• Some things those of us who work at the Criterion Collection are serious about: movies (maybe you knew that), getting the details right, and eating and drinking. So when the recipes for the absurdly delicious-looking food the Yokoyamas prepare in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Still Walking, which we’re working on now for release in February, came across our desks in the editorial department for inclusion in the booklet, we knew we ought to test them (they were ably translated from the Japanese by Criterion executive producer Fumiko Takagi). If pressed, I’ll admit that the idea of a little sake-fueled hanging out and cooking followed by actually getting to eat the irresistible food we’d seen taunting us from the screen (don’t watch this movie on an empty stomach—that way madness lies) was not exactly a deterrent. To those ends, Liz Helfgott, Michael Koresky, and our friend Sarah Finklea from Janus Films came over to my place in Brooklyn the other night—recipes for kinpira daikon, corn tempura, pork belly kakuni, and rice with edamame and myoga ginger in hand—and we documented the process and the results as follows. —Anna Thorngate

     

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    The recipes Kore-eda had his actors make in the film are based on those of his mother. We did some editing before we even started cooking to make them as clear as possible for American cooks. This is my first round of notes.

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    Michael’s House shirt and carrots: a study in orange.

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    Daikons, ginger, edamame, sesame seeds, oil for deep-frying, and oh yeah, sake.

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    Michael and I make corn tempura patties, a messy job.

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    What happens when you toss the tempura into the hot oil, a dangerous job that less hardy and dedicated souls would probably balk at. Bonus: pork belly simmering on the back burner for the kakuni.

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    Daikons, daikon leaves, and carrots merrily stir-frying for the kinpira daikon, and man, that pork belly is coming along. Too bad we’re not launching Smell-O-Vision until the next criterion.com update.

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    The recipe for rice with edamame and myoga ginger calls for two ingredients we didn’t find: myoga ginger and pickled shiso. We substituted regular ginger for the myoga, and I improvised a quick pickle for the fresh shiso, which we did find. Soy sauce, mirin, more ginger.

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    The pork belly and hard-boiled eggs, after having simmered in all manner of deliciousness for hours, come out of the broth for a while. Very difficult not to fall on them like ravening wolves.

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    While you’re waiting for hours and hours for the pork belly to simmer, may we suggest some torch songs with your corn tempura? Also: sake.

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    From left: pork belly kakuni, kinpira daikon, rice with edamame and ginger.

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    Fall to! (Fall, too.)

12 comments

  • By David Hollingsworth
    November 30, 2010
    02:59 PM

    This is a great article, and the food looks absolutely delicious. This also looks like a dream job.
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  • By Lisa Thorngate
    November 30, 2010
    05:30 PM

    Ah, fond memories of our last visit to Brooklyn, when Anna cooked for us and we did cleanup. Everything looks wonderful -- including Grandma's dishes.
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  • By T.J. Royal
    November 30, 2010
    10:38 PM

    Off topic, but, did anybody notice that Mario Monicelli passed away on Monday? RIP
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  • By John
    December 01, 2010
    01:14 PM

    Michael Koresky is much younger than I thought he was. He writes like a veteran film critic. I love his writing on film.
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  • By bill p
    December 02, 2010
    01:56 PM

    I can only imagine what you guys would do with Tampopo. Hint.
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  • By davis willis smith
    December 04, 2010
    01:07 AM

    This food looks worthy of a better oil than Crisco in a plastic bottle. Good food comes from good ingredients.
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  • By Jonathan Rimorin
    December 06, 2010
    06:55 PM

    I echo the hint with Tampopo. Hint, hint, echo, echo.
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  • By Josh Clark
    December 06, 2010
    09:42 PM

    Jesus my Lord, I want to work with you guys.
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  • By jeansuki
    December 31, 2010
    11:58 AM

    Each decade I ask Criterion for Tampopo! Thank you for your consideration!
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  • By seezee
    August 03, 2012
    08:01 PM

    Tampopo! Tampopo! Tampopo!
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  • By Lee Koch
    January 06, 2014
    11:28 PM

    Tampopo is one of my favorite films and deserves a Criterion release. I first saw it on VHS and have re-watched it on 2 different DVD releases. http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/nov/30/my-favourite-film-tampopo http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/tampoponrhinson_a0c94d.htm http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/tampoponrhinson_a0c94d.htm
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  • By Lee Koch
    January 06, 2014
    11:30 PM

    Whoops! Another Tampopo review from 2011 http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2011/nov/30/my-favourite-film-tampopo
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