Preview: Natto: Japan’s Probiotic Superfood

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Date(s) - 05/23/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Japan Society


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What’s up? Join The Japan Society for a talk and tasting the ever-pungent Natto!

Damage? $16-$20

Japan Society Food Talks and Tasting series is incredibly popular @ WhereNYC

Why you should go. Natto is an acquired for many outsiders. Smelly, sticky, slimy and a curious aftertaste, the fermented soybean concoction is one of Japan’s most challenging ingredients, but it is also regarded as one of the healthiest foods. It is also delicious served with sweet soy dipping sauce and Somen noodles.

Guest speaker Ann Yonetani, founder of Brooklyn-based NYrture Food, dishes on her favorite ways to prepare natto, examines both traditional and novel culinary pairings, and breaks down the food science behind this soybean sensation. Moderated by Sho Spaeth, Features Editor at Serious Eats. Followed by a natto tasting reception, featuring a modern spin on this Japanese staple.

The Japan Society, one of New York’s best cultural institutes, hosts some of the most amazing events including: the Samurai diet, its annual sake taster, the Gifu and Okinawa cultural talks and receptions to the more cultural ikebana flower arranging demo. Useful tips:

  • RSVP asap
  • Bring your I.D.,  21+
  • Business cards are always a plus.
  • Attire?  Casual / business is fine – Travel lightly. Limited coat check / cloakroom.
  • Bring friends or go it alone? Either or but with friends works nicely.
  • Please the list of recommended nearby spots.
  1. Aburiya Kinnosuke ($$)213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017– very classy, great menu, slightly upscale.
  2. Gyu Kaku ($-$$)  805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022, by 50th St. 2nd Floor (across Dos Caminos) Japanese barbecue, good service and smart interior
  3. Hidechan Ramen 248 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, 2nd Fl. – This little ramen shop is as close to the real as you can find in East Midtown
  4. Momosan Ramen & Sake ($$) 342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016– Lexington by 39th St. Morimoto’s new ramen shop, their tantanmen ramen with coconut milk is a revelation.
  5. Prêt-à-manger ($) 3rd Ave between 47th and 48th – My usual pre-hydrate-and-eat-before -you-go spot. (Starbucks is next door.)
  6. Riki ($) 342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 – Izakaya, inexpensive, upstairs karaoke rooms
  7. Sakagura ($$)211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017 – Tucked below in an office building, Sakagura has an extensive sake menu and good food
  8. Soba Totto ($$) 211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017– classy, fantastic intimate sake /wine bar, great find
  9. Udon West($)150 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017You can’t go wrong here. Pitchers of beer, decent grub, cheap, fast service.