Category: Diet

Ozoni (Japanese New Year Mochi Soup) is an important dish for the Japanese New Year. This clear dashi-based mochi soup with chicken and seasonal vegetables is enjoyed in the Kanto region (Eastern Japan).  Ozoni (お雑煮) is a mochi soup that we eat along with Osechi Ryori (traditional dishes) on New Year’s Day in Japan. The preparation for

Simmered shrimp cooked in dashi soy sauce and soaked overnight, this beautiful dish adds bright color and delicious flavor to your Osechi Ryori. Why Japanese Eat Simmered Shrimp for The New Year Shrimp with bright vermilion color brings beauty into the Japanese New Year feast, Osechi Ryori. This shrimp is always served with head and

After all the holiday indulgences, Nanakusa Gayu (七草粥) or Seven Herb Rice Porridge is enjoyed on January 7 of the New Year allowing our stomachs to recover. On January 7th of the New Year, the Japanese observe a tradition known as nanakusa no sekku (七草の節句), or the Festival of the Seven Herbs, by eating a

Kagami biraki is a traditional Japanese ceremony to break the ornamental mochi and eat it for good health and fortune for the New Year. To finish off the Japanese New Year celebrations, kagami biraki (鏡開き), literally “opening the mirror,” or breaking of the mochi is usually held on January 11th. What is Kagami Biraki? Kagami

From heart-warming soups, vibrant salads to pressure cooker meals, here you’ll find healthy dinner recipes that will become your favorites year-round!  It’s the New Year! Some of us may still be in the celebrating mode, but many of us are also ready to embark on a healthy reset. After all the eating, drinking, and merrymaking,

What to do with fresh yuzu fruits? Make this delicious Japanese dipping sauce called Yuzu Ponzu (Yuzu Pon)! The homemade version tastes so much better than the store-bought one and it’s so easy to make a big bulk to enjoy later! Yuzu is a popular citrus we enjoy during the winter months in Japan, and

Yuzu is a very precious fruit especially when you live outside of Japan as they are rare and expensive. The zest and juice of yuzu have a wonderful aroma and flavor, and we love using them in Japanese cooking. After juicing yuzu, don’t throw away the peels. Here’s how to store and enjoy yuzu zest. You’re