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Welcome to “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking”,
a cooking class in TOKYO.

Chef and Recipe creator YUCa will guide you through the art of
Easy, Simple and Delicious Japanese food to you!

Karaage | Japanese-style fried chicken

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In this video, I introduce how to make Karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken). I am sure you are waiting this recipe for long time! There are so many Karaage recipes in Japan but I will introduce simple, easy and yummy recipe!
Don’t miss to check the secret ingredients and tips!!
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YUCa’s Table : vol.172

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Menu :
– Japanese curry rice [Recipe]
– Mixed grain rice and brown rice
– Salad with sautéed maitake mushrooms
– Grapes and Japanese pear

Osekihan | Festive rice with sweet potato

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In this video, I introduce how to make Osekihan with sweet potato (Festive rice with sweet potato). This rice dish is a traditional festive rice dish we usually eat at celebrating situation, like passing the exam, entrance and graduation of school etc. We normally use mochi-gome (glutinous rice) instead of using normal rice. This special rice adds a “mochi-mochi” (sticky) texture that many people love! To add a little bit twist, I added sweet potato for this dish since it’s autumn (when I shoot this video). At the final touch, I recommend to sprinkle black sesame seeds and salt on top! YUM! Please try it out!!!

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Calligraphy time!

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Calligraphy time! I wrote Sui’s name on a special paper to follow one of the Japanese tradition.

In Japan, parents usually decide their newborn’s name until the 7th day after the birth. Because most of the parents used to invite their family and relatives and hold special dinner gathering/party. At this event, parents announce their baby’s name for the first time and put the paper with their baby’s name on the wall to show everyone.

Nowadays, parents and their family (including relatives) live apart because of lifestyle and also for work situation. So, it’s not so easy to coordinate this gathering after the child birth. Modern parents usually celebrate this event only for themselves these days. Same as this situation, my husband and I had casual lunch with my parents on the day I came back home from hospital. Then, I went asleep to get recovered soon…zzz
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A week after the child birth and my birthday

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Hi, everyone!
A week passed since I gave birth my baby girl.
(Oh, around same time last week, I was giving birth at the hospital. wow!)
Because of typhoon, my father couldn’t come to Tokyo for a few days.
But finally, both of my parents could meet the baby at the hospital.

I came back home now with my baby and rest a lot to recover well.
My son takes good care of his younger sister.
He seems growing up suddenly and gaining strong responsibility everyday.

And…yesterday (October 17th) was my birthday! Actually, I was thinking that it would be funny if my baby be born on the same birth day as mine. She was a bit early to be born(2 weeks before the due date!) but I am pretty sure that we will celebrate our birthdays together on the same day in the near future ! We are now October-born gals. hahaha

Hospital foods in Japan

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Hi, everyone!!! Thank you for warm messages and likes!!! 3 days passed after my delivery. I feel good and recovering so fast surprisingly. My baby has huge appetite and sleeps loooong. Today, I want to introduce a little bit about hospital life in Japan.

In Japan, mamas stay at the hospital for 5 or 7 days. It depends on the hospital’s regulations. But if you’re multipara who had natural birth, you stay at the hospital for 5 days. While staying at the hospital, they offer various lectures and programs; how to take care of baby (eating and bathing etc), how to spend at home. My hospital offers extra service including celebration dinner and aroma massage!!!

I personally enjoy the hospital food. Mainly, they serve traditional Japanese cuisine. But it includes the Chinese food and French food. I learn a lot while staying here. What is plus, they even serve snacks around 15:00PM.
Are you interested in hospital food in Japan? I created special section on my Instagram story (https://www.instagram.com/yucasjapanesecooking/). Please check it out!

Welcome to the world!

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My baby was born on the 11th of October.
She is 2,598g (weight) and 47.5cm (hight). Healthy little baby girl.
Everything was quick! She was born 11 days earlier from the due date. And it took only 2.5 hours to deliver her!
My husband stayed with me in the same birth room and cheered me up the whole time. Supportive!
I feel deep love and calm at the moment…

10 months pregnant!

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10 months pregnant !
The baby is very active…Kicking my belly so hard and stretches so dynamically.
My son was born 10 days earlier last time so I think I need to prepare for this baby born very soon?!
Do you think this baby is boy or girl ?
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Special bento box for sports festival

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Happy Saturday! 🌞 Another big typhoon No.18 didn’t hit Tokyo this time, so sports festival called “Undou-kai” was held at my son’s kindergarten today.

Usually, Japanese moms wake up earlier (than usual) and prepare special lunch box packed with their kids’ favorite foods. Since this was my first time to prepare this lunch box, I cooked these easy finger foods that my son likes; Inari-zushi, potato croquette, roll sushi with natto (fermented soybeans) and Karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken). I also put fruit jelly, steamed veggie, cheese and caramelized sweet potato as side dishes. 😋

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