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  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 24(Mon) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 25(Tue) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 27(Thu) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 28(Fri) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jul 1(Mon) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jul 2(Tue) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

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Wheat Gluten Rusk

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Fu(麩) or Ofu(お麩), also known as gluten or wheat gluten, is an ingredient typically used in soups or cooked with liquids to enhance its texture. In this recipe, we will use fu to create a simple snack that highlights its unique texture. The aroma and flavor of melted butter and caramelized sugar will captivate everyone from children to adults. Please give it a try!

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Tofu & Kinako Cookie

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Are you interested in sweets that don’t use eggs and milk? This time, I’ll make cookies using tofu and kinako(soybean powder), which are familiar health foods in Japan. To make them enjoyable, I tried making cookies shaped like the faces of our pets, Mario and Luigi.

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Warabi Mochi

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Warabi mochi (わらび餅) is a Japanese confectionery made from starch extracted from the root of the wild vegetable “warabi”. The pulled texture of the warabi mochi and the harmony of the molasses and soybean flour called “Kinako” are addictive, and you will not be able to stop eating it.

Warabi mochi is often confused with kuzumochi, which is also eaten with molasses and soybean flour, but kuzumochi is milky white and has a slightly harder texture. Kuzumochi is made from starch extracted from the root of the “kuzu” plant.

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Ichigo Daifuku (Strawberry Mochi)

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Ichigo Daifuku (いちご大福) is made by wrapping a whole strawberry in anko (red bean paste) and then wrapping it in gyuhi (a type of rice cake). The combination of the tartness of the strawberries and the sweetness of the bean paste is exquisite, and the texture of the mochi is also unique.

There are various theories as to the origin of Ichigo Daifuku, but it is said to have originated in the 1980s, inspired by shortcake. Although it has a shorter history than other wagashi, it is now firmly established as one of Japan’s most popular wagashi.

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Anko (Red bean paste)

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Anko(あんこ) is sweetened azuki beans. It is used in many wagashi, such as daifuku, taiyaki, anmitsu, and oshiruko, and is essential for making wagashi. There are two types of anko: Tsubu-an (つぶあん), which retains the texture of the azuki bean grains, and koshi-an(こしあん), which is strained smooth. If you feel that store-bought anko is too sweet, why not try making homemade anko? And if you do, don’t forget to use azuki beans called dainago(大納言).

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Ohagi & Botamochi

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Ohagi (おはぎ) is made by wrapping sweet bean paste with glutinous rice cake or, conversely, by rolling glutinous rice cake into a ball and wrapping it with sweet bean paste. It is an indispensable food for offerings on the far shore, and seems to be a Japanese confectionery that has been familiar to people since ancient times.

In addition, it is called “Ohagi” on the autumnal equinox when hagi flowers bloom, and “Botamochi” on the spring equinox when peony flowers bloom. It is interesting that the names change depending on the time of year.

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Taiyaki (Fish shape waffle)

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Do you know this fish shape waffle? This is called Taiyaki (鯛焼き). “Tai (鯛)” means a carp and “Yaki (焼き)” means stir-fry or bake in Japanese. To make this shape, you need to buy special waffle machine. You can buy online or electric stores here in Japan to make at home or you can find Taiyaki shops at many places here in Japan. Usually, Taiyaki has red bean paste inside but some shops sell custard cream, matcha cream, sweet potato paste, Chocolate cream, Sesame cream etc. In this recipe, I introduce the traditional Taiyaki which has red bean paste inside. Enjoy!

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Mochi Ice Cream

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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.

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Oshiruko (Red bean soup with mochi)

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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.

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Dorayaki

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Dorayaki (どら焼き) is a Japanese sweet consisting of a moist pancake batter with red bean paste sandwiched in between. The key to the moist dough, one of the characteristics of Dorayaki, is the starch syrup. While the standard size is a palm-sized dorayaki, I will introduce mini-sized dorayaki that can be eaten in bite-size portions.

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