Trying Japanese and Jewish Fusion Food

(upbeat music) – [Sawako] We’re not
trying to make everything half Jewish and half Japanese. (bell dings) It’d be easy to call it Jewish-Japanese, but it’s more than that. – [Aaron] It comes from
a very genuine place. I think our food is a lot
about building bridges, not about barriers between cultures. (upbeat music) (bright music) – [Sawako] My name is Sawako Okochi. I’m a chef owner of Shalom Japan. – My name is Aaron Isarael, and I’m also a chef and
owner of Shalom Japan. – So, we’ve been together for eight years.
– Eight years. – [Aaron] Shalom Japan is our restaurant. The food is a collaboration
between the two of us. – [Sawako] I grew up in Hiroshima, and I moved to New York
to go to culinary school. – [Aaron] I grew up in Great
Neck, New York, which is… – Jewish.
(both laughing) – So Jewish. We grew the restaurant
organically out of being dating, and then, living together
and sharing different foods. I really wanted to open my own restaurant, and so, I think we just decided
at one point, we’re like, “Hey, let’s just do it together.” (bright music) (metal door clattering) (quirky music) – [Sawako] Shalom Japan has
been open for six years. One of the first dishes
that we put on the menu is a lox bowl. – [Aaron] Our lox bowl is
our version of chirashi, which is a Japanese dish of
raw fish over sushi rice. We put our house-cured
lox over sushi rice, and then we put a whole bunch of traditional Japanese ingredients, and then also, some Jewish ingredients. So, Japanese pickles, fried
capers, avocado and cilantro. Our matzo ball ramen is our version of a great, classic Jewish soup. And then, has the ramen
noodles, matzo ball, has a little gyoza that we fill
with chicken and foie gras, and a little garlic-chili oil. Grandma didn’t put garlic chili oil in the matzo ball soup in my house. Sake kasu challah is a, challah’s
a traditonal Jewish bread, almost like a brioche, and we bake sake kasu into it. Sake kasu is the leftover
mash when you make sake, so kind of yeasty, kind of fermented, kind of a little funky. (quirky music) Our food seems like an
unlikely combination. It’s sort of who we are. It’s what we cook at home, with the experiences we’ve had together, how we kind of, take those and then express them at our restaurant. – I hear that people
are pleasantly surprised because people come in with
like, “What is this place? “A funny name, Shalom Japan.” And they have changed their
mind by the end of the meal. You know, that was delicious, never had anything like this, you know? Like, that’s the response we get a lot, and that’s what gets us going. – I think our food is not about putting up barriers between cultures but looking at how can we
relate to each other, like, through those ingredients. (bright music) (bell echoes)

100 comments on “Trying Japanese and Jewish Fusion Food”

  1. Ido Kislev says:


  2. Dark Soul says:

    A beautiful story 😊👍❤

  3. Lucas Tang says:

    When mario gets a new power up in another place

  4. Keng Vang says:

    The food is so good. Definitely recommended

  5. molotok everything gameplay says:

    Pizza is japonese

  6. Pixel_Geist says:


  7. Kyra Wayland says:

    I'm Jewish

  8. Dylan says:

    I would like to try their ramen one day.

  9. Milan Schröter says:

    Now I’m hungry…

  10. Aaron Spielman says:

    Matzoh ball *RAMEN*?!?!? Sign me up!
    Next time I make it anywhere near Brooklyn, I'm stopping in.

  11. Terabyter117 says:

    Really…. I am currently a resident of Great Neck and actually, South is 90% Asian while North is 67% Jewish

  12. Ryan Vickers says:

    This reminds me of a book

  13. brennan tekneian says:


  14. Willa Cartwright says:

    Dang!! Seriously, one Grand Father was Jewish, the other Grand Father was Japanese – I was born in Australia … this actually sounds like my restaurant!

  15. eric Fuchs says:

    She looks like 46 he looks like 29

  16. Easty Soviet says:

    I am not really into Jewish people's. Jewish people just sees me and act like I am the human being that doesn't exists.

  17. russ sherwood says:

    that LOX/SUSHI dish looks delicous all them meals looked goot ta me,, thank ya fer the video

  18. AK is OK says:

    @NataliePortman they stole your idea

  19. You Friend Calvin Chang says:


  20. Anthony Rees says:

    That soup looks like the fucking onnnneeeee!!! Do you mail order to wales m8?

  21. Nien Bloon says:

    Who else was thinking “SAWAKO?!?!!?”

  22. Njsaiorse732sean says:

    I wouldn't eat jewish food if I was starving

  23. The Sierra SuTM says:


  24. ricky flores says:

    Gordon ramday: tries food
    Gordon ramsay: its raw

  25. AHarice says:


  26. American001 says:

    Strange but very interesting at the same time

  27. TyrranicalT-Rad says:

    Chinese and Mexican cuisine fuses very well.

  28. Sikandar Nirmal Singh ਸਿਕੰਦਰ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਸਿੰਘ says:

    Ok I’ll b honest, I’m not into many interracial relationships, but this is ADORABLE n I love it! Bless u two. I will note this place. I’ll have to come here!

  29. john15399 says:

    im wamma try

  30. christopher gillig says:

    Preasantly Suppliesed Sorry 😀

  31. Chuck Tomney says:

    This reminds me of girl meets farm on food network, the host is Chinese and Jewish

  32. Good Restraints 23 says:

    Do they have those potato pancake things

  33. Crazy Harry the Muppet says:

    Neat! They basically took what Ivan Orkin did and dialed it up to 100.

