Umaminaturè

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  Umaminaturè is… ・developed for professional chefs ・all-natural–made from naturally preserved kombu, which contains the “highest levels of glutamate umami compounds of any natural foodstuff in the world.” ・MSG-free seasoning ・no additives ・can be used in a variety of dishes We have 4 different types at Hitachiya-USA now: Plain, Basil, Shiso and Yuzu.  You can use Umaminaturè as a seasoning on top or mix it in with your dishes. When I tried the Plain on top of my sea bream sashimi, it ...

Shinmai Rice

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It’s this time of year now…. the fall season for shinmai (新米)or new harvest rice!! I just got a package of homemade rice from my parents from home as well. I immediately ate the rice with dried food and fish boiled in soy sauce, both from the Tsukiji Market. The aroma of freshly cooked rice never fails to make me happy. At Hitachiya, we have always been introducing  this Traditional Earthenware Rice Cooker and Ohitsu. I especially recommend these to customers who ...

Cooking Pumpkins without sugar or mirin or sake

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I always loved to eat cooked pumpkins. I always cooked enough to eat of it for lunch 2-3 times a week. However, I stopped cooking this favorite dish once I started cooking dried vegetables. Why? Because once dried, I didn’t have to use sugar or mirin to flavor the pumpkin! All I needed was salt, white sesame seeds and dried bonito flakes to eat the dried pumpkins! *If you would like to read our past blog post on dried vegetables click here. So ...