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HAPPOSAI (Babaocai): JAPANESE-CHINESE MIX VEGETABLE STIR-FRY

Babaocai is a typical Chinese stir-fry dish with various vegetables, seafood, and others. The dish is called "HAPPOSAI" (which is known for the manga character in RANMA) in Japan, and "HAPPO" means eight treasures. Although the dish is called eight treasures, it refers to "various" or 'many" so you can throw lots of vegetables. Typically, in Japan, thinly sliced pork belly, seafood includes squid or shrimp Napa cabbage, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushroom, carrots, quail eggs are commonly used in HAPPOSAI. Also, the dish that Happosai served on rice is called "CHUKA-DON" (which means Chinese rice bowl) and is popular menu in Japanese-Chinese restaurants. HAPPOSAI sauce is thicken with slurry made with potato starch and water. This dish is packed with umami flavor from various vegetables, pork belly, and seafood. The vegetable choice is totally up to you. Adjust the amount of slurry dpends on the water comes out cooked vegetables.
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[RECIPE ONLY] SABA MISONI: TADTIONAL JAPANESE SIMMERD MACKREL IN MISO SAUCE

Saba Misoni is a traditional Japanese simmered fish dish made with mackerel fillets in the MISO sauce. Hints of fresh ginger. The mackerel is juicy, tender, and delicious. Goes perfectly with rice or Japanese sake. Pour boiled water over mackerel fillet to remove the fishy flavor. Add miso paste at the last to keep its savory flavor.
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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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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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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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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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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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Only 3-Step Healthy Snack! Quick, Easy, Yamitsuki Cabbage

Make a delicious, healthy fresh vegetable snack ready in just three steps! This super-simple quick veggie snack is called Yamitsuki Cabbage, which means Addictive cabbage, and is the popular Izakaya snack in Japan. The perfect option when you need healthy snacks or late-night cravings. Why is it so addictive? Because of high-quality toasted sesame oil and a little bit of mineral salt.
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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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[RECIPE ONLY][INSTANT POT RECIPE] IN CASE YOU WANNA KNOW…MAKE QUINOA & OATS QUICK IN INSTANT POT| SUBSTITUTE FOR RICE

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[RECIPE ONLY] MIX VEGETABLE STIR-FRY IN KETCHUP OYSTER SAUCE

Napolitan spaghetti, chicken rice...In Japanese cooking, we often use tomato ketchup to add sweet and tangy sour flavor. This Japanese-inspired veggie stir-fry is super easy to make and quick. No need to make a stir-fry sauce! Clean up your fridge to make this sweet savory vegetable stir fry. You can change ingredients whatever you have.
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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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[RECIPE ONLY] YASAI-ITAME: MOYASHI Bean Sprouts, Fluffy Eggs, and bok choy Stir Fry

Easy and savory bean sprouts & scrambled eggs stir fry with crunchy baby bok choy and sweet shiitake mushrooms. Season this dish with the perfect combination of Asian condiments-soy and oyster sauce. Avoid over cook MOYASHI bean sprouts!
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[RECIPE ONLY] MOYASHI ITAME WITH FLUFFY EGGS

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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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[RECIPE ONLY] USE LEFTOVER COCKTAIL SAUCE FOR CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS STIR-FRY

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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 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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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.
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Izakaya At Home! Quirky Japanese Delicacy Guide: Chicken Gizzards “SUNAGIMO” Nibble Recipes

My top 3 chicken gizzards finger food recipes for Home Izakaya. Whether you’re throwing a party or planning ahead for an Izakaya date at home, these nibbles will win by authentic Japanese SUNAGIMO recipes that you can’t get anywhere else. We love its texture, so we even don’t try to tenderize it. Chicken gizzards are so reasonable and have addictive textures. These recipes are also super-easy to make.
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[RECIPE ONLY] SUNAGIMO AMAKARANI: SIMMERED CHICKEN GIZZARD IN SOY SAUCE

AMAKARANI (甘辛煮) is a traditional cooking method in Japanese cuisine that simmers ingredients in the sauce mainly based on sugar and soy sauce. Chicken gizzards in Japanese are "SUNAGIMO" so this dish is called "SUNAGIMO NO AMAKARANI" and also a popular dish as a nibble for beer, sake, and whiskey highball! Sweet, tangy, and sharp soy sauce flavor with a fresh ginge hint. It can be served right away, yet, the next day is much more delicious.
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[RECIPE ONLY] SHOYU POKE SOBA NOODLE BOWL

Absolutely easy delicious Hawaiian poke with sharp dark sosy sauce flavor, packed with umami and toasted sesame oil. Simply combine diced ahi tuna, chives, and toasted sesame seeds into this easy homemade poke sauce aka Asian dressing. Marinate ahi tuna in the sauce for 10 minutes, which brings non-fishy but aromatic Asian-flavored tuna. This time, soba noodles go with Shoyu ahi tina, but you can switch to sushi rice, udon noodles, somen noodles, or rice noodles.