What is Kanzuri paste?

February 01, 2019

The winter cold makes eating hot food appealing. Kanzuri is a traditional condiment that is made in only nigata Japan. Kanzuri is a paste that is made from chilli, yuzu and koji. The

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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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What are shirataki noodles?

January 15, 2018

Shirataki is konnyaku shaped like thread. Konnyaku is made from Kojac potato, Japanese konnyaku block is made by mixing konjac flour with water and lime water....

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Why is Japanese food considered healthy? Ichiju-sansai

January 08, 2018

"Washoku" traditional Japanese food is added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the United Nation's...

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Japanese mushrooms - the taste of Autumn

November 06, 2017

Mushroom are known as an autumn food in Japan as it the time of year that they are at their best. Restaurants...

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Blow fish the worlds deadliest dinner

October 23, 2017

Blow fish, or fugu in Japanese, is famous for being expensive and being deadly if prepared incorrectly. However, this does not stop it from being popular. It is...

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What is la-yu and how to use it?

October 19, 2017

La-yu is chili oil that contains chopped chili pepper in sesame oil and it is often used to spice up ramen or gyoza in Japan. It is made with hot oil, spring on...

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Beginners Guide: Chopsticks

December 09, 2016

WHAT ARE CHOPSTICKS? Put simply chopsticks are the eating utensil of choice in many Asian countries such as China, Korea, Vietnam Taiwan and Japan. HISTORY OF C...

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Japanese Food Guide: Japanese Noodles

December 08, 2016

Oodles of Japanese noodles, that's what we're all about. Every country has a staple carbohydrate; something that's easy to produce and provides lots of stodgy e...

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Japanese Food Guide: Types of Sushi

December 07, 2016

Sushi doesn't just come in roll form - although California rolls are delicious! It's important if you consider yourself a sushi lover, that you understand the d...

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Japanese Food Guide: Nori

December 01, 2016

WHAT IS IT? Nori is a type of edible seaweeed, but it is used for a different purpose than the other popular Japanese edible seaweed; wakame. Whereas...

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Japanese Food Guide: Sake

November 29, 2016

WHAT IS SAKE? Sake is an alcoholic drink originating from Japan. It is a rice wine made from the fermentation of rice, from which the bran has been removed. Alt...

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Japanese Food Guide: Tofu

January 18, 2016

WHAT IS TOFU? Tofu is a Chinese invention that soon made it's way to Korea and Japan. It's a high protein food that can be used in place of meats and fish, and..

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Japanese Food Guide: Breakfast

February 26, 2015

The Brits favour a fry up, but breakfast on the other side of the world is a curiosity to behold. Isn't it strange how we consider some foods to be 'breakfast f...

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Japanese Food Guide: Furikake

December 10, 2013

Food has to look good as well as taste good in Japan so it’s no surprise that they have found a way to make even a bowl of plain sticky rice look more appealing...

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Japanese Food Guide: Wasabi

September 28, 2013

What is it? Wasabi is a Brassica which is sometimes known as Japanese Horseradish. The taste is not unlike horseradish - it has a dry, fiery heat much like must...

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Japanese Food Guide: Etiqutte

September 11, 2013

We know about the abundance of Japanese Etiquette infographics and blog posts out there, but the fact remains, a lot of the 'rules' featured in these posts are...

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Japanese Food Guide: Matcha

September 10, 2013

WHAT IS IT? A finely powdered green tea which is very popular in Japan and becoming renowned worldwide for it's health effects. Matcha comes as a bright green p...

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