*rustle, chop, chop, sizzle*
February 4, 2017 12:06 PM   Subscribe

Peaceful Cuisine is a soothing vegan cooking channel on YouTube, out of Japan. No dialogue or harsh noises—just the pleasant sounds of kitchen tasks, sometimes accompanied by music. Foods prepared include pad Thai, bubble tea, blueberry cake, and traditional Japanese foods like soba noodles and natto. Potentially ASMR inducing.

There's also a cool series of DIY videos detailing a kitchen remodel and a playlist of time lapses.
posted by Gymnopedist (30 comments total) 81 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is lovely! Thank you. What are the greens that are added to the pat Thai? They are never named like the other ingredients are.
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 12:44 PM on February 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


These are great. Thanks!
posted by freakazoid at 12:54 PM on February 4, 2017


As much as I prefer the Good Eats "you will learn everything about the science and history of this dish" style for actual instructional videos, you really can't beat Peaceful Cuisine for high-quality zone out viewing.
posted by tobascodagama at 12:59 PM on February 4, 2017 [3 favorites]


Still, I can't think of any cooking demonstration that includes aggressive chopping to be all that peaceful...
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:08 PM on February 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


That bubble tea looked GOOD.
posted by Marky at 1:12 PM on February 4, 2017 [5 favorites]


What are the greens that are added to the pat Thai?

I read through the comments and someone says they're garlic chives.
posted by ndfine at 1:16 PM on February 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


There's another one I like a lot called decocookie, which is entirely about pastries and sweets. The bulk of the videos feature the creator using various Japanese DIY cooking or candy toys; sometimes as intended, and sometimes she combines the ingredients from two packets in ways to make her own things. She has started branching out into presenting candy and such from scratch as well. Some of her videos also have played up the ASMR angle, and she's also introduced a new type of video she calls "fast-forward cooking" that edits out some of the extra stirring/chopping footage and sets it to music.

For the ones without the music, I've always been charmed by how she always ends by saying the Japanese version of "Ta-da!" and then holding the dish out to the camera.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:17 PM on February 4, 2017 [7 favorites]


Surreal in such a nice way.
posted by sammyo at 1:25 PM on February 4, 2017


KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat, I believe they're Chinese chives (they're named in the dumpling video).
posted by KeSetAffinityThread at 1:52 PM on February 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


Soba noodles has triggered a Saturday nap time zzzzzzzz.
posted by chococat at 1:56 PM on February 4, 2017


The matcha pudding one calmed me down like nothing else this week.

I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day to watch these, a miniature cooking videos, and hamsters eating tiny food.
posted by theappleonatree at 2:36 PM on February 4, 2017 [4 favorites]


That youngster has serious rolling pin game. This is just lovely.
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 3:33 PM on February 4, 2017


Bonehead and I like watching this guy. The thing that sticks out to me is the sheer cost of the pots and his knife. He's laid down some serious cash for that stuff.
posted by LN at 4:49 PM on February 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


Made his Pad Thai tonight. Excellent. (Have to work on my knife skills)
posted by hal9k at 5:13 PM on February 4, 2017


Still, I can't think of any cooking demonstration that includes aggressive chopping to be all that peaceful...

My coworker told me of a time she was chopping vegetables for dinner when her husband came home from work. And from the entryway where he was removing his shoes, he asked, "Hard day at the office, dear?"
posted by oheso at 5:48 PM on February 4, 2017


My god, I didn't even know how bad I needed this.
posted by Kitteh at 5:57 PM on February 4, 2017


Just wondering where in Japan soba noodle guy lives that he has that size kitchen!
posted by oheso at 5:58 PM on February 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


It looks like he has a counter kitchen + dining area; with the dining area remodeled into more kitchen workspace.
posted by AxelT at 6:57 PM on February 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


It looks like he has a counter kitchen + dining area; with the dining area remodeled into more kitchen workspace.

That's my take on his layout, too. It's possible as well that the living room, dining room, and kitchen have all been combined into the same space.

Also note that he doesn't have huge American-style appliances taking up space. Most of his stovetop cooking is done on a portable propane burner thing.
posted by tobascodagama at 7:17 PM on February 4, 2017


That youngster has serious rolling pin game. This is just lovely.

HOW IS SQUARE FORMED???
posted by kenko at 7:21 PM on February 4, 2017 [3 favorites]


Actually, I just saw that he has some house tour videos (with English subtitles).
posted by tobascodagama at 7:28 PM on February 4, 2017 [1 favorite]


Seems to have a very nice knife, too.
posted by kenko at 7:58 PM on February 4, 2017


I love this sort of thing so much--Peaceful Cuisine is one of the things I watch when I'm panicked and can't do anything else, and it's always helpful.

If you, like me, run out of Peaceful Cuisine videos and would like similar ones, I strongly rec MosoGourmet, which also has great noises. Very different aesthetic to Peaceful Cuisine, but I find them equally soothing.
posted by mishafletch at 8:37 PM on February 4, 2017


For contrast, here's Vegan Black Metal Chef's version of Pad Thai.
posted by MrVisible at 8:39 PM on February 4, 2017 [2 favorites]


I love Ryoya's videos; I found him a couple years ago while trying to find recipes for authentic Japanese food, veganized. I was really pleased when he started making mainly music-free videos (for the titled-in-English recipes). Just so soothing to listen to the sound of him cooking. Truly peaceful. His travel videos are great too. Oh and his handmade dishes! Check out his video documenting how he makes his gorgeous plates -- he's inspired me to take pottery classes and hopefully make my own kohiki dishware.
posted by mayurasana at 8:54 PM on February 4, 2017


Based on the handle, I thought he might be using a Global knife, but the pattern in the steel makes me think it might be a Shun or something similar. In any case, that is a good-looking knife!

That implement used for cutting soba noodles is pretty fierce, it's like half knife, half spatula.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:22 AM on February 5, 2017


If you look at the house tour video, he does have some Global knives.
posted by kenko at 9:31 AM on February 5, 2017


I love JunsKitchen. Cool Japanese cooking plus super cool cat.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 10:44 AM on February 5, 2017


Not cuisine, but peaceful and Japanese - How to make an easy origami dragon. Possible rustling ASMR with the only other faint sound, kids off in the distance.
posted by Rash at 5:49 PM on February 5, 2017


(Non-vegan) Almazan Kitchen is also great for this. Very relaxing (and delicious-seeming). Mainly just sizzling oil sounds.
posted by turbid dahlia at 6:23 PM on February 5, 2017 [1 favorite]


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