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I used hon-mirin exclusively when I lived in Japan, simply because it tasted better. My Japanese neighbor was surprised that I could tell the difference, and confessed (somewhat embarrassedly) that she used aji-mirin since her family couldn't tell the difference. However, I cannot buy hon-mirin in the US (I'm not 21, and hon-mirin is sold as wine while ...


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The Chinese cultural norm is to eat rice with chopsticks. It would be very inconvenient to constantly switch back and forth between eating with chopsticks and a spoon depending upon whether you were eating rice or vegetables or meat. To get around the loose grain problem, you can use the shovel method. You pick up your bowl and use a shoveling motion with ...



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