Jessica Leigh Hester is a former senior associate editor at CityLab, covering environment and culture. Her work also appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, New York Times, Modern Farmer, Village Voice, Slate, BBC, NPR, and other outlets.
Other than ramen.
We know that Japan is home to some next-level instant cuisine, like a vending machine that dispenses piping-hot ramen.
But a new poster by Berkley-based graphic designer Fanny Chu nods to the rich traditions of freshly prepared Japanese snacks. Chu illustrated 25 bites, from kakigori (sticky-sweet shaved ice) to savory omusubi (triangular rice patties swaddled with nori and stuffed with fillings such as salted salmon or bonito flakes).
One of Chu’s favorites: sakura mochi, a pink rice cake filled with red bean paste and wrapped in a pickled cherry blossom leaf.
The menu-style design includes the name, characters, and ingredients in each dish. Hang it up in your kitchen for some snacking inspiration.
Poster, $23 pre-order on Kickstarter.