Marie Méon is a French-Japanese chef who grew up in Tokyo, lives in Paris and is the founder of Manger Manger, a company combining cooking, teaching, restaurant design and event-management. 

Soji wooden plate from  Shopu . Images: Harold Bérard

Soji wooden plate from Shopu. Images: Harold Bérard

For Inside/Out she designed six seasonal recipes, displayed on artisanal tableware pieces from Japan, selected by Nathalie Agematsu for Shopu

Batch two below. 


Scallops with almond milk matcha foam

Serves 6 people.

18 scallops (cleaned, with shells)
1 cup almond milk
½ teaspoon matcha powder
Salt, pepper, olive oil to taste
Matcha powder and chervil (aka French parsley) as garnish

Warm the almond milk on low heat, add matcha powder and whisk.

Sear the scallops on a very hot pan, pre-oiled, for 30 seconds on each side. The inside should be pearly in appearance, slightly raw, but warm. Season with salt and pepper, then display the scallops in their shells. Drizzle with olive oil.

Whisk the matcha almond milk with a hand blender until it creates a foam. Rapidly collect the foam and pour it on each scallop.

Sprinkle the matcha powder with a fine strainer, add a leaf of chervil. Serve immediately.

Ps. Matcha almond milk can be consumed as a drink in its own right, hot or cold. Don’t hesitate to recycle any leftovers!

China Kiku plate and Soji wooden plate from  Shopu .

China Kiku plate and Soji wooden plate from Shopu.

Tosazu oysters with pink radish and chives

Serves 6 people.

18 plump oysters (3 per person)
2 radishes
Herbs for garnish (dill, chives…)

For the “tosazu” sauce:
10 fl oz rice vinegar
1.75 fl oz soy sauce
½ teaspoon salt

Dashi broth:
1 cup water
2½ teaspoon katsuobushi (dried skipjack)
½ cup kombu

Prepare the tosazu sauce: put the kombu in a pot, fill with water, bring to a boil. When the water starts to simmer, remove the kombu, add the katsuobushi, turn heat off, let brew for 10 minutes, filter and set aside.

Add vinegar, soy sauce, salt and refrigerate.

Wash and dice the pink radishes with a Japanese mandolin. Slice chives finely.

Pre-cut the oysters and open them, dispose of extra water.

Display the oysters on a dish, sprinkle with coarse salt, pour some tosazu, and sprinkle with radish petals and chives. Serve without delay.

Ps: Tosazu sauce keeps well when refrigerated, and can be reused with raw fish, steamed vegetables, tofu, salads, etc...


Kunoki Bowl, Yonabe Pot from  Shopu .

Kunoki Bowl, Yonabe Pot from Shopu.

Dashi and saké clams

Serves 6 people.

2 lbs clams or similar shellfish.

Dashi broth:
2 cups water
5 teaspoons katsuobushi (dried skipjack)
1 cup kombu

1.5 fl oz saké
2 teaspoon fresh ginger
Salt to taste
Chives to garnish

Rinse the shellfish and let soak in a big bowl of salted water.

To prepare the dashi, put the kombu in a pot, fill with water, bring to a boil. When the water simmers, remove the kombu, add the katsuobushi, and turn off the heat. Leave to brew for 10 minutes, with the lid on, strain and set aside. (Note: The katsuobushi will sink to the bottom of the pot when ready).

Wash chives, slice finely, set aside. Peel ginger, slice finely, set aside.

Put the drained shellfish in a preheated casserole. Add saké, salt, sliced ginger and dashi broth. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, until the shells open.

Sprinkle with chives, and serve immediately with the broth.

Kami Mug and Tenugi napkin from  Shopu , Spoon:  Madoka Rindal .

Kami Mug and Tenugi napkin from Shopu, Spoon: Madoka Rindal.

Kumquat Syrup

Kumquat syrup is rich in vitamins and can be used as a cough mixture, or for “detox” drinks.

For a small jar:
½ lb organic kumquat
½ lb clear honey (acacia, for example)
A few grains of fragrant pepper

Wash the kumquats, slice them finely and remove the seeds.

Place the slices in a sterilized dish, pour the honey over the kumquat, sprinkle with the pepper grains.

Refrigerate for 24 hours. Enjoy!

To brew:
Pour hot water over 1 tablespoon kumquat syrup. This can also be enjoyed with cold water, sparkling water, as a replacement for jam with yoghurt, muesli, granola, etc...

Muji Glass and Tenugi napkin from  Shopu .

Muji Glass and Tenugi napkin from Shopu.

More recipes by Marie Méon here.


Than you: Pauline Wormser & Marie Persyn at Such&Such.