Dabbling in food porn

Apparently it is a very “Asian thing” to take pictures of your food. At least that’s what I hear, though I don’t necessarily see any empirical proof for the claim. All I know is that my own dabbling in food pornography started with my obsession with Yelp.com about 4 years ago. It just became perfectly commonplace to snap photos of the dishes I was writing about in my reviews–I mean, why not? Maybe it’s that Asians just naturally have a deeper appreciation for the aesthetic and presentation of food. Or maybe it’s because Asian Americans appear to frequent Yelp to a strangely disproportionate degree. All I know is, I’m Asian. I like food. And I just happen to get off on taking close-up shots of said food and providing others with voyeuristic peeks at what I’ve been eating lately. No shame in my game! And that’s exactly what this post is all about, so enjoy :)

Starting the day off right with breakfast. Japanese pastries are a special category all their own. Left to right: apple fritter, kare pan (curry bread), meron pan (melon bread), chocolate croissant. Taken at Sorbonne pastry shop, Yonabaru, Okinawa.

A typical brunch set at one of Okinawa’s many quaint, delicious cafe-style restaurants (a phenomenon that I have never quite witnessed anywhere outside Japan). This is the “healthy set,” which really was quite healthy but still very filling (and which also came with a dessert with low sugar). Made with many local Okinawan ingredients. Taken at Cafe Cerrado, Sashiki, Okinawa.

cafe cerrado healthy set

Though I try, I can’t always eat Japanese food while in Japan. This is the Sparky Burger from a great hamburger place called Captain Kangaroo’s in Nago, Okinawa. Yes, those are fried onions. AND bacon. Slightly reminiscent of animal-style In-N-Out. Before pic:

After pic (demolished):

That being said about not being able to eat Japanese food all the time, one of the great things about Japanese supermarkets is that the pre-made, ready-to-eat meal options are plentiful, cheap, and generally high-quality. When I’m feeling too lazy to cook dinner (…which happens a lot these days…), I make a pit stop at the Kanehide or MaxValu Prepared Foods section and I’m good to go. This tuna salmon roe egg cucumber maki sushi set? ¥498 (6 bucks).

And then on nights when I’m too lazy to cook dinner AND I don’t want to eat at home, there’s always FUFU Ramen in Haebaru, my favorite local ramen chain that will one day receive its own post. Some non-ramen items at Fufu that I’ve enjoyed recently include the shoyu tsukemen:

Chahan or fried rice (I swear Fufu puts crack in theirs):

And the shoyu hayashi chuka (cold ramen topped with vegetables, which according to my friend Aika marks the start of summer in Okinawa when found on convenience store shelves):

And finally, a little dessert. Another not very Japanese selection, though the detailed presentation is. Chocolate cake from Moon Terrace Cafe, Nishihara, Okinawa.

Love, your favorite Asian Pacific American food pornographer,

Kate :)

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5 thoughts on “Dabbling in food porn

  1. glad to be of inspiration.

    is this your daily eating or a collection of multiple occasions? haha

    – the real asian pacific american food pornographer

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