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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: 15 Must-Try Traditional Dishes of Japan

Japanese cuisine is famous around the world for its taste, variety of seasonal dishes and a 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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Alternative Japanese Foods To Try In Japan: A Guide

We hear so much about all the incredible favorites of eating in Japan. Whether that’s sushi, ramen or beautiful Japanese fish. What you might not know so much about is the crazy, alternative Japanese food on offer throughout Japan. From street corners to vending machines, here is the side of Japanese cuisine you don’t hear …

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