As opposed to the spice-heavy Indian pantry or the minimalist French cupboard, the Japanese pantry is distinctive in that it depends largely on foods that are fermented, contain glutamates, or both. Many of the staple dried foods, including seaweed, fish, and mushrooms, have naturally occurring glutamates, the magic amino acids that act as flavor megaphones when paired with other ingredients.
Worldwide Japanese food shopping guide!!! EEEKKK!!! Can't wait to try some of these!!!
Make Hanpen Fish Cakes! A Must Read for Those Abroad
Great recipe for Make Hanpen Fish Cakes! A Must Read for Those Abroad!. I have to make anything that's not sold in a Japanese grocery store, so I tried making this. You can use a hand mixer or a grinding bowl to process the mixture! If you can get a hold of fresh yams, grate them instead of using dried yamatoimo yam powder. (Attention: You can't eat yam raw. You can eat it if you cook it.) For 2 plates worth. Recipe by hamiing
Japanese ginger salad dressing. Made 1/6/13: Perfect! Exactly the flavor I have been searching for-- I could never find a dressing to match this in the grocery stores. So glad I found this recipe, and so easy to make.