Japanese, Quick & Easy

Pickled Cucumber With Shoyu Koji きゅうりの醤油糀浅漬け

I hope that your interest in the world of koji is in full throttle since the introduction of shio koji and shoyu koji. Here, I would like to share this easy pickled cucumber with shoyu koji recipe. It uses shoyu koji as a pickling agent.

In Japanese, this recipe is called きゅうりの醤油糀浅漬け or kyūri no shōyu kōji asazuke. It’s a type of tsukemono (Japanese preserved vegetables) called shoyukojizuke 醤油糀漬け/醤油麹漬け which utilizes shoyu koji to pickle the ingredient(s). Because pickling cucumber takes a short amount of time (ready in a few hours), this type of pickling method is called asazuke 浅漬け.

Pickled Cucumber With Shoyu Koji きゅうりの醤油糀浅漬け
You’ll love this pickled cucumber with shoyu koji! ❤️❤️❤️

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Japanese

Shoyu Koji 醤油糀

In this post, I’m going to introduce to you yet another umami seasoning made with koji. Previously, I’ve introduced shio koji 塩糀/塩麹 to my blog readers. Have you read it yet? Do run through it if you have not as it contains information on koji which will help you understand this post better.

Brewing my own traditional fermented soy sauce is beyond my reach right now. So I was excited to learn about shoyu koji 醤油糀/醤油麹/しょうゆ糀/しょうゆ麹. Shoyu koji is made by fermenting koji in shoyu (Japanese name for soy sauce). With the help of the famous Japanese fungus called Aspergillus oryzae aka koji, regular shoyu is transformed into super umami shoyu.

Shoyu Koji 醤油糀
Delicious and umamilicious shoyu koji 醤油糀! 😋😋😋

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Japanese

Shio Koji 塩糀

Updated 30th April 2022.

I stumbled upon the world of koji (糀 or 麹) a year ago while I was researching the traditional method of soy sauce making. One thing led to another and here I am 10 months later an avid fan of shio koji. While my dream of making traditional fermented soy sauce is on a halt, I am learning to make other Japanese fermented food that utilizes koji. Shio koji is one of the easiest fermented food you can make at home.

Shio Koji 塩糀 (Salt Koji)
Shio koji 塩糀 is ❤️❤️❤️

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Cookies, French

Christmas Sablés – Sablés De Noël

Christmas sablés or sablés de Noël are traditional Christmas cookies from the Alsace region in France. These Christmas sablés come in the shapes of angels, stars, snowflakes, Christmas trees, snowmen, etc. They can be tied to the Christmas tree as decoration by making a hole on the cookie pre-bake using the end of the chopstick and string with ribbon later. This is a wonderful holiday project for the family to gather, bake together and decorate the Christmas tree. 🎄

Thes Christmas sablé is unlike any I’ve tried. It’s rich and savory thanks to the use of some ground almond. Definitely feels like a piece of heaven as Jacquy Pfeiffer (pastry chef & for which this recipe is adapted from) mom’s experienced when she was little.

Christmas Sablés - Sablés De Noël
Christmas sablés or sablés de Noël ready to be gobbled up. 🤤❄️☃️❤️🎄🎅🤤
In fact I already did.

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Korean

Jatjuk – Pine Nut Porridge

One fine day, I came across jatjuk 잣죽 at Maangchi’s website. What else? I quickly added it to my to-try list. Jatjuk 잣죽 means pine nut porridge. Jat 잣 is pine nut while juk 죽 is porridge. And yes, porridge in Cantonese is chuk/juk. It immediately got me wondering about its taste (combination of pine nuts & rice is new to me). Hmm… 🤔 What kind of experience will it evoke? Are you curious too? Keep on reading.

Jatjuk 잣죽 - Pine Nut Porridge
Jatjuk 잣죽 or pine nut porridge is comfort food. It’ll warm you inside out.

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