Posted by: bemyduende | 02/24/2009

Taste 4:Kiritanpo – 味覚 4:きりたんぽ

This past weekend I had the pleasure of making kiritanpo nabe with my good friend, Chie.


Kiritanpo is a sort of dumpling made of mashed up rice and nabe is a sort of soup where all the ingredients are cooked together in a clay pot.


If you know anything about Japan and its fascination with food, then you know that each area in Japan is famous for a certain type of delicacy. This is why Japanese people may ask you, “What food is famous in your area/hometown?” Although you may be from a city in America that boosts a famous dish, such as the Philly cheese steak or the Maine lobster, local dishes here are not nearly as celebrated to the extent that they are in Japan.


Kiritanpo is a dish famous in the Akita Prefecture and from what I’m told it’s sort of country, so needless to say, I was very honored to have the chance to eat it.  It was delicious! I love Japanese food.




  1. looks yummy!!

  2. きりたんぽ、美味しそう!

  3. I think I could eat that, couldn’t I?

  4. 焼ききりたんぽに味噌を付けて食べたことがあるけど、

  5. あっこさんー

    We didn’t have any せり but we had ごぼう。。。 actually I’ve never heard of any of these vegetables/spices(?) The English translation sounds like something from Harry Potter! haha.

  6. シゲコ先生、


  7. Andrew,

    Yup, you certainly can! Just leave out the chicken, obviously. Isn’t there a big Japanese market in Seattle? You could probably find it there!

  8. knack,


  9. 子供のころ、父親がお土産で買ってきてくれたのを家で食べました。

  10. お父さんは優しそうです~。

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