COOKING

How to Make Fish-Shaped Sushi That Are Too Cute to Be Eaten!

The traditional sushi is already pretty and sleek with its minimalistic design. However, there are also saiku sushi which is the art of making sushi in various creative forms. For example, the sushi can be made in the shape of koi fish, also known as carp. Check out these sushi shaped like koi fish which…

Ready, Steady, Roll: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Sushi!

If you love eating sushi, chances are you’ve at least had the thought of trying to make it yourself. The first time I tried to make sushi I was 18 years old and had no idea what I was doing – I got overexcited with the filling and the finished products were so big that…

Know Your Tofu: Types, Tips and Tasty Recipes

Honestly, I never used to eat tofu in the UK. It was expensive, and if someone prepared a tofu dish for me, more often than not it was uninspiring and tasteless. Tofu is seen as a firm vegetarian option back home and not something that carnivorous people like myself would usually choose to eat. However,…

5 Essential Ingredients for Japanese Cooking!

If you love Japan you probably also like the food. If you aren’t lucky enough to be living in Japan then, like me, you may wonder how to recreate some of the delicious Japanese foods at home. It can seem quite difficult knowing where to start with Japanese cooking, as it can be intricate and…

Japanese Chahan (Fried Rice) Mixes: Super-easy and Yummy!

There may be days when you don’t have a lot of time to spend on dinner but want to make something really fast and there is nothing at home except for leftover rice. Well, why not try these fried rice mixes? They come in a variety of flavors and are super easy to make. Choose…

How to Prepare Shabu Shabu Deliciously for Friends and Family

Shabu shabu is a popular Japanese dish. It consists of thinly sliced meat and a variety of vegetables and sauces boiled like “hot pot” style in a skillet on the table. Several versions of the dish can be found in Korean as well as Chinese culinary but are still similar to the Japanese hot pot.…

Delicious Recipes Using Miso: From Traditional to Inventive

Before I came to Japan, Miso (みそ or 味噌) was known to me only in the form of a pale, cloudy soup, served as a side dish to wash down plentiful amounts of sushi. Made from fermented soybeans, the taste is salty and distinctive. Now that I live in Japan, I know that miso is…

Namagashi and Wagashi: Know Your Japanese Sweets

A general term for the traditional snacks used during the tea ceremony in Japan is Namagashi. This is a type of wagashi. Wagashi, as you may have known, is a popular traditional confectionery which is usually served with tea.   Namagashi are made with flour, eggs, beans and sugar. However, the difference is, Namagashi contains…

Let’s make Onigiri: The Perfect Japanese Rice Ball

If you’re in Japan, try purchasing a bento. A common sighting inside it is the “onigiri.” The word onigiri means “musubi” in Japanese, meaning “holdable rice.” Onigiri is not a form of sushi. This is a very common misconception. It is made of plain rice (sometimes lightly salted) while sushi is made with rice and…

Taste the Best Sukiyaki in Tokyo and Learn to Cook it at Home!

Sukiyaki is a type of nabe or hotpot dish. It is perfect in the winter months as a tasty way to bring friends and family together. Sukiyaki is arguably the best known form of hotpot consumed in Japan today. Surprisingly sukiyaki has a relatively short history in Japan. After the introduction of Buddhism to Japan…