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Hokkaido Food Fair Fall 2012

Hokkaido Food Fair Fall 2012

Mitsuwa Marketplace’s Hokkaido Food Fair made its annual stop in Edgewater, NJ last weekend. We’ve elevated our arrival technique to pro level, this time picking up bowls 2 and 3 of the day at 10:30 am (the guy in front of us was apparently even more of a die hard fan). Kagetora Ramen is back...
Kyushu & Okinawa Food Fair Summer 2012

Kyushu & Okinawa Food Fair Summer 2012

The latest Mitsuwa Marketplace food fair, featuring specialties from the Kyushu region and Okinawa, pulled into the Edgewater, NJ location this past weekend. While there are many vendors with foods available for the tasting and taking at these events, the featured ramen guest always draws by far the largest crowd. The line usually begins forming...
Ivan Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar

Ivan Ramen at Momofuku Noodle Bar

With an hour still to go before the doors opened, a line of about 50 deep had already formed along the 1st Avenue sidewalk leading to Momofuku Noodle Bar. “Good, I’m not the only crazy person here,” I chuckled to the man in red. “Oh no, those guys in the front were here since noon,...
Minca Ramen Factory

Minca Ramen Factory

This post appears as a guest contribution on Brian MacDuckston’s Ramen Adventures blog, some of the most comprehensive and beautifully photographed coverage of the the Tokyo ramen scene. If you enjoy this article, please check out the treasure trove of material on his site. Few would confuse this mostly residential block of 5th Street in...
Capture the Madness

Capture the Madness

Brian: I was planning to do Ippudo tomorrow night for dinner. Me: I’d recommend going to Ippudo at an off time unless you want to wait a while to get seated. Brian: It’s all about the story. I want to capture the madness. I don’t have a habit to lug my DSLR out to restaurants....
Kambi Ramen House

Kambi Ramen House

 I’ve been experimenting with video as a potential storytelling tool to add to my palette. I shot a large amount of test footage to get a feel for what my camera can and cannot do. I put together a short film of ramen preparation at Kambi Ramen House from clips that actually weren’t too...
Umaimono Food Fair Fall 2011

Umaimono Food Fair Fall 2011

Another month has flown by, and we were back at the Edgewater Mitsuwa for the Umaimono Food Fair. The featured ramen guest was Nakamuraya, from Ebina in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Chef Sean Nakamura is also the force behind Ramen California in Torrance and just opened Ikemen, a tsukemen (dipping ramen) shop in Los Angeles. As...
Hokkaido Food Fair Fall 2011

Hokkaido Food Fair Fall 2011

What’s worth trekking to a grocery store an hour away from home, only to wait in a line for the better part of another hour? Not much. But ramen and other tasty offerings from Japan-based shops touring Mitsuwa Marketplace locations around the US for two weeks is one of them. Though there is much to...
Noodle Meditation

Noodle Meditation

You might have noticed that things have again slowed down a bit at the blog. In August my in-laws returned home to China, so Min and I have moved fully into new parenthood, resuming all of the household matters like cooking and cleaning, as well as a raft of baby-related tasks. We think it’s important,...
Tonkotsu Ramen 3

Tonkotsu Ramen 3

So here we are at tonkotsu ramen attempt three. It’s been a fun journey thus far. Though I still haven’t produced a result I consider comparable to that found at my favorite slurping grounds, I’m learning much about making stock in the process. In this post I’ll skip over some of the intermediate steps to...
Tonkotsu Ramen 2

Tonkotsu Ramen 2

I came back for a second round in my quest to find out if it is possible to make restaurant level tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen at home. Now that I had been through the process once, my objective this time was to correct some of the mistakes I had made, as well try to...
Umaimono Food Fair Spring 2011

Umaimono Food Fair Spring 2011

Mitsuwa Marketplace is a small chain of Japanese grocery stores in the US. Most of its locations are in California, but there are also satellites in Chicago and one (near us) in Edgewater, NJ. With my recent ramen making escapades, we have been making the trek over on an increasingly frequent basis. What I like...