Japanese ramen, a classic trinity of soup, noodles, and toppings, has its roots in China. Whereas the Chinese version is served with an all-purpose broth that also flavors stir-fried foods and other dishes, ramen soup in Japan is prepared especially for this dish.
When asked about Japanese food that they know of, people from the West generally think of sushi, instant ramen, tempura, and teriyaki. But there's more to Japanese food than these foods. For instance, have you tried Japanese stuffed pancakes called okonomiyaki? They're huge, savory pancakes stuffed with veggies and meat or seafood, so filling and so good.
"Draw us a recipe." That's the brief we sent to a slew of our favorite comic artists; each week, we're thrilled to present what they sent back. The resulting works of art are fantastic, beautiful, hilarious, thoughtful, informative, and often all of the above — and they prove that a recipe doesn't just have to be words on paper. This week's Recipe Comic comes from Aaron Lloyd Barr, an artist living in New York. Barr shares an illustrated recipe (or as he calls it, a "Ram-en-fographic") for…
Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl - Here's the quintessence of Japanese home cooking: an aromatic, protein-rich broth served over rice. Admittedly, Japanese cooking leans heavily on sugar - for a less traditional taste, you could reduce or even omit the sugar.