Hi, I’m Asuka from Yokoya farm.

I’ve heard foreign tourists feel Japanese dishes are sweet.

I certainly also feel they are sweet and salty. For example, sukiyaki, yakiniku, nimono(simmered food), oyakodon(chicken and egg bowl), gyu-don(beef bowl).

Those tastes come from common seasonings in Japan.

I’ll introduce some seasonings used for Japanese dishes below.

Soy sauce, cooking sake, mirin(sweet cooking sake), sugar.

All families in Japan have those seasonings for sure.


(Sweet cooking sake, cooking sake, soy sauce, sugar


I use them every day of course!

I’ll introduce them with some of my cooking today.

Here is our dinner at one night. 

Dinner menu

I made kiriboshi daikon (dried strips of radish), simmered pumpkin and pork wrapped vegetable.


For kiriboshi daikon, I used dried radish and sink it in water and sauted it with carrots and mushrooms and add mirin (sweet cooking sake), cooking sake, sugar and soy sauce and simmered it.

dried radish sold in supermarkets
simmered for 15 mins after adding seasonings


Simmered pumpkin is very easy! All you have to do is cutting pumpkins and adding sugar and soy sauce and simmering it for a while.

Sugar makes it sweeter and tasty


Pork wrapped vegetable is also very simple. All you have to do is rolling veges left in a refrigerator with pork and sauteing it and adding sugar and soy sauce and it’s done!!

You can use all vegetables for inside


Those seasonings are used for all dishes like this way.

Mushroom’s ohitashi (boiled mushrooms seasoned with cooking sake and soy sauce


In addition to it, sugar is used for vinegared rice for sushi.

It seems not common in western countries for using sugar for their dishes and some people from those countries feel weird for sweetness of Japanese cousins. However sweet and salty tastes from sugar and soy sauce is quite familiar with us and it’s also our mother’s taste.

Please try various dishes when you come to Japan!


This sentence was translated by my friend Ryo.

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