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Is The Ramen Boom Over In Japan?

Once an obsession, the novelty has worn off
Aug 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Think about Japanese food and chances are that a bowl of piping hot ramen noodles comes to mind. And why wouldn’t it? Ramen is definitely having a moment in the United States. Despite its newfound global presence, however, there is one place that has seen a dip in the dish’s popularity: Japan. Read on.

This Japanese Shop Makes Watermelon Bagels For Some Reason

Bagel & Bagel slowly tortures a New York legend
Aug 8, 2014 9:00 am

Sometimes Asian takes on "foreign" food go very right. Then there's Japan's Bagel & Bagel, whose regular bagels sound terrible and seasonal bagels sound worse. Their new treat, the watermelon bagel, is colored and flavored with watermelon juice and studded with chocolate chip "seeds." You know you want more terrible details. We've got 'em. 

Meet Monsieur Yamashita, The Japanese Farmer Of Choice For Top Chefs In Paris

To get his niche greens, you need a Michelin star
Jul 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Asafumi Yamashita abandoned a career in boxing and semi-professional golf in Tokyo to move to Paris and set up a backyard farm to cultivate Japanese produce. Since then, he has become one of most sought-after farmers in the world, catering exclusively to seven of the best chefs in the world.

DJ Neil Armstrong Gives Us A Tour Of The Regional Foods Of Nagoya And Okinawa

Pork katsu, grilled unagi don porn, right this way
Jun 16, 2014 1:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction for hip-hop fans. We asked Neil to keep a travel journal on his recent trip to the Japanese regions of Nagoya and Okinawa. Read on for crunchy fried pork cutlets and some of the most delicious-looking rice bowls we've ever seen.

Noma Tokyo Pop-Up Reservations To Open June 23. And There's A Secret Way To Book.

René Redzepi decamps to Japan in January
Jun 16, 2014 10:44 am

When Copenhagen’s Noma was awarded the heady title of world’s best restaurant during a splashy ceremony in April — the fourth time in five years — it once again anointed chef-owner RenĂ© Redzepi as keeper of the most-exclusive reservation book on the planet. Reserving a table at Noma can be like scoring a bottle of highly prized Pappy Van Winkle 23. Money alone won’t necessarily get the job done — there’s luck and connections involved. So when it was announced that Noma was literally taking its show in the road for a month-long residency in Japan, there was great excitement to figure out who, what, where…and how much.

DJ Neil Armstrong Ate Robot Sushi, Went Fishing Inside A Tokyo Restaurant

Epic Instagrammer just got back from Japan. Whoa.
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 pm

DJ Neil Armstrong needs no introduction to hip-hop enthusiasts. He was Jay-Z's touring DJ for all of 2008 and 2009 has shared the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and Timbaland in a storied career. Neil recently took over our Instagram during a four-week trip to Asia and it turns out that music is not his only flavor. We caught up to discuss how Japan's culinary scene is much more diverse than you might expect. Read on.

Welcome To Around The World In 5 Editors

Taking on a country and food culture each day
Apr 21, 2014 9:00 am

Each day this week, one of the Food Republic editors will be breaking in with a lineup of stories dedicated to their respective country, including recipes, interviews and personal essays. Here is the day-to-day schedule, and some more behind the scenes action.

I Ate Poisonous Blowfish Sashimi And Survived To Address 3 Myths

Puffed-up myths to deflate, serve with ponzu
Mar 10, 2014 1:00 pm

When it comes to blowfish sashimi, or fugu, all you may have to go off is the age-old Simpsons episode where Homer demands the fish, despite the chef's warning, then prepares to die. Thankfully we're able to dispel a few myths about this mysterious and highly-prized dish now that West Village sushi paradise EN Brasserie is slicing and serving the best parts. Pull those chopsticks apart and dive right in. 

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