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Furofuki Daikon Piping Hot Radish with Miso Sauce

Furofuki Daikon Piping Hot Radish with Miso Sauce

Furofuki Daikon topped with Yuzu-Scented Miso ふろふき大根 Furofuki Daikon Piping Hot Radish with Miso Sauce Furofuki, literally “blowing steam,” is the name given to vegetables – most often daikon radish – that has been tender-prepped and then simmered in dashi broth....

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Otoshi-buta Dropped Lids

Otoshi-buta Dropped Lids

16th century scroll (Shuhanron Emaki) 酒飯論絵巻 落し蓋 Otoshi-Buta Dropped Lids Used in Japanese kitchens for centuries for preparing nimono (simmered dishes), otoshi-buta lids drop down to sit directly on the food, rather than on the rim of a pot. Fuel-efficient as they...

Rice Porridge with Seven Spring Herbs

Rice Porridge with Seven Spring Herbs

From left to right, the seven spring herbs are: SERI, NAZUNA, GOGYŌ, HAKOBERA, HOTOKÉNOZA, SUZUNA, SUZUSHIRO 七草粥 Nana Kusa Kayu Rice Porridge with Seven Spring Herbs More than a thousand years ago, the Japanese spoke of watari-dori ("migrating birds") coming from the...

Kuri Kinton

Kuri Kinton

Kuri kinton sweet chestnuts in yam paste.KURI KINTON 栗金団 This traditional New Year’s sweet combines syrup-stewed chestnuts with a sweet paste made of mashed and sieved satsuma imo potato. The golden color of both the chestnuts and the potatoes are enhanced by...

Celebration Salad

Celebration Salad

Classic KOHAKU NAMASU, “red and white salad” is made from finely shredded daikon and carrots. Fruit peel is added after the vegetables have been salt-wilted and rinsed. The mixture is marinated in sweet-and-sour sauce for several hours to several days. Yuzu peel is...

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