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How Miso is Made

Ever wonder what miso is?  If you’ve been to Japan or eaten at a Japanese restaurant, you’ve likely had or at least seen miso.  I remember my first time having miso soup.  I was in college trying out a little Japanese restaurant that had popped up just outside the UofA.  I was pretty green as far as Japanese food went so I ordered teriyaki chicken (I’m sure the chef was thinking all kinds of bad things about me).  Before the

Daito Sushi Recipe

Daito Sushi is a specialty of the Daito (Borodino) islands in Okinawa prefecture.  The islands are located 320 kilometers east of Naha and the mainland.  I had the privilege of living on Kitadaito for three years and enjoyed the fresh maguro (tuna) and sawara marinated sushi they are so well-known for.  I don’t have the super secret recipe they use out on the islands, if you want that you’ll have to go visit, but here’s a good taste of an awesome type

Cabbage and Tofu Chanpuru

Today marks the start of my fifth year in Japan, and since school is out and there won’t be a School Lunch post this week, I thought it only proper to revisit my very first blog post on More Things Japanese.  Back then I did a recipe for Goya Chanpuru.  Today, I bring you another, more common version of this Okinawan favorite. Ingredients Small block of Tofu cut into large cubes 1 small cabbage 1 carrot 1 onion 1 green

Goya – The Bitter Melon

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One of the most popular aspects of Japanese culture throughout the world is its unique culinary traditions.  There are innumerable three, four, and five-star restaurants domestically, while sushi, teriyaki, and even teppanyaki have become well-known internationally.  Still, there are many delicious and healthy Japanese food items that have yet to hit the mainstream.  Today I hope to introduce you a bitter melon that can do more than fill your belly. This article covers a lot!  I go from seed to dish

Yakisoba Recipe – Japanese Fried Noodles

Yakisoba is a favorite summer food in Japan.  Essentially a conglomeration of fried noodle, vegetable, and meat it is often found at festivals (matsuri) and beach barbecues.   Students also often make this dish during ensoku since they can simply fry their food over a large pan (teppan) and open fire. [A bit of a Japanese lesson- Ever wonder what teppanyaki is?  teppan is pan, yaki is to fry or bake]. Ingredients Cooked noodles – soba noodles usually come pre-cooked in packages like the

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