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Soy sauce is too salty for my tastes. I use the low salt sparingly. Untill I read this Soy sauce - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I didnt know there was more then one type of soy sauce.
yup - when i'm at home i like dark Soy souce, but its different to the standard japanese soy, which i dont like so much

does anyone know if you can get dark soy in japan easily?
this is the type i usually have:

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12-17-2006, 06:49 PM

Originally Posted by JISE View Post
I love tofu... whats edamame?
edamame are these green beans that are very popular here in US right now.
they even put it in McDonald's salad. :3

vegetarian foods huh? my japanese teacher is vegetarian as well.
when i still have her class, she used to teach us how to cook japanese vegetarian foods.
she made this version of vegetarian miso soup. normally, you make a broth from dried fish but she substituted dried shiitake.. along with it she put tofu cubes and daikon raddish. it's so good! she even used half red miso and half white miso.
she also made sushi with avocado's and eggs. or if you don't like eggs you could put cucumbers there too. cucumbers and sushi rice wrapped together in fresh crispy nori is to die for. DD:

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02-08-2007, 04:59 PM

Hmm, glad someone asked this, hoping to go to Japan at some point and was worried about what I'd eat 'cos I'm veggie too. Seems there are quite a few things there to try or look out for.
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What? Hmmm what foods are you tallking about; veggie foods such as...?

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02-22-2007, 03:39 PM

tempura? I'm the same as you, and I don't like nori either. I cook a lot.

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10-07-2007, 11:05 PM

If things using fish stock are unacceptable...then you'll have to be careful.

any kind of ramen dish = has dashi
Okonomiyaki = has dashi
seaweed onigiri = has dashi
the dip used for tempura = dashi

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10-08-2007, 05:16 AM

Originally Posted by vulgarshudder View Post
If things using fish stock are unacceptable...then you'll have to be careful.

any kind of ramen dish = has dashi
Okonomiyaki = has dashi
seaweed onigiri = has dashi
the dip used for tempura = dashi

This is exactly what I wanted to say! In Japanese cooking, just because you don't 'see' pieces of animal meat or fish meat in a dish, it doesn't automatically mean that it's vegetarian. Dried bonito flakes, as well as other kinds of dried fish, are very often used to make the stock. That means a simple tofu miso soup will contain some fish elements in it. Egg sushi that I often see foreign tourists eat in sushi bars in Tokyo can actually contain bonito. So you might want to ask an employee before you order something you shouldn't be ordering as a vegetarian.
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10-08-2007, 12:27 PM

It's very difficult to be a vegetarian in Japan unless you do all your own cooking. Even then, if you do not know Japanese, it is difficult to check the labels to make sure everything you are buying is completely vegetarian.
Eating in restaurants is very difficult as the Japanese LOVE to sneak meat in almost everything. Even if it looks like it doesn't have meat in it and the menu makes no mention of meat, you might be surprised when you look closer. There are probably tiny bits of pork stuffed in it. If you tell your servers that you don't eat meat, they'll usually try to accomodate you, but the Japanese idea of vegetarian is probably different from yours. Vegetarian might just mean that you usually don't eat meat (but sometimes is ok), or that anything that doesn't contain giant hunks of meat is ok (such as ramen broth that is pretty much liquid pork).

As far as new vegetarian Japanese food, if you're feeling really brave, try some konnyaku. It's a little bit terrifying in texture, but the taste is very unoffensive.

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