Home meals — Still Walking

Still Walking  (2008)

Still Walking (2008)

 
 

Still Walking opens with middle-aged daughter (Chinami) and her mother (Toshiko) in the kitchen. Peeling daikon radishes and carrots, they talk about a recipe that never shows up on screen.

T Radishes are genius.

C How about potatoes?

T With potatoes, it’s up to the cook. Radishes you can simmer or grill. They’re even delicious raw.

C You don’t grill radishes.

T Sure you do. If you simmer and then grill them, they lose their tartness. Then you mix them with carrots and saute with sesame oil.

C Sesame oil, right.

T Better write it down. You’ll forget.

C No need. I’ll never cook it. My husband grew up on fast food. He’ll eat anything.

T Then why’d you ask?

C I thought you might want to talk, Mom.

T In that case, move your hands, not your mouth. It’s almost lunchtime.

 
 
 
 
 

Grilled radishes.

As Chinami says, “you don’t [really] grill radishes” so the imagery really stuck.

As the recipe was taken sentimentally, carrots are omitted. Instead, the daikon radish is treated like a steak. Peeled and sliced thick for a substantial bite, the rounds are soaked in a bath of starchy water taken from washing rice for the second time. This step ensures to soften the bitter taste, but sometimes it’s unnecessary depending on the season, or variety. After 10 to 20 minutes, the cuts are simmered until soft — just about when a chopstick passes through smoothly. Then they’re lightly patted to dry, and grilled. The trick is to use a lower flame and a netural oil like grapeseed to get a golden brown surface, lightly salting each side as they are flipped. Once they are evenly colored, sesame oil is drizzled on each side, sizzled briefly, then removed from heat. This way, the sesame oil retains its toasty aroma without being overpowering. The result — tender, pan-fried radish cuts.

Note, we like to add an extra sprinkle of coarse salt and cut them in half, so they can stand on their own.

 
 

Home meals — heat

 
 

When it’s hot out, we wear light, eat hot and tell each other

“Now that’s a way to keep cool!”

Cool, because in Korea, we are so attached to the sensation that hot broth gives that we find it refreshing. In fact, there’s even the saying “fight heat with heat.” 

At home, we do that. Almost everyday, even when we lived in LA. Boiled, reduced and eaten almost as it’s being served. Sometimes, we fire up the Iwatani and bring the pot to the table. Amongst the steam, we eat as we cook. Feeling the map to the stomach, we welcome the heat to take over, then reach for a drink. That — beer, wine or shochu — is always kept cold.

 
 
Pork nabe with lime ponzu

Pork nabe with lime ponzu

 
 
 
 
White truffle vesuvio pasta

White truffle vesuvio pasta

 
Green curry with eggplant and chicken thighs

Green curry with eggplant and chicken thighs

 
Tuna kimchi jjigae

Tuna kimchi jjigae

 
 
 
 
 
 

Touch

Infobar 2 — no two keys are alike, forming a seamless surface

Infobar 2 — no two keys are alike, forming a seamless surface

 

A closer look at objects from the archive. 
Focusing on touch-points that are

a) atypical in form or experience

b) satisfying via auditory or tactile feedback

c) exceptional in operation

 
 
Rollei P35E remote — one projector, one remote, one button

Rollei P35E remote — one projector, one remote, one button

 
Toribe kitchen scissors — when closed, the ends of the handles create a pleasant “clack”

Toribe kitchen scissors — when closed, the ends of the handles create a pleasant “clack”

 
Sophie Buhai Small Everyday Hoops — language of the earring carries through to the push-back closure

Sophie Buhai Small Everyday Hoops — language of the earring carries through to the push-back closure

Apple iSight — “And that, my friend, is what they call closure.”

Apple iSight — “And that, my friend, is what they call closure.”

 
Ikepod Megapode — the pin-and-tuck design lives on

Ikepod Megapode — the pin-and-tuck design lives on

Nizo S56 — smooth movements, engaging dials

Nizo S56 — smooth movements, engaging dials

Nizo S56
Lighter from 7-Eleven Japan — surprising ease of use and tactility from a disposable object

Lighter from 7-Eleven Japan — surprising ease of use and tactility from a disposable object

 
 
Muji measuring tape — informative, and also a grip

Muji measuring tape — informative, and also a grip

GraLab Model 605 — an affirmative button that almost feels like an achievement

GraLab Model 605 — an affirmative button that almost feels like an achievement

Nissin U.F.O. Yakisoba — a simple, peel-away drainage solution

Nissin U.F.O. Yakisoba — a simple, peel-away drainage solution

 
Sylvain Le Hen Barrette 054 — the wave crossbar allows room for thick hair

Sylvain Le Hen Barrette 054 — the wave crossbar allows room for thick hair

Logo

The new logomark — an expression of the letter i. 

Normally, it is represented within a 1 X 3 formation with the circle as 1 unit;

however, can be reoriented and stretched based on application.

 
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