One of the greatest things about being raised abroad is being able to share Japan with my friends in the US. I have tons of friends who are incredible cooks, so it brings me joy to bring some of the best of Japan into their home kitchens.
Japanese ingredients are a delightful addition to Western dishes too. They bring elements of depth and flavor that Western ingredients can’t achieve. I think that’s the myth they call ‘umami’.
Here is the most recent loot I’m shipping to a friend in exchange for shipping a colossal hardcover book from the US to Japan.