Tazukuri (literally “making rice paddy”) are sweet, crispy baby sardines that play an important role inosechi ryōri as they represent wishes for an abundant harvest (sardines were once used as fertilizers for rice fields).
You may be surprised to find out that potato salad is a popular home-cooked dish in Japan. Different than in the west, the Japanese version includes creamy, smooth potatoes mixed with crunchy vegetables. Here we add leftover sobacha (buckwheat tea) from your cup of tea for an additional layer of texture and nutty taste.
Tsukemono (lit. pickled things) can be found on the side of many Japanese meals. This simple yet refreshing recipe combines the crisp taste of daikon (Japanese radish) with the citrus sweetness of yuzu.
Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese comfort food which combines two essential Japanese ingredients - rice and tea. The dish is made by pouring hot tea over cooked rice. From this, you can add toppings like salmon, scallions, wasabi, and sesame seeds, or use different types of tea. This recipe has a rich savory flavor from the nutty brown rice tea and the Shiitake Mushroom Furikake. Enjoy as a light meal or snack, or at the end of a meal.
This hiyajiru (literally chilled soup) has a base of ground sesame seeds, miso and Japanese horse mackerel, thinned with dashi stock. A generous helping of cucumbers, freshly cooked udon noodles, and crisp scallions are added for a filling yet refreshing dish. Toss in a few ice cubes just before serving for an extra chill!
Yakiniku, which literally means "grilled meat", is a type of Japanese BBQ. In this recipe, we're marinating boiled eggs in our Spicy Yakiniku sauce, which combines the natural sweetness from sauteed onions, fresh apples, and honey with the salty, umami flavor of pure brewed soy sauce. It's a quick and delicious snack and you can use any of the remaining sauce as a dip for grilled meat/veggies or in a stir fry!