Andy Cheng

Growing up with a Japanese mother, Andy has extensive knowledge of Japanese culture, life and food. Originally from England, Andy started to train to be a chef after graduating university and moved to Japan to start his culinary journey. With his aim to run his own restaurant, he studied under Michelin star chef Namae Shinobu and Akihiro Nagao. After travelling to Osaka, he fell in love with the food, was especially Takoyaki. Andy’s hobbies include, photography, sports and travelling around Japan.
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HOW TO MAKE KUSHIKATSU : ULTIMATE GUIDE

Kushikatsu (also known as kushiage) is one of Osaka’s most well known dishes, amongst the ranks of Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. It’s a a great meal to have with some drinks and relax with friends...

HOW TO MAKE OSAKA SQUID : ULTIMATE GUIDE

Osaka squid is referred to as Ikazaki. Ika means squid and yaki means fried. There are actually two types of Ikayaki, one is simply grilled squid that is then cut into bite sized pieces,...

HOW TO MAKE KITSUNE UDON: ULTIMATE GUIDE

Previously I wrote an article about how to make Osaka Udon using Kasu. In continuation, I will explain another Osaka Udon, called Kitsune Udon. What is Kitsune Udon? Also referred to as Fox udon, this noodle...

HOW TO MAKE OSAKA UDON: ULTIMATE GUIDE

When thinking of Osaka food, takoyaki, okonomiyaki and kushikatsu are the first dishes that springs to mind. However, one speciality that often goes under the radar is Kasu Udon. I will introduce how to...

HOW TO MAKE JAPANESE OFFAL : ULTIMATE GUIDE

WHAT IS JAPANESE OFFAL? Japanese offal, known as 'Horumon' refers to the edible organs of animals such as cows and pigs. In a narrow sense, horumon refers to the small and large intestine. However, expanding...

HOW TO MAKE TAIKO MANJU: ULTIMATE GUIDE

WHAT IS TAIKO MANJU? Taiko Manju is a typed of baked sweets made from a batter and steamed bean paste. The batter consists of flour, eggs, sugar and milk, which is then baked in a...

HOW TO MAKE TAKOYAKI : ULTIMATE GUIDE

Takoyaki is one of Osaka's most popular street food and directly translates to 'Octopus' (Tako) and 'Fried' (Yaki). They are great to eat on the street or even to make at home with friends...

HOW TO MAKE JAPANESE CURRY: ULTIMATE GUIDE

WHAT IS JIYUKEN CURRY? Opened in Nanba, Osaka, Jiyuken Curry is steeped in history. Instead of having the curry and rice separately, a unique japanese curry roux mixed with rice to form into one. The...

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