Nikkei is a Japanese-Peruvian Mashup Born From Migration - Close To Home

  • Published on Jun 4, 2019
  • In Close to Home, Michelle Zauner, an author and the singer of Japanese Breakfast, explores the results of migration on cuisine, and the personal experiences and community that are tied into the merging of food cultures. As cooks try to replicate familiar dishes in foreign homes, they rely on what’s around them. But by tying in techniques, ingredients, and sensory memories from their places of origin, they create new, hybrid cuisines.
    In this episode, Michelle meets with Mina Newman, executive chef of Sen Sakana in NYC, to talk about Nikkei cuisine. Nikkei refers to the culinary result of the Japanese diaspora in Latin America-specifically how Japanese migration influenced Peruvian cooking.
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Comments • 303

  • Ce Sar
    Ce Sar 19 days ago +1

    The history of Ceviche is well documented. Nikkei is Peruvian- Japanese cuisine. Corrections aside, nice video. Cheers.

  • yatusabesquien
    yatusabesquien Month ago

    Eating ceviche with chopsticks in Perú, no way.

  • Akiko Bae
    Akiko Bae Month ago

    thank you so much for this video.. yes so many fact missing but I love the effort..please do videos about Chifa about the Chinesee immigration .. also we have a huge influence from Italians..we have lots of tallarines and also about the afro Peruvian influences. Peru is just a beautiful melting pot. 💖

  • Claudia Vegas
    Claudia Vegas Month ago +2

    Nice video, but...eating cebiche with chopsticks?? That's a big no no for any Peruvian🙈🙈🙈

  • Jesus Luna
    Jesus Luna Month ago

    Esta tia habla una cantidad de huevadas
    Pero la entiendo quiere vender no le interesa la verdad historica

  • alvaro sanchis
    alvaro sanchis Month ago

    exactly! peruvian ceviche is very ancient way before the japanese inmigrants got to Peru, my history teacher said to me once that there is a theory, the paracas, and nazca cultures were the pioneers of the ceviche since their cultures were so close the sea,then of course most fisherman in Peru will tell you their side of story about ceviche since they have been making this delicious dish for decades!

  • luis Nakayoshi
    luis Nakayoshi Month ago +1

    I love Peruvian food ...!

  • Gardenia Chuquitapa

    No se que dice. Pero me encanta el video.... Hummm ya me dio hambre

  • 제주 무사MUSÁ IN JEJU ?


  • sushisghetto
    sushisghetto Month ago

    If you dont know the history of a dish... then dont serve it.

  • Pool Giankarlo Verde Verde

    Nikkei es netamente peruano, no existe en otra parte del mundo

  • Jose Alejandro H. A.

    One moment ... the ceviche is Peruvian and it's over, maybe like pisco want to appropriate other countries, but if you want a good experience come and know Peru. Greetings to all.

  • salomonchambi
    salomonchambi Month ago +1

    9:47 she is so right! Some of the dishes in Perú are not fusion they're a combination, fusion is a superficial word

  • Angela Tessa
    Angela Tessa Month ago

    Ceviche = Culltura Moche = Peruvian

  • Cinthia Genoves
    Cinthia Genoves Month ago +1

    Que tonterias dicen... Donde esta la fucion todos los ingredientes y platillos q muetran son 100%peruanos 😠

  • lucy vasquez
    lucy vasquez Month ago

    Please do not lie
    Do not minimise my culture Peruvian Or do not minimise my food Peruvian
    Is Peruvian or is Japanese
    Our food is Culture original from the Indiana’s and we Are very proud don’t change it!!!!
    It’s not nice if you don’t feel Peruvian and you wanna say you are from very other countries we don’t care just do not minimise my country do not minimise my people my food

  • Aracelli Claudio
    Aracelli Claudio 2 months ago

    I'm peruvian and I don't understand why many of my compatriots fight like this over ceviche. Yes, ceviche is peruvian, but as I watched this video I'm capable of understand that the cheff here is trying to reinvent with her creativity many popular peruvian dishes by mixing ingredients that are originally japanese and peruvian. She is trying to show the context of the japanese inmigration and nikkei culture, obviously most of these dishes aren't influenced at all by japanese culture.

  • DontLookTheShoe1
    DontLookTheShoe1 2 months ago

    Real peruvian gastronomy experience only in Perú guys it is impossible reproduce our gastronomy in a different country because our native ingredients taste better.

