Easy Recipes from Rice & Miso, Manhattan’s New Japanese Restaurant


Japanese philosophy kaiseki, which translates to “hot stones in the breast pocket,” comes from a Buddhist ritual dating back over 600 years, in which monks placed heated stones in their pockets to warm themselves in cold monasteries. During these long periods of meditation, their empty stomachs were soothed. The principles of kaiseki have been a staple of Japanese cuisine ever since, appreciated around the world: an approach to cooking and eating that respects the ingredients, the environment, the host and the guests.

For Mika Hatsushima, the founder of the restaurants Rice & Miso, a kaiseki her approach to simplistic Japanese dishes has earned her culinary respect and a sense of community. First served at the Brooklyn Flea, Hatsushima’s menu is now available at three locations, where carefully prepared breakfasts are served using combinations of protein, veg, rice (and miso) in bento boxes and healthy soups.

Mika hatsushimaPhoto: Courtesy of Mikako Koyama, makeup by Yasuo Yoshikawa

Today, Rice & Miso opens its doors on Forsyth Street, its first Manhattan outpost. “My goal is to continue to introduce well-balanced, safe and tasty Japanese home-style foods that people want to eat every day. And when they don’t eat here for a while and they come back, they burst into tears, just like I do when I have my mom’s rice ball. Maybe that’s my goal! While Hatsushima was busy tackling the logistical challenges of opening her first storefront in 2012, her mother often babysat her first daughter, Reika. When it finally opened, “she was so proud of me, talking about how I started from nothing. I said, ‘Mom, you gave me everything!’ “

Here, recreate the Hatsushima family’s green bean dish called Gomaae and a rice and miso-style soba noodle salad. Perfect for healthy weekday breakfasts, these recipes are emblematic of Hatsushima’s desire to bring the simple food that makes her and her family happy to the plates of New Yorkers and readers around the world.

Gomaae (portion 4)

Collage by Nora Cohen


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