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260 | Cooking with Cats in Japan
I unabashedly love eating alone with a screen in front of me. Now, before you spout off about the youth of today, let me say my piece. Eating is my happy place, and a screen shuts off my brain long enough to explore my happy place.
On days I don't feel like investing in new shows or films, I look for a mukbang or cooking video of food like what I'm eating.
And anytime I'm eating anything, even passingly Japanese, one of my favourite channels to visit is Jun's Kitchen.
Last Sunday, I ventured into the kitchen after a long sabbatical and cooked myself some peanut chilli udon with tofu. And since I was eating alone, I turned to Jun's take on tempura udon noodles —no points for guessing who cooked it better.
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Jun's videos are a cinematic experience. They often include scenes of him biking with his cats across the serene Japanese countryside, collecting ingredients from his uncle's farm. He cooks in a sunlit kitchen, his feline companions his wide-eyed audience.
And his efforts result in the prettiest plates.
There's something special about watching cats watch the food being made. I don't know what it is. But I know it's special.
That said, my favourite video has very little to do with Jun cooking or eating. It's a video of him restoring a knife out of sheer spite.
Your favourite food shows - go!