  • Vanessa Amesty
    Vanessa Amesty 2 months ago +5

    According to some historic sources from Peru, ceviche originated among the Moche, a coastal civilization that began to flourish in the area of current-day northern Peru nearly 2000 years ago

  • Takitty Love
    Takitty Love 2 months ago +2

    *Actually, Ceviche exists many centuries before Japanese imigrantants came to Peru, even Spanish Conquerors came there(1532)*. *Ceviche exists before Inca Empire(1400), it was cooked with "tambo" a Peruvian root(like Potato and Sweet potato), which it gived ceviche that acid flavor, because limes were brought by Spanish conquerors years later.
    Ceviche's nothing to do with Jaspanese cuisine, although both use raw fish*

  • Dianney Devito
    Dianney Devito 2 months ago +1

    Peruvian food like my mom makes will forever be my main comfort food.

    VANS MS 2 months ago +3

    En gastronomía Nikkei = peruano - japonés
    Muy independiente a los migrantes japoneses en todo el mundo.

  • Yamz
    Yamz 2 months ago +2

    I love Nikkei but the influence of Japanese food in Peru is not as big as it is made to sound here. Japanese influences on ceviche... maybe in your five star restaurant, not in your grandmas kitchen or street vendor. When I was in Peru, Chifa was the only Asian influence we knew about. Nikkei is something that just happened to Peru.

  • Longo
    Longo 2 months ago

    "When did this people...?
    I cringed when the interviewer asked that question.

  • et chalaco
    et chalaco 2 months ago +2

    Ceviche is originally from Peru. There are chronicles, recipes and even songs from ancient times to early in the 19th century. When the Japanese arrived early in the 20th century, they found ceviche. They didn’t invent it

    "Los pescadores moches (siglo 1 y 8 de nuestra era) tuvieron la costumbre inicial de comer pescado crudo con LIMONES nativos de la zona llamados chullco (agrio), tumbo, puru puru (agrio verde), ceutí (LIMON sutil) como refieren los estudios de etnotecnología alimentaria de Andrés Tinoco Rondán,- "

    "Ceviche: “sus ORIGENES se encuentran en tiempos Pre-hispanicos cuando los habitants de la costa comian su pescado crudo y lo sazonaban con ajies o lo marinaban en una fruta local acida y parecida a la granadina”-
    Lima a cultural History.- James Higgins Professor at Liverpool University, - Oxford University Press.

    "hay estudios que situan el origen del ceviche en el 200 antes de Cristo" - National Geographic - La Ruta Moche

    "comen carne y pescado, todo crudo. Este alimento es sazonado con sal y ají, cocinado, en algunos casos, en jugo de tumbo, maracuyá o aguaymanto y acompañado con camote, cancha y algunas hierbas aromáticas". FRANCISCO LOPEZ DE JEREZ (1495- 1565) sobre los Moche del Peru -

    "… venga el sebiche, la guatía enseguida, que también convida y excita beber". Cancion "La Chicha" 1820

    "un sevichito de pescado chilcano con NARANJA agria…". RIcardo Palma - Tradiciones Peruanas - 1870

    “Por los años 1807 existió en la calle ancha de Cocharcas (hoy de Buenos Aires) la más afamada picantería de Lima, como que en ella se despachaba la mejor chicha del norte y se condimentaban un seviche de camarones”
    Ricardo Palma 1893 (Mis Ultimas Tradiciones Peruanas y Cachivacheria)

    Comparativo de recetas tradicionales seleccionadas de los siglos XIX, XX y XXI.”

  • Andre Miranda
    Andre Miranda 2 months ago

    I'm peruvian and ya'll invited to eat here. Won´t regret it.

  • Cindi Goodridge
    Cindi Goodridge 2 months ago

    This is absolutely amazing. I'm want to start trying the potatoes dish asap. That's the only one I have all the ingredients for. Smh

  • Gabriel Diaz
    Gabriel Diaz 2 months ago +1

    I Love This Video 💪 my Great Grandfather is Japanese & I have that blood in my DNA too 🇵🇪🇯🇵💪

  • R PP
    R PP 2 months ago

    Ill go today!!!!

  • Victor H Alcantara
    Victor H Alcantara 2 months ago +1

    As a expatriate Peruvian, I thank you for such a good research you have done and the so profesional interview you have done. I have learnt a little bit more from this lovely passionate woman. I leave you, I gota cook Lomo Saltado.

