Japanese Sauces

Basic Teriyaki Sauce Daikon Sauce Amazu Shoga (Pickled Pink Ginger) Chirizu (Spicy Dipping Sauce for Sashimi) Bulldog Sauce Ponzu (Citrus sauce) Dengaku Miso Amazu (Sweet Vinegar) Cucumber Relish Oil and Vinegar Ginger Dressing Ichiban Dashi Donburi Ni Shiru (Dipping Sauce for Donburi)i Wasabi Sesame Dressingi Japanese Barbecue Sauce Katsuo Dashi (Basic Dashi Stock) Red Bean […]

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Japanese Desserts

There are no sweets or desserts in the Western sense of the word to be found in traditional Japanese cooking, instead meals are ended with fresh fruits of the season. Sweet things do exist however, originally they were something to indulge in when drinking ocha (tea), and so sweets are closely linked to the “way […]

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Japanese Vegetarian Dishes

Eggplant Miso Soup Traditional Miso Soup Spicy Japanese Slaw Shingjagaimo No Goma Fumiae (New Potatoes in Sesame Sauce) Shiitake-Kombu Dashi (Mushroom and Seaweed Seasoning Broth) Fried Tofu Noodles, Tofu and Wakami Mushinasu  (Steamed Eggplant) Okura No Nibitashi  (Okra Stew) Eggplant Miso Soup Yield: 1 servings Ingredients 2 tb Miso 2 Scallions; chopped 1 qt Hot […]

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Making Udon Noodles

Make sure you have the following stuff first…. Ingredients and equipment Amount Note Flour Medium-strength flour 700g Serves approximately 7 Salt 40g Little more during summer time and little less during winter time Water 280cc Tap water is fine Worktable Dining table or Kotatsu table (a low Japanese style table with the small heater that […]

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Japanese Meat Dishes

Awabi Sakami (Sweet Cooked Abalone) Chicken and Egg Domburi Dango Jiru (Dumplings with Miso) Steamed Egg Pot Tempura Japanese Oden Tuna Tataki Yakitori Buta Zen Mai  (Pork with Fern Shoots) Chicken Teriyaki Chicken Teriyaki Kabobs Ebi Kimizushi (Prawn Sushi with Egg Yolk) Nikujagai Tori No Kara-Age Deep-fried Chicken Nuggets Shabu-shabu Awabi Sakami (Sweet Cooked Abalone) […]

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Traditional Dining

KAISEKI CUISINE The Kaiseki meal is part of the first tea ceremony of the year. It is presented with a special touch of gaiety and grace. This meal is a fairly substantial feast prepared by the host that usually begins promptly at noon. As a matter of fact, the menu for formal Japanese dinners has […]

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Japanese Dining History

What makes Japanese Dishes Japanese? / Enviroment, Climate & the Diet /The Relationship with Rice / The Sense of Season / Even the color of the chopstick counts History of Japanese Cuisine We think of Japan as a single island, but it actually is four large islands and thousands of smaller ones. The volcanic and mountainous terrain […]

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Japanese/ Western Dining Differences

DINING IN JAPAN Eating Scenarios for Westerners Scenario 1 Tom was at the dinner table for the first time with his new host family. His host mother, Mrs. Yoshida, was a good cook, and there was plenty of food on the table. Tom enjoyed the meal as well as the pleasant conversation. He ate so […]

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Western / Japanese Dining Etiquette

Pre-set dinner settings and utensils upon arrival On the person’s left are: 3 forks (salad, dinner, & dessert) On the person’s right are: 2 spoons (soup & tea) and 1 butter knife Folded individual napkin : On lap signifies you’re beginning to dine On chair signifies you’re excusing yourself from the table On table signifies […]

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Japan Country Information

Japan is separated from the Asian mainland by 160km (100 miles) of sea. About 70% of the country is covered by hills and mountains, a number of which are active or dormant volcanoes. There is much to see in the capital city of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace with its grounds set out as a park; […]

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