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Easy Washoku Meals Anyone Can Make

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As a coronavirus pandemic spreads, many people are spending more time at home than they used to. One of the productive activities at home that many people are doing is cooking. Stay home period has given us more time to cook at home than we used to. Also, we are conscious about our health more than ever. Having a strong immune system is the key to survival in this current world. Japanese traditional foods are healthy and have a good nutritious balance. Some ingredients like miso, yuzu, tofu can help you stay healthy and boost your immune system. Let us introduce some of the easy washoku (Japanese cuisine) recipes that you can try at home. Japanese dish is not that difficult to make, even at your own casa!

Soy Milk Miso Soup (豆乳味噌スープ)-

Some of you might be getting tired of traditional miso soup. Tonyu Miso Soup is an arranged miso soup adding soy milk. The key for this dish is to use unadjusted soy milk, not the green packaged one but the beige package. Kibun (紀文) is a famous brand which you will see at a supermarket. You can use any kind of ingredients that goes with miso. Adding soy milk makes the taste more western so potato, beacon, broccoli etc. are good to use.

Ingredients serve two:

Unadjusted Soy milk (無調整豆乳)

・1 Potato 

・2 slices of Bacon

・1/4 bag of Spinach

・2 Tablespoons of Sesame seed

・1/2 tea spoon of Dashi powder

・ 2 Tablespoons of Miso


This version uses daikon radish instead of potato.

Hiyayakko (冷ややっこ)-Japanese chilled Tofu

This is a very simple dish that you can make and it is good for diet.

There are 5 kinds of Tofu and the major 2 are Silk Tofu (絹)and firm(木綿). Difference is its smoothness. Either one works for this dish but silk one is more preferred.

Ingredients serves one: :

・1/2 of Tofu

・Ginger as needed

・1 leaf of macrophyll

・5 cm of Scallions

・Bonito Flakes as needed


This version uses onions instead of macrophyll.

Zaru-Soba (ざるそば)- Cold soba noodles

Soba is a strained buckwheat noodles, simple and healthy noodle. Summer especially it’s good to eat cold soba, which is called zaru-soba.

Ingredients serve one:

・Soba noodles 100g

・Mentsuyu (a dipping sauce made with bonito flakes, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and konbu (dried kelp)

Kinpira Gobo (きんぴらごぼう

Kinpira Gobo is a good side dish and it’s tasty even if it gets cold. This goes well with rice and bread as well. Gobo (burdock) needs to prepare well by soaking them in a bowl of water with a little bit of vinegar for about 15 minutes to remove the astringency of Gobo burdock root.

Ingredients serve two:

・1 stalk of Burdock

・1/3 of a Carrot 

・30cc Japanese sake

・1 +1/2 tablespoon Soy sauce

・sugar 1 tablespoon

・mirin 2 tablespoons

・sesame oil 1/2 tablespoon

Oyako Don (親子丼)

This is a perfect dish for chicken and egg lovers. Dashi, the broth simmers with onions and rice, sweet sauce tastes perfect.

Ingredients serve one:

・1/4 Chicken breasts

・2 Eggs

・1/4 Onion

・1 bowl of rice

・Japanese sake

・1 tablespoon of  Soy sauce

・1 teaspoon of Sugar

・1 tablespoon of  Mirin

・Mizuna as needed


Maybe you have noticed by now, Soy sauce, sugar, mirin, Japanese sake, are heavily used to make Japanese dish. Let’s always stock these essentials and enjoy cooking Japanese food in Japan!

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Reference site:

These Japanese cooking sites are easy to watch since all the videos are short, less than a minute.

Delish Kitchen: https://delishkitchen.tv/

Kurashiru: https://www.kurashiru.com/