How to make dashi and furikake

How to make dashi and furikake

Recipes

In Japanese cuisine, dashi is one of the most used ingredients.  However, even though it is a basic in many Japanese dishes like miso soup, udon or eggrolls, most Japanese people don't make dashi from the scratch nowadays. Instead, many people use instant dashi powders or ready-made dashi liquids rather than homemade dashi. However, homemade dashi is; much more flavourful, has no artificial substances, and most importantly, it is easy to make. What is Dashi? Dashi is a broth or stock made by boiling usually one or more ingredients such as:  Clockwise from the top left corner on the photo; dried...

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Restaurante Etxola: Authentic Spanish Restaurant in Osaka

Restaurante Etxola: Authentic Spanish Restaurant in Osaka

Restaurants in Osaka

"Etxola" means shack or hut in Basque language but in this case we want to talk about a spanish restaurant located in Honmachi area, Osaka, Japan. Restaurant Etxola (エチョラ) is quite unconventional in Japan since they focus on Basque cuisine (a regional type of cuisine from the north of Spain). Exterior del Restaurante Etxola en Osaka The chef of Etxola (who was trained at the Alameda restaurant in Hondarribia, Spain) is proud to say that they do not offer Paella in the menu. Instead, at Etxola you can find more unconventional types of dishes such as meat and fish grilled over hot charcoal,...

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Matcha Parfait at Ujien Kissako in Osaka

Matcha Parfait at Ujien Kissako in Osaka

Matcha

Ujien is a specialized matcha (green tea) company based in Osaka, Japan. They have several shops and cafes mainly in Kansai area but also in other metropolis like Tokyo and Shanghai. For a complete list of their branches you can check Ujien's website here (in Japanese): http://www.uji-en.co.jp Today we will talk about; Ujien Kissako (宇治園喫茶去), one of their tea houses located at Hankyu Sanbangai in Umeda, Osaka. Hankyu Sanbangai is a shopping center annexed to the Hankyu Umeda Railway Station. Ujien Kissako is situated in the basement floor of this mall and looks like this from outside: Ujien Kissako Hankyu...

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Restaurant Mamecha [豆ちゃ] in Ishiba Koji, Kyoto

Restaurant Mamecha [豆ちゃ] in Ishiba Koji, Kyoto

Restaurants in Kyoto

Mamecha is a Japanese style restaurant located in a typical traditional Kyoto house in Ishiba Koji, an old and quite neighbourhood of the ancient city of Kyoto. One can really feel the old Kyoto atmosphere in Ishiba Koji. The streets remain stone-paved and the area is full of traditional Kyoto houses and Japanese style gardens. However, it is a bit difficult to find restaurants there since many of them barely publicize or just have small signboards in Japanese. For instance, see how Mamecha looks like from outside in the image below. Apparently it could be a guest house or even...

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Japanese Recipe: Okura no Aemono (Okra Salad)

Japanese Recipe: Okura no Aemono (Okra Salad)

Recipes

A common dish in Japan is "Aemono" (和え物), which literally means seasoned or dressed dish. It is an easy and simple dish to make. Among the many Aemono dishes that exist in Japanese cuisine a very popular one is Okura no Aemono. Okura no Aemono Essentially Okura no Ameno consists of okra seasoned with soy sauce. Okura no Aemono goes well as side dish along with steamed rice and miso soup. Here we will talk about how to make this tasty and healthy dish. Brief introduction to Okra For the people who are not familiar with okra... okra tends to...

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