The Tohoku region, located in northernmost of Honshu Japan, faces Hokkaido in the north and connects with Kanto region in the south, is made up of six prefectures including Aomori and Akita. The region is divided by the Ou Mountain Range which stretches from the south to the north, bringing distinctive climates to the east and west coast that results in the flourishing of different agricultural crops. Meanwhile, the collision of warm and cold ocean currents at both coasts contributes to the creation of a marine habitat that brings rich fishery resources. Moreover, due to geographical extensiveness of the region which accounts for around 30% of the total area of Honshu, the local customs and traditional cultures of each prefecture have their own characteristics and so as the local dining culture. The savoury traditional cuisines and unique local festivals such as Aomori Nebuta Festival and Akita Kanto Festival have made the region popular with tourists every year.
Affected by the Japan sea side climate, Akita has heavy snowfall in winter. In spring, the snow pile melts into streams of clear water, providing an excellent water source for paddy fields. Akita now ranks the third in Japan’s annual rice production. Akita rice is rich in sweetness with a glutinous texture, and it is often being made into rice sticks for the local traditional dish “Kiritanpo Pot”.
Akita Hinai Chicken
Akita Hinai Chicken is one of the three most famous chicken breeds in Japan, along with Nagoya Cochin and Satsuma Chicken. Akita Hinai Chickens are raised in a free-range condition, bringing firm and chewy texture to the meat, which is especially suitable for barbecue or hot pot, and it is a must-have ingredient for Akita’s traditional dish “Kiritanpo Pot”.
Through searching for seasonal ingredients from all over the world and exploring the wisdom of eating inherited from local culture, original flavors are being brought to the menu through healthy and tasty traditional family recipes.
Café&Meal MUJI chefs visit ingredient origins around the world and learn different cooking methods and skills from local families, bringing their daily wisdom of using in-season ingredients to the menu of Café&Meal MUJI for you to enjoy their unique food cultures.
Aomori Yam with Walnut Miso．Aomori Apple & Pumpkin Salad．Japanese Scallop with Scrambled Egg．Aomori Apple Jelly
Aomori Yam & Fungus Salad．Aomori Apple & Chicken Salad．Akita Hinai Chicken & Rice Sticks with Vegetables．Honwakatou & Aomori Apple Tart