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    A Short Guide To Faster Miso Soup

    Monday, November 26th, 2007

    Miso soup is a staple food in my house. Sadly, no matter how many times I make it, I never get the right amount of miso on the first try. I have to add more miso (or extra water) several times before I can get it just the way I like it. This takes time. […]

    Ghengis Khan Plate: The Secret To Cooking Lamb

    Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

    Reader shiisa writes in again with a great tip for preparing strong meats like lamb: soak it in milk. Hi Thomas, I’m glad to see some e-mail information to nihon hacks added! And big thanks for making my comment into an entry! I also wanted to add this semi-follow-up to “How to Find 300 Yen […]

    Zousui Revisited

    Thursday, October 25th, 2007’s first tip ever was how to avoid throwing out old rice by making zousui (rice soup). Helpful reader shiisa sends in another zousui tip: use leftover nabe broth. Excellent tip! This post reminds me of how you can also do the opposite: say you have a great nabe (hot pot) meal, something like crab […]

    Mystery Fruit – The Akebi Part 2

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the akebi fruit. The akebi is an oval-shaped, purple fruit that grows on a wild vine here in Japan. I had never seen or eaten one before, so I was excited to try it. After patiently waiting for my akebis to ripen, I finally had the opportunity […]

    Get Cheap Bread at the Grocery Store

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Reader Amy writes in with a great grocery store tip: I do a lot of after-work shopping and have started to get the hang of the late-night discounts. One thing I’ve noticed is that supermarkets with in-store bakeries offer good deals on bread and pastries: the bakeries generally close before the supermarket does, and when […]

    How To Find 300 Yen Steaks In Japan

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

    Relative to other places, the cost of living in Japan is high. Rent is expensive. Transportation is expensive. Clothes are expensive. Food is no exception. Just the other day I saw a single mango selling in the local grocery store for 3000 yen (I bought bananas). Steaks often clock in at over 700 yen and […]

    Newly Harvested Rice – Shinmai

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    It’s now October and the temperature has started to drop on the islands. Fall is finally here! One of the great things about Fall, other than the cool weather and falling leaves, is that it is rice harvest season. If you live in a rural area you might have seen this harvesting firsthand [edit: or […]

    Mystery Fruit – The Akebi Part 1

    Saturday, September 29th, 2007

    One of the great things about living in or visiting a foreign country is that you get to try all sorts of foods that you’ve never tasted before. Sometimes a new flavor will become one of your favorites (miso soup!). Other times you’d rather avoid tasting the new food again if you can help it […]

    How to Never Waste Rice Again

    Saturday, September 1st, 2007

    It happens to the best of us. We come home from a long day of work and we’re hungry. Rice takes time to cook, so we start there. We measure out a cup or two of rice, lift the lid of our rice cooker, and see this: Oh no! That’s the rice I made two […]

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