Washoku Wednesday: Shiso leaves

Courtney cooks up a tasty shiso salad in this month's Washoku Wednesday column! Shiso, or perilla, is an herb that is often used in Japanese cuisine but isn’t well known in the western world. There are two varieties, green and (red) purple, but the uses are very different. Green is added to dishes, salads and more.... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Sake

(I don't drink sake, but I do love mixing it with what Courtney describes below as the "trinity of ingredients" for my dishes. Read on for some good ideas!) You’re probably thinking sake, or Japanese rice wine, is a really odd selection for a traditional Japanese food segment but sake is used to create many... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Japanese rice

Food blogger Courtney has a great tutorial for us this week on a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine! EDIT: And an apology to both Courtney and all the UJ readers ... somehow, I thought TODAY was Wednesday. But hey - you get your food post a day early this month! 🙂 Again, I am amazed that... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Mirin

Courtney serves up some dishes with mirin this week. Now I know how to use up the bottle I have in my kitchen! Mirin is a staple in most Japanese kitchens. It is a light yellow, low-alcohol rice wine that is used to sweeten dishes. Originally it was served as an alcoholic drink (contains approximately 14% alcohol),... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Japanese Mayonnaise

If you’ve visited Japan, you have more than likely run into Japanese mayonnaise. More specifically, Kewpie mayonnaise, as they have 70% of the market and is THE brand most people think of when looking for Japanese mayo. Kewpie is easily recognizable by the plain bottle with the red lid and packaging that includes a (slightly... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Udon Noodles

When I first arrived to Japan years ago, my friends took me to a chain restaurant where udon (wheat) noodles were made behind glass windows in the front of the store. I had only eaten dried udon before and I just couldn't get over how delicious these these noodles were in comparison. Fresh udon is super... Continue Reading →

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