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dried bonito
Japanese Ingredients

What is dried bonito and how to use it

Dried bonito (Katsuobushi – かつお節) is a Japanese preserved food made by boiling the meat of bonito and then drying it. Cut off the head, fins, and part of the abdomen from the fish, grate it into three or more pieces. Then, shape it into a boat shape called “fushi” […]

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

How to Make Crispy Karaage from The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Cooks in 40 mins Difficulty Easy

Today, I’d like to share with you how to make crispy karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) from Season 1 Episode 5 of The Pet Girl of Sakurasou(さくら荘のペットな彼女), as well as some tips to make it crispy! Can you fry karaage chicken to a crisp anyway? If it doesn’t stay crispy for […]

Basic, Basic Cooking

How to Make Basic Dashi Broth

Cooks in 50 mins Difficulty Easy

Dashi (Japanese soup stock) is an essential part of the Japanese food culture. It is frequently used in miso soup, hot-pot dishes (Nabe 鍋), and a variety of other dishes. There are about eight major types of dashi in Japan, and the one made from bonito and kelp (Awase Dashi 合わせだし) […]

fried tofu
Japanese Ingredients

What is Fried Tofu (Aburaage) and How to use

Fried tofu is called Aburaage – 油揚げ in Japanese. It’s known as tofu cut into thin slices and fried in oil, but it refers to tofu made in a different way from the normal tofu production method, and then deep fried in oil at the right temperature. The raw material […]


How to Make Homemade Japanese Curry Roux from Scratch

Cooks in 30 mins Difficulty Easy

This homemade Japanese curry roux recipe is my signature that I have developed over the years. This recipe was originally developed for Japanese people living abroad. Instant curry roux is surprisingly expensive overseas, but you don’t have to buy it anymore! You can make your own roux that tastes even […]

Basic Cooking, Main

How to Cook Perfect Japanese Rice in a Pot

Cooks in 25 mins Difficulty Easy

Today, I want to share with you “how to cook perfect Japanese rice in a pot”. Many Japanese families cook rice in a rice cooker. It’s super easy for the perfect Japanese rice. All you have to do is rinse the rice, fill the rice cooker with water up to […]