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Japanese Condiment: Furikake

Japanese Condiment: Furikake
Furikake is a condiment for sprinkling on rice in Japan. Conventional furikake is of mediocre quality however once in a while you come across some that is gourmet. Sea of Japan Heshiko Furikake へしこ ふりかけ
Heshiko is a specialty of the Sea of Japan side of Japan, the other side of the island from Kyoto. It is a preserved dish…

Summer Matsutake Dobin Mushi

Summer Matsutake Dobin Mushi 夏松茸土瓶蒸し Summer Matsutake Dobin Mushi 夏松茸土瓶蒸し
Matsutake Mushroom is synonymous with autumn. Although rare, in early summer it can be had as well and is a favorite among aficionados and gourmets. Last night I got a taste of some at Kichisen, the greatest restaurant in the world.…

Donabe Takenoko Gohan (Bamboo Shoot Rice Cooked in Donabe)

Donabe Takenoko Gohan (Bamboo Shoot Rice Cooked in Donabe)
A rice cooker is convenient and surefire for making good rice every time. A donabe, or gohan-nabe is an earthenware pot for cooking rice. Getting the amount of heat and time right can be tricky, but once mastered, it produces tastier rice and rice dishes. In a donabe, I cooked my fresh, Kyoto takenoko (bamboo shoot) with rice…

Sea Bream Japanese Feast: Tai Sashimi, Tai Meshi, Tai Nitsuke

Sea Bream Japanese Feast: Tai Sashimi, Tai Meshi, Tai Nitsuke 鯛 Sea Bream Japanese Feast: Tai Sashimi, Tai Meshi,  Tai Nitsuke 鯛
Sea bream, or ‘tai’ in Japanese is one of the best loved fish and an important symbol in Japanese culture. It is in season in the spring and is called the ‘King of Fish’ in Japan. A whole tai is quite expensive and is enough for an entire meal.…

Nukazuke Report: Uri Nukazuke Onigiri

Nukazuke Report: Uri Nukazuke Onigiri Nukazuke Report: Uri Nukazuke Onigiri
Itadakimono: Early spring is the time to enjoy uri, a cucumber-like gourd that is in season here for just a few weeks. The only way I know to eat this vegetable is as tsukemono. In March and April, I often go to Nishiri to buy their uri that is simply and lightly pickled…
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