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    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Aug 28(Sun) 10:00-12:30

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Kinpira Gobo (Braised Burdock Root) きんぴらごぼう

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Kinpira Gobo is a traditional Japanese side dish perfect for Japanese breakfast and Bento. “Kinpira” came from the Japan’s old story. The main character Kinpira was strong and courageous man, so Kinpira represents strong and courageous in Japan. “Gobo” is a root vegetable called burdock in English and has lots of fiber. For cooking, Kinpira means a stir-fried veggie dish seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar. Kinpira gobo is cooked with burdock only but we add carrot quite often. This is also a Plant-based, Vegan & Gluten-free Japanese recipe.

Ingredients(2 servings):

1/2 Burdock
1/2 Carrot
2 Tbsp  Sesame oil

1 cup (200ml) Veggie Dashi [Recipe]  *Water is also ok!
1 Tbsp Sake
2 Tbsp Mirin
1 Tbsp Soy sauce
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt


1. Scrape the skins off the vegetables.
2. Cut off both ends of the burdock and cut diagonally into long, thin strips.
3. Arrange the cut burdocks side by side, matching the height of the burdocks.
4. Press with the palm of your hand to even out and cut into thin strips. Then, soak in water and wait 10 minutes.
5. Cut carrots into long, thin slices as well as burdocks.
6. Place a frying pan over medium heat and add sesame oil. Add the carrots, and when well cooked, add the burdocks and stir-fry.
7. When the moisture evaporates and the oil has seeped in, add all the seasonings (A).
8. Cover with a drop-lid and simmer for about 10 minutes.
9. Remove lid and stir-fry until all liquid is absorbed.
* Sprinkle with shichimi togarashi (seven spice) to taste.

YUCa’s Tips :

1. Cut vegetables into thin strips for texture.
2. Vinegar can be added to accentuate the taste.
3. Season well with a drop-lid.

Memo :

1. Are you looking for Japanese kitchenwares and cooking tools? Please visit our YJC store on Amazon.
2. Would you like to cook many more recipes? Download Free recipe app from here! “Recipe by YJC

Japanese Kitchen Tools : Freestanding Lid

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Have you ever had trouble finding a place to put a lid while cooking? Especially if you don’t have a place to stand it against a wall or something.

If your cooking table is small, you will run out of space just to put the lid on the table. And it gets dirty over a wide area, doesn’t it?

This freestanding lid can be placed quickly and easily, takes up little space, and is easy to clean because water droplets fall in one place. We use it in our cooking classes, and everyone is impressed. It makes cooking time more enjoyable and comfortable!

◎ Japanese Kitchen Tools ◎

How To Store Chinese Chive (Freeze)

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Chives are an effective vegetable for nourishing and relieving fatigue. It also contains vitamin E, which helps prevent lifestyle-related diseases and antioxidants, so it is an ingredient that should be included in your daily diet as much as possible. Because of its unique flavor, it is best to use it up quickly, but if you cannot use it up, it is recommended to wash it well before refrigerating or freezing it.

Kid-Friendly Japanese Food: vol.89

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– Fried rice
– Miso soup with Fu, tofu and wakame [Recipe]
– Grilled salmon
– Kinpira gobo [Recipe]
– Natto
– Sauteed spinach and bacon

Japanese Baby Food Recipes (5-12 Months)

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List of Japanese Baby Food Recipes


For 5-6 Months baby: 

1. Overview
2. Carbohydrate Recipe
3. Protein Recipe
4. Vitamin Recipe

For 7-8 Months baby:

1. Overview
2. Protein Recipe
3. Vitamin Recipe

For 9-10 Months baby:

1. Overview
2. Protein Recipe
3. Vitamin Recipe
4. Set Meal Idea : vol.1
5. Set Meal Idea : vol.2

For 11-12 Months baby:

1. Oyaki + Miso Soup + Dessert
2. 2 kinds Oyaki (Rice Chips)
3. Japanese Curry
4. Set Meal Idea : vol.3
5. Set Meal Idea : vol.4

For 12-18 Months baby :
1. Set Meal Idea : vol.5
2. Set Meal Idea : vol.6


For 5-8 Months baby:

1. Fruit Based Smoothie
2. Veggie Based Smoothie

For 9-12 Months baby:

1. Pumpkin Soup
2. Veggie Soup

Japanese Set Meal Idea : Vol.3

In this recipe video, I will show you how to make a Japanese set meal. What makes this video unique is that with just a few additions of seasonings, the whole family (babies around 1 year old and up) can eat together. Specifically, we make ”Okonomiyaki” and ”Kabocha no Itokoni” (Simmered pumpkin with Adzuki beans). And finally, I made a set meal with miso soup.

