Baby Anchovies to Pure MSG: Unique Items From the Japanese Market
You've heard about it, and probably ordered your Chinese food without it. It's MSG ($2.19), that "evil" flavor enhancer that has always gotten a bad rep. Sure, it keeps you up all night and makes your heart race, but it also imparts a meaty umami flavor that you won't get from anywhere else except, well, meat.
Live out your Asian street vendor fantasy and buy a Takoyaki Grill Pan ($19.50) to bake these puffy dumpling/pancake hybrids often filled with octopus. This pan may look like a one trick pony, but with a little creativity you can easily adapt a takoyaki recipe into a breakfast or dessert or use the pan to make the Danish version, called ebelskivers.