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Saibashi (Cooking Chopsticks)

Saibashi (Cooking Chopsticks)

Saibashi is a pair of cooking chopsticks. They are typically made of bamboos, and much longer than regular chopsticks, so that the tips reach to the bottom of pots, and cooks don’t burn their fingers while cooking on the stoves. A pair of saibashis are usually tied with a string to hung dry, but I […]

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Fish Grill

Fish Grill

Grilling is one of the essential way of cooking simple Japanese food. It doesn’t require oil to cook, and excess fat will be dropped while cooking. In Japan any household has a fish grill attached to the oven top. One of the frustrations Japanese have in the United States is to figure out the way […]

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Tenugui Cloth

When I was back in Japan this spring, one of my friends gave me the pretty tenugui cloth pictured on the left. I had one tenugui in the closet in New York, but never used it because it didn’t look practical. Now I am using it as a bathroom hand towel and love it. Tenugui […]

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Japanese Tableware

Japanese Tableware

I didn’t realize until I started to live in the United States, that Japanese tableware was so special. Without knowing, Japanese customarily mix and match different pieces of unique plates, cups, bowls, chopsticks, etc. every day. Japanese tableware never comes as a complete dinner set; actually, the idea of a complete set of tableware doesn’t really […]

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Mandoline Slicer

Mandoline Slicer

Mandoline slicers became one of the standard cooking gadgets in American kitchens, since many celebrity chef used at their cooking show. It is a quick, neat, and low tech way of slicing vegetables. It also doesn’t take much space in the kitchen. Because it’s a simple device, cleaning is easy as well (You know food […]

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Rice Cooker

Rice Cooker

I strongly recommend you to invest in a good rice cooker, if you eat cooked rice frequently. It is a must item in any Japanese household, because without properly cooked rice, there won’t be any enjoyable Japanese food. I used to own a cheap $20 rice cooker, and I had problems with rice sticking inside […]

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Grater

Grater

I use a small ceramic grater in the picture for any cooking when a recipe calls for “finely chopped garlic or ginger” or “garlic paste”. The ceramic grater also can be brought to the table and serve grated ginger. The metal one at the top of the image is used to grate larger vegetables such […]

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