Japanese mayonnaise is very different to English mayo; in colour, texture, and taste. If you’ve been to Asian shops you may recognise the squishy bottle, and red lid and the signature shape of Kewpie mayonnaise. It’s a hugely popular condiment across Japan, and has been used in many traditional dishes since the Kewpie brand wasContinue reading I love Japanese mayo!
Takoyaki is a popular ball shaped Japanese food made out of grilled batter with octopus inside. The name translates to ‘grilled octopus’: Tako (octopus) Yaki (grilled). Takoyaki originated from Osaka in 1935, gradually increasing in popularity across Japan. It’s known as a staple street food and are available at supermarkets, as well as restaurants thatContinue reading Have you tried Takoyaki?
Mentaiko is made of Pollock roe, the eggs of the Alaska Pollock, which are used commonly in Japanese, Korean, and Russian dishes. I’ve always thought is was a Japanese food, however it originated from Korea, called myeongnan. It was introduced to Japan in the 1950s, where it became mentaiko, or karashi-mentaiko (spicy mentaiko). The roe is seasoned andContinue reading Mentaiko: Spicy fish eggs
Tea was introduced to Japan during the 9th century when a Buddhist monk, Eichu, returned from China with a tea plant. Tea was used by Chinese monks for spiritual, and medicinal purposes. Eichu served the tea to the Emperor, which then began the cultivation of tea across Japan. Initially tea was had at Buddhist ritualsContinue reading An intro to Japanese Tea Ceremonies
Mochi is made from a type of Japanese glutinous rice that is pounded until it becomes a sticky paste. The making of mochi is strenuous and can take a whole day to make, so nowadays there are machines that can make them a lot quicker and easier. However there’s nothing quite like eating fresh mochiContinue reading Mochi! (class coming soon!)
In my years of living in the U.K. I have never met anyone who knew their blood type, apart from just a handful of exceptions. I grew up with the concept of blood types as being an important part of who you are and what your personality is like, and many people would adjust aspectsContinue reading Blood personality types!
Match and green tea are enjoyed by many people, and the flavour has increased in popularity through its use in desserts, but they are often mistaken as being the same thing. The are both made of the same type of tea pant, but the key difference between the two is that matcha has been groundContinue reading Green tea and Matcha
One of my favourite meat is pork, especially fatty pork. The combination of the juicy, tender meat and crispy skin makes my mouth water. It’s always been a favourite food to eat, but I have always thought it wasn’t healthy for me, and it would be something I’d have as a treat. Pork contains saturatedContinue reading Delicious pork!