  • Walter Torres
    Walter Torres 2 months ago +5

    Great video, but some things are wrong. The Moche culture (100-700 a.C.) prepared cebiche with fresh fish and tumbo (native acid fruit), japanese didn't invent cebiche.

  • Samantha Franco
    Samantha Franco 2 months ago +1

    Damn this really made me miss Peru

  • Healthify My Life
    Healthify My Life 2 months ago

    Ginger, sillao, chili peppers in a corvina ceciche con o sin culantro,
    ; un sudado ...all what you want boy 😋#extrañoestasdelicias #mipachamama

  • María Antonieta
    María Antonieta 2 months ago +21

    Great video overall! But certainly there's a bit of historical facts that they are missing. Anticuchos were originally food that slaves would eat, they used the viscera that landlords would discard and grill them. I would not attribute their creation to Nikkei cousine 🤔

    • diego rebatta
      diego rebatta Month ago +3

      It is true, anticuchos were invented in colonial times.

    • Didi Riv
      Didi Riv 2 months ago +5

      This video is giving a lot of incorretc information about our Peruvian heritage culture history etc wow ,,,😥👎👎👎👎👎

  • ana pacheco
    ana pacheco 2 months ago +1

    You need to learn more from Peru.. it's big country 😋

  • wal pa
    wal pa 2 months ago +3

    Not nikkei just some americanized person trying to imitated japanese peruvian

    • Francisco Erausquin
      Francisco Erausquin 2 months ago

      Ikr? It looks like she hasn't live in Perú for too many years. Maybe she's just looking to promote her business.

  • Dapzt Uvky
    Dapzt Uvky 2 months ago +19

    Ceviche is not influenced by Japanese, idk why foreigners loves to tell that. Fisherman from the north of Peru used to prepare ceviche while they were fishing for long hours....

    • Juan Carlos Touzet
      Juan Carlos Touzet Month ago

      @Angela Tessa Nobody said anything about that on this video or this portion of comments.

    • Angela Tessa
      Angela Tessa Month ago +2

      Ceviche = Culture Moche = Peruvian

    • Juan Carlos Touzet
      Juan Carlos Touzet 2 months ago

      and she is as peruvian as you are.

    • Juan Carlos Touzet
      Juan Carlos Touzet 2 months ago +4

      she clearly said that the way that NOW it is prepared it is influenced by japanese methods (the cuts and not overcook it with lemon)

    SOFIA SILVA V. 2 months ago

    Do chifaaa!!!!

  • Gariel Blut
    Gariel Blut 2 months ago +14

    You dont know the history of anticuchos, just say that instead of "after party dishes"

  • Gariel Blut
    Gariel Blut 2 months ago +1

    "Homogenous culture"

  • peruchino13
    peruchino13 2 months ago

    Great vid!

  • bengurlie
    bengurlie 2 months ago +24

    I think people are exaggerating about japanese influence in Peruvian cuisine. My parents are Peruvian and I asked them about the influence of Japanese culture in Peruvian's food and they agreed to a certain extent but majority of Peruvian cuisine is influence by Spanish and Peruvian ancestors. Lomo saltado is a mix of Peruvian and Chinese if anything not Japanese.
    Ceviche is not influenced by Japanese at all it was introduced by fishermen on the coast of Peru eating their fish directly from the sea with just lemons and salt.


      @deborah uceda peruvian ancestors made ceviche with a fruit called tumbo which is so citric... It is ilogical to say "japanesse teach peruvians how to eat fish! When literaly Perú has a long coast and the biggest river throught it. Now a days nikkei food is most known in Perú because of "makis" but there is also a litlle, but an influence of japanesse tecniques in peruvian way of cooking

    • deborah uceda
      deborah uceda Month ago +2

      Limón no peruano, limón llego con los españoles es verdad, las moras hicieron cebiche, pero los peruanos no comuan pescado crudo y el cebiche de antaño era cocido por horas en el limón, eso cambió con los japoneses se puede decir que le enseñó al peruano como comer pecado y sus variedades

    • Dianney Devito
      Dianney Devito 2 months ago +3

      bengurl i think Chinese influence on Peruvian food is stronger than Japanese, also most of Peruvian food is unique to Peru and their ingredients but desserts and small plates are more spanish.

