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- Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:19:58 +0000
And now for the totally unrelated info on Japanese recipes!! cat_xd
So since you don't have a rice cooker, I HIGHLY recommend that you get one, because the majority of Japanese recipes will need rice, plus it vastly simplifies your life - you can even put the rice and water in the cooker whenever you have time and set the timer to go off hours later, when all your dishes will be cooked and ready. I often set the timer at night before I go to bed and have it ready in the morning for breakfast when I wake up. Yeah, it may seem weird eating rice for breakfast, but all Japanese people do it, and I've started to adapt the habit too from my husband (although sometimes I just absolutely gotta have my cereal or granola and milk hahahaha).
There are bazillions of rice cookers available, with all kinds of additional settings and bling-bling features, but you don't need a fancy or expensive one. Here is the one I have, it's Zojirushi brand:
Zojirushi 5 cup rice cooker
It cooks up to 5.5 cups of rice at a time, and can also be used to steam veggies and make stews and all sorts of other stuff. There are cookbooks dedicated to cooking entire meals just with rice cookers!
Anyway, until you get one of those, we can move on to the meat and potatoes (or rather fish and seaweed hihihihi) of Japanese cooking!!
The crux of pretty much all Japanese recipes rests upon 3 main ingredients:
SHŌYU (soy sauce), DASHI, and MIRIN.
I will explain them all in detail in my next post, so stay tuned... cat_xd