Unagi: An Eel for the Summer

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The word “unagi” started out as a general Japanese term for freshwater eels. Over time, though, it became recognized on the international scene as the name for a particular variety of eel found in Japan and parts of Korea and China. This eel is popular in Japanese cooking, and often eaten during the hot summer months as a way to replenish nutrients and boost vitality.

Donburi: The Don of All Rice Bowl Dishes

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What is Donburi? 

Donburi is also known as a Japanese rice bowl dish, with the Japanese term ‘don’ literally meaning ‘bowl’. It can include a variety of ingredients that accompany the rice, as you can see below. Let’s be acquainted with the more popular versions of donburi.

The Tonkatsu: From Japan to the World

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Crispy, Spicy and Satisfying Simplicity

Just before a game or a school test, the Japanese like to feast on tonkatsu, katsudon, or a variation of it because the word “katsu” is a homophone of the word katsu (勝つ), meaning “to win,” or “to be victorious,” “to overcome,” in Japanese. But, it seems it’s not just the Japanese who like “tonkatsu”. Everyone loves it.

Important Notice: 3/17

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Governor Jay Inslee released a statement that expands protections against COVID-19, which includes no in-person dining at restaurants.

We will be offering only take-out at K-Ton until further notice.

Please call us at 253-941-3148 to place your pickup order.

Thank you.


Read the News Release by Governor Inslee

March 17th, 2020

Most Popular Ramen Styles By Region

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Ramen By Region

The ramen style of cooking vary from region to region across Japan, evolving over the past century along geographical lines. Local variations are known by their city or prefecture of origin, many using the produce of their region and becoming nationally famous. Here are some of the main varieties.

Ramen Broth Classification Made Easy

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Ramen Classification

Ramen can be regarded as Japan’s national dish. There are as many types of ramen that can be counted, as many regional styles and specialties abound with soups, noodles, and toppings, all varied according to local tastes, ingredients, and cultures. It’s a challenge to put them in categories because of their wide differences. But then, let us try to put some order in the ramen world with attempts to classify them.

Why Okinawans Live Longest in the World

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Seven Healthy Japanese Foods for Longevity

Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture comprising more than 150 islands in the East China Sea, and residents there enjoy the longest life expectancy in the world. The largest proportion of people over 100 live on these islands. Men here expect to live up to 90 years, and women, up to 84. Diet plays a major role in their longevity. Okinawan centenarians derive their food sources from both the earth and the ocean. Here’s what they eat everyday.

The Appeal of the Okonomiyaki

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The “As You Like It” Pancake

The famous Okonomiyaki literally means “cook what you like” for okonomi, and yaki means “grilled or cooked”. It’s a kind of savory pancake made from a batter of flour, grated yam, eggs and dashi, and typically pork and cabbage as toppings.

The origins of okonomiyaki are unclear as many variations of pancakes have appeared at different times, in many places. The earliest origins of a basic crepe-like pancake date back to the Edo period (1683-1868) when it was a special dessert served at Buddhist ceremonies called Funoyaki. This then evolved during the Meiji period (1868-1912) into a sweeter dish called Sukesoyaki. In the 1920’s and 30’s the dish continued to evolve with more emphasis on the sauces added and the name Yoshokuyaki began to be used.

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