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  • People need food to live,

  • but I believe seeking beauty is also essential to life

  • Hi guys welcome to another video

  • I'm joined today by Michal

  • so torrential downpour has flooded the Kamogawa

  • and not every heavy rain indicates climate change

  • but it does make you think about it

  • how it changes every year

  • And when we think about climate change

  • we want to think about how we want to be sustainable

  • And food and sustainability is a very important topic

  • And recently we had a lot of restaurants popping up in Kyoto

  • that do have the sustainability in mind

  • And one of those restaurant is a vegan ramen restaurant

  • which combines sustainability and art

  • And blends them really well together

  • And that is where we're going to check out today

  • So come with us

  • Entering Ozu you are greeted with a very straight forward design language

  • Narrow hallway into the main dining room

  • And in the dining room there is a large marble table,

  • around which everyone will sit

  • Michal and I opt to sit closest we possibly could to the mural,

  • because it's cool, it's artistic,

  • and good lighting when we're trying to film in a very dark space

  • There is minimalistic aesthetic to everything.

  • That is the utensil and the menu

  • There are not a ton of items you order,

  • but I believe what that accomplishes,

  • is there aren't many ingredients for the chef to keep to track

  • Everything that comes out of the kitchen will be the absolute top quality

  • And nothing suffers for having so many different options to prepare

  • Ok, that's my order -One Soy Ramen

  • I'll have the other one you were going to have -Spice Miso?

  • 1 Miso, 1 Soy

  • Thank you

  • So this will be my first Ramen in my entire life

  • Not first Vegan or Vegetarian Ramen

  • First Ramen overall

  • I've been living in Japan for over a decade now

  • but I was born in a Vegan family

  • and never had ramen

  • so I'm really really excited to dig into it

  • And this tomato on top looks really tempting

  • but the staff told us we should hold off

  • We should take 3 or 4 bites of the soup and the noodles,

  • and then go for the tomatoes.

  • The roasted tomato

  • Because it will really change experience of the whole soup

  • And the dish itself

  • I'm getting chills

  • Just thinking after 10 years in Japan,

  • I'm going to have my first Ramen

  • The art you find is Uzu is not an art for art sake

  • The owner, when we had the chance to talk down with him,

  • told us he worked with Team Lab, a very famous art installation group from Tokyo

  • to make sure there was a connection between the art and the food

  • The Team Lab art is digital

  • so it's not a physical material

  • It's data, so it's sustainable

  • I thought it went well with vegan so I decided to work with them

  • The Oshi Zushi here is totally for vegan

  • and it's made from Edamame paste

  • mixed with Wasabi

  • It has lotus, and spinach

  • and Shiso

  • The sushi rice is made from red vinegar

  • And the recipe for the red vinegar, traditional vinegar

  • has been passed down through generations

  • Alright, vegan Oshi Sushi

  • Let's see how it goes.

  • This is gorgeous

  • It has so many layers

  • You get the rice and the red vinegar

  • The flavor stays in the background

  • And you get this punch of wasabi

  • and a bit of mushrooms

  • Those different layers of flavors becomes

  • It's brilliant, wow

  • My coronary choice was the spicy miso ramen

  • And I was not disappointed

  • I've often had miso, but never the spicy style

  • That extra kick and the bit of heat made it almost divine

  • And definitely the star of the show, was that huge chunk of aromatic onion

  • Now I'm ready to level up my first ramen experience by

  • Digging into this tomato,

  • making it part of the soup

  • Oh! A nice chunk of tomato

  • and noodles

  • That's going to be amazing

  • Nice

  • Excellent roasted tomato

  • It's not bitter but not sweet either

  • and the acidity of the tomato making it much more fresh

  • and light

  • You have to try this. I've already said it about 5 times but

  • you do have to try it

  • Unplanned and all the more for that reason

  • the owner agreed to come out and have a conversation with us

  • about his concept

  • where did he come from, and why did he come with the concept of UZU

  • I'm Kataoka, the owner of vegan ramen Kyoto

  • we opened the store 2020 march 16

  • we opened it up the same time as the corona pandemic

  • but we're trying our best

  • The reason why we opened this store

  • I used to make ramen at a normal ramen store for nearly 23years

  • One day I wanted to think of a more sustainable food for future

  • i decided to make vegan ramen store

  • the reason why i wanted to make it in an artistic atmosphere

  • is that, people can live with eating

  • but seeking beauty is something you need in life as well

  • If I were to create a space where you can feel both of them

  • people will enjoy it

  • so i decided to work with team lab

  • in not in design but with art

  • When Michal and I went into the restaurant today

  • i immediately commented this is a place created by a person who loves art

  • we had a prearranged interview with an owner

  • but he was working in the kitchen and agreed to meet us after our meal

  • which confirms at that point that he really cares

  • he's involved in every part of the process

  • the food, the design, everything

  • not everyone can open a sustainable restaurant

  • but what you can do

  • is choose where you eat tomorrow

  • so that's what we encourage you to do

  • whatever in your neighborhood has popped up

  • which has sustainability in mind

  • we encourage you to check it out

  • maybe you can have an experience as we had

  • at UZU ramen

  • that's all for today's video

  • thanks very much for watching

  • we really appreciate it-

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    Summer posted on 2021/06/05
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