Red Radish Chrysanthemum Flower

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

On Day 2 of The Essentials of Japanese Cooking Course at International Culinary Center ( http://www.internationalculinarycenter.com/new-york-campus/amateur-classes-ny/essentials-of-japanese-cuisine-with-hiroko-shimbo/ ) we marinated cod and salmon in miso marinade. Today, Day4, we removed the fish from the miso marinade and cooked them. Rich flavor of miso marinated fish was great. In order to serve this Yakimono (grilled fish) properly we made red radish chrysanthemum...

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Rolling Cucumber on Chopping Board

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

Did you watch my hands rolling cucumbers on Instagram scant video? Instagram: hirokoshimbo Technique tip: Don’t roll your eyes; let’s roll cucumber! Cucumber has rather thick skin whose taste is a sort of ‘too green’ and rather unpleasant. This is why, I think, I see most cucumbers served in America are peeled in prepared dishes. In order to tackle this problems this is what we do in Japan. Sprinkle some sea salt over the cucumber and with both of your hands, roll them...

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A GOOD Mirin Substitute

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

If you read my previous blog post – Have Fun With ….Tofu, you have to find the answer to the GOOD mirin substitute question. I had several unused bottles of a similar specialty product in my kitchen pantry for a couple of years. All of them came as gifts. I do not make pancakes or French toast, so the bottles were left unopened. Recently I visited Vermont and tasted some of the best products there. Then, my unused bottles came to mind. I promised myself to start using them...

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Have Fun With….Tofu: She Is Great!

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

Do you always pass by tofu at the market, glance it but never pick her up? Do you eat tofu only because it is vegetarian/vegan, but not because of its taste? Tofu will weep if this is how you treat it. . Here is a great way for you to begin with a real, tasty tofu dish and the ability to enjoy it in so many ways. This quick & easy tofu dressing makes a great sandwich filling by itself or with other sandwich ingredients, a delicious pasta sauce and is wonderful on a...

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The Sushi Experience: Thinking of Judith Jones 2

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

Judith Jones was fascinated when she for the first time in her life saw the real green rhizome. Grated wasabi is not for clearing your sinuses, but has antiseptic properties which are why it became associated with sushi. Chef adds a dab of wasabi between the sliced fish and sushi rice when he makes Watch the chef closely and you will see how it is done. For this reason it is not necessary to add wasabi to the dipping sauce. Mackerel, horse mackerel and sardine (strongly...

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