This website is about Japanese foods, Japanese ingredients, Japanese cooking, and Japanese culture. I write Japanesecookinglovers.com to help non-Japanese people to learn Japanese foods.
I am currently working for the restaurant, and I occasionally taught Japanese home cooking in a local gourmet kitchen store in Charleston SC. Charleston is a small but charming city. It is historic and a significant tourist destination. I have been living here almost twenty plus years, and I like this city very much. One of the reasons, there is a large number of awards – winning restaurants in downtown Charleston. It’s locate on a coastline, so they have rich seafood also. As a Japanese person, I like, and I understand not every American like seafood as Japanese do. To get fresh seafood and Japanese ingredients are essential for my Japanese cooking life.
Why I write this?
I started this Japanese Cooking website on June 8th, 2010 to help other non-Japanese people who like to cook new recipes or good food. I love cooking and wish to learn new recipes from any country if it’s good. However, when I want to buy new stuff, I have problems. Sometimes I can not read their language so I am not sure what I am buying. I thought it might happen to non-Japanese people who like to eat Japanese foods, too. Also, it is easy to figure out if it is familiar food (my case it’s Japanese food), what the ingredients are in the diet. But if it is not my food, it is challenging for me to figure out the spices. So I came across the idea that I can make a website and put recipes for Japanese foods and Japanese ingredients you can find in the Asian store. It may help people who like to try new Japanese food. Even box – a ready-to-eat food – sometimes it is difficult to figure out what is the small picture on the box. If I can put pictures of exactly how it looks at the grocery store, it would be easier to find Japanese ingredients. So, I started this website.
What do I think about Japanese restaurants in the U.S.?
I hear my American friends say “Such and such restaurant is great Japanese cuisine.” Usually, those are Teppan food they are talking about, and I feel sorry that they are only experiencing in Teppan Japanese food, and they think it’s great. I ate Teppan in several Japanese restaurants, but I have never been satisfied with those foods.
Even rice, which is served at the restaurants, tastes horrible! They use a cheap brand (I understand it so that they can make money, or I learn that they cannot tell which is the better taste) and it is sad to me. If you start eating good grade Japanese rice, you can say the taste is different! I have an American friend who noticed the difference between regular rice and Japanese rice. She now buys Japanese rice.
Thank you for viewing!
So, this is about me. I want to tell people!! Those restaurants are not good Japanese foods. Please try good Japanese food! You can taste the difference, and you can choose good Japanese restaurants or not!
Food is culture. Eating good tasting food makes people’s life rich. It’s doesn’t cost a lot (you may think Japanese food are expensive) if you can cook at your home. I hope you will like to cook Japanese food from my website and will enjoy your rich cooking life through my site!