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How the Japanese Appetizer Salad Became a Staple Meal Starter

If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant in America, you’ve experienced the pleasure of the pre-main course ritual. It starts with a piping hot bowl of miso soup and is completed with a small salad of some sort: shaved cabbage drowned in a creamy sesame glaze, crunchy iceberg lettuce topped with a chunky gingery miso sauce, or mixed greens tossed with slick wafu dressing.

You may have had a version of this at Spoon House Bakery and Restaurant, a wafu pasta establishment in Gardena, California with a famous “one dollar salad” that’s composed simply with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and

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Japanese coffee shop chain Excelsior to curb food loss via food sharing service TABETE

Some of our readers may recall our recent article in which we introduced Starbucks’ recent efforts to tackle to the pervasive problem of food waste in its Japanese stores by offering a 20% discount on food items in pre-closing hours. As it turns out, Japanese coffee shop chains are also stepping up to the plate when it comes to reducing food loss.

Since late August, Excelsior Caffé, a popular coffee shop chain operated by Dotour Coffee Co Ltd, has introduced TABETE, one of the largest food-sharing platforms in Japan (operated by COOKING Co Ltd) at 50 locations.

One of the

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