Nanbanoriginally referred to something foreign and desirable. Nowadays in cooking, it represents western dishes that have been adapted to Japanese tastes, such as this succulent chicken dish topped with tartar sauce.
Okonomiyaki, one of Osaka’s most iconic dishes, is a savory pancake that’s as much fun to make as it is to eat.Feel free to get creative with your ingredients and toppings (thekatsuobushi flakes will “dance” as they’re warmed by the pancake!)and be sure to enjoy this with family and friends.
A great way to enjoy summer vegetables, this recipe combines dashi, soy sauce and mirin to create an umami rich sauce for dipping that will also enhance the flavors of the vegetables over time. Feel free to use any fresh seasonal vegetables you have available!
Tsukudaniare foods that are simmered in sweet and savory sauce, typically including soy sauce and mirin. Konbu tsukudani is one of the most popular kinds of tsukudani and is a great way to use the leftover konbu from making dashi. Can be enjoyed as is or as a topping for rice.
Mentsuyu(lit. “noodle broth”) is a commonly used sauce found in numerous Japanese dishes including noodles, rice bowls, hot pots and as a dipping sauce. It’s a great condiment to always have on hand in your pantry.
Shabu shabu, an onomatopoeia for “swish swish”, is a Japanese communal hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in dashi soup and served hot as the items cook. It’s a fun way to enjoy a meal with family and friends.
Japanese curry (karēor カレー), which is more sweet than spicy, is the quintessential comfort food in Japan. This curry recipe is an easy way to reuse any leftover curry sauce to create a delicious and soothing udon noodle dish.
Mentsuyu(lit. “noodle broth”) is a commonly used seasoning found in numerous Japanese dishes including noodles, rice bowls, hot pots and as a dipping sauce. Made from a collection of some of Japan’s most iconic ingredients, it contains umami-rich ingredients and is a convenient way to increase the depth of flavor in dishes.
Ponzu is a citrus based soy sauce that is tart andwith a hint of umami. It is most commonly used as a dipping sauce for everything from tuna steak to hot pots, or to add a splash of flavor to many dishes. It's a staple ingredient inmost Japanese pantries.