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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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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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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 ...
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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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On heating smoked salmon

I'm trying to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls) that are typically stuffed with fish and eaten warm. I'd like to "cheat" and use smoked salmon or canned tuna instead of cooking a whole fish to save ...
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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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Which Type of Japanese Green Tea Has the Highest Amount of Caffeine?

I am trying to find the best pick-me-up Japanese green tea and was wondering which type was the best to get from the assortment of Sencha, Gyokuro, Kabusecha, Bancha, etc.
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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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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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Why is Tsuyu sauce for cold Soba noodles served on the side?

Why are they always served separately as a dipping sauce, instead of mixing it into the noodles like they do with soup?
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What kind of seaweed do I need for Japanese-style seaweed salad?

I've fallen in love with the seaweed salad from a local Japanese seafood buffet. What would be the most cost-effective way to obtain this kind of food in large quantities for regular eating? I would ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a significant difference in flavour between real Mirin and Mirin-like products?

I read everywhere that there are generally two types of the sweet cooking wine mirin: A) the real, hon mirin, a sweet rice wine with 14 % vol. alcohol B) the ersatz, or shin mirin / mirin fu, with ...
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Where can I find vine leaves in Tokyo? [closed]

I am looking for vine leaves to cook Greek dolma. But I live in Tokyo, Japan. Do any of you know where I could find that ?
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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 okay to store sandwich (tonkatsu sandwich) in a container?

i'm thinking of making sandwiches at home and bringing them to the office. Is that okay? I mean, does tonkatsu sandwich have to be hot or warm before it should be eaten? I'm thinking of selling this ...
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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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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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Kimchi Beef Noodles

One of the things I really enjoy are those instant kimchi beef noodle soup bowls that you can get from the (American) supermarkets. Mostly because I like kimchi, I like beef, and I like noodles. Now I ...
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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 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 ...