5 Essential Tips for Japanese Cooking

Whilst Japanese cooking is a lot more simple than you might have otherwise thought, there are certain tips that will help you make your food even more delicious.

Here I will outline one of my five tips. If you would like to learn more, please sign up for my newsletter on the right of this page and you will receive them by email.

1. Sa Shi Su Se So

For those who know Japanese, sa shi su se so is a line in one of the three Japanese alphabets. When it comes to Japanese cooking, this mnemonic is a way to remember the order to add ingredients.

SAto SHIo SU SEuya miSO

Sato / Saké = sugar / alcohol

Shio = salt

Su = (rice) vinegar

Seuya = soy sauce

Miso / Sauce

If for example, you are only using sugar and soy sauce, the order still remains. If you stick to this order, all your flavours will have a chance to become their richest. There are both practical reasons and chemical related reasons for this, and it is amazing how much a difference it will make to your cooking.

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