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  • Nagashi-somen: Catch your own noodles

    As if chasing your sushi around a conveyor belt wasn't creative enough for you, the Japanese have also invented 'nagashi-somen', translated as 'flowing noodles'. Continue reading

  • Welcome to Keisuke Yamada’s world of banana sculpture!

    Ever thought about turning your banana into a vivid sculpture? That’s what Japan’s Keisuke Yamada had been enjoying for three years now.

    Most people think of a bananas as a great on-the-go snack, high in potassium, and great with porridge. Not no Keisuke Yamada. For he has seen potential in this bent yellow food and instead turned it in humorous banana sculpture. Until he gets hungry, that is... Continue reading

  • Mid-Autumn Festival - What Is It All About?

    The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming!

    What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?
    Even though it’s that time of year when things get wetter, colder, darker and frowny-er, at least we have something to look forward to, (other than abandoned umbrellas and the smell of damp.)
    The Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on the 15th of the 8th month in the Chinese Luna Calendar, which is September 19th this year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of autumn in the Far East. Continue reading

  • Your Guide To Mooncakes

    Mooncakes are an extremely popular Chinese pastry and are traditionally eaten during Mid-Autumn Festival. The annual production of these delicious cakes is 0.28 million tonnes –  that’s about 40000 male adult African Elephants! Read on for your guide to mooncakes > Continue reading

  • Model motorcycles: made from lobsters!

    Take a look! Absolutely beautifully crafted glorious orange-coloured motorcycle models.

    But hang on a sec, does something smell a little fishy here? Continue reading

  • KFC launches fried soup in Japan

    As if the food in Japan wasn't unusual enough, KFC has decided to up the stakes. Joining the likes of the Mars Bar, Ice Cream, beer and even an Eccles cake, KFC is doing the impossible by deep-frying... soup.

    Yes, you heard us. Soup. KFC, for a limited time only, starting on Thursday 5th September, will be selling the popular corn potage, not in pots with spoons, but as little battered balls.

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  • Strawberry Daifuku: Recipe

    Japanese Ice Cream MochiThe Japanese are not known for their desserts. Not many people outside the country have ever enjoyed a fresh yatsuhashi* – and even the Japanese people seem to prefer elaborately layered French cakes and Kit Kat bars over traditional sweets. However, there's a tasty Japanese sweet that's easy to make and tastes delicious. Read on for our strawberry daifuku mochi recipe... Continue reading

  • Yoi Sho - Not Your Average London Restaurant

    Yoi Sho isn’t your average London Japanese restaurant. In fact, it looks like something plucked out of downtown Tokyo and planted squarely in uptown Fitzrovia. It doesn’t have website. Heck - it doesn’t even have an email address. Proudly stating my intention to post a review of their restaurant on an online blog site (in the hope of getting a second meal with discounts for myself and the Mokio crew…) was greeted with a blank stare and uncomprehending silence. Continue reading

  • Lychee & Lemongrass Ice Lollies

    Keep cool with an Asian twist with these easy-to-make lychee and lemongrass ice lollies. Sweet, cold and refreshing, they’re a brilliantly unusual summer day’s treat for adults and children alike and contain real fruit. Continue reading

  • Essential Summer Refreshments

    Calamansi Snog Frozen YoghurtIt gets boring when everyone tells you to “STAY HYDRATED” particularly when “YOU’RE ALL SWEATY” and being vocal about keeping cool is thirsty work. But here at Mokio we need to stay refreshed in order to keep our adventuring levels up and here are our Essential Summer Refreshments: Continue reading

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