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Japanese Recipes

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Matcha Mousse (Matcha no Musu)

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I created this dessert while playing with agar agar to see how far I could extend its usefulness. Among all forms of kanten, ito kanten (the string form) produces the most pleasant, lightest mouss

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Golden Sweet Sushi (Inarizushi)

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My students always call this small, barrel shaped, golden sushi "dessert sushi," because of its sweet flavor.  The sushi rice itself is not sweetened, but it is packed in fried thin tofu that is s

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Green Beans in Walnut Miso Dressing (Ingen no Kurumi-miso-ae)

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Of all nuts, walnuts contain the greatest amount of oil. Because of this, they have long been a favorite food in Japanese kitchens. When the distinctive flavor of walnuts meets that of sweet whit

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Spinach in Black Sesame Dressing (Horenso Gomo-oe)

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Goma-ae, vegetables in black sesame seed dressing, is a popular Japanese salad. Unlike the mild white variety, black sesame seeds have a distinctive, rich flavor. Any seasonal vegetables, such as

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Orange Kabocha Miso Soup

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When cooked, the bright orange flesh of kabocha squash becomes very sweet and creamy. I use kabocha squash to make pumpkin pie and pumpkin risotto. If kabocha is not available, substitute butterc

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Fried thin tofu can be used in more than traditional preparations.  When I want t...

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This is my own variation on chawanmushi, egg custard soup. A mixture of mushrooms...

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Since asari clams have a naturally rich, sweet flavor, cooking them in water with ...

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Shira-ae literally means "dressed in white." As the name implies, this salad is t...

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Each yakitori restaurant in Japan boasts of its own delicious basting sauce, tare....

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The talented chefs at Benihana cook food on hibachi grills with flair and charisma...

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Kakejiru is a mild flavored broth to be poured hot over udon (cooked thick wheat n...

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This is another version of a creamy pureed vegetable miso soup. The bright orange...

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From Satsuma, in Kagoshima Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu, Satsuma-ji...

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On sweltering summer days when I was young, my mother frequently prepared a chille...

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