As opposed to the spice-heavy Indian pantry or the minimalist French cupboard, the Japanese pantry is distinctive in that it depends largely on foods that are fermented, contain glutamates, or both. Many of the staple dried foods, including seaweed, fish, and mushrooms, have naturally occurring glutamates, the magic amino acids that act as flavor megaphones when paired with other ingredients.

How to Stock a Japanese Pantry: 13 Indispensable Ingredients

As opposed to the spice-heavy Indian pantry or the minimalist French cupboard, the Japanese pantry is distinctive in that it depends largely on foods that are fermented, contain glutamates, or both. Many of the staple dried foods, including seaweed, fish, and mushrooms, have naturally occurring glutamates, the magic amino acids that act as flavor megaphones when paired with other ingredients.

Japanese grocery chain Mitsuwa Marketplace added a new store in Plano, TX and another in Waikiki, HI to its 9 existing locations.

Japanese grocery chain Mitsuwa Marketplace added a new store in Plano, TX and another in Waikiki, HI to its 9 existing locations.

$6 usd for quality nigiri at a local japanese grocery store #sushi #food #foodporn #japanese #Japan #dinner #sashimi #yummy #foodie #lunch #yum

$6 usd for quality nigiri at a local japanese grocery store #sushi #food #foodporn #japanese #Japan #dinner #sashimi #yummy #foodie #lunch #yum

The formula for making Japanese curry, by Makiko Itoh, author of Tge Just Bento Cookbook

The formula for making Japanese curry, by Makiko Itoh, author of Tge Just Bento Cookbook

beginners guide to grocery shopping in Japan. Has a great list of basic items in kanji, kana, and romaji.

beginners guide to grocery shopping in Japan. Has a great list of basic items in kanji, kana, and romaji.

Mentsuyu at Japanese grocery store

Mentsuyu (Noodle Soup Base) • Japanese Pantry

Mentsuyu at Japanese grocery store

How to make Japanese dashi (broth) at home and tips on what to buy at a Japanese grocery store.

How to make Japanese dashi (broth) at home and tips on what to buy at a Japanese grocery store.

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