Product Review: Ochazuke from Nagatanien

Since yesterday was National Beer Lover’s Day, I bet a lot of people had a fantastic Happy Hour last night. Do you remember how many glasses of drink you had? Depending how well today (or this week) goes, today’s dinner will be too much for your stomach after hangover.  To make sure you’ll recover from…

Product Review: Kinako

What’s Kinako? It’s roasted soybean flour that goes great when you sprinkle over mochi rice cake or even in smoothie to put a nutty, earthy soy bean flavor in your food. They are loved by people from all generations, especially as wagashi(Japanese sweet treats) lovers, so when you visit Japanese themed restaurants or sweet shops,…

Product Review: Sauce for Spicy Garlic Eggplant from Lee Kum Kee

Every time I visit Chinese food restaurant, my dinner buddy has to be careful with what I order since they look similar all the time. Yes, I love eggplant stir fry from Chinese/Thai cuisine, but as long as we’ve got just 2 people, we need to compromise what each of us want to eat at…

Product Review: Yukari Rice Seasoning

Yukari seasoning.  I don’t remember when I met this yummy rice seasoning, probably when I started to eat real human food instead of formula in the very early stage. And growing up with bringing a bento box, yukari occasionally appeared on my rice ball or as an accent of my plain rice or omelets, the…

Product Review: Noritama Rice Seasoning

Noritama Furikake. (Literal meaning is roasted seaweed and egg rice seasoning.)  This is Japanese version of Peanut Butter and Jelly, since a lot of people grow up eating nori-tama rice balls in bento boxes so they have nostalgic memories with them. Other popular furikake has a savory taste, and of course noritama is one of…

Product Review: Japanese Karashi Mustard

The cooking ingredients you can’t really substitute. Can you guess what it is? The answer is Japanese mustard: Karashi!  When I arrived in the US and was wandering around for dinner one day, I found a nice size of daikon radish (Usually if you want to buy Daikon radish in Japan, they are huge so…