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Dining with the Chef

In this episode, we'll be making ten don, or tempura rice bowls, a popular dish in Japan. We'll be using shrimp, corn, and other colorful ingredients, and Chef Rika will share her secret technique to easily make crunchy, delicious tempura. For our side dish, we'll be making chrysanthemum greens seasoned with vinegar - the perfect match for ten don! The mild bitterness of the chrysanthemum greens goes wonderfully with the flavor of the vinegar, for a deliciously refreshing side dish.

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Dining with the Chef

In this episode, Chef Saito makes oden, simmering meat, seafood, vegetables, and other items in a pot of hot dashi broth. Simmering these items together helps them share their delicious flavors and pick up the great flavor of the simmering broth, while the simmering broth gets the flavors of the other ingredients at the same time - it's the secret to why oden is so delicious.

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In this episode, we'll be making beautiful chirashi sushi. This dish is perfect for winter, which is a great season for parties: not only is chirashi sushi healthy and delicious, it's also incredibly picturesque and great for sharing on social media! This sushi features toppings in five different colors, arranged in straight lines, for a striking appearance that will make you want to show this dish off!

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Dining with the Chef

In our Cook Around Japan segment, we visit different parts of the country and explore their local foods. For this two-part installment, we're visiting Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. This first episode focuses on Kesennuma Port, where the resilient townspeople have rebuilt the area after countless disasters over the years. One of our regular chefs, Rika Yukimasa, will be visiting this port town, and learning about the simple yet sophisticated techniques used by local chefs to serve freshly caught bonito tuna, kichiji rockfish, Pacific saury, and more.

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In this episode chef Rika Yukimasa and Patrick Harlan make Japanese-style fried meatballs. Rika's mother taught her this unique recipe, where instead of stewing them, the meatballs are fried. By pre-heating onions in the microwave, their flavor can be integrated into the meat more easily. To add seasoning, she uses soy sauce, ginger, and nutmeg to give the flavor plenty of complexity. They also focus on side dish soups made with ginger, and showing a simple recipe for one of the many different Japanese dishes made with ginger.

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Dining with the Chef

Our theme this episode is deep-frying. We'll be making crispy fried swordfish, served with a thick an sauce full of the rich flavor of dashi and plenty of vegetables. This hot, delicious dish is certain to warm both the body and soul in the cold of winter. We'll also be making mushroom rice with three kinds of mushrooms commonly eaten in Japan: shiitake, maitake, and eringi mushrooms. The mushrooms are cooked along with the rice - and we'll be adding the Chef's own original seasoning, made with dried shrimp, that makes any mixed rice dish even better!

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Dining with the Chef

In this episode, chef Saito makes simmered kinki fish, considered one of Japan's finest simmered dishes. One distinctive quality of Japan's simmered fish dishes is that they are often cooked gently in a small amount of broth, rather than boiling for a long time in a lot of broth to heavily flavor the fish - even after the fish simmer, they still retain much of their original flavor, with only the outermost layer of the fish being seasoned by the simmering broth. Chef Saito teaches the secrets of great simmered fish prepared this way.

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