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Shio-Koji – The Secret Marinade That’s Full of Flavour

Shio-Koji - The Secret Marinade That's Full of Flavour

Shio-koji has sweeping Japan by storm recently, but what is it? How can you use it? What makes it so delicious? Discover the secret marinade that you’ve loved all along!

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Make Everything Delicious: How to use Japanese Mayonnaise

QP!Confounding, delicious. If you’ve got a bottle of Japanese mayo staring at you from the back of a cupboard or shelf, here’s how to use it.

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Umami Revealed: Unlock the Secrets of Your Taste Buds with Dashi

Umami Revealed

Dashi is a very commonly used ingredient in Japanese cooking. But what is it and why is it so popular? Read on to find out all about dashi and why this traditional Japanese ingredient has become so popular with Western chefs.

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Make One Change! 5 Japanese Diet Tips For A New You

Make One Change! 5 Japanese Diet Tips For A New You

We all know how it is… Christmas is over, the last of the wine and turkey have been snaffled and it’s time to turn over a new leaf! But despite those great yoga pants you got for that pilates class you will totally go to, or all those delicious naughty snacks you shovelled into the bin in ‘Operation: Clean Start!’, one week later you’re standing in the chippy asking for your usual. Argh!

Take a tip (or five) from us and read all about how 5 simple changes from Japanese food culture will help you lose weight and eat more healthily, without sacrificing the foods you love!

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5 Japanese Diet Secrets

Japanese Diet Secrets: Top 10 Countdown

We’ve all been there at the start of a diet, that sudden eye-popping reduction in food and a desperate attempt to live off salad in the cold winter months; foolishly we think we have to sacrifice taste and happiness to get the body beautiful… wrong! With our 5 Japanese Diet Secrets we’ll tell you all you need to know to easily change your eating habits, improve your health and trim down in no time, whilst not having to live by ridiculously restrictive rules. Hurrah!

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Top 5 Japanese Super Food

Top 5 Japanese Super Food

After one too many pigs-in-blankets, a near-empty Quality Street tin down (apart from the orange creams, we’re not mad) and Baileys running through our veins it’s time to take off the gluttony glasses and kick start 2013 with a healthy-eating plan you can easily stick to and tastes amazing. Impossible we hear you cry! No no no, there’s a reason Japan has the lowest obesity rate and the longest life expectancy in the world and in the coming weeks we’ll share Japan’s diet secrets with you. Read More…

Tanabata Festival: Stars, Wishes and Street Food

With Tanabata just around the corner on 7th July, Japanese towns everywhere are about to burst into life to celebrate. Here at Japan Centre we wish we could be in Japan, strolling around the local Tanabata Festival in our light and airy yutaka, writing wishes on tanzaku and sampling some sumptuous festival food that the Japanese do oh so well. But, alas, we are stuck here! So we’re going to do the next best thing and cook up some of our own wonderful Japanese yatai stall-inspired festival street food.

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A Japanese Diet for 2012!

A Japanese Diet for 2012

/sigh… it’s that time of the year again! If you’re anything like me, then over the last few days you’ve feasted on way too much turkey and roast spuds, a single token brussel sprout and lashings of rich, delicious gravy. The pleasure that comes afterwards only lasts for a short while… until the regret starts and I begin to ask myself “Why did I eat so much?”

But hey, New Year’s coming up soon and that means that we can create another New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy (for the 100th time!) The hardest thing about going on a diet is that diet food usually just doesn’t taste very good. Well, it never used to anyway… check out some of these Japanese foods from Japan Centre that are not only amazingly delicious, but also fantastic health foods, perfect for getting back into shape again.

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