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Japanese Fruit Akebi as Sauteed Vegetable (Miso Itame)

Japanese Fruit Akebi as Sauteed Vegetable (Miso Itame)
After enjoying akebi as a fruit, I couldn’t wait to try it as a vegetable. Again, if you missed this article, the inner flesh of the akebi is eaten as fruit and the outer pod is prepared and eaten like a vegetable, mostly in the Tohoku (North Honshu) region of Japan. There are a number of ways that the…

Simmered Shishito Peppers and Jako Itameni

Simmered Shishito Peppers and Jako Itameni
Miwa’s Kyoto Kitchen Recipe This simple side dish combines fresh summer shishito peppers with chirimen jako (dried sardine fry) and is simmered with sake and a lot of soy sauce. The textural juxtaposition of sauteed vegetable and crunchy little fish is delightful. It should be made with plenty of soy sauce as the saltiness perfectly compliments rice. Home Cooking: Shishito…

Pungent and Smoky Grilled Japanese Eggplant ‘Yakinasu’

Pungent and Smoky Grilled Japanese Eggplant ‘Yakinasu’
Home Cooking: Grilled and Chilled Eggplant ‘Yakinasu’ Home Cooking: Grilled and Chilled Eggplant 'Yakinasu' Miwa’s Kyoto Kitchen Recipe This recipe is a staple of late summer and early autumn home cooking in Japan. Eggplants are grilled under direct flame, peeled, chilled and served with bonito shavings, grated ginger and soy sauce. The taste is pungent and smoky. This dish is very quick and easy to make.…

Kyoto-style Chakin Shibori Sweet Potato with Cinnamon

Kyoto-style Chakin Shibori Sweet Potato with Cinnamon
Miwa’s Kyoto Kitchen Recipe This Japanese dessert confection is called Sui-to Poteto (スウィートポテト) in Japanese. That’s the Japanese pronunciation of sweet potato, as you probably guessed. Preparation is simple; steam the sweet potato and mash with butter, sugar, eggs, milk and cinnamon and bake. They are hand formed into delicate balls. We added cinnamon as an homage to Kyoto’s famous…

Epic Sushi! Kyoto-style Sushi Lesson at Kichisen

Epic Sushi! Kyoto-style Sushi Lesson at Kichisen
Helena Chlepnac from Sushi Fusion from Switzerland was in town studying-up on Kyoto’s incredible culinary culture. We had a chance to spend a few days together which culminated in the most luxurious sushi meal, actually, three sushi meals, that I have ever had or even imagined! This was epic sushi! And all thanks to Chef Tanigawa at Kichisen, who gave…
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