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?
Onigiri is a ball of Japanese rice shaped into a ball, a triangle, or cylindrical, and wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed (nori). The earliest record of onigiri being eaten in Japan goes as far back as the 11th Century. The circular shape was to allow them to be stacked on a plate, andContinue reading Onigiri – The Japanese sandwich
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
Natto is a historical dish in Japan, it’s been a staple of Japanese breakfasts for over 1000 years. These fermented soybeans are often eaten with soy sauce and Japanese mustard with rice, I personally love to have it with kimchi(spicy fermented Korean cabbage and radish). I’ve eaten natto since I was a child, and myContinue reading Natto: Smelly soybeans!
Knives are a crucial tool when it comes to cooking; they come in different shapes and sizes, with different blades to slice a variety of foods. Having been a sushi chef for the past 10 years I’ve used knives a lot, especially sharp Japanese ones. Japanese chefs show a lot of respect to their knivesContinue reading Japanese Chef Knives!