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goya bitter melon

Ultimate Guide to Japanese Goya (Bitter Melon)

Bitter melon, also known as goya in Japan, is one of the most famous and healthiest foods consumed in Japan. The taste can take some getting used to, but it’s worth it for the health benefits of bitter melon.

japanese pickles tsukemono

Ultimate Guide to Japanese Tsukemono Pickles

Made using either a salt or vinegar brine or a more involved fermentation process, Japanese tsukemono pickles can refer to a wide assortment of both vegetables and fruits, as well as seaweed, and exhibit a plethora of both flavors and colors.

culinary uses of lotus root kinpira

The Amazing Culinary Uses of Lotus Root

The lotus root is a vegetable that looks beautiful when sliced, and can be used in many different Japanese dishes. It is healthy, tasty, and becoming much more popular in America.

Chopsticks holding slimy natto

Natto: Not Your Average Dish

Japanese cuisine relies on natto as a staple breakfast or lunch dish, but many Western palates have not been exposed to this fermented soybean wonder. There are many health benefits to this dish in addition to its additive flavor profile.

natto in somen and nori

5 Ways to Enjoy Natto

Natto, fermented soybeans, is often enjoyed on its own as a simple cold dish. But there are many different ways to serve, from mixing it with other ingredients to adding it to salads and soups. Try these suggestions for new ways to enjoy natto.

rakkyo and fukujinzuke with curry

Curry, Fukujinzuke, and Rakkyo: A Match Made in Heaven

Pickled vegetables such as fukujinzuke and crunchy rakkyo are an excellent side dish to your Japanese meal, especially Japanese curry! Try some the next time you make or order curry, and you won't be disappointed!

unagi hitsumabushi

5 Ways to Enjoy Unagi, the Japanese Eel

Unagi, the Japanese eel, is a large part of Japanese cuisine. In addition to being an ingredient in many sushi rolls, there are many other ways you can enjoy unagi, whether in Japanese restaurants or prepared and served in your own home.