Menu : – Miso soup with tofu, long onion and wakame seaweed * – Onigiri * – Rolled veggies and mushroom with bacon – Sautéed various mushrooms – Japanese omelette – Grilled shishamo fish – Natto (fermented soybeans) with aosa seaweed – Mikan (Japanese orange)
Day trip to memorable and important place for me. I’ve been visiting the National Azabu supermarket since I was a child. I found this supermarket from teen magazine I was reading when I was elementary school student. (Wow, almost 30 years ago!)
When I visited this store for the first time, I was so shocked to know there was such a place in Japan. I felt that I was in another country! Then, I was fascinated by the scent, the interior, the foods and the goods that I have never had. This experience definitely opened my mind and made me eager to understand other cultures in this world. After coming back to my hometown in Fukushima, I slowly became interested in learning English.
Since I love this supermarket very much so I occasionally visited there after I came to Tokyo for studying and living. What is more, I even worked for them before starting my business. Because I thought this was the best timing and the last chance for me to work there.
Don’t forget the strong passion and impactful memories you have in your mind! I believe those will guide you to the next level!
This time, I will show you how to make Oshiruko (Red bean soup with mochi). This is one of the traditional soup sweets in Japan. I am sure some of you have never imagined there is a soup sweets recipe in Japanese cuisine! You can taste this hidden sweets at Japanese sweets shops or cafes. In this recipe, I will use two kinds of mochi; the block type premade mochi and the handmade mochi made of glutinous rice powder. I also put other mochi recipes on “Recipe by YJC” or YouTube channel. Please try it out and tell me which mochi you like. Enjoy!
This time, I will show you how to make Ohitashi (Blanced vegetables with Dashi). This is a side dish of Japanese cuisine. We usually use vegetables and tofu for this dish. You can only use one ingredient to make this. This is really delicate side dish since it is seasoned with only Dashi and drops of soy sauce and mirin. By the way, Dashi soup stock contains bonito flakes so you can omit this ingredients to make vegan version dashi soup stock. This dish would be one of the Japanese vegan side dishes. The tip for this dish is to blanch the vegetables for a quick moment to keep the fresh texture. (So, don’t boil too long!) This dish is perfect to be served in normal or cold temperature. Enjoy!
Did you enjoy the “Live” cooking class on YouTube on Saturday? I hope you made some of onigiri already. After the class, My family and I visited the park in our neighborhood and enjoyed eating onigiri (that I made during and after the class) under the Sakura cherry blossoms. This year, this will be our first and the last time to go and see Sakura trees.
Do you like Wagyu (Japanese beef)? I DO! Actually, I am not a big meat eater but I enjoy Gyu-don because I use good quality Japanese beef. As you see, the main ingredients are beef and onion. So simple. There are so many gyu-don shops here in Japan. For me, Gyu-don is a comfort and satisfying fast food. The cooking process of this dish is very simple. Please choose the good quality beef as much as possible and simmer until the sauce and the juice from beef and onion all blend. In this recipe, I put mitsuba leaves on top. This is a Japanese parsley and has unique minty flavor. To add extra flavor (and happiness!), I recommend to add soft-boiled or seasoned egg on top. If you are interested in making the seasoned egg, please check here. Enjoy Gyu-don!
In this video, I’ll introduce how to make Hamaguri no osuimono (Cherrystone clam soup). Osuimono is a type of soup and has very delicate flavor. The flavor from the clam is really important and key for this soup. To add fancy color, I put some pieces of wheat gluten that we eat quite often here in Japan and also mitsuba leaves. Mitsuba is a Japanese parsley and has unique bitter flavor. We have this soup on special occasion. Guess when? Enjoy this soup recipe video and please try it out! Read More