yuzu kosho

鉄鍋餃子 // Iron Pot Gyoza
In Fukoka, they cook gyoza in what looks like an iron souffle dish, and they come out sizzling. The coating on top, made of flour/starch and water, is called 羽根 (hane / wings) and it adds a wonderful, crispy dimension to the dish. And I’m not sure how standard this is in Fukuoka, but this restaurant serves them with soy sauce and yuzu kosho (柚子胡椒), a paste made of yuzu citron and chili pepper. It’s fucking fantastic and since I ate these I’ve been experimenting with yuzu kosho in all kinds of dishes!

Semi-dried cèpe (found in the forest), dashi, somen noodles, poached organic egg, yuzu kosho. Ready for fashionweek catering. #comfortfood #noodles #energycharged#fashionweek #catering #paris-maorimurota (Instagram)

Kyo Ya, NYC (Thanksgiving Dinner 2014)

My parents got snowed in and my brother got sick, so Mutsumi and I suddenly found ourselves in New York with no Thanksgiving plans. We called our favorite restaurant, Kyo Ya, to see if they were open, which they were, but fully booked. However, before we checked anywhere else, we got a call back that Kyo Ya had had a cancellation and could fit us in! So we went and enjoyed an amazing non-traditional Thanksgiving feast!!

We started with Kyo Ya’s classic smoked potato salad with shrimp and pine nuts…

Then on to their distinctive salad with homemade sesame dressing…

A special that night, grilled yellowtail with eggplant “fries”, which I loved…

Roasted ginnan, or gingko nuts, now in season…

Chef Sono’s special sashimi platter…

Featuring the first Shinshu salmon from Nagano to hit NYC this year…

I got confused when a burger box hit the table…

It held another of Sono-san’s new menu items, a incredible, single-bite shrimp and rice “burger”…

A mountain of monkfish liver…

Grilled anago eel with yuzu kosho scallions and burdock salad…

House cured karasumi, or bottarga, with daikon…

Grilled Spanish mackerel with matsutake mushrooms and miso…

Ume shiso soba with Peter corn tempura…

The plum makes the noodles pink…

And Canadian salmon “box sushi” to close out the night…

Thank you, Sono-san, Ayano-san, Makoto and Jun for filling our bellies and saving our holiday!!

KYO YA

94 East 7th Street, off 1st Ave.

New York, NY 10009

212-982-4140