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How to sterilise jars

In the vibrant tapestry of our shared love for the culinary arts, we’re excited to unveil a kitchen secret that’s been a game-changer for many – the meticulous art of jar sterilisation. Knowing your prowess in the kitchen, we’re eager to walk you through the nuanced steps of this culinary journey. The foundation – why […]

Japanese knives: how to spot the real deal vs. a knock-off?

So, you’ve decided to upgrade your kitchenware, moved to a new house, or perhaps you’ve heard that Japanese knives make the perfect, personal gift? You’re in for a treat! Japanese knives are not just tools; they’re a gateway to a world of culinary craftsmanship, precision, and tradition. Whether you’re a passionate home cook, an adventurous […]

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What Does the Colour of Your Food Mean?

A well-balanced, nutritious meal is typically brimming with a multitude of hues, particularly when incorporating fruits and vegetables. Frequently, we have inclinations towards foods of specific colours without being consciously aware. Chefs and culinary enthusiasts have long discerned the artistic potential of colours in their creations. The culinary landscape has borne witness to a revival […]

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When to Replace Your Trusty Cooking Knives: A Comprehensive Guide

Cooking knives are the unsung heroes of the kitchen, tirelessly assisting us in preparing delicious meals day in and day out. As they become an integral part of our culinary adventures, it’s essential to recognize when it’s time to bid farewell to our faithful companions and invest in new blades. Knowing when to replace your […]

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Choosing the Perfect Knife for Women Who Love to Cook

As a woman who loves to cook, you understand the joy and satisfaction that comes from creating delicious meals for yourself and your loved ones. Cooking is not just about nourishment; it’s a creative outlet, a form of self-expression, and an opportunity to share unforgettable moments. To fully embrace this culinary journey and elevate your […]

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Upgrading kitchenware: why should you invest in good, sharp kitchen knives?

Imagine yourself in the kitchen, ready to embark on a culinary adventure. As you reach for your worn-out knife, frustration sets in as it struggles to slice through even the simplest ingredients. So, why should you consider investing in premium knives, particularly those of Japanese origin? In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the compelling reasons […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Your First Japanese Knife: A Newbie’s Essential Advice

Are you a complete knife newbie looking to buy your first Japanese knife? Congratulations on taking the first step towards enhancing your culinary journey! Japanese knives are renowned for their exceptional sharpness, precision, and craftsmanship, making them a popular choice among chefs and home cooks worldwide. In this beginner’s guide, we will provide you with […]

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The Okinawan Secret To Longevity

Nestled in the crystal-clear waters of the East China Sea, Okinawa emerges as a captivating destination that captivates all who set foot on its shores. Renowned for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and warm-hearted people, this tropical paradise offers much more than just pristine beaches. In this article, we will delve into the rich tapestry […]

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Effortless Maintenance, Lasting Performance: The Promise of Rust-Resistant Cooking Knives

In the world of culinary artistry, a high-quality cooking knife serves as an essential tool for chefs and home cooks alike. When selecting the perfect knife, factors such as ergonomic design, lightweight maneuverability, precision cutting, and durability come into play. In this comprehensive article, we will explore the realm of rust-resistant cooking knives, delving into […]

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Takoyaki – the japanese octopus ball cake – homemade recipe and tips

Welcome, aspiring takoyaki masters! Get ready to embark on a hilarious adventure through the world of Japanese street food with Oishya’s special recipe for homemade takoyaki. We promise you’ll have a whale of a time and create mouthwatering octopus balls that will impress your friends and family. So, let’s get started! Ingredients for Takoyaki: 2 […]

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Why Family Cooking Together Matters

In today’s fast-paced world, finding time to prepare a home-cooked meal can be a challenge amidst the demands of work, school, and other activities. Often, convenience foods take precedence over the joy of preparing a meal from scratch. However, carving out time for family cooking together can offer numerous benefits, and one essential aspect that […]

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Why Japanese Knives Are Perfect for Women Cooks

Women have always played a vital role in the kitchen, and their passion for cooking has inspired many innovative kitchen utensils. Among these tools are Japanese knives, known for their excellence in precision, sharpness, and design. From the hands of skilled Japanese artisans, these knives have been crafted for centuries using unique techniques that make […]

Honing vs. Sharpening Stones: Unveiling the Secrets to Knife Maintenance

In the realm of knife maintenance, understanding the differences between honing and sharpening stones is crucial for maintaining the longevity and performance of your prized blades. At Oishya, a Japanese knife shop that celebrates the art of knife-making and Japanese culinary traditions, we delve into the distinctive roles of honing and sharpening stones, unraveling their […]

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How to Properly Maintain Japanese Knives

Japanese knives are renowned for their exceptional sharpness and precision in cutting. They are an essential tool in any chef’s kitchen and require proper care and maintenance to keep them performing at their best. In this article, we will delve into the world of Japanese knives and explore the various types available, as well as […]

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Low-Waste Ideas for the Kitchen, Grocery Store, and Beyond: A Cut Above the Rest

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne-Marie Bonneau In the UK, it is estimated that approximately 9.5 million tonnes of food is wasted every year. The average UK household throws away around £700 worth of food annually, which is equivalent to 4.5 million […]

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All About Japanese food

We are still newbies when it comes to the vast choice that Japanese cuisine offers, but we at Oishya have eaten enough of it to know that it’s damn tasty. From the streets of Tokyo to the fishing villages of Hokkaido, Japan’s culinary landscape is as diverse as it is delicious. And let us tell […]

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What Is Santoku Knife Used For?

