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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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JAPANESE CHUNKY TARTAR SAUCE: KEWPIE MAYO, BOILED EGGS, YORGURT, PICKLES

This easy homemade Japanese tartar sauce is better than anything (especially you're hungry) you can buy at the store. It’s creamy, refreshing, kicking, filling, and perfect for serving next to your favorite deep-fried dishes and sandwiches. Mayonnaise provides the whole balance of flavor in this tartar sauce. For the best tartar sauce, (and this recipe is made with Japanese mayo,) you've gotta try Japanese mayonnaise. Pickles add crunch and flavor to the sauce. You can use dill pickles, but I recommend switching to pickled jalapeno instead of common pickles. Japanese ginger pickles also give you a unique sweet flavor.
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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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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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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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Food Freezing Hack: My Fresh Chili Peppers AND Garlic Mix Saves Your Time

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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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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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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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TAKE A PEEK INTO JAPANESE PANTRY: THE BENEFITS OF SESAME OIL: NUTRITION, HEALTH BENEFITS, SIDE EFFECTS, HOW TO USE IN COOKING

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, their health benefits, and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle.
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TAKE A PEEK INTO JAPANESE PANTRY: SESAME SEEDS 101

Sesame seeds can be added to various dishes, such as salads, curries, hummus, and bakes, and even sprinkled on top of smoothies and desserts. They are also used to make sesame oil and tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds. SO, learn about sesame seeds deeper today in this post including types of sesame seeds, sesame seeds products, and more!
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Become A Sake Connoisseur: KOTSUZAKE 101

Kotsuzake is one of the traditional ways to enjoy hot sake more in the unique method which is infusing the flavor of the toasted or grilled fish/ dried fish/ bones in the hot Sake. Commonly, In Japan, use whole river fish such as iwana mountain trout, ayu sweet fish, but, you can substitute with light-flavored white fish to make Kotsuzake.
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TAKE A PEEK INTO JAPANESE PANTRY: HOW TO USE SHOGA GINGER IN JAPANESE COOKING

The ginger root is often used in Japanese cooking as well, including in stir-fries, simmered dishes, soups, and as a garnish. Ginger, this Asian-native spice is known for its traditional medicinal properties we take ginger to warm up the body, improve the digestive system, and ease a sore throat. In cooking, ginger has the effect to reduce the gamey flavor in the meat, and the fishy flavor in seafood, also, its unique flavor can bring “Japanese flavor” to a dish.
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[REVIEW] GROW GINGER IN A PLANT POT

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TAKE A PEEK INTO A JAPANESE PANTRY: DAISHO AJI-SHIO-KOSHO SALT AND PEPPER UMAMI SEASONING MIX

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Easy Crispy “Chahan” Recipe: Japanese Egg Fried Rice With Simple Ingredients

Make this delicious authentic simple Chahan fried rice -Japanese fried rice- for a quick lunch or as a side for dinner. What'll you need is only egg and cold rice. For more ultimate tips to make "crispy" fired rice, read the post on the same page. You can add your choice of protein and other ingredients, but, select the vegetables that have less water content. This is the first step to making the best crispy fried rice, basically, egg rice.
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IZAKAYA AT HOME! Quirky Japanese Delicacy Guide: UMESUISHO

Umesuisho is one of the luxury delicacies as nibbles for alcohol lovers in Japan. A beautiful reddish pink delicacy, you can make this with unique ingredients-chicken breast bones, pig's ears, or wild ear mushrooms.
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IZAKAYA AT HOME! Quirky Japanese Delicacy Guide: CHICKEN CARTRIDGE “NANKOTSU”

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How To Make Itsuki Food Non-Fried Instant Ramen: Authentic Tonkotsu Ramen In 2.5 Minutes

Kumamoto Mokkosu Ramen has been top-selling on Amazon, Japan. You’ll be impressed with this high-quality ramen noodle product that you can’t believe it’s Instant noodles! Rich Tonkotsu soup with aromatic Mar oil. It’s definitely beyond other instant noodle products, and you can enjoy authentic ramen noodles at a reasonable price at home.
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MARUTAI Stick “Boh” Ramen Instructions AND Kyushu Ramen Flavor Guide

Japanese instant ramen noodles are no longer more than just instant noodles. Thousands of these culturally significant instant noodle products in Japan have dramatically improved flavors and styles since Momofuku Ando created instant noodles in 1958. Not only in Japan, but they’ve also been booming worldwide as another cool Japanese culture. Graduate from regular curly fried instant noodles! Try non-fired stick instant ramen noodles called “Boh ramen” in Japanese to get inspired! It almost drags you into the kitchen rather than going out to ramen shops.
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KIRITANPO NABE RECIPE: Broiled Half-Mashed Rice For Japanese Hot Pot

Kiritanpo is the local traditional food in Akita prefecture, Japan, made from roughly mashed cooked rice on a skewer. Make rice balls and wrap them around wooden skewers while turning the skewer so that the rice covers nicely around the tip. To serve Kiritanpo, remove the rice ball from the skewer, and slice and throw it into a Japanese hot pot dish called “Nabe”. My recipe is a super-easy version of home cooking. Kiritanpo will absorb a rich savory soup and the rice will not be mushy since they’re broiled.
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How Long Does Homemade Salad Dressing Last In The Fridge? Recipe Ideas To Use Up Homemade Dressings

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TAKE A PEEK INTO A JAPANESE PANTRY: BARLEY TEA IS A POPULAR SUMMER DRINK

Learn all about Barley Tea including its health benefits, and how to brew. Barley tea is the common summer drink in Japan, not only its natty but clear taste but also has many health benefits such as heatstroke prevention. If you looking for a new type of tea for your healthy life, learn barley tea in this post!
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SHICHIMI TOGARASHI 101

“Shichimi” refers to seven flavors, so SHICHIMI TOGARASHI is the spice mix with seven spices including dried chili pepper flakes. Shichimi Togarashi is a traditional Japanese condiment made of blended spices such as roasted red chili pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds, and other spices which can provide a rich aroma and flavor to any Japanese cuisine.
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Index For Types Of Japanese Green Tea

As one of Japanese aesthetic, many people want to try Japanese green tea which is not only ordinal green tea and Matcha. The most common green tea is called "Sencha" that you have already seen. There are more types of green tea, and do you want to know the differences? On this site, I make the "Green Tea Index" that helps you to shop and find your next new taste of Japanese green tea.