Passers-by will be salivating over your delicious-looking footwear.
One of the most enticing things about eating out in Japan is the chance to gaze upon stunning food replicas in restaurant display windows, which show exactly what they have on offer, in beautifully recreated plastic form. The food samples are so popular that small versions can be purchased at specialty shops as souvenirs, but for those who want to add some delicacies to their wardrobe, Japanese retailer Fake Food Hatanaka is the place to go.
▼ Fancy a décolletage dripping with delectable citrus? This store has you covered.
Fake Food Hatanaka first wowed us back in 2013 with their head-turning range of jewellery and headbands, which caused a sensation online again this year with some more snazzy updates. While a browse through their collection turns up some curious products, some of their showstoppers can be found in the company’s footwear department, with two pairs of boots that look so refreshingly delicious we don’t know whether we want to wear them or bite into them!
The “Orange Cake Short Boots” retail for 10,800 yen (US$104), which is not a bad price, considering that most of the restaurant-style food replicas retail for 10,000 yen each.
The juicy-looking sliced oranges have been carefully arranged around each boot to enhance the realism and give them an aesthetically pleasing finish.
▼ The long Orange Cake Boots retail for 28,000 yen.
This design features an extra serving of delicious orange slices, with the base colour resembling a warm, cooked cake surface.
▼ It’s the perfect way to brighten up a dreary, rainy day!
Although with fruit as realistic as this, you might want to keep some oranges nearby to stop yourself from licking your boots!
If you want to add some zest to your shoe collection, head over to the Fake Food Hatanaka store, where the boots can be ordered online for shipping around the world. While you’re there, you might want to check out all their other amazing products, like drinks, sweets, and sandwiches too!
No one wants to have egg on their face, but if you want in on your head, this Japanese company is happy to oblige.
One of the many great things about eating out in Japan is the fake food samples that are presented outside the restaurant. Sometimes it can be hard to tell what a dish will actually look like from a written menu, so they’re super helpful for helping you decide if a restaurant is right for you before you even go inside.
▼ So… pretty….
Oh right, I was supposed to be picking my dinner!
Some of the fake food samples are really beautifully made, so much so that you may have thought about stealing them and wearing them on your head… maybe.
But now you don’t have to live a life of plastic-sample-stealing crime to get that food fashion you crave so badly. One of the companies that makes the realistic fake food for restaurants, Fake Food Hatanaka, has now released what it calls the ii-Fake line of accessories that feature their signature plastic dishes.
Here’s a sample of some of their wares:
▼ Nothing quite completes that “I woke up like this” look
like a pile of spaghetti and meat sauce in your hair.
▼ “Oh this old thing? I just tossed it up there this morning.”
▼ The egg on that tsukimi soba really brings out the yolks in your eyes.
▼ When you want to have emo hair but also
want to show your love of bacon and eggs to the world.
▼ One of my favorites for its subtlety: a bacon bow.
▼ And for those who want the complete
opposite of subtlety: the full-on Medusa-hair omelet soba!
If you’re a fan of Japanese food samples and crazy hair accessories, then check out Fake Food Hatanaka’s online accessory shop ii-fake. There’s much more available than what we’ve shown here, though a lot of it has been so popular it’s already sold out.
Like any finger food that’s covered in chocolate, Pocky is incredibly popular with kids. But being sweet without crossing over into cloying means grown-ups too can appreciate the crisp chocolate-coated pretzel sticks, so much so that it’s not uncommon to see Pocky served along with alcoholic drinks at adult parties or bars.
So it’s a natural progression for Glico, the makers of Pocky, to create a special version that’s designed specifically to be enjoyed with a stiff drink, which is how Adult Amber (“Otona no Kohaku” in Japanese) Pocky came about. Specifically, Adult Amber Pocky is to be enjoyed with a glass of whiskey. That makes it arguably even more old-school masculine than the sporadically offered Men’s Pocky, which features a less sweet variety of chocolate than the standard version. Similarly, Glico describes the chocolate used in the Adult Amber as rich and bitter, and also featuring the distinct aroma of whiskey.
But the deepest connection to whiskey is found in the dough used for the pretzel stick, which contains malt extract. Before being coated in chocolate, the stick is sprinkled with salt, with the resulting combination of flavors said to deliciously complement the grain alcohol you’re sipping.
