Kitchen Princess Bamboo: Yudane loaf

The Best Milk Bread Recipe Experiment Ep 2 | Kitchen Princess Bamboo Shokupan

Welcome back to our Milk Bread Recipe experiment! Last time we talked a little bit about the common starters for milk bread called yudane and tangzhong and we explored both methods and while it wasn’t a direct comparison on the techniques, it gave us an introduction into making milk bread. We did notice that Umi’s […]

half and half omurice, Muguni, Osaka, Japan

Journey To Making The Perfect Omurice: Part 1

Have you ever had omurice? It’s a thin yet fluffy omelet, runny on the inside topped on fried rice then drizzled with a homemade ketchup, or wait, doused with a special sauce that can range from a savory demi-glace or a velvety cream sauce. If you were to look in the dictionary under “comfort food”, […]

making miso from scratch: mix the koji and soybean mash

How to Make Miso Paste from Scratch

When we were in Japan in October of 2019 we were lucky enough to do a WorkAway with a lovely family in Iwanai. Akiko-san (Aki) the mom, taught us about Japanese cuisine like gobo root, kinako, and miso. She spoiled us with delicious home cooking and when we asked about her miso soup and if […]

Homemade mochi made with rice

Mochi Making Journey (Part 4)

Making Legit Mochi from Rice – not Rice Flour We’ve made it to Part 4 of our Mochi Making Journey! If you’re just joining us, feel free to catch up with Part 1 here where we tried a standard mochi recipe via steaming. We tried cooking directly over the stove in Part 2 and got […]

shiratamako and mochiko flours

Mochi Making Journey (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of our Mochi Making Journey! If you’re just joining us, feel free to catch up with Part 1 here. In Part 1 we tested a pretty standard mochi recipe via steaming, but our mochi kept tearing. In Part 2 we used a cooking directly over the stove method and skipped using […]

cooked mochi

Mochi Making Journey (Part 2)

Welcome back to our Mochi Making Journey! This time, we are testing a new method and 2 different ratios for making mochi. Instead of steaming the mochi dough, we are going to cook it directly on the stove, based off Leo’s Japanese Dojo Recipe (via Youtube) and Chef Tomoko Kato’s Recipe (via NYT) recipes. You […]

oyaki

Oyaki Experiment (Part 2)

Welcome back to our Oyaki experiment! Last time we talked about how we had discovered the discrepancy between Japanese All Purpose (AP) flour, called chuurikiko, and American AP flour. The American King Arthur AP flour we used has a higher protein content of 11.7% compared to the 9% typical of Japanese AP flour. In our […]

Making mochi

Mochi Making Journey (Part 1)

One of my favorite desserts of all time is the fantastically soft and squishy Japanese treat: daifuku mochi (大福餅), or “big luck”. Mochi has long been something we’ve wanted to attempt, but the fear of taking on something with such a long tradition and that seemed complicated held us back. In reality, it’s not that […]

Red Bean Paste (Anko): tsubuan and koshian

Fresh Red Bean Paste (Anko)

Let’s go over how to make fresh red bean paste at home! One of our favorite flavors or fillings is red bean paste and homemade red bean paste is by far the best way to enjoy this delicious sweet, because you can control the sweetness and texture so it pairs perfectly with whatever you use […]