Japanese food

Vegan Mapo Tofu

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A recipe for a Japanified Chinese dish may seem like a strange thing to post right before Christmas, but Christmastime always makes me think of the scene in A Christmas Story where the neighbor’s dogs escape and get into the kitchen on Christmas Day and eat their turkey, so the Parker family has to have […]

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Vegan Japanese Potato Salad

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Potato salad is a classic summer food in my mind.  It goes so perfectly with other picnic foods or foods that you might cook on the grill.  My FAVORITE style of potato salad is Japanese potato salad, which I’ve written about before.  

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Vegan Japanese-Style Mayonnaise (Hemp or Cashew . . . You Pick!)

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I have praised the virtues of Japanese mayonnaise before, and Kewpie mayonnaise (a Japanese brand) has been gaining a cult following in the US over recent years.  What makes Japanese mayo unique?  It is super creamy, slightly sweeter than American mayo, uses only egg yolks instead of whole eggs, uses rice vinegar instead of lemon […]

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Shiso Goma Shio Onigiri (Shiso and Sesame Salt Rice Balls)

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Onigiri (Japanese rice balls) are a constant on our weekly menus in the Fuji household.  Whether they are for lunch or a snack, we eat them at least once a week.  But if you’ve been reading La Fuji Mama for very long, you already know that!  I am going to start sharing a new onigiri […]

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Red, White & Blue Onigirazu

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¡Hola from Cancún!  We (the Fuji Five!) are in Cancún, México this week for a family vacation.  If you are in the US, I hope you have fun things planned for the 4th of July tomorrow!  I know there will be celebrations at our resort here, so we are all looking forward to that, though hanging out […]

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Exploring Hakodate, Japan

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Sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization). Hakodate, Japan Like all of the places we visited on this trip, I kept wishing I had weeks more time in Hakodate because we only had time to scratch the surface on everything that there was to see and do (and eat!).  We caught a shinkansen (a bullet […]

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Exploring Aomori, Japan

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I returned a couple of weeks ago from a dream trip to Japan, sponsored by the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization).  You all know that Japan is my happy place, so to be asked to go and explore a new (to me) part of Japan so that I could share it with you? Yes please, […]

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Tofu Yasai Don (Tofu Vegetable Rice Bowl) + Kamikoto Master Veggie Butchery

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This post is brought to you by Kamikoto Knives. I love things served in bowls.  Now, I know this has been a bit of a trend, at least here in the US, but my love for bowls goes way back.  This is probably why I love Japanese donburi so much.  A donburi, put simply, is […]

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Kombu Shiitake Dashi (Kelp & Shiitake Mushroom Stock)

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Dashi, the basic stock of Japan, is also one of the building blocks of Japanese cuisine.  There are several different types, the most classic being dashi made with katsuobushi (dried bonito fish flakes) and kombu (dried kelp), which I’ve written about before.  But if you don’t eat fish, there are still several stock options available […]

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Cold Soba Noodles with Sweet Walnut Dipping Sauce — Let’s Cook Japanese Food!

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Before living in Japan for the first time, I always assumed Japanese food would be hard to cook.  Everything was so beautiful and so perfect.  I quickly learned, however, that while a few dishes were quite technical, most Japanese food is actually incredibly approachable and doable for the home cook.  Author Amy Kaneko, in her cookbook, Let’s […]

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