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Substituting red beans for adzuki beans?

I've recently gotten into making mochi and really wanted to try my hand at daifuku (red bean paste-filled mochi) and I'm finding that there is an upsetting lack of adzuki/azuki beans available in my ...
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Why do the Japanese eat a lot of raw fish?

Was trying to answer this question for a school age child writing an essay about Japan. Short of Wikipedia's "hundreds of years ago, you arranged for fresher fish by transporting it live" nothing ...
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What device should I use for pressing/fermenting

I regularly make a Japanese side dish of fermented cabbage that's simply pressed down for a day and salted. I'd just jury rigged something up, but it finally broke so now I'm looking to see if there ...
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My Yakisoba came out bitter! How can I reduce the bitterness?

We made this Yakisoba recipe last week, but the noodles came out tasting more bitter than we'd like. I added soy sauce to mine, but that mostly just drowned out the bitterness. What can we do with ...
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What could I use for this Yakisoba dish instead of cabbage?

While planning out our meals for the week, I found this delicious-looking Yakisoba recipe that I would like to try. The recipe looks good, but one thing concerns me. cabbage (~2 leaves) chopped ...
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Can I turn a can of red kidney beans into red bean paste for Japanese Style Red Bean Paste Buns?

I have a can of Red Kidney Beans, and I want to use it to make Japanese Red Bean Paste Buns. Looking online, I found that these buns require Azuki Beans for the paste, not Kidney Beans. Is there a way ...
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Is it really necessary to wipe the powder off of dried kombu?

I looking not to waste time and product experimenting. What are the consequences of leaving the salt / glutimate / etc mixture on kombu when, say, making dashi?
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substitute for shiso leaf in umeboshi makizushi

I would like to make umeboshi makizushi, but I don't have access to shiso leaf which is traditionally paired with the umeboshi. Is there any acceptable substitute for the shiso that is more readily ...
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Mochi: pounded vs. from rice flour

Is there any noticeable difference between mochi made from pounded rice, versus mochi made from mixing rice flour and water together and cooking briefly? If not, why bother with the labor-intensive ...
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Homemade nori -> aonori?

In the USA, sheets of nori cost about 7 cents per gram. But it's 140 cents per gram online as a powder, "aonori," an essential topping for takoyaki and okonomikayi. (My town of 100,000 has several ...
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Why boil adzuki beans for anko twice?

This anko recipe calls for boiling the adzuki beans twice, draining and re-filling the water in between. Why is this done? Is this necessary?
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Reverse engineer the Perfect Japanese Omelet

I've come across this video of a very impressive japanese omelet and I've been trying to understand how it's done and what do I need to make it at home. I've seen this video reproducing the ...
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Oil in Ramen broth

Many recipes online suggest that at some point I should sauté some onions or scallions with vegetable oil and add them to the broth that is meant to go with the ramen. I know of toasted sesame oil and ...
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What should I look for when buying a ramen bowl?

I live in Italy and I love ramen, but I can't seem to identify the characteristics that make for a good Japanese hot noodle serving bowl. What's a good capacity? Is there a well-known substitute that ...
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Advice for Rice balls in bulk

I have my own variant of japanese rice balls that I was hoping for some advice on. One thing to keep in mind is that I'm a college graduate student and put a high priority on minimizing costs and ...
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What cut of beef can I use to make “sukiyaki beef”?

I want to try a recipe for Gyudon (shown below) that calls for thin-sliced "Sukiyaki Beef". My local grocery store doesn't carry anything by that name. I'm comfortable with thin-slicing beef myself ...
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Is Japanese kasutera the same foodstuff as Korean kastera?

The Japanese term カステラ (kasutera) and the Korean term 카스테라 (kastera) are etymologically derived from the Portuguese "Pão de Castela". But does "kasutera" and "kastera" refer to the same foodstuff, or ...
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How to best prepare Sukimono

I am trying to make Sukimono, which is a Japanese type of fermented green cabbage. I'm completely new to fermenting and my first batch came out a bit too salty. I weighted the cabbage down in salt ...
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What dish?: Japanese chicken skewer wrapped in a green leaf and sour red sauce

In Japan, at two occcasions, I had chicken skewer with a green leaf wrapped around it, and in it was also some red sauce with a sour taste. Is there a specific name for this dish? Ultimately I'm ...
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Is Nattou safe to eat when it has white dots on it?

I bought a couple packs of Nattou (fermented soybeans) and stored it in my refrigerator. They come sealed in plastic, so I opened the plastic and only ate about half of one container. I wrapped it ...
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What is this powder served with fried dango?

While in Japan, my husband got some dango from a street vendor. It was dipped in some kind of sesame-based sauce, and served with a little powder to dip it in on the side: What is that powder?
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Dipping sauce for shabu-shabu

I am at the Hilton in Narita, and I've just come back from a wonderful meal of Shabu-shabu. One of the dipping sauces was stated to be soy sauce, but it had a lovely sweet sort of flavor to it, so it ...
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What to order at a Japanese restaurant? [closed]

We would be visiting a Japanese restaurant this weekend. However we are completely clueless what should we order this being our first time. Could you suggest something for beginners? Normally we ...
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Should I freeze gyoza before or after cooking?

I'm about to make a big batch of gyoza and I don't want to eat them all now. I was thinking about freezing them and I want to know which is best from a food-safety and a quality perspective. If I ...
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What is Okinawan “yushi tofu” made from?

