Cooking With Junk Food


From the test kitchens of intrepid single guys come these taste treats, made solely from junk food obtainable at any corner convenience store! Let’s accompany the judges as they determine just what combos deliver a flavor bomb that has nothing to do with the ingredients!


Sticky Fermented Soybeans + Vanilla Ice Cream = Turkish Ice


The food most dreaded by foreigners at breakfast time teams up with vanilla ice cream to deliver an eating experience akin to the strangely stretchy ice cream treat served up by guys in fezzes at Ice Cream City. Judges award this unlikely combo a 98% flavor match!


Rice + Milk + Soy Sauce = Tamago Kake Gohan


If you’re craving that children’s breakfast classic of rice with a raw egg stirred in, but your fridge only contains an aging packet of microwave rice, a few gulps of milk and a crusty bottle of soy sauce, don’t despair! Combining these three ingredients delivers an 88% flavor match, according to this intrepid judge!


Milk + Salty Pickled Plums = Cheese

No way! Seriously? Milk plus umeboshi (one of the saltiest mouth-puckerers known to man) sounds like the kind of combination your grandmother warned you never to try lest your stomach shrivel up and die on the spot, but – go figure – the judges gave this one a 65% flavor match to cheese!


Tofu + Yogurt = Cheesecake


Next time you’re craving a honkin’ slice of sin from a New York deli, why not stir a carton of yogurt into a tub of tofu and call it cheesecake? Or…not. Judges say it’s a 45% flavor match. You got a problem wid dat?


Cola + Coffee = Sausage


A faux sausage-flavored drink. I think I’d rather not have known this. Flavor match: a questionable, yet rather surprising, 38%.


Cucumber + Honey = Melon


Jonesing for a melon, but all you have is a fridge full of cucumbers? If you close your eyes, click your heels together three times, and sluice on some honey, you might just be able to convince yourself you’re noshing the fruit of your dreams instead of the veggie of your nightmares. Flavor match: a barely believable 20%.


Mandarin Oranges + Seaweed + Soy Sauce = Salmon Eggs

Pudding + Soy Sauce = Raw Sea Urchin Eggs


Let’s not and say we did. Even though the judge only gave it a 5% flavor match, whatever those combos tasted like can’t have been good.


Pudding + Soy Sauce = Fried Pork Cutlets


It’s fortunate that this miracle recipe produced a minus-20% flavor match, because eating something that feels like pudding but tastes like fried pork cutlets would be enough to send just about anybody running for their courtesy airsick bag.

 The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon

For three hundred years, a missing tea bowl passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, changing the lives of all who possess it…read more

“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

Published by Jonelle Patrick

Writes all the Japan things.

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