How to make Tsukune

Tsukune is generally cooked yakitori-style with skewers, these chicken meatballs can also be pan fried or stewed or even baked.  The word Tsukune means “kneaded and shaped into a round shape.”

Enjoy this video!


How to Make Udon Noodles

Make 2-3 Servings

(1)Dissolve about 1 tsp of salt in 2/3 – 3/4 cup of water. Put 2 1/2 cup of wheat flour in a bowl. Pour salted water over the flour little by little.

(2)Add the salted water in the bowl and mix with flour well by hands.

(3)Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until smooth.

(4)Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and press to a thin round. Set aside for a few hours.

(5)Spread some flour over a cutting board. Place the dough on the board and further flatten it with a rolling pin until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick.

(6)Spread some flour over the dough. Fold the dough and cut it into 1/4 – 1/5 inch width strips.

(7)Sprinkle some flour to prevent noodles to stick. Homemade udon noodles should be cooked immediately.


The New York Street Ramen Contest: Round Two!

Are you a ramen advocate?

Here’s your second chance to participate in the New York Street Ramen Contest!

The New York Street Ramen Contest continues at the Japan Block Fair on Sunday, July 29 on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets in Astoria, Queens. At the end of the year, one of the ramen dishes will be selected as the ultimate NY-style ramen.

The contest will also provide an opportunity for New Yorkers to enjoy different styles of ramen created by fellow New Yorkers.

The contest is open to everyone, even amateur chefs, so think about what the ultimate NY-style ramen means to you and participate… you could create the California roll of ramen! If you’re interested in being a contestant, send an e-mail to nyramen@gmail.com.  Otherwise, just show up and enjoy!

Ginger Carrot Salad Dressing for Nancy Valdes


Nancy, we’re not going to give away our secret recipe!  But we hope the following recipes hit the spot!  They are both pretty simple and most of the ingredients you can find at the local bodega. 

We also recommend checking out Sunrise Market at 29 3rd Ave, between 10th St & 2nd Ave.  It is one of the best Japanese markets in the city.

Ginger Sake Salad Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sake
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

    Mix all the ingredients other than oil in a bowl. Add vegetable oil and sesame oil gradually and mix well.
    *Makes about 1/3 cup

Ginger Carrot Salad Dressing:

  • 2 cups of carrots
  • Peeled fresh ginger; start with a piece about 1 inch cubed, and add more to taste (the more the merrier!)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp. sesame paste or 0.5 tsp. toasted sesame oil

    Throw the carrots and ginger in a blender or food processor and puree. Add a bit of soy and vinegar if it needs a little extra liquid to get it moving. When it’s finely pureed, add more soy sauce, vinegar, and the sesame paste or oil and blend again.  Taste frequently and fine tune the intensity. When it’s delicious, you’re done.
    *Makes about 2 cups


Japanese Ice Cream!

Japan is known for innovative ice cream flavors.  Here are a few:

Chicken Wing Ice Cream

Garlic Ice Cream

Beef Tongue Ice Cream

We found a great blog that reviews every single type of Japanese Ice Cream there is…. everything from Mochi to Cuttlefish Flavored Soft Serve. Check it out here.

The Birth Place of Japanese Ice Cream? Yokohama, is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture and the second largest city in Japan by population after Tokyo and most populous municipality of Japan.

The Great Kanto Earthquake in September 1923 totally devastated Yokohama, turning Yokohama into a sea of flames. The earthquake left 60000 house destroyed and 20,000 dead, bringing Yokohama to its knees. However, Yokohama had almost completely recovered by 1929.

In 1945, the bombing by the USA Yokohama was burnt to the ground by repeated bombings. Especially in the air raid on May 29, a total of 14,157 died, were injured or went missing, 79,017 houses were destroyed, and 42 percent of the city area was burnt to ashes.

When Yokohama Port was opened, the city was quick to embrace a foreign food culture. The city is also known as the birth place of Japanese ice cream.

Yokohama Daiseikai, is a Chinese food entertainment museum. The museum is modelled on an amusement centre Daiseika, which has existed in Shanghai since the early 1900s. Visitors can learn about the history, art and culture, of China, and enjoy creative Chinese dishes. Shinyokohama Raumen Museum is an amusement park about Raumen.

It has one of the biggest China towns in the world, more than 500 restaurants and groceries stores. China town is surrounded by four main gates, Zenrin-mon Gate Enpei-mon Gate, Seiyo-mon Gate, and Choyo-mon Gate.

Craving Fried Ginger Icecream?  Stop in for Icecream Tempura!  It’s a perfect dessert for a dinner for two.

Monster Sushi is Bloggin’

NYC what’s up!  Ever wondered the details of Japanese cuisine?

If you have any questions about what you’re eating, let us know.  We’ll blog about it!

Sushi Etiquette

Unless you have been to Japan, it is easy to forget Japanese etiquette while dining here in the USA. Yet, if the appropriate “steps” to eating Japanese cuisine are undertaken, it culturally enlightens the dining experience– not to mention it shows a certain respect to the chef.

We came across this hilarious, yet, informative YouTube video on how-to eat sushi. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did:


What is Tempura (天ぷら)?

Who knew that tempura derived from Portuguese Jesuits in the mid-sixteenth century?  The word tempura stems from the Portuguese noun tempero, meaning, “seasoning.”  Today, one can still find a a similar dish to Japanese tempura in Portugal called peixinhos da horta, or, “garden fishies.”

For the most part, “tempura” is commonly used to refer to satsuma age, a fried fish cake which is made without batter.

But if you go to a Japanese restaurant here in New York City, you will find that you can order shrimp tempura, shojinage or vegetable tempura, ebi tempura, and chicken tempura.

So what is it?

Tempura are bite sized ingredients that have been lightly battered and fried.  The batter is made up of a soft wheat flour like a cake, pastry or all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, eggs, oil, and various seasoning.

Tempura is sometimes served by itself  with dipping sauce; but you can also find it in bowls of soba or udon soup, on top of rice (aka donburi) as well as in bento boxes.  So look out for these fried delicacies during your next Japanese dining experience!

Tempura is also very easy to make at home; be sure to check out these tempura recipes:


Instant Authentic Japanese Food

Top favorite channels on YouTube?  Japanese Cooking Shows!

There’s the famous Cooking With Dog, a Japanese cooking channel where a poodle named Francis gives a detailed account of how to make everything from Yakisoba to Taiyaji; Miss Kumigar, “the dancing chef,” who plays jazzy music while describing how to make Valentine Lover’s Crepes; and certainly, Runny Runny 999,  who makes a pretty delicious looking Bento Box.

Not everyone has the ingredients, nor the skills, to make Japanese food at home; but, just as instantaneously as watching YouTube videos, we can order Authentic Japanese Food directly to our door.  Only in New York City can you place an order for Sushi on the phone and have it delivered in a manner of an hour.

While you’re waiting for your sushi to arrive, check out this YouTube video.  Enjoy!

If you are looking for some of these ingredients, be sure to check out Sunrise Mart at 29 3rd Ave between 10th St & 2nd Avenue.