Tokyo – Cult Recipes

Outside Japan, Japanese food is often times associated just with sushi or ramen. At best! But there is so much more! The Japanese cuisine offers one of the most diverse palettes of flavours and ingredients of the world.

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Prepared by top chefs in the most exquisite restaurants, on street carts, or simply at home, food is a central component of the Japanese culture and society. And Tokyo Cult Recipes (Amazon US / Amazon UK) by Murdoch Books (who also published the amazing Anatolia), wonderfully captures this depth by presenting the variety of Japanese food through easy to make at home recipes.

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The book covers over 100 recipes for miso, sushi, soba noodles, fried rice, Japanese tapas, desserts and sweets, as well as the key ingredients and techniques you need to cook them. It is a collection of personal recipes the author, Maori Murota, has learned from her mom or recalls from her childhood memories of eating out in Tokyo. All recipes are accompanied by extremely beautiful photography along with images of Japanese traditional markets or special ingredients. Maori fully succeeded in her mission to introduce us to Japanese food through a wide range of accessible recipes.

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As matcha desserts are without doubt our all-times favorites, we picked for you a special recipe: matcha and white chocolate cake! Divine and gone before it cooled down! Enjoy!


Matcha and White Chocolate Cake


  • 3 eggs
  • butter (the same weight as the eggs)
  • caster sugar (the same weight as the eggs)
  • plain all-purpose flour (the same weight as the eggs)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
  • 70g white chocolate chips


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 170ºC, and butter and flour a 19 x 19 x 8 cm loaf tin. Weight the eggs, then weight out the same amount of butter, sugar and flour (the weight of the eggs I used was about 180 g, but I have used a bit less butter and sugar, about 100 g).
Step 2
With an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing each one in well before adding the next.
Step 3
Sift in the flour, baking powder and matcha. Combine with a spatula. Stir through the white chocolate chips, then pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 40 minutes. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.



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