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So in Portland we know food!  Being among the ranks of elite foodies in the nation we can boast knowledge about some of the best and least known foods out there.  When it comes to Japanese food though I think a lot of America is still pretty in the dark.  Oh sure we know about Sushi and the chicken or beef skewers, yakitori and yakiniku.  Some may even know about Japanese Ramen!  Well prepare for a true taste of Japanese delight.  From the Japanese household to your door, Portland Pedal Power is pleased to offer you food delivery of the ultimate Japanese comfort dish, Kalé.  Being an ex-gaijin myself, living and teaching English in the magical place I like to refer to as “Japan Wonderland” I ate and cooked about 3 things.  Only two of these things did I cook successfully.  One was prepackaged ramen (thank you college).  The other was this magnificent dish Kalé that I ate 4 nights out of the week.  So I would like to personally thank you, Makoto Yoshino, for bringing this culinary piece of Japan to the States!  Oh how I’ve missed it so!

To learn why Kalé is Japan’s ultimate comfort food and my personal favorite dish that I need in my life, read on and take a bite!


At Kalé, we serve the dish that has been the ultimate comfort food to over 128 million people in Japan. This savory like stew consisting of meat, onions, carrots, tomatoes, and many other vegetables, is enjoyed over Japanese rice. Americans who have been to Japan and tried it mostly say, “It’s addictive!”

Based on data by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan & the Japan Canners Association, a Japanese person on average is likely to eat the dish 84 times a year. It is undeniably one of the most popular foods in Japan.


Originally from Kobe, Japan, the owner, Makoto Yoshino, immigrated to the U.S. to attend college in Michigan and stayed for twelve years to work and attend graduate school in business, before returning to Tokyo in 2005. Since moving to Portland and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2008, he has been on a quest to find restaurants in the U.S. that replicate the comfort foods of his native Japan. Seeing a gap, he has decided to fill it. He looks forward to your feedback on this simple but culturally important dish.

Kalé® Rice with Beef – The Definition

Signature Spoon by Sori Yanagi

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  • Gwyn Johnson

    This place is RAD!!! Unbelievalby delish and so inexpensive! Once you go once you will crave it!! They only have 4 variations of one dish but it ROCKS!!

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