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Japanese Tekka Maki (Tuna Roll Sushi) Recipe

Tekka maki is a popular type of Japanese sushi roll made of raw tuna. Also known as Tuna roll, tekka maki is a typical hosomaki, covered with nori seaweed on the outside. The dish is prepared using just a few ingredients, which includes the whole slices of lean tuna, sushi rice, rice vinegar, salt, and …

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Japanese Takoyaki (Octopus Dumplings) Recipe

Takoyaki, also known as octopus balls, is a Japanese dish consisting of minced octopus meat (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger (benishoga), and green onion (negi) in a wheat flour-based batter. It is then cooked in a unique molded pan in the shape of balls. The cooked balls are then coated with takoyaki sauce and …

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Japanese Okonomiyaki Sauce Recipe

Okonomiyaki sauce is the sauce used on Okonomiyaki, which are like Japanese pancakes or frittatas made from eggs, flour, cabbage, slices of pork belly and scallions. However, it’s the sauce that brings it all together, a condiment that is typically brought in a bottle and added to the pancakes to give it a sweet, tangy, …

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Japanese Poisonous Fugu Fish Recipe

Fugu is a puffer fish delicacy eaten in Japan which, if prepared incorrectly, can be deadly to eat. This is because there are toxic parts of the poison tetrodotoxin in the fish’s organs which neat to be prepared properly in order to prevent it from contaminating the meat. There are always those who cannot resist …

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Japanese Bukkake Udon Recipe

Bukkake udon is a refreshing summer dish eaten in Japan that consists of cold boiled udon noodles and a variety of different sauces and garnishing combinations, depending on taste. Common seasonings include ginger, vegetables, scallions, meat, poached egg and wasabi. Whilst Bukkake Udon is a filling and hearty dish, it is a fairly light meal, …

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Yubari King Melon: The Expensive Japanese Fruit

Considered to be the most expensive fruit in the whole world, Yubari Kings are a type of melon grown and sold in Japan. Grown exclusively in Yubari on Hokkaido, Yubari King melons are famous for their sweetness. They are basically a hybrid of two other cantaloupe cultivars: Earl’s Favourite and Burpee’s “Spicy” Cantaloupe. Yubari King …

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Japanese Aburaage Recipe

Aburaage is a traditional Japanese dish consisting of deep-fried, thinly sliced tofu. It is more popular than standard tofu because of the firm texture and ease to pick it up with chopsticks.  Different varieties of aburaage are used in Japanese cuisine including inari-age and astu-age. Inari-age is a kind of aburaage, smoldered with soy sauce, dashi …

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Japanese Hanami Dango Recipe

Hanami Dango (or Sanshoku Dango) is a traditional Japanese rice flour dessert which is particularly enjoyed during the custom tradition of flower viewing (Hanami) each year. This sweet rice dumpling delicacy is formed into three small balls in different colors, skewered together in the centre with a bamboo stick. Origin & Cultural Significance Hanami Dango, sometimes …

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Konpeitō: The Traditional Japanese Sugar Candy

Konpeitō is a small, cute sugar confectionery that is consumed during the Hinamatsuri festival in Japan. Additionally, it is a popular gift for weddings and childbirth celebrations. To understand the popularity and significance of these candies, let’s go all the way back to the origin of Konpeitō. History of Konpeitō Konpeitō, along with castella and …

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Japanese Food: 19 Traditional Dishes of Japan

Japanese cuisine is famous around the world for its taste, variety of seasonal dishes and its wide range of health benefits. With its aesthetics of beautifully presented food and the use of fresh, high quality, seasonal ingredients, it’s no wonder that Japanese dishes are so delicious and loved by people around the world. Most Popular …

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Narutomaki: The Swirly White-Pink Japanese Fish Cake

Have you ever wondered what the white circle with a pink swirl is in Japanese dishes? Well, mystery solved. It’s a Japanese fish cake known as Narutomaki.  This article will dig deep into the history of Narutomaki, its origins, how it tastes, how to prepare it, and why it is so popular as a ramen …

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Shiokara: Japanese Fermented Squid Delicacy

Among the incredibly weird and wonderful dishes we have encountered on our travels is a strange Japanese dish called Shiokara (or ika no shiokara). Shiokara is essentially squid fermented in its own viscera (guts) and salt, popular in Japan served with rice. This dish was famous in 11th century for being a nutritious wholesome meal …

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The Must-Try Oyster Experience On Miyajima Island

Whether you are in Hiroshima for a day trip or longer, Miyajima Island is an absolute must-see. Whilst Miyajima is more commonly known for the Torii Gate and Itsukushima Shrine, there are various reasons to visit. Such as the friendliest deer you will ever meet, the peaceful surrounds of Momijidani Park and the Mount Misen …

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