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Gyu-don | Simmered beef over the rice

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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!

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Hamaguri no osuimono | Cherrystone clam soup

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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!
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YUCa’s Table : vol.184

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Menu :
– Miso soup with tofu and wakame seaweed [Recipe]
– Onigiri  [Recipe]
– Tonkatsu
– Simmered pumpkin  [Recipe]
– Shredded cabbage
– Yellow peach
– Barley tea

Antenna shop visit : Miyagi Furusato Plaza

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This time, I visited the antenna shop from Miyagi prefecture and bought some popular local foods and unique foods. Some of you may know but my family and I have just visited Sendai city the other day. We took the bullet train from Tokyo and it took only 2 hours. We only stayed there one night but had delicious sweets and foods!  We all enjoyed our stay there. Please check those gourmet photos on YUCa’s Japanese Cooking Facebook page and Instagram. Enjoy the video!

Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival)

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Happy Girls’ Festival 🎎✨
The 3rd of March is the traditional and representative spring event day called “Hina-Matsuri” in Japan.

Hina-Matsuri means Girls’ Festival! There is a tradition if the baby is a girl, the parents of the mother give a traditional dolls called Hina-kazari (Traditional dolls of Emperor, Empress, their servants and accessories on the tiered stand) to their daughter’s family. This day, parents having daughter invite their families and friends to celebrate this event. They display Hina-Kazari and serve guests traditional dishes, like Chirashi-zushi (garnished sushi), hard-shell clam clear soup, hishi-moshi and hina-arare (pink and white grilled piece of rice cakes).

When I was a child, my parents invited the Hina-Matsuri party for me and my younger sister every year. So this event reminds me of my childhood and I loved it.

It was my daughter’s first girls festival day today. I made a clear color soup with using cherrystone clam and chirashi-zushi. She cannot eat them this year since she is 4 months old… 👶🏻 Hopefully, next year!

Local foods in Sendai : Zunda mochi

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Zunda mochi! For sweets lovers, don’t forget to taste this local sweets in Sendai city. This is a mochi covered with crushed and sweetened edamame beans. Zunda mochi is so popular in this area, so you will see many zunda flavor products at the station or convenience stores etc. (Even KitKat product!!!)


There is a zunda mochi recipe on this website and also on my free recipe app “Recipe by YJC”. Please download the app and try it out!

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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YUCa’s Table : vol.182

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Menu :
– Hot sandwich
– Lotus root chips
– Yogurt with kiwi, banana and jarrah honey
– Açai juice

Antenna shop visit : Marugoto Kochi

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In this vlog, I will try new series which is about visiting various antenna shops in Tokyo! Do you know about Antenna shop? Antenna shop is a store that specializes for products from the region. This time, I visited the antenna shop from Kochi prefecture and bought some of popular local foods and unique foods. Would you like to know what they are?

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