As a former food writer, I’ve eaten a lot of expensive steak. But an A5 Olive Wagyu — a top quality, hard-to-get steak from Japanese cows that are fed toasted olive peels — stood apart from all the others.
A bottle of good Japanese whisky (they spell it without the “e”) is incredibly difficult to get your hands on these days, and stupid expensive if you do. Yamazaki 12 used to cost around 50 bucks, but now you can expect to pay at least triple the price at any liquor store that actually has it in stock. So why does Japanese whisky cost so much, and is it really worth it? The answer to the latter question is yes; it is more often than not delicious whisky that is quite different from single malt scotch, its closest spiritual relative. The former question, however, requires some explanation.
Nowadays, it seems as if every bar is offering some sort of “Kobe beef slider” or something similar, but in reality, there’s no way any of those contain even a trace of real Kobe. Why? Because Kobe beef is up there with the most expensive beef in the world, only available at a handful of high-end steakhouses in America. But if you can afford it, a handful of companies are selling real-deal Kobe beef online, and we had the opportunity to cook up a Kobe steak for ourselves.
Speciality soba shops are rare in Singapore. After all, it is a time-consuming process to turn out the freshly made buckwheat noodles, which are fragile and can break easily.
Luckily for soba lovers, Tokyo Soba on the ground level of Icon Village in Tanjong Pagar has been doling out bowls of these Japanese noodles to a steady stream of regulars since July last year.
Although its appearance on Singapore’s shores is recent, the eatery’s first outlet in Tokyo’s bustling Nihonbashi central business district has been around for 12 years. Just like Singapore’s bak chor mee and nasi padang, soba to the Japanese is an everyday favourite.
There are few things more quintessentially Japanese than sushi. Unless you’re in a certain section of the Chinese internet of course. And for that, we have Justin Trudeau partly to blame.
Appearing at the 2019 Press Gallery Dinner (the Canadian equivalent of the White House Correspondents Dinner) this weekend, the Canadian Prime Minister joked, “I was hoping for sushi. I love Chinese food”, in reference to his gaffes last week when he twice referred to Japan as China in front of Shinzo Abe.
It was a faintly humorous attempt at self-deprecation typical of the dinner. But that didn’t stop some in China from taking it far too seriously.
Okinawa belongs to one of five regions of the world known as blue zones. People who reside in blue zones live exceptionally long, healthy lives compared to the rest of the world’s population.
The lifespans enjoyed by Okinawans may be explained by several genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. That said, experts believe that one of the strongest influences is diet.
Tokyo is endlessly exciting to explore – you could live multiple lifetimes there and never run out of new things to do.