    • Didi Riv
      Didi Riv 2 months ago +2

      They are exaggerating way to much and also giving incorretc information about our peruvian dishes

  • Gina L
    Gina L 2 months ago +12

    I think Peru is the country where the natives and the immigrants came together to find the way of survive from all difficulties and struggles in one way or another one with opens minds and opens hearts, this is the point why Peruvian food is Universal because all locals and immigrants from ,Africa, China,Japan,Italy,France Arabic countries etc etc..came together to be happy with the taste and texture of each recipe history.
    .respecfuly the fusion of cultures what given the Mixture of Pruvian Kitchen.

    • Didi Riv
      Didi Riv 2 months ago

      @Nazgul OvHell check Chincha Peru

    • sharoxx
      sharoxx 2 months ago

      Nazgul OvHell there’s a wholeeeeee bunch

    • Sebastian Benitez
      Sebastian Benitez 2 months ago +1

      @Nazgul OvHell go look at their futbol team youll see some there

    • Nazgul OvHell
      Nazgul OvHell 2 months ago

      That sound more like Paraguay tbh
      Also I've never seen an African or Arab Peruvian

  • MapleJokerRofl
    MapleJokerRofl 2 months ago +4

    What is she talking about there not being ceviche without Japanese influence ???!??? There’s ceviche being made he same way before the Japanese immigrants event touched Peruvian land and they are still using those recipes .

    • Patrick Cooper
      Patrick Cooper 2 months ago +2

      MapleJokerRofl difícil jefe. Antes se dejaba el pescado en el jugo de limón por horas o a veces hasta un día. Desde los japoneses se perdió el miedo a comer el pescado crudo sin que se cocine por horas en ácido

  • Kay Flip
    Kay Flip 2 months ago +18

    Go to Peru and try this stuff, it is incredible.

  • C M
    C M 2 months ago +12

    Alberto Fujimori was one of the most corrupt presidents of Peru and he turned as a dictator, now he is in jail.

    • C M
      C M 2 months ago

      @George Gordon fuck you pussy

    • C M
      C M 2 months ago +2

      @John Tafur calla concha de tu madre por ignorantes como tu el Peru esta jodido

    • John Tafur
      John Tafur 2 months ago

      Por el estas vivo . Payaso.

    • George Gordon
      George Gordon 2 months ago +1

      Fuck off!!

  • C M
    C M 2 months ago +6

    Peruvian food is 1 million times better than Japanese. Nikkei is the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese, I can say Peruvians improved Japanese food. Traditional is better than fusion.

  • Omar Cueva Flechelle
    Omar Cueva Flechelle 2 months ago +136

    Nikkei is not japanese-latinamerican. Nikkei is japanese-peruvian. Period.

    • JuanPa Wärthon Wu
      JuanPa Wärthon Wu Month ago +1

      @J.C Orochi Debe ser de uno de esos países poco importantes, que no figura en nada, ni ganan en nada, entonces está envidiosa y tiene que venir a un video que trata de comida peruana, para trolear en los comentarios. Típico de gente miserable de esos países bananeros que a nadie les importa.

    • Sailor Scout
      Sailor Scout Month ago

      J.C Orochi what? Mind your own business

    • J.C Orochi
      J.C Orochi Month ago

      @Sailor Scout pregunta de dónde eres?

    • Jose huarcaya huamani
      Jose huarcaya huamani Month ago

      Who cares!!!!

  • Dan
    Dan 2 months ago +14

    If you come to Peru, please make sure to research some places to eat beforehand, there are very expensive places, normal and cheap ones.

  • David Estd
    David Estd 2 months ago +7

    El ceviche es creación peruana no peruana japonesa.

  • Pablo Rodríguez Grabiel

    Loved it.

  • Walter Del
    Walter Del 2 months ago +73

    Not Japanese - Peruvian, but “Peruvian-Japanese In and from Peru”. There is no such a food developed or served in Japan. Nikkei is Peru. Not fusion!!

    • et chalaco
      et chalaco 2 months ago

      @Sailor Scout They are legitimate primary and secondary sources that anyone with half a brain and a real academic education can verify. For you they are just copy and paste.

    • Sailor Scout
      Sailor Scout 2 months ago

      et chalaco and enough with the obsessive behavior, you’re pasting the same bs in every comment you see me. I’m not going to laugh at you everywhere. Continue tagging me I’m done with your third world brain

    • Sailor Scout
      Sailor Scout 2 months ago

      et chalaco copy paste will never make you smart LOSER

    • et chalaco
      et chalaco 2 months ago

      @Sailor Scout The Japanese were too busy surviving in a hostile environment.
      RAE traces the etymology of the word ceviche to an Arab word, not to anything Japanese.

