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Onigiri

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Onigiri is a rice ball and soul food in Japan. Since it’s so common in Japan, I’ve kinda forgotten to introduce this recipe in my channel. After filmed this video, I noticed that onigiri is simple yet very deep. I mean, you can create and customize various onigiri(s). This time, I focused for introducing how to make triangle, circle shape onigiri and also the simple and easy toppings. If you would like to know more arrangement for onigiri, please let me know! I will film another recipe video! Enjoy Onigiri recipe video and please try it out!!!

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Gyoza

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Gyoza (餃子, gyōza) are dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables and wrapped in a thin dough. Gyoza are also known as pot stickers in English. Gyoza originated in China (where they are called jiaozi), but have become a very popular dish in Japan since most of Ramen shops also offer Gyoza on the menu. We usually use ground pork, nira chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, garlic and sesame oil, but some gyoza specialty shops have also come up with a range of other fillings. G
yoza are found nationwide at ramen shops, Chinese restaurants, Izakaya restaurants and a small number of gyoza specialty shops.
There are mainly three types of Gyoza; Yaki gyoza(pan fried gyoza), Sui gyoza(boiled gyoza) and Age gyoza(deep fried gyoza). Yaki gyoza are most common in Japan. They are pan fried before a mixture of water and potato starch or cornstarch is poured in and everything is covered for a few minutes. Gyoza are usually eaten with a dipping sauce made of equal amounts of  soy sauce and rice vinegar. If you like spicy, some drops of chili oil is also commonly added. Gyoza are particularly popular in the cities of Utsunomiya in Tochigi prefecture and Hamamatsu in Shizuoka prefecture.

Related article & video :
Gyoza Town visit
Japan Guide : Gyoza town 

Setsubun 2020

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On the 3rd of February, we have the day of “Setsubun” (seasonal division) in Japan.
Setsubun has been an important time-honored rite to welcome the New Year by banishing evils and keep the house from calamity.
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YUCa’s Table : vol.179

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Menu :
– Japanese rice with yukari
– Gyoza
– Salad with sprouts, cucumber and tomato
– Natto *Fermented soy beans
– Soup with tofu and egg
– Muscat and peach

New Recipe App launch!

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I have a exciting news today! Guess what? (Some of you might noticed from the title! )
Enjoy this video! YUCa

Okonomiyaki

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Okonomiyaki is a Japanese-style savory pancake cooked on a large hotplate. Okonomi means “As-you-like-it” and recipes differ depending on the region; traditionally Osaka and Hiroshima. Osaka-style Okonomiyaki is literally a pancake which contains flour, dashi, shredded cabbage, Japanese spring onion, meat/seafood and egg etc. Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki has layers of those ingredients, plus egg noodles. It is flavored with a special Okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise and Aonori seaweed flakes. To make both Okonomiyaki, special spatula called “Okoshi-gane” is a must tool to flip the whole pancake.

Tamago sando | Egg sandwich

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Tamago sand is very popular sandwich in Japan. You can find this sandwich at supermarket, convenience store and even Japanese bakery. I used rolled bread this time but you can also use sliced white bread as well. To add color and nutrition, please also use a piece of lettuce and a slice of ham etc. Enjoy the video and please try it out!!!
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Okuizome (First meal) day!

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“Okuizome” (first meal) is the Japanese traditional ritual that parents perform around the 100th day after the birth of their baby along with their family and relatives (sometimes friends, too) to wish the baby will never starve by sharing a celebratory meal.

The celebratory meal is in the traditional “one soup and three dishes (一汁三菜)” style and generally consists of Osekihan (rice cooked with red beans), whole grilled fish such as snapper, soup, Nimono (simmered food), and pickles, which are eaten with celebratory chopsticks made of willow.


We prepared Osekihan, Chikuzen-ni (simmered vegetables & chicken), Miso soup with shijimi, Simmered snapper, Pickled plum.

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YUCa’s Table : vol.178

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Menu :
– Japanese rice with mixed grains
– Ginger pork
– Cabbage and jako fish stir-fry
– Eggplant steak topped with bonito flakes
– Japanese omelet with jako fish  [Recipe]
– Natto *Fermented soy beans
– Cucumber and eggplant pickles
– Muscat

Walk from Asakusa to Tokyo skytree

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In this vlog, I will introduce about the walking scene from Asakusa to Tokyo skytree. It was so comfortable to walk from that area. On the way, I happened to meet very unique vending machine that I was looking for long time. (So HAPPY!) Can you guess what it is? Enjoy the video!

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