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Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is not a traditional Japanese food item. But since it’s introduction to Japanese society, the popularity increased rapidly, and it now has its own place in Japanese cuisine. In Japan, mayonnaise is not only for potato salad, tuna salad, and sandwiches. It is regularly used as one of the toppings of okonomiyaki (a Japanese style […]

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Wasabi

Wasabi

Along with soy sauce, wasabi is well known to Americans due to the popularity of sushi. Wasabi can come in 3 different forms; a real fresh root, powder type, and tube type. Freshly ground root is fragrant with a touch of sweetness in the spiciness. But one root costs around $8 in Japan and it’s […]

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Shichimi Pepper

Shichimi Pepper

Shichimi pepper can be translated as seven flavored pepper. It’s a combination of seven spices; ground red pepper, ground orange peel, black sesame seeds, Szechuan pepper corns, crushed nori, and poppy seeds. I love shichimi, as it adds aroma, complex flavor and a kick. When you sprinkle it over steaming hot food, you smell a […]

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Miso

Miso

Miso is a pasty fermented seasoning made from koji, salt, soy beans, rice, or barley. Cooked ingredients are combined with koji and salt. Then let it sit over 6 months for fermentation process to take place. Miso is made all over Japan, and and some people still make their own. In the market, red, white, rice, […]

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Dashinomoto

Dashinomoto

It’s best to make dashi (soup broth) from katsuobushi, niboshi or kombu, but sometimes we don’t always have time to cook from scratch. Fortunately, there is a shortcut. Dashinomoto is the essence of dashi, and it’s concentrated. It is either granulated or liquid. They are convenient items if you have at home. The granulated type, […]

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Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito)

Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito)

Katsuobushi or katsubushi is a rock hard dried bonito flesh. When I was a child, my grandma often asked me to shave it from the block, before preparing food using a wood plane like tool. Now Japanese people usually buy already shaven katsuobushi. The flavor of shaven katsuobushi deteriorates quickly once it’s exposed to the air. […]

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Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

When you buy a bottle of soy sauce for Japanese food, make sure to buy Japanese soy sauce. Similar sauces are widely used in Asia, but depending on the country, the flavor and texture are quite different in each country. For instance, I have 3 different bottles of soy sauce in my refrigerator, 1 for […]

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