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How Do The Japanese Make Tough Meat Tender At Home; 3 Marinade Sauce Brings Best Results In My Life

We can't afford to buy A5 Wagyu beef all the time in Japan so we have no choice to buy discount tough meat at a grocery store. Yet, we have secret weapons to make the chewy meat tender and juicy. There are my best 3 ways to marinate meat with baking powder solution, with shio koji, with Japanese BBQ sauce. As a bonus, I will tell you my freezing meat hacks too.
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Japanese Cooking Culture; How to Sun Dry Veggies At Home

Do you use a dehydrator to make dried food at home? In Japan, sun-drying is popular and I enjoy making homemade sun-dried vegetables. On this site, I can tell you what vegetables to sundry, how long, what to use, climate tips, and storing tips with few recipes to use sun-dried veggies.
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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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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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Miso Soup Trivia; How Much Do You Know About Japanese Soul Soup

Miso soup is no longer mystery Japanese traditional food today. This soul food for the Japanese has been loved as healthy and energy food from ancient years. There are thousands of recipes for miso soup, but you know what? Making miso soup is easy and simple if you know the tips to cook miso paste. In this post, I can tell you tips and trivia to make Japanese miso soup and popular & unique ingredients.
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Dive Into Miso World; Japanese Miso Paste 101

Miso is popular not only as a secret weapon for Japanese cuisine, but also as a secret ingredient for other local dishes, and is no longer a "secret". Miso is salty or sweet, red or white bean soy sauce, but do you know exactly what it is? In Japan, there are many types of Miso paste on market beyond red or white. This post may make you tired but dive into the miso culture if you really want to know Miso paste to add the secret flavor to the special dish.
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What’s Koji Miso

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Rice Flour 101; Health And Cooking Benefits

Rice flour is finely ground raw rice and is used to make rice noodles and pancakes, thicken soups and stews, for a bakery. I recommend its health benefit, especially It's gluten-free! Rice flour can provide dietary fiber, which can be expected to lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar levels, and help with digestion. The best thing about is rice flour can really make food crispy when frying with it at home. Read this post and get to know about rice flour more to incorporate in-home cooking!
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The Japanese Secret; The Benefits Of Sesame Oil In Cooking And Wellness

Sesame oil has been incorporated into the Japanese lifestyle for a long time like in other Asian countries. Sesame oil is known as one healthy oil that we should take daily and the Japanese often use it in cooking. Besides, we are addicted to the rich toasty nutty aroma of toasted sesame oil. Or, the elegant light white sesame oil, is used for cooking, dressing, even massage, and skincare. This post will tell you the types of sesame oil, its health benefits, and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
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Golden Sesame Seeds; The Japanese Are Addicted To The Most Luxurious Sesame Seeds

White, black...and have you ever heard "golden" sesame seeds? As the name suggested, is the best sesame seeds-the excellent, luxurious, rich nutty flavor and aroma because of its rich oil contain. The Japanese absolutely are addicted to golden sesame seeds that we call Kin (gold) Goma (sesame). More details about mysterious golden sesame seeds? Here is the ultimate guide to read!
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Black And White Sesame seeds; Health benefits, How to use in Japanese Cooking

Sesame seeds are essential in Japanese cooking. It also gets attention as one of healthy grain, and the Japanese take advantage of sesame benefits! So, what's are the health benefits of sesame seeds, and are they different among black, white, and golden? Let's "open the sesame" with me!.
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Japanese Sesame Seed Products Guide; Irigoma, Surigoma, Nerigoma

Sesame is often used in Japanese cooking. Roasted, ground, paste, and sesame oil, nutrition values are almost the same in the sesame products, but you can upgrade the taste of dishes when you use them properly depends on the dish. Roasted whole sesame gives you crunchy texture and strong flavor every bite, ground sesame has a strong flavor and aroma, a paste can be easily enhanced sesame flavor in dressing and soup. In this post, I will introduce all the popular sesame products in Japan.
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What Is Tetsubin-The Japanese Traditional Cast Iron Kettle

A nostalgic Japanese cast-iron kettle is called "Tetsubin" - not a teapot- has been popular both in Japan and overseas. Like other ironware, Tetsunin has tough, keeping heat, and it can change the taste of water dramatically. Read this post, and find out what tetsubin is exactly, how to use and maintain it.
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The Japanese Way To Wellness; Drinking “Sayu” Plain Hot Water

Japanese wellness rituals and practices are often unique and attractive, almost always they are easy and reasonable. As one of J wellness trends, drinking plain hot (warm) water boiled Tetsubin (Japanese cast-iron kettle) is for you. Of course, it brings you several health benefits and relaxation. Here is the ultimate guide on drinking hot water; how to boil water, when is the best time to drink, and ideas to add flavor.
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Japanese Cast Iron Teapot; How To Use And Care

Green tea connoisseur? Looking for something Zen-life? "Tetsu-Kyusu"-the Japanese cast iron teapot is ideal for upgrade your tea life and kitchen or office decor. 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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Sencha Green Tea Aesthetic; How To Brew, Store, Roast In Japanese Authentic Way

Sencha is the type of green tea, which is the daily green tea for Japanese tea time. Like other tea, sencha green tea has several health benefits. Not like Matcha, the taste is refreshing. There is no picky manner to make sencha, but there are several tips to make 10 times better sencha green tea if you read this guide.
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How 5 Insider secrets of “Japanese HighBall” Brings You To Know Japanese Culture

A classic cocktail, "Whiskey & Soda" is also called 'Whiskey highball" known worldwide. The Japanese call it just "Highball" and it is a popular casual Izakaya drink for the first order (Kanpai!) You may be interested in why whiskey highball has been supported by the Japanese drinkers, what's so special? In this post, I will tell you the deep world of whiskey highball in Japan and the basic recipe to make Japanese highball at home.
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How To Choose The Carbonated Water For Making The Best Japanese Highball At Home

"Highball" in Japan; the popular casual Izakaya drink which is the same as whiskey and soda. As the common recipe, daily casual whiskey, carbonated water, and a lemon wedge. You can use any kind of carbonated water (or natural sparkling water) for making the best Japanese highball? Nope. Today, I am going to tell you how to choose the best-carbonated water for making Japanese highball at home and the health benefits of carbonated water as a bonus.
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