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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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[Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker] [RECIPE ONLY] EASY SEAFOOD PAELLA

This Instant Pot Paella is super-easy to make, and, super delicious and picturesque. Your choice of seafood- shrimp, mussels, calamari...from fresh-caught to a freezer! Use medium grain rice, unnecessary to rinse, diced onions, and bell peppers as adding sweetness and flavor.
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[RECIPE ONLY] EASY QUICK SIDE DISH: JAPANESE MAYO CALESLOW

This easy Coleslaw Recipe with crisp cabbage, cucumber, apples and sesame seeds. Creamy, crunchy, crispy coleslaw with savory Japanese mayo dressing. It'll be taken for less than 1 hour includes marinating time. Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for potlucks, parties and meal prep.
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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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Homemade Natto Sauce Recipe

Natto sauce is the special sauce for Natto. Better than dressing natto using soy sauce only. The Natto sauce tastes exactly the same as the small packet in the natto package. Moreover, you can make authentic natto sauce in just 10 minutes. After making homemade natto beans at home, you will need homemade Natto sauce next! You can make the authentic sweet, rich umami-flavored Natto sauce in just 10 minutes using Hondashi powder. Since Natto sauce is packed with Umami flavor, it is not only for Natto, but also for other dishes such as sushi, gyoza dumplings, tofu, and for seasoning 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 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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[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] EASY YUMMY COLESLAW WITH KEWPIE MAYO

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[RECIPE ONLY] OVEN-BAKED LEFTOVER Camarones con Crema OMELET

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[INSTANT POT RECIPE] Become A Ramen Master At Home: Japanese-Style Chashu Pork (made of pork shoulder)

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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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Kinpira 101: Make Easy Quick Vegetable Side In Japanese Home Cooking

Kinpira is a quick stir-fry with Japanese basic (sweet and salty) sauce. The popular comfort side dish for dinner and bento items. It can help add nutritional value to every meal. Stock in the fridge since it'll last for almost a week once you make tons! Besides, add every salad, soup, and sandwich!! You can switch veggies to any root or less-water veggies.
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HOW TO MAKE SUSHI GINGER WITH COMMON GINGER (NOT YOUNG GINGER)

Spicy, sweet, thinly sliced ginger known as "gari" -the pink pickled ginger we associate with sushi. If you are fed up with super-sweet sushi ginger full of artificial color and preservatives, you might need to learn how to make homemade sushi ginger made with all-natural ingredients. Besides, you don't worry about how you can get "young ginger"! I'll tell you absolutely delicious sushi ginger made from a common (general) ginger that you always meet at local grocery stores.
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[RECIPE ONLY] SAUTEED STICK BROCCOLI

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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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[Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooker/ Stovetop] NIKUJYAGA: Japanese Potato AND Pork Stew?… It’s A Side Dish

"Japanese pork and potato stew" called "Nikujaga" is not the main dish, which is a popular comfort side dish. It is not a dish to enjoy the soup although it is cooked with the Japanese basic broth. Technically, the main ingredient is potatoes. Easy to cook, quick and savory side dish for any occasion such as weeknight and weekend dinners, and gatherings.
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How To Cook Japanese Rice Perfectly Like You’re The Japanese On Stove Top Without A Rice Cooker

Cooking rice on the stovetop is hard to say easy. Although you'll need a little more techniques and experience, follow these steps and make sweet, fluffy, delicious Japanese rice ever. So, how do we, the Japanese, cook rice fluffy, sticky, and delicious? Let's check out the steps. *This recipe is available for especially medium, and short-grain white rice.
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Goodbye Mushy Shrimp: How To Boil Shrimp

Wondering how to boil shrimp? I'll tell you how I can bring tender and juicy boiled shrimp EVERY TIME. My technique may be a little more process than you expect, each process is really easy and makes sense. Make the perfect boiled shrimp to serve as shrimp cocktails, fresh spring rolls, topping on salads, and making homemade sushi!
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TAKE A PEEK INTO JAPANESE PANTRY: Glass Noodles AND Harusame Salad Recipe

Japanese Glass Noodle Salad (Harusame Salad) is a simple, vinegary, savory fresh noodle dish that can bring an unusual international side dish to your kitchen. Quick-cooking of glass noodles, which soaking glass noodles in boiled water for 4 minutes, drain, rinse and cut. Add your favorite protein and vegetables. Great served chilled. Glass noodles are a common food in Asian cuisine, and it is called "Harusame" in Japanese. Japanese Harusame noodles are mainly made of potato starch. Harusame salad is also a popular salad menu in Japan- it's refreshing and addictive with sesame oil and soy sauce-based dressing. You can use Mung Bean Thread Vermicelli instead, but not rice noodles if you care about calories.
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Easy Quick Sweet Potato Recipe In Japanese Home Cooking: Lemon Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes simmered with refreshing lemon slices often is served in vegetable side dishes, Obento items, and kaiseki cuisine in Japan. Generally, we use SATSUMAIMO, Japanese sweet potatoes, but, you can use regular sweet potatoes if it’s available. Soak sliced sweet potatoes in cold water after cutting because they’ll quickly turn black when exposed to air. Simmer the sweet potatoes over low heat for the savory sweet! sweet! potato dish. Store in the refrigerator and consume within 4-5 days. Lemon sweet potato leftovers can be turned into other dishes while mashing them to make sweet potato pie or casserole dishes.