  34. zack the wolffox says:

    Next: trying jewish and german food in 1943

  35. Agung Rizki says:

    Jawish food. the true Jewish don't eat pork

  36. Jared Schooler says:

    Jewpanese food

  37. Aufa K-Live says:

    This Is Like Ninjew Kyle From South Park Phone Destroyer If It A Restaurant

    Definetly Wanna Try There

  38. Kermit The FROG says:

    Jewish isn’t a ethnicity it’s a religion

  39. Minbad IV says:

    omg I would definitely try that

  40. Just Having Fun says:

    Sounds good. Too bad the restaurant is not kosher. 🙁

  41. Sergeantpaprika says:

    I want to eat all of this 😩 Wish it was kosher…

  42. David Boson says:

    Personally – if the food tastes good I care little for its ethnicity or religion.

  43. Harold Flowers says:

    i just remembered the book
    guide on how to raise wearwolves and jewish-japanese sex by jack douglas

  44. Cinnamon Bun says:

    There’s a restaurant near me called Mexichina. I don’t think I have to explain

  45. Raian Levy says:

    The real question is: do they sell hummus?

  46. Sniper Melon says:

    The best name for there restaurant “Jewjitsu”

  47. TealScarab says:

    Only in New York can something like this happen. Believe me on that.

  48. Ben Hein says:

    Why are the black parts of the video highlighted in blue…

  49. Robert Schlesinger says:

    Very interesting, but are these dishes Kosher!

  50. Flame DaLagger says:

    Aaron change the name of the restaurant to JewJap please

  51. Beejay Swifter says:

    I want the plate they served that bread on. Oh, and the food looks amazing! But I really love that plate.

  52. dark waiter says:

    Pooh let's make Jewish Palestinian food … Oh I forgot Palestein don't exist..

  53. Francisco Gonzalez says:

    Avocados are from Mesoamerica!

  54. Kaitlin R says:

    Omg my actual identities have a food genre???

  55. John Sinclair says:


  56. MR ICONIC says:

    Japish food

  57. Yael Baz says:

    O M G I’m going to fly from California to just visit there.

  58. Merrill George says:

    They have the power of GOD AND ANIME on their side.

  59. Dat_boi says:

    Jewpanese food 👌🏻

  60. Albert Chyn says:

    Did you go to Great Neck South? I graduated there in 2004 🙂

  61. Mat Derih says:

    and have over smart child

  62. Shef's tableシェフのテーブル says:


  63. OpenLinz says:

    And on a future episode "Kon'nichiwa Israel"

  64. Catherine Myers says:

    I really want to go!

  65. Seeker44 says:

    Its kosherami

  66. Jeong min Youn says:

    Where is that restaurant located in America ? I wanna go there. But so far. I can't immigrant to America. Cuz. My emglish level in IELTS is only around 4. Which is pretty sad.

  67. Im Thanos says:

    Hope they dont take their kitchen away.

  68. Sonny says:

    really genuine…

  69. Villager #9 says:

    It can be Jewish if its kosher

  70. Ali Haidar says:


  71. Steven Universe says:

    The secret ingredient is fluoride.

  72. Nicholas Adam says:

    Top 10 anime crossover

  73. Shoshana Katzen says:


  74. HeyMelani says:

    Wow what a combination when different cultures get together and understand each other instead of hating! Magical 😍🥰
    Much love from Italy and I hope I get to come to New York and try this restaurant 🙏🏽🌸

  75. blackmail boi says:

    Im suprised it isnt called JJ cuisine

  76. 111 222 says:

    Do they raise wolfs?

  77. Mike Chowda says:


  78. _Dandy says:

    Small portions and outrageous prices? Yup, nailed it lol

  79. Aaron Z. says:

    Gefilte fish with Wasabi.

  80. Jazzy Boy says:

    Now I wanna listen to a cover of Hava Nagila but with a Koto.

  81. Roi Fridman says:

    Woah! So cool!

  82. Av He says:

    מגניב! בא לי לבוא לאכול אצלכם…

  83. Trevor Paul says:

    Did he just say Jewish Avocado?

  84. skankhunt42 skankhunt42 says:

    2 cultures that should've been erased out of existence

  85. slowlife92 says:

    Oh wow, looks amazing!

  86. HindsightPOV says:

    A Jewish guy whose surname is Israel. Doesn’t get more Jewish than that. 🇮🇱

  87. HindsightPOV says:

    I wonder what’s the Jewish-Japanese fusion take on ramen.🍜

  88. Music Is life says:

    There’s an age difference here. Someone figure it out.

  89. crazzieddie says:

    My two favourite cuisines and cultures. Must visit !



  91. Rudster14 says:

    I have to say I am really disappointed that it's not kosher

  92. Jacob Morales says:

    Jews and anime. Something that never should be and happen

  93. Le Bro says:

    Do they have jew jutsu

  94. L f says:

    Dang bro let her talk!!!!! Mansplain much?

  95. Montano says:


  96. DJ LED says:

    I'm in NY every weekend. I'll have to check it out. 🤗

  97. Joshua Arroyo says:

    This actually looks really cool and delicious. I wanna try that some day.

  98. Adelina Graichen says:

    Wait, is his last name really Israel? That is so dope

  99. Game bros says:

    I’m Jewish and learning in school Japanese so I was so happy to find this video!

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