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Sesame Rice with Soybeans


One and one half cup white rice (1 ½ cup)
One and one half cup mochi rice (1 ½ cup)
One half cup white sesame seeds (1/2 cup)
One half lb. Soybeans (optional) (1/2 pound)
*soybeans can be purchased at Japanese food stores already packaged in water.

3 Tbsp. sesame seed oil
3 Tbsp. shoyu
3 Tbsp. sake
3 Tbsp. mirin
1 Tbsp. Dashi powder
1 tsp. salt

After washing and draining white rice, place white rice, mochi rice, sesame seeds, and soybeans into rice cooker.
Add seasoning ingredients into cup used to measure rice and top off with water. Pour into rice cooker.
Add two more cups of water (using rice measuring cup) into rice cooker.
Cover and cook.


Natto Spaghetti


1 package Aloha Natto, finely chopped with a knife
One half lb. Spaghetti
2 pieces Umeboshi (big, fat, soft type) remove seeds
One half cup green onions (bottom portion, white part) finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 Tbsp. Dashi powder, mixed with one cup of warm water
2 Tbsp. Shoyu
Salt and pepper to taste
Salad oil, for frying

Suggested garnishes:
Ume paste (crushed umeboshi after removing the seeds)
Green onions, finely chopped (top portion, green part)
Nori, finely chopped

Boil spaghetti al dente, remove from water, drain and set aside.
In a frying pan, set to high heat and add salad oil. Add green onions (white part) and quickly fry.
Add spaghetti and fry with green onions. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add dashi water to hot frying pan. Mixing constantly until water evaporates.
After most of the water has evaporated, add shoyu, natto, and ume paste and continue to fry.
Remove from heat garnish with green onions, chopped nori and serve. Enjoy! 


Simple Shira-ae

Note: Shira-ae is a traditional Japanese dish that normally uses a mortar and pestle-type of bowl that has ridges to help in the mixing process. Because not everyone will have this type of bowl, this recipe utilizes a Ziploc bag instead.

One half block Aloha Firm Tofu, drained well (1/2 block)
One half block Aloha Soft Tofu, drained well (1/2 block)
2 Tbsp. White Sesame Seeds
2 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Dashi Powder
2 Tbsp. Sake
4 Tbsp. Shoyu
Salt, to taste

Suggested Vegetables To Use:
Broccoli, chopped
Carrots, chopped
Spinach, boiled and well drained, chopped
Cabbage, boiled and well drained, chopped
Mushrooms, boiled and well drained, chopped
Konnyaku (Japanese jelly-like health food made from the konnyaku potatoes), thin sliced.

Add tofu, sesame seeds, sugar, dashi powder, sake, shoyu and salt into Ziploc bag and seal closed.
Crush all ingredients into bag with hands (lomi lomi) until all ingredients are incorporated into a paste-like sauce.
Cut one corner of the bag and squeeze over selected vegetables.
Mix vegetables with sauce and serve.