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HOMEMADE LAYU RECIPE: Keep This Japanese Hot Sauce In Your Pantry

La-yu is chili oil made of hot chili peppers, roasted sesame oil, and other exotic spices, which is often used to add spicy and sesame oil’s aroma for gyoza dipping sauce, ramen soup, mainly Chinese dishes, and tofu dishes in Japan. Simple, Easy, But Supreme Savory Flavorful Japanese Layu. Please try to make this Layu if your traditional Layu is not enough.
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Japanese Hot Pot Recipe: Easy Chicken Meat Ball Nabe

This Chicken ball nabe, which my family calls TORIDANGO NABE, is my mom's specialty and cozy, healthy, savory winter food. Making TORIDANGO is super-easy to make, minced onions give sweet flavor and you can't miss adding ginger to a delicious hint in the ball and soup.
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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MISO FROM SCRATCH: The Step Guide To Make Rice Koji Miso

Traditional Japanese miso paste with simple 4 ingredients, a simple process. This miso paste recipe makes for a great mild yellow miso using koji rice.
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TAKE A PEEK INTO A JAPANESE PANTRY: WHAT’S PONZU?

Do you know what ponzu sauce is? Ponzu or Ponzu soy sauce is the essential dipping sauce for Japanese cosine includes Japanese hot pot, grilled food, or sushi/ sashimi. It’s addictive refreshing unique vinegar-like sauce. In this post, we will talk about the meaning of the name “ponzu”, its place of origin, ingredients, how to make it, substitutes, and how to use it.
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Hinoki Benefits| Things You Should Know About Hinoki Cypress

Japanese cypress, also known as "hinoki" in the cypress family, is deeply rooted in the Japanese lifestyle since the HINOKI tree is high-durable and strongly resistant to the super humid climate in Japan. Also, we can not forget to talk about the scent of cypress which eases your physical and mental health.
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Classic Japanese GYOZA Dumpling AND Gyoza Sauce Recipe

Iconic golden crispy on the bottom, pretty pleats on the top, moreover, savory juicy inside. This classic Japanese pan-fried dumplings called Gyoza recipe serves up a popular weekend meal as well as a great appetizer for the party! No way you can compare homemade gyoza dumplings with take-out Gyoza from Japanese-like oriental restaurants or frozen chicken potstickers!
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Dashi Kelp 101: How To Make Japanese Kombu Dashi At Home

As you know, Dashi refers to Japanese soup stocks that are used for a lot of Japanese cooking. Kombu Dashi is one of the staple dashi made from Kombu (dried kelp) which contains a lot of glutamic acids and brings many nutritional values. Unlike Awase dashi or Iriko dashi, kombu dashi has a mild and refreshing flavor but a more complex and distinctive taste. Moreover, it’s vegetarian, vegan-friendly, enough to make you happy. You can also freeze this authentic genuine Kombu dashi when making a big batch.
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JAPANESE HOT APPETIZER CHAWANMUSHI: JAPANESE STEAMED EGG CUSTARD RECIPE

Chawanmushi is one of iconic Japanese cuisine. It’s a simple dish, but it’s also known for a difficult dish to make since the dish comes out under-cooked or over-cooked and less seasoned. Chawanmushi is the savory hot apperizer that absolutely catch guest’s eyes, so it is one of the dish you want to master. Once you learn how to make it, it’s a very simple and easy to make. Even if you don’t have a steamer, you can make it in a pot. In my blog, I try to use ingredients that you can easily get.
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Classic Japanese Karaage Chicken Recipe

The classic Karaage Chicken recipe- everyone can make Japanese-style fried chicken at home. Crispy and juicy, it's sure to be a family favorite. Despite there's no need for a long marinade in buttermilk like classic fried chicken, yet, I recommend marinating the chicken in buttermilk, Shio-koji, or the baking powder solution, especially when using chicken breast meat. The two-step coating process can bring the best crispy Karaage chicken, besides using cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. (and mix starch.)
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How To Choose Your Sesame Oil For Cooking

Sesame oil is an essential flavor of Asian cuisine including Japanese cuisine and can be used in many ways in home cooking as a garnish, and seasoning to create many delicious dishes. The distinct flavor and aroma of sesame oil go well with other traditional Asian condiments such as soy sauce and miso paste, it'll motivate you to cook in a different way when reading this guide specifically talks about how to choose your favorite sesame oil.
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TAKE A PEEK INTO JAPANESE PANTRY: What’s Hondashi Powder

