Shio koji is a versatile Japanese ingredient used to add depth and flavor to many dishes. You can easily make shio koji yourself using rice koji, which is easier to find.
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Ponzu sauce is a popular, versatile condiment utilized in Japanese cuisine. The combination of ingredients used to make ponzu sauce, including the refreshing citrus flavor of the yuzu fruit, result in an umami-rich sauce well suited for many dishes.
Sesame, one of the most important flavors and components of Japanese cuisine, can be used in many ways. Sesame seeds, sesame oil, and sesame paste can garnish, season, and create many delicious Japanese dishes.
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at preparing and cooking some healthy Japanese meals, you’ll first need to make sure you have some important pantry items on hand. Umami Insider has composed this collection of amazing condiments and sauces.
Soy sauce is one of the most important ingredients in Japanese cuisine and part of the golden ratio for creating distinctive Japanese sauces and seasonings.
Did you know that there are actually many types of miso, each with varied culinary uses in Japanese cooking? The different ingredients used to create miso paste result in different flavors, making miso a very versatile ingredient.
Shichimi togarashi is a Japanese blend of 7 spices and is commonly used as a seasoning in soups, noodle dishes, or as an addition to salad dressing.
Knowing about different kinds of Japanese dashi enable you to cook Japanese food better and the rewarding umami flavor is well worth it! Learn more and you’ll be able to explore new avenues of wonderful flavor in Japanese cuisine.
Red bean paste (anko) is a sweet ingredient often used in Japan as a filling for various pastries, to flavor confectioneries, and even for use in ice cream. You can make your own red bean paste and use it in several recipes.
Katsuobushi refers to bonito that has been dried, smoked and then shaved into flakes. It is a main ingredient of dashi broth, but the seasoning can be used to add umami to almost anything.