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Japanese Kitchen Essentials

I am not an expert in Japanese or Asian culinary traditions or recipes. However, there are a few pantry staples and utensils that will make preparing and shopping for a special Asian dish easier. Here are a few things you may already have or want to add to your pantry. Some things can be found…

Lazy Girl’s Ramen Using Leftover Seasoning Packets

There is actually a ramen museum called the Shin-Yokohama Rāmen Museum, which unfortunately, I did not get to visit while I was in Japan. You may only think of ramen as a quick cheap meal consisting of water, dried noodles, and a sodium rich seasoning packet. However, authentic ramen is complicated to make and there…

Hirekatsu- Japanese Fried Pork Fillets

This is Hirekatsu, which is deep fried pork fillets. This is a modified recipe from the Chopstick Chronicles. I have never fried pork fillets before but my husband really likes fried foods so I thought I would give it a try. However, he does not like cabbage so instead of shredded cabbage we ate sticky…

Tamagoyaki

The first time I ever had tamagoyaki was in Tokyo and I loved it. There are different variations of this dish. Some people use dashi powder in their mixture or like my grandmother, use only granulated sugar and soy sauce. If you want your egg roll to look nice, invest in a rectangular shaped pan.…

Onigiri

Onigiri is a rice ball made from white “sticky” rice. Typically they are in a triangular or cylindrical shape. You can find onigiri wrapped in nori seaweed (the same kind of seaweed used for sushi rolls), filled with umeboshi (pickled plum), or filled with things liks salmon, pickled fruit or vegetables, dried foods, tempura, pork…

Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made of dashi stock and miso paste. My grandmother adds in extra firm tofu and wakame (dried seaweed). Some people use spinach instead of wakame, or mushrooms with the tofu, or top with scallions. There are many variations and kinds of miso soup. There are also different kinds…