Do you know how to use "HONDASHI" powder? Is HONDASHI powder is same as the dashi powder? -As you know, dashi is a key stock of most Japanese cooking. Simple gentle ingredients but flavorful. Typically, it's made from natural ingredients such as dried bonito, dashi kelp, dried fish, dried mushroom ... With Ajinomoto Hondashi, you can easily and instantly make real soup stock at home
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JAPANESE WELLNESS: HOW TO BOOST MY MENTAL WELL-BEING IN TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CUISINE

The traditional Japanese cuisine called "WASHOKU" provides as well-balanced and nutritious food that we (the Japanese) eat every day. You'll find a variety of foods to boost your mental well-being and often tell you these foods- soy products, fish, vegetables, liver, dairy products, and fermented foods bring nutrition to the brain and guts.
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JAPANESE DELICACY GUIDE: WHAT’S THE “GINNAN” GINKGO NUT

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BECOME A RAMEN MASTER AT HOME: HOW TO CONVERT SPAGHETTI TO RAMEN NOODLES

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Become A Ramen Master At Home| How To Make “Menma” Bamboo Shoots (Menma-Like)

LEARN HOW TO MAKE MENMA BAMBOO SHOOTS FOR RAMEN TOPPING IN THE JAPANESE WAY! The easy recipe uses canned bamboo shoots to make Menma for ramen topping. Just simmer bamboo sliced shoots until the sauce is reduced. To prepare canned bamboo shoots, drain the juice and rinse thoroughly in freshwater before use.
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VEGETABLE STIR FRY 101: JAPANESE COOKING TIPS TO AVOID YOUR VEGETABLE STIR-FRY MAKING WATERY

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Bok Choy 101: How To Cook Bok Choy In Japanese Cooking

Bok choy is one of the most popular Chinese greens in Japan. A member of As well as Napa cabbage, it is crispy, has a slight sweetness, and does not break up while cooking. It is a versatile vegetable that goes well with Western dishes as well as Asian dishes. In this post, you can get two savory recipes in Japanese cooking.
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Napa (Chinese) Cabbage 101 In Japanese Cooking; Nutrition, Shopping and Storage Tips, Recipes

Napa cabbage is the type of Chinese cabbage and called "Hakusai" in Japan. It's the popular winter veggie (in Japan) and it can't be called Japanese hot pot without it. (kidding.) It contains mostly water (low-cal, low-carb) but is rich in Vitamin C, K, and potassium. Moreover, it's one of the handy veggies to cook for salad, stir-fry, saute, soup, stew...between crispy texture to melty texture. Read this post to know health benefits, the shopping, store, and cooking tips.
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JAPANESE MOYASHI BEAN SPROUTS 101: Nutrition Facts & Cooking Tips & Recipe Ideas

These squiggly white sprouts are crunchy, light, and fresh in texture, often used for stir fry, soup, and salad in Asian cuisines. In Japanese home cooking, MOYASHI is one of the top stock vegetables in a fridge since they are so reasonable, crunchy, light, and healthy that everyone hardly dislikes them.
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WHAT’LL HAPPEN IF YOU START A DAY WITH PLAIN HOT WATER: SAYU BENEFITS

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JAPANESE CAST IRON KETTLE: THINGS TO KNOW YOU WON’T REGRET BUYING

Like other ironware, Tetsuni, a Japanese cast iron kettle, has excellent durability thermal conductivity, and heat retention. It changes boiled water better taste-mellow round flavor and makes green tea better flavor. The simple, classic, elegant but strong design delights your kitchen and mindfulness life style.
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TAKE A PEEK INTO THE JAPANESE PANTRY: JAPANESE CAST IRON KYUSU TEAPOT GUIDE

If you looking for a KYUSU teapot to make green tea or something looking for "Japanese-like", "Asian taste" or "ZEN" life, Japanese cast iron KYUSU teapot can be one. Unlike cast iron ware, most TETSU KYUSU has enamel-glazed inside so it can help after-care a little. There is often confusion between Tetsubin and Tetsu Kyusu and you can't use Tetsu-Kyusu on the stovetop. Read this guide that tells you about how to use, clean, store, and also how to deal with iron rust.
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Ladies! Eat Natto Every Day: The Japanese Super Food For Health & Beauty

