7 Useful Tips to Cook Real Sushi Rice!

7 Useful Tips to Cook Real Sushi Rice!

The perfect sushi rice may sound as easy as regular rice with vinegar but it is not. Especially to the untrained foreign ear, the Japanese methodology may sound a bit complicated. But really, there are only a few simple steps to making one.[Continue Reading…]

8 Recommended Edamame Recipes!

8 Recommended Edamame Recipes!

Edamame can be either blanched, dry roasted, unshelled or shelled are those green immature soybeans that people from all over the world find to not only be delicious, but also highly nutritious. The Japanese, however, seem to have perfected it and here are their recommendations for visitors who want to eat edamame in Japan:[Continue Reading…]

6 Reasons Why Japanese Diet is So Healthy!

6 Reasons Why Japanese Diet is So Healthy!

Life expectancy in Japan is 83 year on the average. Aside from physical activities, the Japanese diet contributes a large portion to their longevity and health. The government issued a food guideline, which includes grains, fish, meat, vegetables, fruits and milk products in a spinning top order. [Continue Reading…]

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Miso Soup!

7 Recommended Ways to Enjoy Miso Soup

Miso soup is a staple dish in the Japanese diet. This is eaten all year round, either in the classic style or seasonal where in vegetables in season are added. Miso soup is the Japanese comfort food and enjoyed by everyone. Miso soup is the classic Japanese comfort food that became internationally popular worldwide because of its simplicity, taste and comforting effect. Here are ways to enjoy miso soup anytime and anywhere.[Continue Reading…]

7 Recommended Ways to Cook with Mirin!

7 Recommended Ways to Cook with Mirin!

Any Japanese cook will tell you that mirin is one of the essential condiments of Japanese cuisine. Yet this has not always been the case, for mirin was originally a rather exclusive alcoholic beverage, often mixed with shochu (a distilled spirit), and popular especially with the well-heeled ladies of Japanese high society! [Continue Reading…]

7 Japanese Soups recommended for your health!

7 Japanese Soups recommended for your health!

I’m an avid cook, with an interest in languages, so the subject of Japanese soups got me thinking. The kanji 汁 can be read as ‘shiru’ or ‘jiru’, depending on the context, and is usually translated as ‘soup’. But ‘jiru’ can also mean ‘juice’ ? everything from lemon juice to the juice from a can of tuna is ‘jiru’. Isn’t language fun! Maybe we adopted the word ‘soup’ as a kind of linguistic convenience. Certainly, Japanese soups are not prepared the same way as Western soups, nor are they served and consumed in the same way. However, let’s not get pedantic about semantics… ‘soup’ is as good a word as any, so here are seven delicious Japanese soups you should try.[Continue Reading…]