You do not have to be in Japan to enjoy Japanese food. Heck! You can be anywhere and enjoy the sushi or sashimi that you love so much. How? By making them yourself of course!
So right now, you are probably asking yourself how you can manage to do that right? Well, that is what this article is for. Here are some things that you need to know to help you make Japanese food in America.
1. Recipes are conveniently available almost everywhere. You can get Japanese cookbooks at your local bookstore. If you are a novice, get a book that does not only list down the recipes for you. You may want something that can give you a clear background on what Japanese cuisine is all about. However, if you want a cheaper, you can always click on your handy dandy browser and search for them in the Internet.
2. Do not worry about the ingredients. Here’s the thing, sometimes Japanese recipes include some weird – sounding items that seem to be close to impossible to find. But, do not be fooled. Some of them has an American counterpart which you can easily get at your local grocery store. Plus, Japanese specialty stores are sprouting out like mushrooms everywhere. So if you want to save time on looking for some items, go look for a shop near your area.
3. In a rare case scenario, where you cannot find a specific ingredient, substitute. For example, if sushi rice is not available, you can always replace that with any short grain rice. You would just need to adjust the way you cook the substitute to achieve the same texture or consistency of the sushi rice.
4. Lastly, stay away from processed ingredients. Traditional Japanese cooking rarely calls for dried herbs, seafood or processed meat. So as much as possible, stick to freshest vegetables and meat that you can get your hands on.