Why Japanese traditional superfood can bring you many health benefits? Especially for ladies, natto can improve your health & beauty. What are nutritions? What are good for you? When & how much should you eat Natto? All about Natto health benefits you should know is in this post!
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[INSTANT POT RECIPE] Easy-Cheesy Homemade Natto Beans

Natto beans are the Japanese traditional super healthy food to eat daily! Generally, you can get natto at any Asian grocery store, but you can save money and eat homemade fresh Natto every day using my easy homemade natto recipe; without a starter, use the instant pot for the whole process.
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EBICHIRI: JAPANESE SHRIMP IN SWEET SPICY KETCHUP SAUCE

EBICHIRI refers to “EBI no Chili sauce-Itame” which is shrimp stir-fry in sweet and spicy sauce, a Japanese Chinese dish. Despite it being called chili sauce, chili sauce is not used. EBICHIRI is the popular menu in typical Chinese restaurants in Japan, and its fresh shrimp texture goes well with sweet and spicy sauce. In authentic (Japanese) Chinese restaurants, Doubanjiang is used as the sauce as spicy, yet, we often tomato ketchup instead at home. As well as Napolitan spaghetti, chicken rice, and egg omelet with ketchup sauce, the Japanese like the taste of ketchup and often used in Japanese casual cuisine.
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Japanese Cooking TIPS & HACKS: Brine The Meat In The Baking Powder Solution

LEARN HOW TO USE BAKING POWDER TO BRINE MEAT (NEVER GET SALTY)! Why baking powder can tenderize meat? Using baking powder can bring meat not only tender but also moist and juicy. It's the easy brine for chicken, turkey, pork, maybe beef. (If you like meaty texture, I don't recommend brine beef steak)Thankfully, I never have the terrible dry, tasteless, rubbery chicken (breast), turkey, and pork chops, since I use my secret brine with baking powder.
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SHISHITO PEPPERS: EASY SHISHITO PEPPER STIR FRY

These iconic vibrant green peppers called SHISHITO PEPPERs, popular summer vegetables in Japan. Bitter, sweet, sometimes hot spicy! gets more mature fan, often served as appetizer at Izakaya. Not any more unique, SHISHITO peppers get popular in the US, SHISHITO is Japanese name but it's native plant in south America!
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Japanese Meal Prep Recipe: MISO-FLAVORED GROUND MEAT CALLED “NIKUMISO”

NIKUMISO is a popular meal-prep item in Japan which is stir-fried ground meat such as pork, chicken, or pork&beef mix with plenty of minced garlic and ginger, and miso paste. Surely, the hint of this popular flavored ground meat is from Chinese dishes. It is added with sugar so that NIKUMISO is a savory sweet miso flavor (also it is addictive), moreover, you can make it spicy while adding chili peppers or chili paste. NIKUMISO is actually a super-versatile item besides delicious, easy to make, and will last for 5 days in a fridge and 2 months in a freezer.
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Japanese Home Cooking Tips: HOW TO PREPARE Shrimp WITHOUT Fishy Taste

Do you want to know how to get rid of the fishy taste in shrimp dishes? The most important process for removing the fishy taste before cooking is preparation, including deveining and cleaning the shrimp. I'll tell you the ultimate guide on how to thaw, prepare, and boil full of Japanese cooking tips! Let's get the best shrimp without a fishy taste, WITH fresh texture.
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GROUND PORK (CHICKEN/BEEF) LETTUCE WRAPS

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JAPANESE COOKING 101: AMAZU VINEGAR SAUCE, AMAZU-ZUKE

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PARTY “CHIRASHI” SUSHI RECIPE: EASY & HEALTHY COLORFUL SWEET SUSHI DISH MAEKS KIDS HAPPY

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Japanese Basic Cooking; How To Make A Paper Thin Egg Omelet (Usuyaki Tamago)

LEARN THE JAPANESE TAMAGO RECIPE. When you enjoy a Japanese home cooking recipe, you will have opportunities to make "Usuyaki-Tamago"/ "Kinshi-Tamago"- a paper-thin egg omelet and egg threads, which are the Japanese basic home cooking and are commonly used as a wrap/ a garnish adding brilliant yellow color to the dish. You don't need a Tamagoyaki pan for this dish, however, you may need a little technique and practice.