Sansho - The Japanese Pepper

Sansho - The Japanese Pepper

October 09, 2018

Sansho is native to Japan. The leaves are usually used as a herb, however it is often referred to as 'Japanese pepper.' It comes from a plant called the prickly ash which is closely related to... 

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What is Kombu? Is Kombu and Kelp the same?

What is Kombu? Is Kombu and Kelp the same?

September 21, 2018

As some of already know, Kombu is one kind of seaweed that is known as containing umami. We use it to make dashi,...

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A Tribute to Joël Robuchon

A Tribute to Joël Robuchon

September 14, 2018

He was known as one of the greatest Michelin chefs in the world. Japanese food was a huge influence. He won 3 Michelin stars back to back quicker than any other chef...

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What is Umami?

What is Umami?

September 10, 2018

When searching for Japanese ingredients, you will read the word "Umami" often, so what is it? Umami is something can never be missed in Japanese cuisine...

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Katsuobushi Without Bonito?!

Katsuobushi Without Bonito?!

August 31, 2018

Dashi is one of the most important ingredients in Japanese food. It is a form of cooking stock and tends to form the base of almost all existing Japanese dishes, and has been...

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How are Bonito Flakes Made?

How are Bonito Flakes Made?

August 12, 2018

Bonito flakes - known as katsuobushi in Japanese - are a strange food upon first sight. They are known to move or dance when used as a topping on foods such as...

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What is Yuzu? .. And Other Japanese Citrus

What is Yuzu? .. And Other Japanese Citrus

July 27, 2018

If you like Japanese condiments, you must have noticed there are many condiments that contain citrus juices. Probably the most famous Japanese citrus is yuzu. Yuzu are used for

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Sushi Nori Grades Explained

Sushi Nori Grades Explained

July 23, 2018

Seaweed sheets for sushi come in different grades. You can usually tell which is which from the colour of the packaging. In England, nori is graded with alphabets and...

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Tiredness During Summer? - How Japanese Food Can Help

Tiredness During Summer? - How Japanese Food Can Help

July 16, 2018

It has been hotter than usual this summer in England. When it's hot like this, many people feel fatigued and lose their...

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Shichimi - The Japanese 7 Spice

Shichimi - The Japanese 7 Spice

June 18, 2018

Shichimi means 7 flavours in Japanese, and it is one of yakumi condiment. As it is called like that, 7 spices that is contained in shichimi can be anything...

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How to care for a Hangiri bowl

How to care for a Hangiri bowl

May 15, 2018

Hangiri bowls, also known as handai bowls are a traditional tool used in Japan to mix sushi rice and seasoning. They are becoming more popular in the West to achieve a...

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Takoyaki: Osaka's best street food

Takoyaki: Osaka's best street food

April 09, 2018

If you ask someone who is going to travel to Osaka, what they would like to try there, most of them would answer "takoyaki!" Takoyaki is a famous for food from Osaka. It is tasty, cheap

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Ajinomoto monosodium glutamate. Is it really bad for your health?

Ajinomoto monosodium glutamate. Is it really bad for your health?

March 26, 2018

Monosodium glutamate is called Ajinomoto in Japan. Ajinomoto is a company name but that product is now...

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Surprising methods to use Japanese mayo

Surprising methods to use Japanese mayo

March 05, 2018

It was mayonnaise day in Japan last week…. Yes, it exists. Mayonnaise is tasty, and there are some unusual ways you can use mayonnaise while cooking...

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Girl's Day in Japan

Girl's Day in Japan

February 26, 2018

March 3rd is Girl’s day in Japan. It is called Hina-matsuri. It is a day to wish girls healthy growth. Only the family who has girls at home celebrate it. If you have sons, then you don’t

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Do people in Japan celebrate lunar new year?

Do people in Japan celebrate lunar new year?

February 12, 2018

Lunar new year is known as Chinese new year, and it is normally celebrated around late January to sometime in...

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What is Valentines day like in Japan?

What is Valentines day like in Japan?

February 05, 2018

In Japan, some western cultural events are celebrated in Japanese way. Valentines day is not an exception, it is celebrated quite different, just like how Christmas is celebrated in Japan!..

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The history of Ramen

The history of Ramen

January 25, 2018

In 1697, Mito Mitsukuni was the first person to eat Ramen in Japan. Ramen is a noodle dish that is inspired from a Chinese noodle dish. Ramen spread to Japan wh...

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