This is actually Glico’s second time to offer the snack, as Adult Amber Whiskey was briefly available last November, before quickly selling out on Amazon’s Japanese site. This year, the company has prepared 300,000 boxes, which will once again be sold exclusively through Amazon, priced at 998 yen (US$9.70) for six packs shipped inside a round container styled after those used for packaging whiskey bottles. Adult Amber Pocky officially goes on sale October 25, and can be ordered domestically here (Which can be done risk-free by us).
One of Japans most underrated food must be Japanese curry, everybody knows their sushi. sashimi and eh… cup noodles…but how many folks would associate curry with Japan? However, many who’ve had the fortunate opportunity to travel to this culinary paradise can vouch for the delicious taste of this underdog dish.
British food has always been the laughing stock of the international cuisines, an opinion which I personally don’t share, since I’ve eaten crickets, snake and a snapping turtle, and yes it tastes like it sounds. There is something comforting in a nice warm meat pie served with a “Late Knights Worm Catcher” (it’s a beer not some blue blooded bird). The Brits however never introduced those lovely pies in Japan, no they brought curry instead. The main reason why they brought curry was to prevent beriberi (it sounds cuter than it is)on the long trips from England , the Japanese navy followed suit soon after.
Whereas “western” curry consists of curry powder mixed with a stew, Japanese curry is made by frying curry powder, flour, oil and a whole lot of other ingredients (apple!?)to make roux. For those not familiar with the term, it’s a hard inedible piece of concentrated curry…it resembles a big bar of chocolate.
Japanese curry is healthy and unlike other Asian curries, it is not so strong as for those with sensitive stomachs. I love Indian curry, but it makes me run to the toilet like 5 minutes after finishing a plate, yeah my stomach is that delicate.
J.curry however doesn’t contain strong spices which makes it the Californian roll under the curries, it’s easy to eat and approachable to anyone.
The great thing about Japanese curry is that you can cook it anyway you want; lots of vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, sea food, plain, with cheese etc etc, the curry serves as the base and the rest is up to you!
You can eat it with rice, nan, pasta, noodles, potatoes or drink it as a soup.
Curry is any Japanese housewife’s favorite dish, it takes 10 minuted to make, it contains all the food necessities and you can keep it for a week….
Japanese curry comes in many flavors and levels of spiciness, but even though each curry tastes distinctively different than the other the all around taste experience is the same, meaning that whatever brand you’ll buy, you’ll never end up with a bust.
Ok how to make curry? Well it’s almost as easy as making a sandwich, you cut your veggies and meat and bake them all in a deep pan, add water and let it boil (for the first time cooks under us, that’s when the water is bubbly hot. )Then you add the roux and boil it some more. Ready！Still don’t get it…ok here’s a video for the cooking challenged.
Curry is tasty during all seasons, and the great thing is that you can make it for small and big groups of people, like a class full of kids on a school trip, at the camping place with your family and your neighbors, the soup kitchen you help out or to show off your cooking skills to your in-laws.. and it’s really low on calories….
Hey Say JUMP curry commercial for you J-pop lovers!
Curry is basically cheap food, but you can make it as fancy as you want to.
You know how creative the Japanese can be with food, and curry is no exception here either.
Curry often comes in three strenghts:
甘口＝”amaguchi” or sweet….kids often eat this
中辛＝”chukara” or average spicy
辛口＝”karakuchi” or spicey
These are the nutrition facts of an average plate of curry without vegetables etc:
Still on the edge? Well in the big cities you can often find some Japanese curries for sale, but if you don’t live near a big city…..? Companies won’t send you just one pack of curry, nope they expect you to buy a whole box..scary.
Well no worries mate, we at JWS can get you any kind of curry against the cheapest prices, we don’t order them online, no we go straight to the supermarket for you…we have a nice team of professional bargain shoppers/ bored housewives, who will find you the curry you want against the best price (and yes we enclose the supermarket receipt).
Japanese food which doesn’t involve raw fish,expensive beef or expects you to make noise when you eat it….try it, trust me you too will be a believer!
Serge Roso JWS
We can get you anything from Japan to anywhere..the cheapest way!