Recipe : Mochi Ice Cream
Overseas, Mochi is recognized as a sweet wrapped in ice cream. In Japan, a particular product from a certain confectionery maker, often found in convenience stores and supermarkets, is well known. This recipe uses vanilla ice cream, but you can customize it with your favorite ice cream.
Recipe : Ozoni (Japanese New Year’s Soup with Mochi)
Ozoni (お雑煮) is a Japanese New Year’s Soup with Mochi. In Japan, people enjoy this seasonal soup on New Year’s time. There are 2 types; Kanto-style (Tokyo area) and Kansai-style (Kyoto area). Tokyo style has soy sauce based soup with chicken and mochi, mainly. Kyoto style has white miso based soup with yam and mochi. This time, we will make Tokyo style.
Recipe : Oshiruko (Red bean soup with mochi)
Oshiruko (おしるこ、お汁粉) is a sweet red bean soup with mochi or shiratama dumplings in it. This is one of the traditional soup sweets in Japan. A dish similar to oshiruko is called zenzai (ぜんざい). In the Kanto region, zenzai is rice cake poured with red bean paste. You can taste this hidden sweets at traditional Japanese sweets shop called Kanmi-dokoro (甘味処). If you order oshiruko at a shop, you may find it comes with oshinko (お新香). The salty oshinko enhances the sweetness of oshiruko.
In this recipe, you will see two types of Oshiruko; one with the block type pre-made mochi and the one with shiratama dumplings made of glutinous rice flour.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our tea brand, YUCa’s Tea!
Japanese green tea is loved by people as an indispensable drink for daily health maintenance.
It is rich in vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, catechins, and other nutrients, and has the following benefits.
● Prevents carcinogenesis
● Reduce cholesterol in the blood
● Prevents aging
● Preventing the increase of blood pressure and blood sugar
● Prevents tooth decay
● Prevents bad breath
● Prevents the development of blemishes
● Keeps skin healthy, etc.
In Japan, green tea is grown over a wide area, from Akita in the north to Okinawa in the south.
Major production areas include Shizuoka, Kagoshima, Mie, Kyoto, and Saitama prefectures.
This time, as the first phase of YUCa’s Tea, we chose Chiran-cha (知覧茶) from Kagoshima prefecture.
Chiran-cha is a brand of green tea produced in Minami-Kyushu City, Kagoshima Prefecture, which boasts the largest production volume in Japan.
Minami-Kyushu City has the perfect conditions for producing delicious tea, with well-drained, fertile soil created by the volcanic ash of Sakurajima(桜島), a mild climate throughout the year, and abundant sunshine.
Chiran-cha is also famous as a deep steamed tea, and is characterized by its mild flavor after drinking.
To make it easy to enjoy Chiran-cha, the teabag style is designed to be easy to drink in a mug.
Also, on the back of the product, we have included instructions on how to enjoy the tea both hot and iced.
For the time being, the product will only be available in my cooking studio.
(Or, if you are interested, please contact us!)
How about this original product only available here as a souvenir?
Kumade (熊手) & Tori-no-ichi (酉の市)
We bought a “Kumade(熊手)” at the Torinoichi (酉の市) market held in Asakusa! Torinoichi(酉の市) is an event held at temples and shrines associated with eagles and birds, such as Tori-no-temples, which are numerous in the Kanto region.
Held every year on the “day of the Tori”(酉の日) in November, visitors purchase lucky charms such as “Kumade”to report their good fortune for the year and wish for good fortune in the following.
The Kumade, used as a tool for raking up fallen leaves and other debris, is said to be “a tool for raking up luck” or “a tool for raking up gold and silver” because of its shape and function, and has come to be treated as a lucky charm that brings luck, fortune, and prosperity to business.
“School Revolution” by NTV (Japan)
YJC was featured on Japanese TV program. 📺✨
It was a quiz show where the casts would guess what we were making in the class!
To watch this show, click here for special limited edition broadcasts.
Tokyo Guide : Azabu Juban
Azabu Juban (麻布十番) is a district of Minato (Minato-ward) in Tokyo. Nestled between Roppongi and Tokyo Tower, Azabu Juban is a surprisingly laid-back neighborhood considering its central location. The convenience of several supermarkets in a central location and the proximity of Hiroo and Roppongi make it one of the more trendy and sought after residential areas of Tokyo. With an old-school atmosphere that retains its Edo period roots, this upscale residential area boasts some of the highest rents in the city.
Azabu Juban is also home to several embassies, making it a popular place of residence for diplomats and globally-minded people. This synergy between traditional and metropolitan gives the neighborhood a truly one-of-a-kind feel.
Recipe : Salmon Nanbanzuke
Nanbanzuke (南蛮漬け) is a dish in which fish or meat is deep fried and then marinated in sweet vinegar and aromatic vegetables such as red pepper and leeks. The term “Nanban” comes from the “Nanban trade (南蛮貿易)” that began around the 16th to 17th century, and refers to the people and products of Spain and Portugal, who were the trading partners at that time.
It is said that the escabeche and its unique cooking method introduced from these countries gave rise to the term “Nanbanzuke”.
Nanban-zu(南蛮酢), made by adding soy sauce, sugar, and other seasonings to vinegar, has a familiar sweet and sour taste. It is delicious hot or cold, and the flavor changes depending on how long the fish has been marinated. This time, we will introduce Nanbanzuke using salmon.
Recipe : Spicy Salmon Onigiri
Do you like spicy food and salmon? If so, this recipe may be just right for you! It’s hard to find spicy food in Japan, but this recipe uses Ichimi Togarashi and raayu (Chinese red chili oil) to give it a spicy flavor. Also, for those who don’t like raw fish, we present two versions of onigiri: a raw salmon version and a grilled salmon version.
Recipe : Miso Butter Salmon
Miso Butter Salmon is known as “Chanchan-yaki,” a local dish of Hokkaido, which is originally a fisherman’s dish in Hokkaido, a region famous for its salmon catches. The “chanchan” in “chanchan-yaki” refers to the sound made during cooking. This dish of salmon and vegetables topped with a sauce rich in miso and butter is hearty and pleasing to the eye.