I cook mostly with fresh
vegetables, so I shop every couple of days. My
grocery store is down the street though, so this is easy for me to
do. Its easy
to buy prepackaged and frozen foods, but this is also an easy way to lose
weight in your wallet and add to your bum. Produce is marked down in
evenings and with different sauces available can be used to make a variety
inexpensive meals. I use a brand called Cook-Do, which is different Chinese
style sauces, all you have to do is add the sauce to stir-fried veggies
meat. Japanese curry and stew stocks are also cheap and easy.
stir fry the stuff and add the stock with some water, and simmer.
curries are made the same way, curry kits are sold at foreign food stores.
Japanese noodles are healthier
than Italian pasta and can be eaten with
different sauces, in soups or even cold with soy sauce. In the
soba is served with Tempura. The different kinds of noodles are:
buckwheat noodles, zaru-soba are the common kind that are served in the
summer. Udon - large white flour noodles. Somen - small
served cold, and Ramen style noodles, which are also a type of Soba
used in ramen soups or yaki-soba. The noodles should be added to
water and cooked quickly, just until done, and rinsed with cold water.
Most Japanese kitchens don't have
ovens, and only small electric stoves.
Toaster ovens are extremely convenient and work as well as real
microwaves have an oven setting that works well. I don't know how
microwaves do this, I think its one of the mysteries of the universe, but
be used to bake and everything. A rice cooker is a must have.
You can buy
ones sized for one or two people. All you have to do is wash the
rice, add the
right amount of water, push a button, wait, and viola! Its good
enough to eat.
Its really easy to add chopped vegetables, potatoes, or beans to cook
Vegetables can be bought in
pre-packaged sets for kim chee or nabe, and
yaki-soba. All you have to do is add a sauce base and cook in a
Yaki-soba is also sold in kits. Stir fry the noodles , add the
veggies and any meat, then add a little water with the sauce and simmer
Fruit is really expensive, but its
also sold in sets, with a variety of cut fruits. This usually proves
cheaper than buying whole fruits, plus its healthier with a couple servings of
If your really interested in
learning to cook Japanese food, asked someone about any classes that might be
available. Someone may even offer to teach you!