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Tokyo Local by Caryn and Brendan Liew [©Smith Street Books ]


Tokyo is an explorer’s dream and a food-lover’s paradise.

It’s the chicken skin yakitori you eat at 2am in a bar the size of a cupboard. It’s the pork curry you devour after having to line up for 45 minutes with a bunch of excited teenagers. It’s the yuzu ramen you slurp after ordering it from a vending machine. It’s the tonkatsu you buy in a vast shopping-center basement. And it’s the oden that’s served to you by a laid-back surfer from Okinawa.

Like the city itself, Tokyo Local honours the traditional cuisine that is cherished by locals and fervently adored by visitors, while embracing the modern trends that are defining the Tokyo of today.

Tokyo Local is packed full of 70 delicious yet approachable recipes so you can capture the magic of Tokyo at home.

About the Authors:

Caryn and Brendan Liew set up a one-year-only Japanese cafe, Chotto, in Melbourne in 2016, bringing ryokan-style traditional Japanese breakfast to the city. The cafe, which featured in the 2017 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller, transported diners to Japan on cultural and culinary journeys, traversing old and new.

Prior to opening Chotto, Brendan worked at the three-Michelin-starred Nihonryori Ryugin in Roppongi, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He also studied the art of ramen-making in Japan prior to delving into kappo and modern kaiseki cuisine.

Tokyo Local by Caryn and Brendan Liew is published by Smith Street Books and distributed in Australia by Simon & Shuster, (NSW, May 2018; Hc; 192pp; RRP A$39.99). It is available at all good bookshops from 1 May 2018.

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