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 →

Good Eats: Nikiniki (Kyoto)

Most visitors to Kyoto can't help but taste the old capital's specialty sweet - yatsuhashi. While traditional yatsuhashi is a hard cinnamon-flavored cookie, the stands that line the road up to Kiyomizu Temple do a brisk business in both selling and offering samples of the nama (raw) version - a chewy, glutinous confectionary. Namayatsuhashi are normally shaped like a triangle... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Osechi

New Year's Day arrives in less than two weeks and I am just now coming to terms with that. What is it about December that makes it seem as if there are 15-20 fewer days in this month than all the others? Last year, I felt I had everything together by the time Christmas rolled... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: A-Womb (Kyoto)

There is sushi and there is design. And then there is designer sushi. There's no better way to describe the beautiful seafood and vegetables on offer at the minimalist restaurant A-Womb. The eatery specializes in high quality, DIY hand-rolled sushi (temaki), featuring many local vegetables and unique food combinations not often found at your standard sushi joint.... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Soba Noodles

Soba has become quite the dinnertime staple in the Uncover Japan household. I can't wait to try out Courtney's recipe below! Soba, or buckwheat noodles, are popular throughout Japan and served hot or cold. Many soba dishes are served daily as inexpensive food found at train stations, but some dishes are seasonal or for special... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Sougo (Tokyo)

Tokyo is enjoying a vegetarian revolution. When I lived here seven years ago, finding healthy food - TRULY vegetarian or organic food - was a bit of a challenge. Fast forward the clock and in the Tokyo of today, you can't go more than ten yards without tripping over a juice stand, an eatery serving... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Log Kit (Sasebo)

There are certain good things to moving house, at least in the initial days. One of the bright spots is that I don't have to cook. Don't get me wrong, I love to be in the kitchen some of the time and I love to make healthy food for my family. But it's nice to... Continue Reading →

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