December 15 is the International Tea Day. It is therefore a great opportunity to talk about the tea. And this time I would like to say few words about the Chinese tea. I am about to show you three teas, considered to be the most important by my friends from China who practise the art of tea. In their opinion, those three kinds of tea are perfect for one to start his or hers adventure with Chinese tea. Continue reading “Introduction to Chinese Tea. Three famous teas of China.”
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese dish. It’s a type of pancake with cabbage. Foreigners often call this “Japanese pizza”, but I don’t think it is a good analogy. Okonomiyaki is a flag dish of Hiroshima prefecture and city, although it is popular also in Osaka and the whole Kansai region. The Kansai version and Hiroshimna version are a bit different but both are delicious. I’ve learned to prepare Konomai-style okonomiyaki from a Japanese cook some time ago. Hence, I often prepare this dish at home. Today I share with you the super-easy recipe for okonomiyaki Kansai style. Continue reading “Recipe for Okonomiyaki Kansai style”
Happy New Year 2018!
Since the New Year has just started, I thought it would be nice to share with you some New Year’s culinary Japanese traditions. The first of these concerns Japanese mochi / omochi rice cakes. Below you’ll find basic information about mochi and daifuku (“stuffed mochi“), motchitsuki tradition as well as the link to the recipe for these traditional Japanese sweets. Continue reading “Japanese mochi rice cakes (New Year’s sweets)”
Mochi or omochi and daifuku (“stuffed mochi“) rice cakes are my most favourite traditional Japanese sweets. Some people think that the taste of the rice mochi mass is not very noticeable and bland. But I honestly love them and could eat a tone of them. Therefore, today I decided to share with you the recipe for mochi and daifuku. You can easily make these Japanese sweet rice cakes at home. Continue reading “Recipe for mochi and daifuku”
I have written several articles about Japanese sushi so far. However, I have never published such a post with the basics of sushi. I have finally prepared short guide “Sushi for the beginners” where you will find descriptions of various types and names of sushi. In next posts I will tell more about species of fish and seafood eaten in Japan. But today the basics! Continue reading “Sushi for the beginners: types and names of sushi”
What is the tea ceremony in Japan? Does a foreigner have a chance to take part in a tea ceremony in Japan? I had the pleasure of taking part in such a ceremony at the tea pavilion in Himeji. See what it looked like. Learn how the tea utensils are called. Continue reading “The Way of Tea. Japanese Tea Ceremony in Japan”