Making Japanese recipes can be a hindrance for many people. After all, one always imagines that several items will be needed that would only be available in the country. However, if you only had these 5 ingredients in your house, you can certainly start making amazing Japanese dishes.
In addition, many of them are used as seasonings, that is, you can start creating some recipes and give them a Japanese touch.
These ingredients can be found in Japanese grocery stores or even in some markets in large urban centers. If you don’t have an oriental grocery store in your city, be sure to search the internet, as there is certainly someone selling these products.
For Japanese recipes, always have a miso in the fridge.
Miso is a fermented soy paste and there are already Brazilian companies that make it. That is, you do not need to bring this folder from Japan.
Made from soybeans and rice or barley, these ingredients are ground, salt is added, and the paste is allowed to ferment until the paste acquires a salty, deeply salty flavor. The easiest way for a novice to choose one is by color. The three prominent colors of miso paste are white miso paste (shiro) yellow miso paste (tanshoku) and red miso paste (aka).
What’s the difference between them? The amount of salt, with the white one having a smaller amount, and the red one having a larger amount.
You can use miso paste to make miso soup, a classic of Japanese food. But I encourage you to use miso paste whenever you want to increase the umami in whatever dish you are making.
To accompany your recipe, have a short grain rice
Short-grain rice is the most consumed rice in Japan. Unlike long-grain or medium-grain rice varieties, short-grain rice is a little stickier.
You can find this rice in some Japanese grocery stores and in some big markets.
Add a special touch to your Japanese recipes with bonito flakes
Bonito flakes, or katsuobushi , are made from skipjack tuna. The fish is cleaned, dried, smoked and then cut into very fine flakes. If you sprinkle them over hot food, the flakes will shiver and dance as they react to the heat. This is a beautiful picture, it looks like the food is alive.
They can be used in many ways: as a seasoning, inside a dish, or as a topping. Bonito flakes are one of the main seasonings in dashi broth, a savory broth used to flavor many Japanese dishes.
More more flavor, use a special kelp
Of everything on this list, the kombu (kelp) is probably the least versatile ingredient. This type of seaweed is famous for its umami essence. It is a key ingredient in dashi broth, the Japanese equivalent of chicken broth.
An extra flavor to your recipes with Mirin and Sake
Mirin, a sweetened rice wine, is often used in Japanese cuisine in sauces and often alongside sake.
There is a cooking sake, this is fortified with salt to help preserve the sake and add extra spice to your dishes. It must not be served as an alcoholic beverage. The biggest concern is how much salt you add to your final dish. If that worries you, stick to regular sake and season it however you like.
Source: Gaijin Pot.