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Food For Thought Good Pizza in Japan?
(Entered Aug. 07, 2007)
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It's been said before but I'll say it again. Japan might be a technological superpower, but when it comes to pizza, they're in the stone age. How did this come about? Along with stating that Japan must renounce war as a sovereign right , did the Americans put a secret clause in Japan's constitution that said they must always make pizzas that suck? Even the American franchise of Pizza Hut, does puzzling things like offer us pizza with fried shrimp and tartar sauce, or potatoes and corn, etc.

Pizza Hut nastiness

In lieu of constant disapointment, there's only one thing left to do, make my own!
I knew I could make a pizza that would put all those silly, corn loving, cheeseless, soggy crusted pizzas in Japan to shame. Let's get started!
First thing you need to do is go out and get a round oven tray, which turned out to be much harder than it sounds. I went to like 12 kitchen stores before I even caught a whiff of a anything even resembling a pizza tray. Obviously Japan was trying to sabotage my pizza before I even started. You can't keep a good pizza down Japan!! Anyway thanks to Tokyu Hands, my dreams of owning my own pizza tray were now a reality.
Ok so next is the dough. Sure I could've gone out and bought some ugly, dry, premade crust, but a real man makes his own pizza dough! However this real man had no idea that pizza dough was so labour intensive. Undaunted though, I spent the next 2 hours mixing, kneading, waiting for the dough to rise, etc. Made me wonder how bread ever got invented in the first place.
After that you can take the optional step of tossing and spinning your pizza dough around in the air to give it that authentic pizza flavour, or whatever. You can see in the video that I'm destined to become a master pizza spinner....
The last step was a cinch. Just throw on whatever ingredients you like, put it into the oven on a high temperature and bake that sucker to a nice golden brown! Only about 20 minutes later, Kumi and I were enjoying the fruits of our, well actually mostly my, labour. Delicious!




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