Ingredients in Japan

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When I first came to Japan, I had some trouble with ingredients, because they were different from what I was used to in America. This mostly affected baking. I wanted to make some notes here about a few differences you might encounter.

I am still learning about ingredients in Japan all the time, so if you find any mistakes on these pages, please let me know!

Sugar (+ other sweeteners)
Baking powder, baking soda, and yeast
Herbs & spices

Fruits & Vegetables
Butter, oils, and fats
Dairy products

My grocery store has only mini chocolate chips, in a very small bag, for a high price. Bars of chocolate are cheaper, so I prefer to buy those and chop them up for my cookies.

Common and cheap. Some common types: momen, kinu, yakidofu, kouyadofu, aburaage.

Mostly white. Recently, wheat and rye are becoming more easy to find. Breadcrumbs: only panko


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    • Hi! Thanks for asking! I added a button on the main page top right that you can use to follow the blog. I haven’t been updating recently, but hope to get back to this sometime soon. I hope it helps you figure out cooking here in Japan a little more easily. If you have any specific questions, feel free to leave a comment. I’m a little busy as I’m expecting my first baby any day now, but I promise to get back to you at some point! 🙂 Good luck & take care!

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