I don’t really know the street and comfort food of Japan, but that gap in my repertoire is amply covered by this book by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat, two New York based food writers. It’s extensive: 246 pages, 13 chapters and 108 recipes; chapters are on ramen, goyza, curry, tonkatsu, furai and horokke, kara-age, tempura, okonomiyaki, donburi, soba, udon, itame and chahan, and yoshoku. There are plenty of photographs: not every dish is accompanied with a picture, but for each chapter the first dish tends to be a simpler and more straightforward example of the type, with a photo to illustrate the finished dish. This is particularly useful for the lesser known dishes.
This is a book written in a chatty, easy to read style (that I think sometimes tips over the edge into slightly forced humour) that not only covers the requirements of the recipes, but also includes asides on the history of the foods, their place in the modern Japanese diet and hints and tips on items of interest such as ramen bar etiquette. The only downside to some of the recipes is that they seem to be best geared for restaurant production, with some extended preparation times necessary.
I like the idea of having a go at some ramen and tempura dishes, or else maybe nageyaki udon, yaki udon, or classic tonkatsu. If you want to cook some authentic Japanese street food for yourself rather than rely on Wagamama’s interpretation, then have a look at this book.
Win a copy of Japanese Soul Cooking
— Fuss Free Helen (@FussFreeHelen) July 31, 2014
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Japanese Soul Cooking for review. Giveaway terms: 1 entry per person. 1 prize. 1 winner receiving a copy of Japanese Soul Cooking. UK Delivery only. Giveaway not associated with Twitter. No cash alternative. You must follow @fussfreehelen and RT this giveaway tweet to enter (https://twitter.com/FussFreeHelen/status/494765988001222656). Closes 11.59pm BST 30th September 2014. Winner chosen at random using random.org from valid entries. Open to existing followers. Winner will be informed by DM. If prize isn’t claimed within 1 week a new winner may be chosen. Fuss Free Flavours’ decision is final.