Wasabi (Japanese Horseradish)
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Last Updated on January 25, 2023 Wasabi (Japanese Horseradish) might be one of the most known Japanese condiments which you have probably seen on the side of sushi. This iconic Japanese condiment isn’t just for sushi also, there are some different types of wasabi you can buy. Wasabi is widely available so you can easily add to your vegan Japanese pantry! What’s Wasabi? Wasabi [わさび or 山葵] is simply a Japanese horseradish. When we think of wasabi, most of us picture the green paste on the side of sushi. Wasabi is actually a plant and the part we typically eat with sushi is the root (rhizome) of ..read more
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Maitake Mushrooms
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2M ago
Last Updated on November 20, 2022 Maitake Mushroom is one of the popular mushrooms in Japanese cooking that’s great for side dishes, main dishes, from rice to noodles just about anything. If you’re looking for a different kind of mushroom to incorporate into your Japanese food, maitake might be your next favorite!   What are Maitake Mushrooms? Maitake mushrooms are one of the commonly used mushroom in Japan. In fall when the weather and the color of leaves start changing, the Japanese people appreciate this transition of seasons with food and maitake is one of them. Mushrooms are definit ..read more
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Butter Shoyu Maitake Pasta (Vegan)
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4M ago
Last Updated on October 13, 2022 [ヴィーガンバター醤油舞茸パスタ] Butter Shoyu Maitake Pasta is a Japanese fusion pasta dish featuring maitake mushroom cooked in the popular Japanese flavor combination of butter + shoyu (soy sauce) using vegan butter. It’s comforting, easy to make, and irresistible with the taste of butter shoyu. This pasta is one of my favorites to make in fall! Butter & Shoyu (Soy Sauce) If you haven’t tried the flavor marriage of butter (vegan butter) and shoyu (soy sauce), you might be missing out on something awesome! You may know well enough that soy sauce is one of the most commo ..read more
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Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce Pasta (Vegan)
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5M ago
Last Updated on September 17, 2022 [濃厚ミニトマトクリームソースパスタ(ヴィーガン)] Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce Pasta (Vegan) would be a perfect comfort food to make when sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes are in season. This vegan creamy tomato sauce has no dairy or cream at all (not even plant-based milk or nut milk) but it’s very rich and creamy. Vegan Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce I love pasta of all kind but I have to say tomato sauce is my least favorite. I’ve eaten and made a lot of different types of pasta dishes in my life but I wouldn’t have found any tomato sauce that makes me crave for more…until I tired this ..read more
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Vegan Garlic Fried Rice
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5M ago
Last Updated on August 25, 2022 [母の味ヴィーガンガーリックライス] When you have any leftover rice, it’s a perfect time to make fried rice like my Vegan Garlic Fried Rice which is inspired by my mom’s cooking that I ate a million times. It’s super quick to make but you won’t believe how flavorful the garlic fried rice is with the key ingredient — garlic chips! This comforting and heart-warming dish brings me back to my childhood! Garlic Fried Rice Nostalgia To start off the post, I’d like to share the story behind this dish! This fried rice was a childhood memory of my mom’s garlic fried rice. On weekends, m ..read more
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Vegan Cold Tan Tan Udon
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6M ago
Last Updated on August 11, 2022 [ヴィーガン冷やし豆乳々うどん] Vegan Cold Tan Tan U担don is a vegan arrangement of the Japanese noodle dish “tan tan men (ramen)” but made with udon noodles in cold, creamy and rich soymilk based spicy sesame broth. The delicious broth is made with kombu dashi based homemade vegan mentsuyu that gives umami and depth to the flavor. Story Behind The Cold Tan Tan Udon This is one of the recipes that I’m so glad I made because I truly love tan tan noodles of all kinds. The satisfying texture of chewy noodles, the creaminess of the roasted (toasted) sesame seed paste, the comforti ..read more
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Ponzu Sauce (Japanese Citrus Soy Sauce)
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6M ago
Last Updated on August 5, 2022 Ponzu Sauce (Japanese Citrus Soy Sauce) is a soy-sauce based Japanese condiment that tastes savory, tangy, and aromatic with a subtle umami taste in the background. It’s one of the staples in Japanese cooking that you can use as a dipping sauce, pour over sauce and/or make a healthy non-oil salad dressing with. Once you taste ponzu sauce, you want to keep it in your vegan Japanese pantry! What’s Ponzu Sauce? Overview Ponzu sauce is a Japanese condiment that’s made with soy sauce and a blend of aromatic citrus juice. In Japanese, it’s called as “ponzu shoyu ..read more
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Vegan Cold Ramen with Sesame Sauce
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6M ago
Last Updated on July 27, 2022 [ヴィーガン胡麻だれ冷やし中華] Vegan Cold Ramen with Sesame Sauce is a vegan arrangement of the Japanese cold ramen noodles called “hiyashi chuka” with creamy sesame sauce. It’s made with easy-to-find pantry staple ingredients such as tahini, soy sauce and rice vinegar but tastes authentically Japanese. My Vegan Cold Ramen with Sesame Sauce is the perfect ramen noodles to make in hot summer days and slurp it up like the Japanese people do! Cold Ramen (Hiyashi Chuka) Overview “Hiyashi-Chuka” is a Japanese word for cold ramen. Actually, the direct translation would be a bit more ..read more
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Vegan Cold Somen Noodles with Dipping Sauce
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7M ago
Last Updated on July 20, 2022 [ヴィーガン冷やし素麺] Vegan Cold Somen Noodles with Dipping Sauce is an ideal Japanese seasonal dish that’s perfect to eat in the hot and humid summer days! Silky and smooth somen noodles are served cold with a soy sauce base vegan dipping sauce that’s also cold. It’s prepared in the simplest and the authentic Japanese way to savor the somen noodles and the homemade vegan dipping sauce with a couple of aromatic & spicy condiments! What Are Somen Noodles? While udon noodles have gained the popularity outside of Japan, somen noodles are still trying to catch up to the s ..read more
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Vegan Mentsuyu (Concentrated Noodle Soup Base)
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7M ago
Last Updated on July 16, 2022 [ヴィーガン濃縮麺つゆ] Vegan Mentsuyu (Concentrated Noodle Soup Base) is a multipurpose ingredient that’s perfect for making cold noodle dipping sauce and hot broth (soup) suitable for udon, somen, and soba noodles. This kombu-based (no bonito) mentsuyu is 100 % vegan, has no MSG or other additives, and very easy to make with only 5 ingredients. My Vegan Mentsuyu is a great alternative to any conventional non-vegan mentsuyu. What’s Mentsuyu? Overview Mentsuyu [麺つゆ or めんつゆ] is a Japanese word for “noodle dipping sauce” or “noodle broth (soup).” To break it down,  “men ..read more
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