Tag Archives: Japan

KFC Has Engineered ‘Low Smell’ Chicken in Japan

Source: Grub Street NY

To help “polite” commuters who are loath to inflict delicious odors on fellow subway passengers, KFC has pioneered to-go fried-chicken boxes that pack a “repressed scent.” Called Fried Chicken Home Type, this special pack is only available through December 31 at a pop-up inside Tokyo’s subway system. KFC claims …

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This Holiday Season, You Don’t Not Need Cake-Flavored White Pepsi

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s still too early to hawk anything holiday-themed, but nobody can blame Pepsi for jumping the gun after inventing this festive Christmas Cola concoction. It’s a soda that tastes like cake and comes in the cheerful white color pictured on the left — almost like if you licked the …

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Trump’s Steak–and–Ice Cream Terror Continues Across Asia

Source: Grub Street NY

This weekend, President Trump landed in Japan — the first stop on his 12-day Asia tour, and a country with more Michelin-starred dining opportunities than any other. This was something President Obama took full advantage of on his 2014 trip by eating Jiro Ono’s world-famous sushi. For Trump’s welcome-to-Japan …

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KFC’s Latest Beauty Product Is a Bath Bomb That Leaves You Smelling Like Fried Chicken

Source: Grub Street NY

So you’re almost out of KFC’s edible fingernail polish, and have started wondering what the point of personal grooming is if the Colonel’s not involved? Fair! To ensure you maintain at least some level of hygiene, the chicken chain has created a new product: a bath bomb that …

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Rest of World Simply Cannot Get Enough of Japan’s Kit Kats

Source: Grub Street NY

People are so enamored of Japan’s legendary collection of unusual Kit Kat flavors that Nestlé Japan is opening a second factory to keep up with the “booming demand” for the bars, which come in chocolate, obviously, but also strawberry, edamame, grilled potato, sake, and wasabi, to pull at random from …

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A Man Ordered an Airline’s Gluten-Free ‘Meal’ — and Got a Single Banana With a Knife and Fork

Source: Grub Street NY

Options for gluten-free eating have expanded significantly in both restaurants and grocery stores in recent years. But there is still one force committed to stopping the tide of flourless pasta that you actually want to eat: Japan’s All Nippon Airways. According to a report in the Telegraph, after …

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Coca-Cola Insists It Made Coke ‘Healthy’ by Putting Fiber in It

Source: Grub Street NY

Coca-Cola says a new soda it just released in Japan ended up with some fiber in it — please note that this isn’t another crazy recall notice, though. In fact, the fiber was added on purpose to this beverage, which is being marketed as the …

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Manny Ramirez Negotiates ‘Unlimited Sushi’ Into Japanese Baseball Contract

Source: Grub Street NY

Pro-ball players are master contract negotiators (Roger Clemens once got his sons a locker in the Blue Jays clubhouse next to his), but the deal retired all-star Manny Ramirez signed to swing a bat in Japan’s independent league is truly next level. To play for the …

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These Intricate Fruit Carvings Will Make You Feel Terrible About Your Knife Skills

Source: Grub Street NY

So you can julienne vegetables with a hand tied behind your back? Cute, but that’s child’s play next to the knife skills of Gaku, an artist whose Instagram is dedicated to the art of mukimono. That’s the ancient Japanese culinary tradition of carving intricate patterns into …

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Panda Sex Is Great News for Tokyo Restaurant

Source: Grub Street NY

Nothing has ever gone so well for anyone after such a brief tryst. Tokyo restaurant operator Totenko Co. saw its stock rise 2.9 percent following the announcement of the 52-second mating session between Ueno Zoo giant pandas Shin Shin and Ri Ri. That bump is five times its …

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Japan Finally Invents Spreadable Coffee for Toast

Source: Grub Street NY

For as long as bread has been sliced, people have endured the indignity of having to have their coffee with, and not on, their morning toast. Recognizing this gaping hole in the spreadable-things market, Japan’s Snow Brand Milk has invented a spreadable version of its coffee. Set to …

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Pizza Hut Japan Is Bringing Back Its Store Run Entirely by Cats

Source: Grub Street NY

Unclear why this took so long, but Pizza Hut Japan is reopening its Pizza Cat! store, a (wholly fake) location mismanaged by a team of cats that proved wildly popular online in 2014. The all-feline staff excelled at looking cute, but were literally the worst at …

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Here’s What a $22 Strawberry Looks Like

Source: Grub Street NY

Think a $18 cup of coffee is excessive? How about a single strawberry for $22? Part of Japan’s grand tradition of wildly overpriced fruit, the so-called Kotoka strawberry is sold at upscale Hong Kong supermarket, and purveyor of $522 apples, CitySuper.

Beyond the exorbitant …

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BLT Steak’s Japan Outposts Are Selling a $50 Trump Burger

Source: Grub Street NY

The BLT restaurant brand, which agreed to stick a BLT Prime in the spot José Andrés abandoned in the new Trump International Hotel, has introduced a new burger at its two BLT Steak locations in Japan that pays homage (sort of?) to its landlord …

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Here’s a Bluefin Tuna That Just Sold for $632,000

Source: Grub Street NY

New year, new bluefin tuna selling for an outrageously high price in Japan. A single 466-pound tuna was sold for $632,000 during the annual auction that kicks off the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The winning bidder was Kiyomura Corp. and Sushi Zanmai chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, …

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Here’s a Bluefin Tuna That Just Sold for $632,000

Source: Grub Street NY

New year, new bluefin tuna selling for an outrageously high price in Japan. A single 466-pound tuna was sold for $632,000 during the annual auction that kicks off the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. The winning bidder was Kiyomura Corp. and Sushi Zanmai chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, …

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Japan’s Latest Burger Innovation Replaces Buns With Beef

Source: Grub Street NY

Any burger pursuit worth her weight in griddle grease will tell you that, fancy buns be damned, less is more. This maxim has reached its inevitable conclusion at the Japanese restaurant Shake Tree, which in the great tradition of pseudo-sandwiches like KFC’s Double Down, has eliminated the bun …

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