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Salmon and tuna sashimi

Go to a Japanese restaurant, order sashimi and the price always seems disproportionate to the amount of raw seafood that you get. Why is sashimi so expensive? To start with, … [Read more...]

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Ramen with ponzu sauce

In Japanese cooking, ponzu refers to any of various citrus juices. If citrus juice is mixed with soy sauce, dashi, rice vinegar and rice wine, then, it is called ponzu shoyu … [Read more...]

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How to make dashi

Dashi is a staple in Japanese cuisine. It is the base for broths, soups and sauces. While dashi in granule form is readily available and definitely more convenient, there is … [Read more...]

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Chicken katsu

Before I learned to appreciate the raw seafood in Japanese cuisine, I was smitten with tonkatsu and that was what I'd order in just about every Japanese restaurant that I went … [Read more...]

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Ebi (shrimp) tempura

Panko is a wonderful thing for fried food. And although traditionally used for dishes like tonkatsu, I like to use panko for making tempura too. Instead of dipping the shrimps … [Read more...]

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Miso soup with fresh clams

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a kilo and a half of fresh clams not knowing exactly whether I would use them for a pasta dish or a soup. By the time they had been soaked and … [Read more...]

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Clams in ponzu sauce

I learned a new Japanese cooking term today -- ponzu, a sauce made with citrus juice, soy sauce and mirin. And I cooked a new dish today -- a clam appetizer dish. Very simple … [Read more...]

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Yakisoba

Two things about the yakisoba I cooked for lunch today: First, most yakisoba recipes I found online use ready made soba sauce. That really makes me uncomfortable. It's like … [Read more...]

kani-salad

How to make: Kani salad

This recipe has been updated on August 6, 2009 @ 11.54 a.m. Fresh. Green. Bright. Juicy. These are words I associate with the summer. Philippine summers are either famous … [Read more...]

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How to make: Miso soup

A few notes to start with. Since the water is not allowed to reach boiling point, if you have sanitation problems with your tap water, I suggest you used filtered bottled … [Read more...]