rou, Mao-Style

Hong Shao Rou, Red-Braised Pork. It is often presented as a Shanghai dish. For someone from Hunan, however, it is…

Growing Season 2018, Update 4: Early Summer

June/July, high time for an update. A pretty long one, now that everything’s growing. Well, okay, not everything. I had…

Japan Aromas: Malebranche Chocolates

A brand called Malebranche? In Kyoto, Japan? What is that even supposed to mean?

Two Views of Tsukiji Market 2: The Outer Market

You hear of Tsukiji, you hear of the fish market and the tuna auction there. Famous as these are, it…

Bourdain, Bhutan, and the Hidden World of “Peppers”

In what has become the last finished episode of the CNN series Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain, he joined up…

Lessons in Matcha 9: Marukyu Koyamaen Haru Kasumi

Spring, nature’s awakening, rising temperatures – and in Japan, the spring mist in the mountains for which Haru Kasumi matcha…

Lessons in Matcha 8: Marukyu Koyamaen Choan

Only Tenju would still be a higher quality. Aside from that, Choan is at the very top of the matcha…

Spices from Sansho (Zanthoxylum) 2: Hana Sansho

Beginning of May, Zanthoxylum trees flower, time to harvest hana sansho.

Lessons in Matcha 7: Ippodo Tea (Spring) Nodoka Matcha

The Nodoka matcha from Ippodo Tea Co., named after the Japanese word for “peace” or “serenity,” is a special spring…

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