Tamagoyaki & Dashimaki Tamago – Very Special Japanese Omelets

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

For the first time I made a true dashimaki tamago from the point of ingredients in my kitchen.  This is quite different from the tamagoyaki I have been making for years. I am from Tokyo, the heart of the Kanto region, and recently have become quite curious about making Kyoto style dashimaki tamago. I swear that up to this day I had never made it in my kitchen, and now I have. Tamagoyaki, rolled egg omelet, has many associated stories for me. In my early years at elementary...

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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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Suribachi is Powerful

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

This obsolete Japanese kitchen tools, Suribachi & Surikogi, which requires manual labor,  have been used in Japan for over 300 years. I sometimes choose them over food processor because of several reasons. Here I made avocado dressed with tofu dressing with them. Mortar & Pestle is ubiquitous culinary tools in the world kitchens. The best guacamole is made in molcajete. To achieve the best texture and flavor of nam prik all necessary herbs, chiles and spices are...

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Limit to 4-5 Bulbs a Day

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

Two powers which this bulb possesses: It is aphrodisiac. It was banned to be consumed at Buddhism temples. Consumption should be limited to 4-5 bulbs a day. Overeating causes minor, unpleasant health problems. Have you eaten sweet pickled, extremely crunchy, little garlic like bulbs, which are served with thick, stew-like Japanese curry dish? A little bulb is neither garlic nor shallot. It is rakkyo. Rakkyo, belongs to the Lily family, Allium. Onion, scallion and shallot...

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