      The Japanese came to Peru as laborers in 1889 and they didn't come to cook. They came to work in the coastal plantations where they suffered harsh conditions and discrimination. Many ran away and many more died. They were mistreated and even whipped by Peruvian landowners. In 1909 there were only 490 Japanese people in Lima working as barbers. It was only in the 1930's that they began to work in the food industry . During World War II they were hated again, kidnapped and shipped to Texas. In 1940 their Lima businesses were destroyed by angry mobs.

      The Japanese in Peru: History of Immigration, Settlement, and Racialization
      Ayumi Takenaka
      Latin American Perspectives
      Latin American Perspectives
      Vol. 31, No. 3, East Asian Migration to Latin America (May, 2004), pp. 77-98 (22 pages)

  • Jennifer Rodriguez
    Jennifer Rodriguez 2 months ago +6

    I've never had Peruvian food and now I am curious!

    • edu kir
      edu kir 2 months ago +1

      Try peruvian food. Es delicioso yumi yumi. Greetings from Lima, Perú 🇵🇪

  • Alex Lizarraga
    Alex Lizarraga 2 months ago +71

    The video is great but I got one correction to the host when she says gheaty Peru is homogeneous culture, Peru is anything but homogeneous since we already had Spaniards French, Africans, Italians, Chinese and many more migrants before the Japanese.

    • Carlos Vivas
      Carlos Vivas Month ago

      Yeah, like all countries in Latinoamerica.

    • Akiko Bae
      Akiko Bae Month ago +1

      Very true

    • Pablo Yong
      Pablo Yong Month ago +1

      @KajiXD The andean people mass migrated to the Cities starting on the 50's.

  • alonso
    alonso 2 months ago

    I love the interviewer

  • et chalaco
    et chalaco 2 months ago +85

    Ceviche is originally from Peru. There are chronicles, recipes and even songs from ancient times to early in the 19th century. Te Japanese found ceviche but they didn’t invent it

    • JuanPa Wärthon Wu
      JuanPa Wärthon Wu Month ago

      Ceviche is Peruvian, other thing is that other countries in LA copied the dish and adapted it to their style or ingredients, but don't claim it as theirs/yours or say it's unknown.
      It's just like Salchipapa, that's also Peruvian but spread all over in LA, and now some people try to say it's from unknown origin LOL, discrediting their Peruvian origin.

    • Luis Alvarez
      Luis Alvarez Month ago +1

      @TodoHechoConAmor el ceviche Peruano es tan copiado en varios Países y se agradece que lo hagan .por lo mejor se copia.Ceviche originario de Perú .simplemente hay que reconocerlo.cada país tiene lo suyo

    • Jesus Luna
      Jesus Luna Month ago

      Se quedaron sin argumentos te paseaste con esos tiemen historia les molesta.que su comida no existe .son una burda copia de nuestra ancestral mas que todo envidia.10.000 años de historia no son por las huevas

    • deborah uceda
      deborah uceda Month ago

      El cebiche o ceviche qie se comía antes a evolucionado con los años, y eso gracias a la inmigración japonesa, si el cebiche pescado cocido con limón se preparaba pero se comía una vez que el pescado estuviese cocido por el ácido de este limón verde que llegó a suelo peruano con los españoles y que las moras, mujeres arabes que eran las cocineras lo preparaban, a los japoneses Les debemos el cebiche que comemos hoy el que nos gusta, el recién preparado fresco y nunca recocido y que es de orgullo nacional y que lo hace entre todas la variedades de cebiche que se puedan comer en otros países el mejor y que nos llena de orgullo

    • Vanessa Amesty
      Vanessa Amesty 2 months ago +1

      According to some historic sources from Peru, ceviche originated among the Moche, a coastal civilization that began to flourish in the area of current-day northern Peru nearly 2000 years ago

  • philomelodia
    philomelodia 3 months ago +1

    Second of your videos that I have watched so far. They are amazing. Please keep them coming.

  • Manuel Huertas
    Manuel Huertas 3 months ago +4


  • Dan Sthjonson
    Dan Sthjonson 3 months ago

    That host looks really "tolerant". So great to see that we can all keep an open mind and be friends despite our differences. I'm sure she'd like me even if I had an opinion that contradicted hers.

  • Caitlin Leney Tillett
    Caitlin Leney Tillett 3 months ago +1

    Mina: *says anything*
    Michelle: mhmm