Friday, July 28, 2017

Japanese food - Natto gyoza

In this introductory post on Japanese food, I have selected a dish that actually has its origins in China, and only makes it's way to Japan in the last century (or so I have been told). That dish is gyoza. Of course, I have the opportunity to eat various dumplings before I come to Japan, but the flavor and consistency of Japanese gyoza is an unexpected treat for me. 

Natto Gyoza

The gyoza pictured above is natto gyoza, not something you find in most restaurants, but one of my favorites. The reason is the natto. Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soy beans. It is notoriously stinky, has an unusually strong flavor, and when eaten normally it sits in a fluid having the consistency of spit. I'm not a fan of this version. But when cooked in gyoza, you end up with an unmistakeable aroma and a noticeable bite to the flavor of the standard fare of minced ground pork, chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, and garlic. Add a light crisp on one side, and a dipping sauce of equal amounts soy sauce and Japanese vinegar (and maybe something spicy), and the result is a fully satisfying dining experience. So even though gyoza is relatively new to Japan, this version is distinctly Japanese, and I highly recommend that you try it on your next visit to Japan.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NYC artist Julia Jacquette

Julia Jacquette is and artist born and raised in NYC. Back in the day she showed at the Holly Solomon Gallery. (Sorry, the lighting is a little dark here, but it's a beautiful painting) #tokyo #newyork #art #juliajacquette #hollysolomon

Sunday, July 9, 2017

NYC artist Christopher Tanner

NYC Artist and one time east village neighbor Christopher Tanner #tokyo #newyork #art #christophertanner

American artist Marjorie Strider

American Pop Artist and good friend Marjorie Strider 1931-2014 #tokyo #newyork #art #popart #marjoriestrider

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