Miso (味噌) is one of the key ingredients in Japanese cuisine and is a fermented paste, which is made from soybeans and sea salt combined with koji (麹, a type of mold starter). This recipe makes a basic miso using only soybeans, Koji and Salt. But it is also fun to think about the daily fermentation process.
Kuri Gohan (栗ごはん) is an indispensable taste on Japanese tables in autumn. My family and I look forward to eating delicious chestnut rice made at home, as it is only available at this time of the year. It is hard work to peel the chestnuts, but I feel that the taste is exceptional because of the hard work. Our family style is to mix normal Japanese rice with glutinous rice called “Mochi-gome” and enjoy the slightly sticky texture.
In this recipe video, I will introduce how to make Hiyayakko. Hiyayakko is chilled tofu topped with seasonings and condiments. Depending on the toppings, you can enjoy various flavors of chilled tofu. In this episode, I put Japanese spring onion, ginger poured with soy sauce and sesame oil.
Tonjiru (豚汁) is one of the comfort food here in Japan. TON means “Pork” and JIRU (shiru) means “Soup”. This soup has a rich and mild flavor from pork and lots of vegetables. Since it requires lots of ingredients, we don’t make as often as miso soup at home but eat at the outdoor events or you can buy TONJIRU easily at bento specialty shops.
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 an Eggplant and green pepper stir-fry with miso and Tofu pizza. And finally, I made a set meal with Japanese rice and Egg drop soup.
Simmered Kiriobshi Daikon (Simmered dried daikon strips) is a traditional Japanese side dish perfect for Japanese breakfast and Bento. Kiriboshi Daikon provides more nutrients than fresh daikon radish because the sun-drying process concentrates umami and nutrients and increases the content of calcium, iron, and B vitamins. It is also high in insoluble dietary fiber, making it a recommended food for people suffering from constipation, for example. This is also a Plant-based, Vegan & Gluten-free Japanese recipe.
In this recipe video, I will introduce how to make Japanese Egg Drop Soup called “Kakitama-Jiru”. In addition to tofu, we will also add onion and broccoli to add nutritions. This is also a perfect soup for babies around 9 to 12 months old so I’ll show you how to eat it in a way that both children and adults can enjoy by simply changing the seasonings.
Nikujaga is known as an important Japanese home meal. “Niku” means meat (and it’s usually Japanese beef for this dish) and “Jaga(-imo)” means potato. Other than Japanese beef and potato, there are carrot and onion. As for color and texture, you can add green beans and Shirataki to add volume. It’s a bit funny but it is said that if young women she can cook this dish very well, she is ready for getting married. What an interesting and important dish!