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  • Hi! Today I'm going to share with you 5 inexpensive Japanese superfoods

  • that will help boost your immune system.

  • I was born and raised in Japan. My mother is Japanese and my father is American

  • so I grew up in a household where we ate a lot of Japanese dishes.

  • I also attended a Japanese public school so in middle school

  • these ingredients were in our lunches and if you don't know anything about Japanese schools

  • we don't have a cafeteria, the students - we serve lunch to each other

  • and we don't get to pick our lunches. Every month the school board has a menu for the students

  • that they give to the parents to show what they'll be providing the students every day

  • and we can't bring our own lunches, there's no substitution.

  • You basically have to eat what they give you but I always looked forward to these lunches

  • because they were very healthy. Not that I really cared about that when I was younger

  • but it was really good food.

  • So the ingredients I am showing you today were often in our school lunches

  • Miso soup is a staple in Japanese cuisine and my mom taught me how to make miso soup

  • I think when I was ten years old so I've been cooking miso soup since I was a kid.

  • Miso soup is also very often served in school lunches

  • and also when you dine out, you'll see miso soup on the menu.

  • So miso soup is really easy to make

  • it's super healthy and even the ingredients you put in miso soup can be very healthy from tofu to seaweed.

  • If you are looking for an immune booster, I highly recommend miso soup.

  • Natto is another traditional Japanese food. It is fermented soybeans just like miso paste

  • but there is a huge difference.

  • Unlike miso paste, natto is slimy, sticky and stringy

  • so it's not very favored in Western cultures but if you are adventurous

  • and want to try it, I highly recommend it. It's very inexpensive and natto is known

  • to have a very unpleasant smell but nowadays you can buy natto that does not have a smell

  • and actually this is the one that I have here. It's still sticky and slimy but there is no smell to it.

  • Next is umeboshi or pickled plum.

  • I actually did not know that these had nutritional value and that they were a superfood.

  • I grew up eating this. You can often find them in rice balls

  • and also a lot of times sushi restaurants serve this

  • but this is what it looks like. And my mom actually she eats this every morning

  • and makes a shake out of it which that's a little bit too much for me.

  • I just like to have one on top of my rice and when I have dinner or lunch

  • and it's very sour and it also has a very high sodium count so it's not recommended

  • to eat a whole bunch of these. Just eat in moderation.

  • So I typically just have one a day.

  • The great thing about seaweed is it's low in calories and it's super high in nutrients

  • and Japan has a variety of seaweed.

  • I use this in my miso soup and all I do is I just take like a little pinch

  • and I stick it in my miso soup and the seaweed expands

  • so this little piece is gonna be pretty big.

  • Next up is my favorite since I was a little kid.

  • My mom said I loved this stuff since I was three which is unusual

  • because most kids don't like this at that age but it is gobo or burdock root.

  • It doesn't look like this when you buy it in the store.

  • When you buy it in the store, it looks like a big branch or a stick.

  • And I've already cut this up.

  • This stuff is super high in fiber and if you're not used to eating this

  • it could taste a little odd at first.

  • Some people have said it tastes like dirt which I don't think it does but I don't know.

  • I've always had this since I was a kid so maybe it does taste like dirt and I just don't taste it.

  • So where do you buy these ingredients? I always go to the Asian market.

  • I like to go to the Japanese supermarket. It's usually called Mitsuwa or Nijiya

  • but if you don't have that, a lot of the Korean markets also sell these items

  • and actually, I bought all of these at the Korean market because

  • I actually live closer to the Korean market than the Japanese market.

  • You can buy some of these ingredients in American supermarkets but it's typically priced a lot higher

  • which I don't like that it's priced so much more because they're very inexpensive items

  • so I don't like to buy them from American grocery stores

  • but if you can find an Asian market, I highly recommend going there and trying out these ingredients.

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Hi! Today I'm going to share with you 5 inexpensive Japanese superfoods


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5種廉價的日本超級食物,可以提高你的免疫系統。 (5 Cheap Japanese Superfoods That Will Boost Your Immune System)

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    Summer 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日