Whimsical New Japanese Trend Turns Curry Dishes Into Dams


There’s nothing like a warm plate of curry and rice. The simple Japanese dish known as ‘damukare‘ often incorporates pickled radishes and a meat, but at its core, all you really need are the two main ingredients.

So using said rice and curry, Japanese restaurants have started to get creative with some of their platings. They’re building dams.

Combining the qualities of the sticky rice and the thick curry, these Japanese artists are able to create a fantastically charming display of hydropower containment. The trend definitely encourages patrons to play with their food.

Check out some of the more impressive ones. If you’re not impressed by the architecture, you’ll probably still salivate over the deliciousness of the dish.

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This Sneaky Sashimi Bowl Is Actually A Cake In Disguise


There’s nothing comparable to a good bowl of sashimi over rice. The Japanese dish of raw fish has become a popular staple for those looking for something light and fresh, that isn’t rolled in seaweed. However, the next time you order a bowl of your favorite tuna cut, you might want to double check before biting into it. It could just be a cake pretending.

A local bakery in Shinjuku, Japan, is known for their impressive cake models. The bakery uses popular Japanese dishes as a template for their cakes. Honestly, you couldn’t tell them apart by looking.

Take this sashimi bowl, for example.


Made with different pastry components, the cake is layered with candy colored ingredients to create the illusion of a well-stacked bowl of sashimi. This includes cucumbers, shredded seaweed and even a garnish of lettuce .

However, it’s all sweets.


Under the layer of fanciful Japanese condiments, one will discover nothing more than mousse below the surface. The tuna is made from a red gelatin that’s carefully sliced. The seaweed and cucumbers are black and white chocolates, respectively. Even the rice is made from a colored mousse.


Ah, you just gotta love Japan.

Fast Food

KFC Now Has Chicken And Rice Bowls You Can Fill Up On


Kentucky Fried Chicken has been known to dabble in the ridiculous. Between the Double Down and the international Double Down Dog, patrons can expect to get something pretty greasy when ordering from KFC menus.

It looks like they’re taking a turn to the slightly healthier side. Slightly.

The fried chicken chain is offering two new Chicken and Rice Bowls to its menu. The bowls will be available in two variants: Zesty Tex Mex and Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ. The Zesty Tex Mex will feature crispy chicken, pico de gallo, green onions and cheese on top of a bowl of rice. The Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ will boast honey BBQ chicken, green onions and cheese with the rice bowl.

While the Zesty Tex Mex looks to be made with fried chicken, the Honey BBQ appears to be a healthier grilled option.  Customers can get the bowls individually or as a “Fill Ups” (cookie and drink combo) for $5.


Researchers Discover Something Terrible in Rice That Commonly Causes Cancer


Researchers have discovered some troubling news about a popular food we all eat: rice is loaded with cancer-causing inorganic arsenic — so much that they are recommending small children not to eat rice “more than twice per month.”

In findings released yesterday, Consumer Reports analyzed FDA data on 656 foods containing rice and found noticeable levels of inorganic arsenic, which is linked to different types of cancer.

Arsenic is known to be present in a lot of foods, including fruits, grains and vegetables. They absorb arsenic from the soil and pesticides they are in contact with. However, rice absorbs arsenic more easily than most foods do. Consumer Reports researcher Dr. Michael Crupain explains:

“Arsenic in our food is a real public health problem and we think it’s important to eat less of it.”

Long-term exposure to arsenic leads to higher rates of skin, bladder and lung cancers, according to Consumer Reports. For small children under 5 years old, Crupain says:

“We found that hot rice cereal and rice pasta can have much more arsenic than we saw in our previous tests … So we now recommend that children rarely eat these foods, which means not more than twice per month.”

Which rice contains the lowest levels of arsenic?

One of the biggest findings was that the level of arsenic present in rice depends on where it was planted in.



Sushi rice (thank God) from the U.S. and white basmati rice from California, India and Pakistan contain half of the amount of arsenic compared to most other types of rice. The deathblow here is to brown rice lovers — researchers found that brown rice actually contains 80 percent more arsenic than white rice.

So should you throw out all your rice?

Before everyone freaks out, the USA Rice Federation said the following in a statement:

“Studies show that including white or brown rice in the diet provides measurable health benefits that outweigh the potential risks associated with exposure to trace levels of arsenic.”

The FDA has yet to set an exact safety level for arsenic in rice, however, they recommend parents to avoid serving rice cereal and rice pasta for their young children as their first solid food.

Originally written by Jacob Wagner for NextShark


Small Japanese Town Creates Gigantic Works of Art in Rice Paddies


I absolutely love it when a community pulls together to create art. Take this small town of Inakadate in the Aomori Prefecture, for example. The tiny population of only 8,000 residents is primarily agriculture-based, filled with fields and rice paddies. Each summer, the town bands together and puts those rice paddies to artistic use, creating humongous works of art in the fields.


It began in 1993 when the town decided to create mosaics made from rice plants so that they would attract more visitors. It worked successfully and drummed tons of tourists over the summer seasons. The townspeople would plant a variety of colored strains of rice plants to form different shapes, lines and colors. What happens next is art.

Each year, works include depictions of popular Japanese folktales, landscapes and even a mural based on a popular anime. It has since become a summer tradition that attracts thousands to Inakadate to see the fields firsthand.



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Up Close This Looks Like Normal Sushi, But You Won’t Believe How Tiny It Really Is


It’s hard to argue that sushi is the most filling of dishes, but this is just ridiculous.

According to Reuters, a chef in Tokyo Japan has mastered the delicate art of making miniature sushi out of single grains of rice. And we’re not talking loose bubbles of roe over sloppily shaved seaweed flakes. We mean fully-formed, microscopic egg and tuna filets, cups of seaweed-wrapped sea urchin, and slivers of octopus tentacle, all deftly perched atop rice grain “beds” smaller than the chopsticks you’d eat them with.



The process took chef Hironori Ikeno of Nohachi about 13 years to perfect. “I actually started the whole thing from a joke with a customer whom I served a miniscule sushi to and I started to wonder how tiny could I make it,” Ikeno told Reuters.

Supposedly the little fishies still have a lot of flavor despite their size. Good to know, especially for the next time your Legos are looking for a sweet All-You-Can-Eat.

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This Rice Corgi Omelette is Too Cute to Eat


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