大豆 Daizu

  Soybeans may be processed and eaten in several different ways. Boiled soybeans still in the pod are called edamame and are a popular snack or appetizer, often as an accompaniment to beer. Soybeans are also roasted or used whole as an ingredient in rice crackers. Roasted soybeans are also eaten during the Setsubun festival to…

うどん Udon

   Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle of Japanese cuisine. It is similar to Italian pasta, but much thicker. Udon is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, in a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru,which is made of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. It is usually topped…

真鯛 madai

Red sea bream is a name given to at least two species of fish of the family Sparidae, Pagrus major and Pagellus bogaraveo. Pagellus bogaraveo is also known as blackspot sea bream. In Japan, Pagrus major is known as madai (真鯛, or “genuine tai”) and is prized both for its flavor and for its traditional…

だし Dashi

Dashi is a class of soup and cooking stock used in Japanese cuisine. Dashi forms the base for miso soup, clear broth, noodle broth, and many kinds of simmering liquid. It is used in Asian cuisines to accentuate savory flavor as umami. Dashi is also mixed into flour base of some grilled foods like okonomiyaki and takoyaki….

もち Mochi

Mochi  is a Japanese rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain japonica glutinous rice. The rice is pounded into paste and molded into the desired shape. In Japan it is traditionally made in a ceremony called mochitsuki. While also eaten year-round, mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year and is commonly sold and…

海藻 Kaisō

Seaweed is consumed by coastal people, particularly in East Asia, e.g. Japan, China, Korea.In Asia, Gim (Korean food) (김, Korea), nori (海苔, Japan), zicai (紫菜, China) are sheets of dried Porphyra used in soups, sushi wrap or onigiri (rice balls). Chondrus crispus (commonly known as ‘Irish moss’ or carrageenan moss) is another red alga used in…

梅 Ume

Prunus mume is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus subgenus Prunus. Its common names include Chinese plum and Japanese apricot. The flower is usually called plum blossom.This distinct tree species is related to both the plum and apricot trees. Although generally referred to as a plum in English, it…