Japanify Ingredients

March 9, 2017

One Week Only: Save 30% Off All Otsuka Tableware

by Umami Mart Staff

For a limited time, we’re offering our entire Otsuka Tableware line for 30% off. Made by the same Japanese glass company who makes our popular Short Mixing Glass, these simple and elegant glass dispensers showcase, store, and serve condiments in style. The Otsuka Tableware line includes: Glass Pepper Shaker: For ground pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, curry, sansho, or other finely ground […]

July 16, 2015

Packaging Whore: Kewpie Egg Royal Mayonnaise

by Moto Yamamoto

Mayonnaise in America = Hellman’s = Gross. This is what many people say or think, but mayo in Japan is very different. As many of you know, Kewpie mayo is the good stuff.  If you haven’t had them, go to Umami Mart in Oakland and buy one. Or you can make it yourself. A lot of […]

May 14, 2014

MOTOism: Homemade Mustard

by Moto Yamamoto

I’ve made many many things from scratch, from macarons and Worcestershire sauce to wedding cakes and plum liqueur. The long process is something I enjoy, and the end result is usually pretty good. However, in terms of cost performance, making things from scratch doesn’t save you much money. Like hand-knit scarves, it actually costs more […]

March 12, 2014

MOTOism: Homemade Miso

by Moto Yamamoto

As you may know, we recently bought a country house in the deep woods of Connecticut. We now own 9 acres of land, and my imagination goes wild with what to do — from building a chicken coop to a greenhouse, to planting yuzu and plum trees — an all Japanese vegetable garden. Unfortunately these […]

March 10, 2014

Kuishinbo: Easy Homemade Mirin

by Yuki HD

I’m sure Umami Mart readers know about mirin and have used it in cooking, but may not be sure about what it is exactly. Culinary experts in the U.S. believe that mirin is a mix of sake and lots of sugar. Sadly, this is incorrect. Yes, it’s sweet, but not just syrupy sweet — mirin […]

January 27, 2014

The Vin Vivant: Tripel Happiness with Loh Bak Goh

by Audrey Luk

All day to do as I pleased, all night to gorge on cheese: this was my MLK weekend mantra. It was the start of the Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center, so Chris was away meeting luminaries of the gourmet world while I puttered about at home, varying my errands with cooking projects […]

January 13, 2014

Izakaya Hideko: Taberu Rayu Tofu Salad

by Kayoko Akabori

My parents hosted a shinnenkai (New Year’s party) last night and it was a fantastic feast! As usual, Hideko and Kuni battled it out in the kitchen for cooking space, laughing and making fun of each other along the way. Who will make the best dish of the evening? This competitiveness has harshened lately, as Kuni has […]

November 22, 2013

Kuishinbo: Oname Koji

by Yuki HD

I met a wonderful couple on Instagram, who I visited on my last trip to Japan. When they cook, they always use local ingredients prepared with such care and style. I look forward to their dinner picture everyday and I often leave comments telling them how great their meals look. One day a couple of […]

October 7, 2013

Kuishinbo: Yuzukosho

by Yuki HD

Yuzu citrus is one of the most important ingredients in Japanese cooking. The juice of the yuzu is prized both for its citrusy flavor and elegant. The skin is often used as a garnish for chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) or osuimono (clear dashi soup). Lately, upscale restaurants in the States love to finish off their dishes […]

September 20, 2013

MOTO x Japanify Mashup: Kombu-Cured Enoki Mushrooms

by Yoko Kumano

Last month, MOTO made a surprise appearance for our one-year anniversary party. With not one hair out of place, he casually sauntered into our shop and helped us dress into our summer kimnonos. On his last day in California, we had dinner at my house. While preparing for our temaki dinner, Moto showed me how […]