Tea – #Oxidation of Tea vol. 1

In the previous article called “Tea – The Exiled Emperor Discovery” we spoke about the history of the tea and how it shaped the world we know today. Tea has influenced and changed the world in more ways than we could have imagined, with the aforementioned countries having the biggest influence. In this article we…

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Tea – #Oxidation of Tea vol. 2

In the previous article we detailed the development of tea flavour profiles, specifically, Japanese and Chinese Green teas, White tea, and rare Yellow tea. All teas are lightly oxidised which gives them their delicate aromas and flavours. Today we are going to delve into fully oxidised teas such as Black, and Pu’Erh tea. Each of…

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Wasabi – The Japanese Horseradish

When I was growing up and started learning about different cuisines, I fell in love with sushi. Not only for the Eastern mystery of unknown culture and ceremony in its way but mainly for the chef’s respect to each ingredient used to make the little nibble full of incredible history and flavour. The gentle, unexpected,…

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Mandarin: The Original Sweet Citrus

In one of the previous articles introducing pomelo we talked about four original citrus fruits on the planet and here’s another one of them – the mandarin. Mandarin played a big role in hybridization as it is the only sweet citrus fruit out of all ‘original four citrus fruits.’ The mandarin orange is the most…

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Yukari Sakamoto: Shochu advisor

Yukari Sakamoto 坂本ゆかり Author of Food Sake Tokyo (The Little Bookroom) Born in Tokyo and raised on the shores of Lake Wobegon, Yukari Sakamoto trained as a chef and baker at the French Culinary Institute. Following that she trained as a sommelier at The American Sommelier Association and worked as a sommelier at the New…

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Shochu

With attention on Japan for the 2020 Olympics and its world renowned whiskies, I have a question for you readers: What other alcoholic beverages is Japan known for? I’m sure you’re aware of sake, beer, umeshu…but what else is there? One of the misunderstood alcoholic beverages by westerners is shochu, which is often mistaken as Japanese vodka.…

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Yuzu: From your bath to your kitchen

Recently, I overheard a conversation between my friend and his child. …“Dad, what is yuzu? I only know lemon.” …There was a few seconds of silence, followed up with great response… “Come over and let’s find out together.”… This simple question led me to find out more about this delicate citrus fruit which you usually find…

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