Cleaning a Japanese teapot is easy. Fill it halfway with clean water, then shake the pot gently back and forth to get the leaves off the net. Then rinse with clean water. You only need to use dish soap about once in every 10 times you wash the teapot.
Matcha bowl- a little matcha powder will cling to the bottom of your bowl so wash with the dish soap of your choice. Then rinse it thoroughly with purified water.
To clean the whisk fill a bowl half-full of clean water and rotate the whisk. Or rotate it under the tap. Then rinse it gently with clean water.
After several uses, the bamboo will become stained green. This is normal, the whisk is still good. If you use a whisk twice a day, every day, your whisk should last 2 to 3 months.
Cold brewed green tea is slightly sweeter than iced green tea.
This brewing technique takes a little time. It provides a wonderful cold green tea and is suitable for the highest grade gyokuro and sencha.
It is not necessary to use a special teapot for preparation. A glass container will work just fine.
Use a ratio of one to two tablespoons of tea leaves per liter of water.
Add water, cover the container, and place it in the refrigerator to steep. Let it steep in the refrigerator for about three hours.
Give the pot a gentle horizontal swirl or a stir before you drink it, since leaves may settle at the bottom during brewing.
Cold Brewing Japanese Green Tea (Iced Method)
Cover tea leaves with quality ice from purified water. Let the tea melt at room temperature. It takes about 30 minutes to one hour.
Pour into a teacup or glass over ice. Enjoy a cold and delicious serving of green tea!
Grated Mountain Yam is a quick and delicious side dish made simply by grating a mountain yam and pouring it over an ingredient. Mountain yam is a long, slender root vegetable and when grated, it turns into something quite unexpected and unique, with a very sticky and slimy texture.
I recently posted a recipe, Sautéed Mountain Yam, in which I explained a little bit about the mountain yam varieties that Japanese people often use. You can use any of those three mountain yam varieties to make Grated Mountain Yam.
I decided to post yet another mountain yam recipe shortly after Sautéed Mountain Yam so that you can enjoy a few different dishes using mountain yam before the season is over in Australia.
Grated Mountain Yam is generically called ‘tororo‘ (とろろ) in Japanese. The word ‘tororo’ (とろろ) came from the texture of the grated yam.
ABOUT JAPANESE ONOMATOPOEIA
Japanese people are very good at expressing sound, appearance, and texture using repeated sounds or words. It is called onomatopoeia in English. But in the case of Japanese onomatopoeia, it often uses the same sounds/words twice, which is a bit different from the English onomatopoeia. Repeated words/sounds are usually written in Katakana.
For example, ‘ting-a-ling’ or ‘jingle’ are the words for expressing the sound of a gentle bell in English. But in Japanese, it is ‘rinrin’ (リンリン or りんりん). The state of glittering is expressed as ‘giragira’ (ギラギラ or ぎらぎら) or ‘kirakira’ (キラキラ or きらきら) depending on how strongly the object is shining and sparkling. The strong sun shine in summer is ‘giragira’, and the shining stars are ‘kirakira’.
Grated Mountain Yam is sticky and slimy.
When something is sticky and/or slimy, people express it as ‘torotoro’ (トロトロ …continue reading
Often enjoyed at chic cafes, “perfect” fluffy Japanese soufflé pancakes are actually pretty easy to make at home once you learn how to switch up some ingredients.
There’s more than one way to fluff up your pancakes, however. Popular chef Mugi Rice (@HG7654321) often shares helpful and easy cooking tips to level up people’s kitchen skills, whether it be gourmet tofu recipes or making game-changing tempura sauce.
Earlier this year, Mugi Rice decided to show how turn leftover mochi (since it’s a popular New Year’s treat, many Japanese families have leftover batches at the beginning of the year) into delicious castella pancakes.
First, dice block of mochi into small fine pieces and add to the pancake mix.
Then pour the batter into a pan heated over very low heat, cover it and let sit for 15 minutes.
Turn over, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes, then it’s done!
Vending machines in Japan are known for conveniently being just around every corner, but they might as well be known for carrying just about everything as well. While standard beverages go without saying, recent years have seen vending machines in the country dishing out drinkable ramen broth, pizza, and even fancy French gourmet meals.
Twitter user Hirotaka (@tabi_gari) recently stumbled upon a vending machine in a surprising place that has many clamoring for it to be installed throughout the country. While visiting Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Hirotaka found a vending machine that dispenses international airline cuisine!
“While at Haneda airport, I went to check out the “in-flight meals of the world” vending machines that launched this month. You can get a total of five different meals for 980 a person, including Coq Au Vin from France, Paella from Spain, and Gapao rice from Thailand. It’d be great if you could warm it up right there and eat in the airport. Then you could feel international even on domestic flights.“
To the surprise of many on Twitter, Haneda Airport has a specific vending machine that dishes out international themed airline food. While airline food may not top many Michelin lists, something about the novelty of gourmet options from different international flights such as Coq Au Vin (France), Paella (Spain), Gapao rice (Thailand), Massaman curry (Thailand), shrimp with yuzu black pepper and cream sauce (USA and Japan) being available in a vending machine to take home has gotten a very positive response.
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The recipe uses “Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen,” a long-selling Japanese instant noodle product made by Sanyo Foods Co. and available in North America, Hong Kong, and other countries around the world.
Mugi Raisu says, “I made Sesame Soymilk Dandan Noodles with Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen and it tasted like a specialty restaurant!”
