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    Mos Burger has jalepenos

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Jalepeno peppers are my favorite sandwich condiment.  Whenever I’d go to Subway back in Texas, I’d always have them pile on the jalepenos.  Sadly, Subway here in Japan doesn’t offer jalepenos (at least not any Subway near me!).  My import store doesn’t even sell them!  What can I do?
    Mos Burger.
    Not only is Mos Burger the [...]

    Nothing says Japanese Christmas like Tsurushigaki (aka Looking Out My Window In Japan)

    Sunday, December 14th, 2008

    If you were to look out my apartment window, this is what you’d see:

    Yes, that’s right.  The apartment across the street!   Not very exciting.  But if you look a little to the left, you’ll see this:

    Some more apartments, some cars, a pair of rice fields and… tsurushi-gaki!
    So wait, what’s tsurushi-gaki?  I’ll tell you.
    Japan has [...]

    Rice Pancakes For Breakfast

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    Reader Bob sends in this delicious hack:
    Thomas,
    I enjoy your nihonhacks site and I wish it had been available to us when we lived in Tokyo from 1988 to 1991 and again from 1996 to 1999.
    Another use for leftover rice that we enjoy is to make rice cakes for breakfast the next morning. Mix the rice [...]

    Other uses for old rice: fried rice and rice pudding

    Monday, December 1st, 2008

    Here are some other great ideas on how to make old crappy rice good.

    Fried Rice. A reader named Chesu explains:
    I fry my leftover rice. Cold, dry rice is perfect for fried rice, as it more readily absorbs the chicken stock, soy sauce, and whatever else you flavor it with. One cup of leftover rice [...]

    Dispose of leftover oil. Or use it to make candles.

    Sunday, October 26th, 2008

    NinaSama sends in this tip about what to do with extra oil:
    I decided to tempura batter and deep fry some ice cream with some of my Japanese friends. We had mixed results ;) But since it was one of my first times deep frying anything, I didn’t know what to do about the left over [...]

    Wild Fish vs. Farm-raised Fish: How To Find The Good Stuff

    Monday, July 7th, 2008

    Fish are good for you. But did you know that some fish are better for you than others? I’m not talking about katsuo vs. hirame. I’m talking wild fish vs. farmed fish. Wild fish, the kind that are caught in rivers, seas and oceans are much better for you than farmed [...]

    Homemade Umeshu

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

    It’s June now, which means it’s the Japanese rainy season, which means that it’s ume season, which means that it’s umeshu-making time. My favorite Japan blog Blue Lotus has posted an excellent article about making homemade umeshu (Japanese ume liqueur). It looks extremely easy to make, and the step-by-step guide is filled [...]

    Put Your Veggie Scraps To Good Use: Compost

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

    Fresh herbs are expensive in Japan.  Can we spice up our cooking on the cheap?  Yes!  Reader kk sends in a 2-part tip that can save you cash and has the nice side-effect of putting your trash to good use:

    Grow your own herbs
    Use your food trash for compost

    In kk’s words:
    I grow my own fresh herbs [...]

    Japanese Hassaku Fruit

    Sunday, February 10th, 2008

    One of my favorite things to do in Japan is go to the grocery store and try all the random fruits that aren’t available back home. One such fruit, that I really enjoy, is called the hassaku (はっさく).
    The hassaku fruit looks like a big orange, or maybe a grapefruit. It is harvested in [...]

    Poor Man’s Tea: Mugi Cha

    Monday, December 17th, 2007

    A bottle of tea like the one pictured to the left costs about 200 yen at the grocery store. If you drink tea in buckets like I do (especially in the summer), that bottle doesn’t last very long. I used to buy several bottles of tea a week. It was expensive. [...]

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