In the delectable premiere episode of the new First We Feast (previously) Japanese cuisine series Gochi Gang, host Reina Scully explored the incredible array of delicious street food available at Japan Village inside of Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Scully was joined by Mike Chen of Strictly Dumpling and Sakura Yagi of T.I.C. Restaurant Group. The trio sampled traditional dishes such okonomiyaki (cabbage pancake) and yakisoba (fried noodles) with great relish. Proprietor Erina Yoshida joined the group for some onigiri (Japanese rice balls).
Joining Reina on her adventure is Strictly Dumpling’s Mike Chen, Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz, and NYC restaurateur Sakura Yagi. First, Reina, Mike, and Sakura tour Japan Village’s dizzying array of Japanese food stalls, sampling everything from street-food staples like okonomiyaki and yakisoba, to comfort-cooking classics like onigiri.
for dessert, Reina meets Claire for a Japanese candy shopping spree at Sunrise Mart. Together, Reina and Claire explore Japan’s love affair with Kit-Kats, sample a giant Pocky stick, and search for inspiration for Claire’s next big project.