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Japanese Gingko Nut Recipes (Ginnan – ぎんなん)

Ginkgo nuts (Ginnan – ぎんなん) are in season from October – December, so try these Japanese Gingko Nut Recipes. If you live in Japan, you have probably been noticing the stinky mushy fruits falling from local trees. To some people the odor is camembert cheese to others far worse odors. …

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Japanese Persimmon Recipes – Autumn Shun

Japanese Persimmon Recipes

Japanese persimmon recipes to make today! Japanese persimmon (kaki, 柿) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical fruit for your family.  You can find some great sweet persimmons at the Tokyo Farmers Market at the UN University on Saturday and Sunday in Omotesando.  Also remember to cook with other in-season fruits and veggies like Nashi …

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Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes

Japanese sweet potato recipes to make today! Japanese sweet potato (さつまいも satsumaimo) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical food for your family. If you want a fun outing go dig your own potatoes at one of the Chiba and Saitama farms.  You can find some great sweet potatoes at …

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Which Japanese Rice to Buy? – Types, Price and More

Japanese Rice gourmet city rice aisle

If you’ve wandered into a Japanese supermarket simply shopping for rice, you have probably been surprised and maybe overwhelmed by the variety. White rice, brown rice, non-wash rice the list goes on! Japanese rice is more than a source of carbohydrate, it is a part of Japan’s culture. According to …

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Bamboo Recipes – Spring Shun!

bamboo

Spring in Japan is the season of bamboo and bamboo recipes. I adore cooking with bamboo which is so versatile, high in fiber and low in calories.  Bamboo shoots are a very seasonal vegetable, available in all supermarkets and vegetable shops between March and May. You can also purchase vacuum …

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Nikujaga Recipe – One Pot Cooking

Nikujaga (肉じゃが) is one pot comfort food in Japan. Nikujaga means meat and potatoes.  If you grew up with a favorite family beef stew or mac & cheese, this would be the Japanese equivalent. Every family has their own recipe and slightly different flavour, but it is a simple recipe to …

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Cooking with Okra

Cooking with okra

I love summer veggies! Beautiful tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, edamame and of course okra. Growing up in the North East of the U.S., I never ate okra. My first okra was in Japan over 20 years ogo, and I immediately fell in love. I can eat bowls of lightly boiled okra …

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Guide to Rice Cookers in Japan

Guide to Rice Cookers in Japan Rice is the staple of the Japanese diet and there’s no shortage of rice cookers (炊飯器 | すいはんき | suihanki) on the market that aim to make modern-day cooking as efficient as possible. This guide will walk you through the basic functions of a …

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Japanese Mushroom Recipes

Winter is the perfect time to try some delicious Japanese mushroom recipes. We are highlighting six Japanese mushrooms which are all delicious, easily available in Japanese supermarkets, very economical and versatile in their usage.  If you love mushrooms, the recipes below will be some great additions to your winter dishes. …

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Japanese Hot Pot Recipe – A Quick & Nutritious Winter Meal

Japanese Hot Pot

Nabe, Japanese hot pot, is our favorite winter meal. It`s quick, nutritious, and it`ll warm you up fast. There are many different types of nabe; sukiyaki, shabu shabu, chanko nabe, kimchi nabe, etc. Our favorite is Japanese shabu shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ) which consists of raw assorted vegetables, tofu, thin slices of …

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Japanese Persimmon Recipes – Autumn Shun

Japanese Persimmon Recipes

Japanese persimmon recipes to make today! Japanese persimmon (kaki, 柿) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical fruit for your family.  You can find some great sweet persimmons at the Tokyo Farmers Market at the UN University on Saturday and Sunday in Omotesando.  Also remember to cook with other in-season fruits and veggies like Japanese pumpkin, …

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Nashi Japanese Pear – In Season Now – Best Recipes

Nashi Japanese Pear

Nashi Japanese Pears are one of my favorite fruits in Japan. Crisp and juicy they are in season from August to October in Japan. Although on the outside Nashi look like green apples, on the inside they are crisp juicy pears. Super high in fiber, low in calories (one large …

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Cooking with Konyaku (The Zero Calorie Food)

If you are interested in dropping a few pounds without a dramatic diet change, try cooking with konyaku. Konyaku is a zero calorie gelatinous food that is made from ground Konjac plant or devil tongue root. Shiratake is also made from konyaku but in noodle form. Although Konyaku may not …

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Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes – Autumn Shun

persimmon and sweet potato soup

Japanese sweet potato recipes to make today! Japanese sweet potato (さつまいも satsumaimo) is an incredibly delicious, nutritious and economical food for your family. If you want a fun outing go dig your own potatoes at one of the Chiba and Saitama farms.  You can find some great sweet potatoes at …

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Komatsuna Recipes – Spring Shun

Komatsuna, Japanese mustard spinach, is most delicious and economical in March and can be used in many delicious recipes. Although Komatsuna is called Japanese mustard spinach, I have not found it to taste much like mustard. Try it yourself! What is Komatsuna? – Komatsuna (コマツナ(小松菜)) or Brassica rapa is a …

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Japanese Pumpkin Kabucha Recipes – Autumn Shun

Japanese Pumpkin Kabocha is one of the most seasonal, nutritious and economical foods you can buy from September to November in Japan. Great time of the year to make some Japanese Pumpkin Kabocha recipes. Japanese Pumpkin Kabocha (/kəˈboʊtʃə/; from Japanese カボチャ, 南瓜) is an Asian variety of winter squash of …

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