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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Shiso – the Asian nettle

Have you ever been to a sushi bar or any other Japanese restaurant? Then you definitely would have seen Shiso leaves aka Perilla, the big green leaves used mainly for plating to add contrast to the food being presented to you. While there is only one species in the genus, there are three varieties. There are…

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The Kumquat: A symbol of good luck

During a Sunday afternoon walk through a food market I came across a tiny orange that looked like a citrus fruit, the size and shape just slightly bigger than an olive – known as Kinkan or Kumquat. This fruit is native to south-eastern parts of the mountains in China and has four varieties – Nagami…

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