Ingredients (2 servings) :

Simmered pumpkin with Adzuki beans:
100g Kabocha pumpkin *Cut into 4 pieces
20g Adzuki beans
1/2 tsp Soy sauce
1/4 Tbsp Sugar
Water, as needed

Okonomiyaki :
2 leaves Cabbage
50g Ground pork
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Water
50g Plain flour
1 Shiitake mushroom
1 Thin green onion *cut
Canola oil

(Original sauce)
1/2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp Ketchup
1 tsp Semi-thick worcester sauce

Directions :

Kabocha no Itokoni :
1. Place azuki beans in a pot and pour in enough water to cover the beans.
2. Boil over medium heat, adding more water along the way, until the beans are firm enough to be crushed with fingers. Turn off the heat.
3. Add pumpkin, sugar and soy sauce, cover with a drop-lid and cook until pumpkin is tender.
4. Separate for children.
5. Add soy sauce and season to taste for adults.

Okonomiyaki :
1. Microwave ground pork for 1 minute.
2. Core and chop the cabbage.
3. Cut away the hard tip of the shiitake mushroom and mince the shaft and umbrella part.
4. In a bowl, mix the eggs, water, and flour.
5. Add the chopped vegetables to the batter.
6. Break up the ground pork and add to the batter, mixing well.
7. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add canola oil.
8. Pour in the batter and turn over when the bottom is browned.
9. When both sides are browned, remove the dough to a child’s plate.
10. Cook a slightly larger okonomiyaki for the adults in the same way.
11. Mix mayonnaise and ketchup and put half of the mixture on the okonomiyaki for the children.
12. Add the semi-thick worcester sauce to the leftover mixture, mix well, and place on the okonomiyaki for the adults.

YUCa’s Tips :

1. Cut foods as small as possible for small children.
2. Commercial Okonomiyaki sauce is also good with this pancake.
3. You can also use ready-made grainy sweetened red bean paste called Tsubu-an. 

Memo :

1. Are you looking for Japanese kitchenwares and cooking tools? Please visit our YJC store on Amazon.
2. Would you like to cook many more recipes? Download Free recipe app from here! “Recipe by YJC

How To Store Japanese Leek (Green Onion)

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Japanese Leek (Green Onion) has the effect of promoting the secretion of digestive juices and increasing appetite. To preserve the Japanese Leek, cut them to the same length and wrap them tightly in plastic cellophane. After that, put it in the refrigerator in an upright position. This way you can keep it fresh for a week.

Kid-Friendly Japanese Food: vol.88

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– Japanese rice topped with Natto
– Miso soup with wakame and fu [Recipe]
– Harumaki (Spring roll)
– Nikujaga
– Glass noodle salad
– Pumpkin salad

Annual Events and Food in Japan

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Annual Event & Festive Food In Japan

1st – Shogatsu (New Year) : Osechi(-ryori), Fukubukuro, Shimekazari
7th – Nanakusa no Sekku (Seventh-Day New Year) : Nanakusa gayu
11th – Kagami Biraki (Opening the Rice-Cake Offerings) : Oshiruko
15th – Koshogatsu (Small Shogatsu) : Red bean rice porridge
20th – Hatsuka shogatsu : Ozoni

3rd – Setsubun (Seasonal Division) : Ehomaki
8th – Harikuyo (Memorial Service for Needles) : Tofu
10th – Hatsu-uma : Inarizushi

3rd – Hinamatsuri/Momo no Sekku (Doll Festival ) : Chirashizushi
21st – Ohigan (Spring Equinox) : Botamochi

Hanami (Cherry-Blossom Viewing) : Sakuramochi, Dango
8th – Hanamatsuri (Flower Festival)

5th – Tango no sekku,(Children’s Day) : Kashiwa-mochi, Chimaki

Koromogae (Seasonal Change of Clothing)
Around 10th – Nyu-bai : Plum syrup, Umeboshi

7th – Tanabata (Star Festival) : Somen

15th – Obon (Bon Festival) : Vegetable Tempura, Rice Dumplings, Udon, Inari Sushi

15th – Otsukimi (Moon Viewing) : Tsukimi Dango
Ohigan, Autumn Equinox : Ohagi

19th – Choyo no Sekku (Chrysanthemum Festival) : Kiku-zake, Kikuka-cha, Kiku-monaka  *Sept.9 on Lunar Calendar
Undokai, Sports Festival : Bento
Ensoku, School Excursion : Bento

15th – Shichigosan (Seven-Five-Three Festival) : Osekihan, Chitose-ame, Tai no Shio-yaki

13th – Toshikoshi (Crossing over to a New Year)
Around 22nd or 23rd – Toji (Winter Solstice) : Azuki-gayu, Pumpkin
31st – Omisoka (Last day of the year) : Toshikoshi soba

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