Here in Okinawa where I'm currently travelling, there is a dish called "yushi tofu" (Japanese: ゆし豆腐). So far I've only noticed it offered as a variety of Okinawa soba. (Okinawa soba is different to ...
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How do I thicken my Japanese curry after the fact?

I made a lamb based Japanese curry in a slow cooker and unlike my previous efforts (using many of the same ingredients, though in different proportions), it turned out runny and underwhelming. What ...
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My seitan is horrible

I have no trouble preparing the seitan dough, or at least, that is what troubles me the least and can be fixed easily. However, I can't get the texture right. I don't use yeast, just vital wheat ...
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I had delicious Udon soup at a Japanese restaurant, and my attempts to recreate have failed. what am I missing?

I recently fell in love with Udon soup. I've had it at 2 different restaurants in Austin TX, and I find the broth clean and delicious. My favorite includes cucumber, carrot, a few shrimp, green ...
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Japanese steak house menu item?

A few years ago in Chicago I had a dish called egg yolk shrimp at a Japanese steak house. Has anyone else had this dish? Where would I be able to find this dish again?
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What is this sushi?

I'm trying to identify what kind of sushi is featured at the bottom right of this picture of a display of what seems to be mainly nigiri sushi. The yellow, spongy looking one. Can anyone name what ...
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How to eat/serve take no tsuyu (たけの露)?

A friend brought me some take no tsuyu (たけの露) from Kyoto. It looks like this: I'm having trouble understanding instructions on how to eat it. It's served with some hot water, then crushed, then ...
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I am trying to cook Buta no Kakuni or Japanese pork belly but it's tough

I have tried cooking "Butta no kakuni" or slow braised pork belly. I watched a video on making kakuni from a check in Nagasaki. In it he used a Le Creuset dutch oven to cook the pork belly. Cut the ...
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Is there anything special about fugu meat?

I know that fugu is fairly well known both inside and outside Japan, and wild versions of the fish contains a toxin 1200 times more potent than cyanide. (Fun fact: one species is also the second ...
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Can I make gyoza with raw meat?

I know it's traditional to make gyoza filling with raw vegetables, but is it also made with raw meat, or should it be cooked first? With other types of dumplings I usually cook the meat before adding ...
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Marinade then cook or cook then marinade?

For pork, does it matter if you marinade first, then sear + braise vs sear + braise first then marinade? More details: I'm trying to cook pork chashu using pork butt. The marinade is mostly soy ...
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What is nattō supposed to taste like?

I recently tried nattō on top of rice. All I tasted was bitter. I didn't get any nuttiness or saltiness. The natto was also generously garnished with scallions, maybe that was a major bitter ...
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Udon Noodles break too easily

I tried making Udon noodles several times and even though I've gotten a rhythm to do them, I still can't figure out why they break so easy when I blanch them. I use 1tsp lye water 8 ounces (1 cup) ...
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What are the odds that American household have a rice cooker? [closed]

We started a Kickstarter project of creating an e-book with online videos to show you how to make sushi, from a master sushi chef. We are wondering what the odds are that an American family has a ...
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Azuki Bean Substitute for Anpan

I want to try to make anpan and I was planning to use this recipe for koshian for the anpan's filling. However, I do not have access to azuki beans. Is there another bean that I can use as a ...
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What does kansui do to dough in noodle making?

I'm trying to understand how to properly prepare hand pulled noodles. I've read about Kansui and Lye water and in some instances I've read that they serve a similar purpose. However, after some ...
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Uses of kohaishu vs santoku

I have a couple santoku knives that I use all the time cooking. A friend of mine has a kohaishu knife. I've tried to use it once or twice but it wouldn't stay sharp for long so I abandoned it. My ...
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Japanese cold soba broth?

I remember having been in Japan and ate several meals of cold soba. Their cold soba broth taste like soy sauce with only a stint of saltiness; it doesn't taste like it's made of sushi type sweetened ...
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Why do my teriyaki steaks come out hard and dry?

I have tried to make Teriyaki steaks (beef) and they come out dry and hard. They have been marinated with the Teriyaki sauce as instructed by various recipes but in the end the steak has taste but no ...
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First time dashi doesn't taste much

I tried making dashi for the first time today, but I think it wasn't very successful... I didn't have kombu so that might be a problem. I ended up adding a lot more bonito than recipes say to use. ...
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What's the use of onions in teriyaki sauce?

I make my own Teriyaki sauce. Soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, olive oil and onion. Normally, after marinating, I dry the piece I'm going to sauté and remove the onion. Does the onion add flavour to ...
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How should Dashi made with kelp and bonito flakes smell?

I attempted to make homemade Dashi with kelp stands and bonito flakes. It looks as suggested on multiple Japanese cooking sites but it smells like low tide. Is that how it's suppose to smell?
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Where can I buy Glico Curry online in the United States?

My wife and I brought back a box of Glico Medium Curry that we purchased on our trip to Canada this past year. I think we bought it at the Daiso store in Vancouver. After trying it for the first ...
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How to dress sushi to better enhance all its flavours?

I would like to know what is the better way to dress sushi and sashimi. What I am looking for is how it was thought to be eaten and what are the ways a sushi piece is supposed to be dressed with soy ...
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Mushy sushi surimi texture?

I've noticed a difference between most places when I go out for sushi compared to when I make it myself. The crab sticks / surimi in maki rolls when I go out seem to have a much more mushy texture - ...
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What to do with mochi…this version is white, hard and puck-like in shape?

My mother-in-law gave us some mochi that she received as a gift. It's actually the size of a small hockey puck, white and pretty hard. (I've only encountered soft mochi in this shape and generally ...