Tag Archives: Japanese

Salting away shiso

Success! A few weeks ago I wrote of my scheme to make salt shiso pickles by sprinking a bit of salt on each of my homegrown shiso leaves and stacking them up in a jar. The leaves were then pressed … Continue reading

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Silly about shiso

Shiso is an aromatic bitter herb with a flavor profile in the same ballpark as mint and Thai basil: metallic, sharply sour but with a hint of sweetness, and an underlay of smoke or maybe cinnamon. The big (3-4” across) shiso … Continue reading

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Recipe: Asian Seaweed Salad

This is going to look and taste different than the seaweed salad in the deli case because, first, that contains a huge amount of sugar and second, commercial seaweed salad usually includes green food coloring. Natural is definitely ono in this scenario. … Continue reading

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How to rate suburban sushi

I live in a town of 30,000 that has five restaurants specializing in sushi. Can a community our size really support that many establishments providing a top quality dining experience? My suburban sushi tour aims to find out. I go … Continue reading

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Recipe: Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Got mirin? If you’ve dallied with Japanese cooking the answer is yes. Here’s a useful way to apply that half-bottle moldering on the back shelf of the pantry. Even if you have to buy mirin, this is still better than … Continue reading

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