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Easy Recipe for Japanese Rice with Mushrooms (Kinoko-Gohan)

For this recipe I use 2 tbsps of Japanese rice wine (sake). If you can't get sake, you can substitute it with a dry white wine.Kinoko-gohan (きのこご飯) is one of my autumn favorites. I have used a frying pan with a lid to cook the rice, since I often get asked for Japanese recipes from friends who don’t have a Japanese rice cooker.

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Kumquat Preserve with Kudzu Syrup

Kinkan kumquat preserve with kudzu syrup

Here is a recipe for making a delightful preserve using whole Kumquats and a delicious Kudzu syrup.

As an added benefit, they both are used in traditional medicine to soothe coughs, sore throats and common colds.

About Kumquats

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Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea Cake

Here is a recipe for a quick and easy cake using wholesome petite black soybeans and pancake mix.

Roasted Petite Black Soybean Tea CakeI recommend using unrefined sugar. I use good quality vegetable oil instead of butter.

For the batter, I use whole-wheat pancake mix. … Read the rest

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Japanese Autumn

autumn-foliage-in-JapanIt’s October, and the sights, smells, textures, and tastes of autumn are everywhere here in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japanese main islands.

You can even notice the packaging in local food stores adorned with seasonal patterns such as falling leaves, … Read the rest

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Know Your Japanese Mushrooms

Enoki, Shiitake, Shimeji, Matsutake, Maitake, Nameko, and Eringi. Do you recognize these words?

Enoki, Shiitake, Shimeji, Matsutake, Maitake, Nameko, Eringi, Kofuki-Saru-no-Koshikake.  Do you recognize these words? They are just a few of the many types of mushrooms seen in food markets in Japan.

The generic word for mushroom in Japanese is kinoko, literally … Read the rest

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Chilled Soba Noodles (Zaru Soba) Recipe

chilled Soba noodles (Zaru Soba) recipeZaru soba (ざるそば) is Japanese chilled noodles served on a bamboo tray (zaru, ざる), served with a cold broth called tsuyu (つゆ).

It is a great alternative to pasta, and makes for a filling and a very nutritious … Read the rest

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Mr. Shiitake

Miyazaki-shiitake-mushroomsOne of the benefits of living near Japanese countryside is that fresh food is always nearby, and always affordable.  

Even so, I was completely surprised today when our local ‘shiitake man’ motored up my driveway with his truck full … Read the rest

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