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From my kitchen : Week 45, 2020

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It seems Mario and Luigi enjoy supervising my online cooking class.

Recipe : Japanese Pickles

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In this recipe video, I will show you how to make Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles). This time,I’ll introduce three recipes of making easy and simple Japanese pickles for traditional breakfast. Don’t forget to check out cooking tips that I recommend. If you are interested in learning more about Japanese pickles, please read this page. Enjoy this recipe video and give it a try!

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Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles) 漬物

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Japanese pickles are normally served with rice and miso soup. There is also a wide variety of Japanese pickles, from salt-only pickles to pickles using rice vinegar and sugar, and pickles using rice brans or rice koji. Japanese pickles play an important role in Japanese meals. Please see the world of Japanese pickles.


What is the characteristic of Japanese pickles ?

Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles, 漬物) are preserved vegetables that are pickled in salt (or salt water), vinegar water mixed with sugar, rice bran or rice koji.

In Japan, it is usually served with various Japanese dishes, including Japanese breakfast, soba or udon noodles and donburi dishes.


In Japanese food culture, pickles play an important role in balancing the whole dish, even though it is a small dish. For example, pickles have the effect of refreshing the mouth. For this reason, pickles are called konomono (Kou no mono, 香の物) or “fragrant things” or “fragrant foods” at long-established Japanese restaurants.

Since tsukemono is a fermented food, there are various healthy benefits like vitamins, antioxidants and probiotics that help keep the digestive system healthy.

Japanese pickles variation

1. Shio-zuke (salted pickles, 塩漬け)

2. Umeboshi (Pickled plum, 梅干し)

3. Takuan (Pickled daikon, たくあん)

4. Shibazuke (Pickled in salt and red shiso leaves, しば漬け)

5. Asazuke (Lightly pickled vegetables, 浅漬け)

6. Nukazuke (Pickled vegetables in rice bran, 糠漬け)

7. Kasuzuke (Pickledvegetables in rice koji/mold, 粕漬け)

8. Shinshoga (Pickled ginger, 新生姜)

9. Rakkyo (Pickled Chinese onion, らっきょう)

10. Benishoga (Pickled and colored ginger, 紅生姜)

What are the popular vegetables for Japanese pickles?

– Cucumber(きゅうり)
– Daikon radish(だいこん)
– Eggplant(なす)
– Carrot(にんじん)
– Chinese cabbage(はくさい)
– Turnip(かぶ)
– Lotus root(れんこん)
– Chinese onioin(らっきょう)

Watch How To Make Tsukemono

Recipe : Japanese Pickles

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4. Miso soup
5. Veggie miso soup

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 4th, 2020.

New YouTube channel : Time with YUCa

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Dear everyone,

Thank you for always reading my food & travel blog.
Today, I announce about my new YouTube channel! Yay~!!!
The name of my sub channel is “Time with YUCa”.

As you know, it’s becoming almost impossible to travel internationally these days.
I assume there are many people who work at home remotely (same as me!).
Also, you might be dreaming of traveling abroad again so soon (same as me!).

This is the content/service for YOU!
How about coming to Tokyo and exploring the city with me virtually?

To commemorate the release, I uploaded two videos at the same time.

The first video is a bicycle tour with my toy poodles, Mario and Luigi.
I went to my favorite park in my neighborhood.
Please enjoy the local scene in Tokyo!

And the second video is a driving to the Tokyo Skytree, which is a symbol of Tokyo.
We passed Asakusa on the way, so please try to find it.

Both videos have music that suits in the mood.
I will upload new videos once a week.

Enjoy those videos as a BGM while working, cooking, reading books, taking a nap, having a relaxing time or before going to sleep.

Stay tuned!
YUCa + Mario & Luigi

Japanese Snacks Taste Test Autumn 2020 & Announcement!!!

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In this vlog, I tasted autumn season limited KitKat and one of the long-selling Japanese snacks called Chiroru chocolate. In addition to the taste test, I have a BIG announcement!!! Enjoy this video~! 😉

From my kitchen : Week 44, 2020

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I found hungry mischievous in my kitchen!

Recipe : Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette/Egg Roll) with Mayonnaise

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In this recipe video, I will show you how to make Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette/Egg Roll) with Mayonnaise. Usually, Tamagoyaki is a little bit sweet with sugar in it. But this recipe isn’t because we add homemade Japanese mayonnaise! Don’t forget to check out cooking tips that I recommended. Enjoy this recipe video and give it a try!

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Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette/Egg Roll) 玉子焼き

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Tamagoyaki (玉子焼き) is normally sweet and is popular not only as a side dish for lunch boxes and Japanese breakfast. Recently, it is used as a filling of sandwich.

Tamagoyaki (玉子焼き) is a sweetened egg rolled omelette that has golden yellow color and unique shape. Yes, it’s like a pillow (before cutting!)

Tamagoyaki has both sweet and savory taste and is loved by young to the old here in Japan.

You might have tasted this Japanese style egg roll as a side dish in a bento box or as one of the appetizer of Japanese breakfast or atop of sushi.
Nowadays, you can see Tamagoyaki in a sandwich.

Tamagoyaki is rolled thin omelettes so that it has several layers. It looks easy and simple to make Tamagoyaki but making Tamagoyaki for the first time might be a littble bit tricky.

But no worries! You might need to practice a few times and you will soon be a Tamagoyaki master! (Please try some of my Tamagoyaki recipes!)

What is difference of Tamago (玉子) and Tamago (卵)?

Birds that are used for food (cooked) are called 玉子. Biological meaning such as fish and insects or that are eaten raw from birds are called 卵.

People also confuse about the names of Tamagoyaki(卵焼き), Atsuyaki Tamago(厚焼き玉子), and Dashimaki Tamago(だし巻き玉子).

– Tamagoyaki : Japanese omelette/Egg roll in general.
– Atsuyaki Tamago : thick egg roll with firm and dense texture
– Dashimaki Tamago : egg roll with dashi in it. It has much more refined, juicy, silky, and flavorful.


Arrangement

What is great about making Tamagoyaki at home is that you can create your own Japanese omelette. You can add various ingredients such as Shirasu (small fish), Nori seaweed, Sakura-ebi (dried small shrimps), green pepper or other veggies, salmon flakes and ground meat etc.

About Japanese omelette pan

In Japan, there is a special pan designed for making this egg roll. It’s also curious that rectangular shape pan is common in Kansai (West Japan) and square shape pan is common in Kanto (East Japan).

How to make Tamagoyaki?

Recipe : Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette/Egg Roll)

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       1. Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette/Egg Roll) with Mayonnaise
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       3. Seasoned Egg

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 4th, 2013. The post has been updated in October 27, 2020 with more information for the dish and with new images.

Tokyo Guide : Azabu Juban Shopping District

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This vlog introduces the hidden local spot in Tokyo. This time, I will guide you Azabu Juban area. It is a calm area where long-established restaurants and modern shops and cafes coexist. I visited Azabu Juban Shotengai (shopping street/district) and discovered famous local sweets. For more information about each foods etc, please read the article down below!

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