As a Japanese knife store run by foodies who love to cook and value quality, everlasting products, we understand the importance of having the right tools in the kitchen. And we need to tell you that one of our must haves and the most versatile knives in any kitchen is the Santoku knife. Originating in […]

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All You Need To Know About Japanese Green Tea

Konnichiwa, tea lovers! As a team of all-Japanese enthusiasts, whether it’s knives or food and beverages, we have a soft spot for the many wonderful varieties of Japanese green tea. From delicate and floral to bold and robust, there is a green tea out there for everyone. In this article, we’ll be sharing all you […]

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Why Dull Knives Are More Dangerous Than Sharp Ones

As fellow foodies and founders of Oishya, a Japanese knife shop, we know that a sharp knife is essential for any kitchen. But did you know that a dull knife can actually be more dangerous than a sharp one? Many people assume that a dull knife is safer because it’s less likely to cut you. […]

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Should You Grow Medicinal Mushrooms At Home?

Are you tired of buying mushrooms from the grocery store that just don’t have the same freshness as when they’re picked straight from the earth? Why not consider growing your own medicinal mushrooms at home?

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A Quick Beginner’s Guide To Japanese Shrines And Temples

No matter where you go in Japan, no matter if it’s the most remote village in the mountains or the most buzzing large city, be sure to find a temple or a shrine somewhere very close by. Japanese temples and shrines, a symbol of the country’s rich and cherished heritage, are as sacrosanct now as […]

Why Nakiri Is A Perfect Knife For Vegetarians

A nakiri knife is a type of Japanese kitchen knife that is specifically designed for cutting vegetables. It is a versatile and essential tool in the kitchen for any home cook or professional chef. The nakiri knife has a rectangular blade, typically between 6 to 7 inches in length, which is sharpened on both sides. […]

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How To Clean Brass Utensils – The Easy Way

How to make your brass utensils look better than when you bought them? That’s easy. Make a magic paste and remove de-colorisation in a couple of minutes. Ingredients: Mix together 1/2 cup of vinegar, 2-3 tbs of flour, 1-2 tbs of bicarbonate soda, 1-2 tbs of salt and stir well. Pour the paste onto your […]

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What Is Umami Flavour?

Ever wonder what makes Japanese food taste so good? It absolutely has a very distinct flavour, but how would you describe it? A hundred years ago, the distinct flavour of Japanese food lead to the discovery of a brand new flavor: umami. You probably use a few distinct words—sour, bitter, salty, and sweet—in combination when […]

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Why Linen Is One Of The Best Materials For Your Kitchen

With endless ready-made and take-away options, cooking at home has become more of a pleasure and a mindful way to spend time with your loved ones, rather than a necessary house chore. And while you’re enjoying yourself in the kitchen creating, from time to time you may end up with a serious mess and many […]

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What Is Daruma Doll And How To Use It?

The true story behind the insanely scary yet cute souvenir Many of you have seen Daruma, these scary yet cute traditional Japanese dolls, which in Japan has become a symbol of perseverance and luck. But outside Japan, not many people know of its history, or what hides behind its goofy look and how it can […]

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Can Pregnant Women Eat Sushi?

Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish that consists of cooked vinegared rice served with raw or cooked seafood, vegetables, and sometimes egg or meat (like duck). It is often served with soy sauce and wasabi, for dipping. Sushi is typically rolled into bite-sized pieces using seaweed sheets (called nori) and is often served with pickled […]

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A Quick Guide To Safe Online Shopping

Online shopping is the most convenient way to shop around, find the best prices, read customer reviews before making a decision and once you do make it, you can have your order delivered right to your doorstep without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. Many online retailers also offer free shipping […]

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How To Carve A Chicken, The Gordon Ramsay’s Style

We don’t know about you but we’re in love with Gordon Ramsay’s cooking and prepping style. That’s why we decided to make a video following his advice on how to joint a chicken with the most important tip being, let the good, sharp knife do the work. Spread the chicken’s legs and pierce the skin […]

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10 Japanese Concepts To Be Inspired And Live By

There are many things that people can learn from Japanese culture and philosophy that can help them live a happier and more fulfilling life. Japanese people are conscious about focusing on the present moment, finding a sense of purpose, cultivating gratitude or practicing self-care. In today’s article we’ll introduce you to 10 beautiful Japanese concepts […]