Recipe for Sesame Soymilk Dandan Noodles
First, bring 300 ml of water to a boil in a pot and boil “Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen” noodles for 2 minutes.
Then add the included broth powder, soymilk, sesame paste, Sichuan bean paste, sugar, and hot chili oil, bring to a boil, and voila!
All you have to do is add seasonings and bring it to a boil again, so anyone can easily enjoy this recipe for a modified version of Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen. It also happens to be vegan as well!
You can add bok choy, soft-boiled eggs (marinated in seasonings for a Japanese nitamago), or thinly sliced green onion as toppings to make it more satisfying.
If you’re interested, why not give it a try?
Japanese freshly-harvested leaves are dried naturally, and then kneaded and rolled into various shapes until they are completely dry. Leaves for matcha are ground into a fine powder.
Processing this way stops fresh leaves from oxidation and fermentation. Most Chinese green teas are pan-fried.
This is an efficient method for preventing the oxidation of flavonoids and polyphenols that gives Japanese green tea its unique flavor and health-enhancing properties.
Japan originated shading their plants to make gyokuro
Matcha comes from specially handled gyokuro leaves (tencha).
Japanese and Chinese Green Tea Differences
China is the world’s largest exporter of green tea by far. Most of the green tea you see in shops and dining establishments comes from China.
Japanese and Chinese green teas both come from the same Camellia Sinensis plant which is native to Asia.
Japanese green tea has a crisper and slightly sweeter taste due to the absence of fermentation.
The garlic chives in my backyard are overgrown so I decided to cook Garlic Chives and Egg Stir-fry with Bean Sprouts. It is a quick and easy dish, stir-frying garlic chives, bean sprouts and eggs for no more than a few minutes. The flavour is just soy sauce and salt with a couple of pinches of black pepper.
Garlic Chives and Egg Stir-fry originated from China. The original recipe consists of only garlic chives and eggs, but my version includes bean sprouts to it. It is an extremely simple dish and takes only 10 minutes to make!
Two Versions of Garlic Chives and Egg Stir-fry
The original dish without bean sprouts is called 韭菜炒蛋 (jiǔcài chǎo dàn) in Chinese, which means scrambled egg with garlic chives. But in Japan, it is called ‘niratama‘ (ニラ玉). ‘Nira‘ (ニラ) is garlic chives and ‘tama‘ (玉) comes from the word ‘tamago‘ (玉子), which means egg.
Niratama is known to be a stamina-boosting food due to the abundance of nutrients in the dish. Garlic chives contains Vitamin B1, B2, and iron to help your body recover from fatigue. It also contains nutrients to improve immunity. The protein from the eggs also helps build your body.
There are two methods of making niratama.
I think that method 1 is more common judging from the images I can find on the web. My cooking method is also the scrambled …continue reading
Sushi Etiquette – Do you remember the first time you were introduced to sushi? Those bright and colourful rice rolls filled with all of your favorited ingredients, made fresh daily and super affordable at that?
By now, almost every country around the world will have a sushi joint selling anything from crunchy rolls of prawn tempura to delectable pieces of salmon nigiri. Most places will offer you a small portion of wasabi and soy sauce to top or dip your sushi in before you take a bite.
The moment we said that, we know you’re imagining that moment of inhaling the smell of sushi before you pop it into your mouth. It’s the small window of anticipation that anyone who’s ever eaten sushi will recognise!
As one of the most popular foods globally, sushi is a staple for anyone’s diet!
However, did you know that there is such a thing as sushi etiquette?
You may have grown up simply picking up your sushi with your chopsticks and dipping it into a small plate of soy sauce mixed with wasabi before taking a bite.
However, when you’re eating it in Japan, there is a list of etiquette norms for consuming this delicate dish that stems from hundreds of years of food culture. Some of them you may be aware of, such as never mixing the pickled ginger and sushi together, but others might be completely unheard of, such as eating the sushi rolls only after sashimi has been consumed.
We’ll take you through 10 things not to do when you eat sushi in Japan. Read this ahead of entering a sushi restaurant before you accidentally commit a faux pas in front of a seasoned Japanese sushi chef and you have no idea why he’s watching you in horror!
1. Never put your wasabi directly into your soy sauce
Steamed Pork Meatballs is a cute dish and the yellow colour of the corn kernels brightens up the dining table. The sweetness of the corn makes it a perfect dish for children as well as adults. The inside of the meatball is very similar to my Japanese Pork Meatballs with Two Sauces, but instead of deep-frying the meatballs, I steamed them.
It makes sense to steam the meatballs because deep-frying with corn kernels all around them would be a pretty difficult task to accomplish.
By steaming the meatballs, the texture of the meat inside becomes almost like Shūmai. Accordingly, the dipping sauce to go with Steamed Pork Meatballs with Corn is a simple soy-based sauce.
I searched varieties of meatballs on the internet to see if meatballs coated with corn kernels existed in other countries. I could find corn mixed into the meat, but I couldn’t find a dish like today’s meatballs. There are Chinese meatballs coated with sticky rice around them. They are also steamed.
What’s in my Steamed Pork Meatballs with Corn
The ingredients for meatballs are almost identical to the ingredients used to make Japanese Pork Meatballs with Two Sauces, but I added soy sauce to give a stronger flavour.
Corn flour/cornstarch is added to the meatball mixture to bind the mixture as well as to coat the corn kernels so that the corn kernels stick to the meatballs better.
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