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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 do I stop onigiri from falling apart?

I'm experimenting with Japanese cooking, and I can't seem to get the hang of making rice shapes. I want to make an onigiri rice triangle with a filling. The theory is simple enough: make rice and let ...
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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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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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How to prepare shirataki noodles to more closely resemble classic pasta?

I've tried shirataki in spaghetti with meat sauce but the noodles' texture and flavor didn't fit with the sauce very well. Perhaps there's a way to make it work that I'm not aware of? I'd like to ...
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Is it possible to prevent a japanese cheesecake from deflating or sinking?

A japanese cheesecake is basically like a cheesecake fused with a spongecake. When i beat the egg whites they peak perfectly then i am required to get 1/3 of the egg white mixture and fold it into ...
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Udon soup seasoning

What is the name of the seasoning traditionally available for the diner to add to their Udon soup and what is in it? I'm referring to the (I think) mix of spices that add a bit of a kick to the soup. ...
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What is the “grated yam” in okonomiyaki?

Wikipedia lists "grated yam" as an ingredient of okonomiyaki. Is it a particular type of yam? Can it be purchased outside of Japan? == More Info == As Mein suggested, I did some more searching on ...
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Can one tell the different sources of dashi by taste?

Dashi can be made from several sources, including bonito, kombu and shiitake mushroom being the most common ones. (I've been to one Japanese resturant where their udon broth is made of white button ...
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Mysterious Disintegrating Udon noodles

A few weeks ago, I had a very strange experience making udon noodles. Almost instantly after adding the dried noodles to boiling water, and giving a slight stir, they began to break apart. After a few ...
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What is the difference between “Mongolian Grill” and “Hibachi”?

For years I have been frequenting Chinese restaurants that feature "Mongolian Grill" (or Mongolian BBQ depending on the location). Recently I tried a new place that had (what they called) "Hibachi", ...
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Barley Miso substitute?

I have a recipe that calls for barley miso. I don't find barley miso in the store but they do have about five other types. Can I substitute another one? which one? thanks
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How do I make Udon noodles fat?

When I get Udon at a restaurant, they're these massively thick noodles. When I cook them they look like linguine. What am I doing wrong?
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Konbu discoloration still edible?

Some of the Konbu that I recently bought has a whitish discoloration as opposed to a black/green color. I am wondering if it can still be eaten/used in cooking. Konbu Thanks!
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Where should I store nori or laver after opening, and for how much time?

My brother has given me laver for making Korean kimbap and there are ten “foils” or “sheets” in the package. I have only used four of them today and I don't know whether I should cool or not the ...
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Is there a substitute for dashi?

I adore Japanese cooking, but when cooking for vegetarians, I don't want to use dashi (bonito) stock. However, if I just omit it, the result doesn't taste authentic. Anyone have a substitute?