10 Essential Ingredients for Japanese Cooking 

Making your start with Japanese cooking can be something of an intimidating endeavour, but once you’ve got the hang of things it is a valuable addition to your culinary repertoire. Before you get started with anything though, you’ll need to make sure that your kitchen is nice and stocked with all the essentials that you’ll be using in your new Japanese cooking.  (more…)

Easy Japanese Recipes to Cook at Home – Part 1 

Japanese cuisine has gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the tastiest and most elegant forms of dining, but this often comes with a shroud of complexity that can make newcomers more than a little hesitant to get started themselves. The good news is that while Japanese cuisine certainly has a lot of ceremony to it, there are a number of dishes which are simple to prepare, easy for first-time cooks and, most importantly, delicious.  (more…)

The Secret Behind Homemade Sushi 

 Sushi has steadily risen in popularity outside of Japan since the 70s and you’ll find lots of places selling it from specialised restaurants to your local supermarket. The greatest element of sushi is the prioritisation of freshness – fresh ingredients and freshly rolled sushi are valued above all else. So, what do you do if you love sushi, but you can’t afford to go out and buy it all the time?

Well, you make it yourself that’s what.  (more…)

Japanese Desserts to Try 

Whether you’re visiting Japan, or you’re at home and would like to try something a bit different, the world of Japanese desserts can seem more than a little strange to western palates. Whereas in the west – particularly the UK and USA – we tend to emphasise intensely sweet desserts, the Japanese approach is typically more delicate and slightly more savoury. This can make it a bit of an unexpected surprise when you bite into a desert in Japan, so I thought it might be useful to go through some of the more popular desserts and let you know why you should give them a try.  (more…)

Vegetarian Japanese Meals 

Traditionally Japan has been a haven for vegetarians. In fact, for 1200 years of its existence until 1872, it was illegal to eat meat (typically red meat) in Japan. While the traditional definition of vegetarianism in Japan has permitted the consumption of fish, there are lots of choices out there for western vegetarians and vegans to eat as well. (more…)