Fun Shochu Cocktails: Brighten Up Your Holiday Party

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Do you want something unusual, something new, something extremely gorgeous and hip?….The answer is Shochu cocktails. The recipe in the article was generously donated by Jesse Falowitz, founder of Nehan Spirits LLC in New York, manages the production of his own award-winning brand of barley-based shochu, Mizunomai, in Japan and imports and markets it in the U.S.

Big thank you to mixologist Takaaki Hashimoto at B Flat Japanese bar – http://www.bflat.info/access.html ...

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Mighty Carrot, Banana, Yuzu, Kelp Stock Juice During Holiday Seasons

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At the end of the year we have lots of celebrations with family and friends. One celebration with specific feast comes one after another. When things get too much, our stomach need a rest. In the morning when you feel such a yearn, make and enjoy this juice. Kelp stock is not just rich in umami (savory flavor), but is very rich in dietary fiber. In Japan there is a generally accepted folklore that drinking kelp stock will help to keep you “regular”...

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Fluke or Flounder

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karei hirame omoteFluke and flounder, both of fish, have oval shaped flat body, and they look alike very much. One side of the fish is dark brown in color and, the other side, very white. This is the side, which always stays on the bed of the sea. When you place fluke and flounder belly side facing you, fluke has its head on the left side, and flounder, on the right side. You also notice difference in size and shape of each fish’s head and mouth. Fluke has larger head and mouth than flounder.

Fluke’s “shun” – tim...

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March 2015: Culinary Tour to Japan with Hiroko

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Join me to experience Japan – food, arts, culture, society,… – in March 2015. The complete travel information is available. If you are interested in joining the tour, please contact me. I will send you more information.
2015 Culinary Tour to Japan with Hiroko

Curiosity, learning about and sampling the local cuisines is always an important part of any visit to a foreign country. Food is an integral part of the social, cultural and historical aspect of the county...

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Warmed Sake with Braised Short-ribs

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http://zesterdaily.com/cooking/brasied-short-ribs-get-japanese-makeover/

Braised short-ribs, whose recipe I modified into my way,  became my family’s winter comfort food. We enjoy iRED short rib Oct 2014t with warmed sake. Please find the recipe and the type of sake which you want to pair it with.

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November 17 through 21:Additional Japanese Cooking Couse at ICC

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EJC photoHiroko will return to teach a week long Japanese Cooking Course, The Essentials of Japanese Cuisine, at International Culinary Center in this coming November.

  • Class dates: November 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.
  • Time of the classes: 5:30pm through 10:30pm.
  • To register go to www.internationalculinarycenter.com, click All Course in New York, Go to Serious Amateur Cooking Course. You will find Essentials of Japanese Cuisine with Hiroko Shimbo or call 888-324-2433

The Essentials of Japanese Cuisine is for...

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Okonomiyaki Evolution

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okonomiyaki-1Evolution happened to sushi. When sushi arrived to America, new ingredients joined in the American sushi kitchen. Avocado, cream cheese, smoked salmon, tempura shrimp,…few to name. The technique of making a roll has also changed. In order to satisfy American customers who are unfamiliar with black sheet of nori, inside-out roll was born.

Now what is happening to Okonomiyaki is worth to pay an attention...

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Mackerel Time

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mackerel (2)Saba, mackerel, tastes best during cold months of October and November both in Japan and here in NY. I just had the very oily, flavorful one from NY water. When I lived in Japan during the mackerel season I did not miss cooking it at least once every week. My favorite way to cook it is in shioyaki preparation, salt-grilling. In this way I can taste the true, natural and best flavor of the fish – yes it is oily, robust and strong. That is the point of enjoying the mackerel in shioyaki...

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Everyday is Learning: Triggerfish Lesson

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trigger fishI spotted very unique looking fish at the Blue Moon fishmonger at Union Square greenmarket last week. It reminded me of kawahagi in Japan. The fish has the same funny face, big head and round body as the one, kawahagi, that I know in Japan. Stephanie called it triggerfish. In Japanese kawahagi literally means “removing the sheet (of scales)”. The fish is named so, because when we scale this fish the sheet of scale can be removed by hands by pulling it from the head to the tail...

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Basic Sushi 101

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EJC1Toward the end of the year we will be celebrating annual events with our family and holding parties for our friends. For such an occasion making sushi..in this case, I mean the rolled ones, both traditional and inside-out, is a wonderful idea. Sushi, which was cut it into bite sized pieces, is wonderful finger food. Today sushi is sold at every venue. Even at my neighbor drugstore in New York city sells it. Instead of grabbing them for your party, why don’t we make the better ones at our home.

P...

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