English Diary: Japanese Food that I Bring Back to Canada 20220520 #2-98

Hello everyone. Thank you for coming back to my channel. My name is Mai, and this is Nomadonomado English Diary for the 20th of May 2022.

Today, I went shopping again. I bought a bottle of red wine and some food that I want to bring back to Canada.

I didn’t buy everything I needed, but I want to buy little by little because it would be very heavy if I bought all of them at the same time. Today, I bought dried soybeans, Japanese snacks and bread crumbs.

Soybeans are for making Miso paste in Canada. We can buy Miso in Asian supermarkets in Quebec, but I prefer the one that I made myself. I have made Miso a few times already. It takes a long time to get it fermented but it’s fun to make, and furthermore, homemade Miso is much more delicious.

Soybeans as raw material are critical for making Miso. I believe that it is one of the factors to determine the quality of Miso. I don’t describe myself as a foodie, but I know what I want to eat. From my experience of a few years of making Miso, Hokkaido soybeans are the best for homemade Miso.

Japanese snacks are for my husband. He loves Japanese rice cracker types of snacks. His favourite one is Kakinotane with Wasabi flavour. He also likes the mixed rice crackers with Japanese anchovy, you know, the package which contains different kinds of rice crackers with a little fish, I think it’s a kind of tiny sardine.

And the next one is bread crumbs, which you might think funny. We can buy bread crumbs in Canada, but they are not the same as the ones in Japan. Japanese bread crumbs are more delicate, softer and fresher. They sell so-called “Japanese bread crumbs” in Canada, but they still are not the same.

As my husband is British, we often make fish and chips which is deep-fried fish and French fries. I like to make deep-fried fish with bread crumbs as well as using a tempura batter. That’s why we want to have good bread crumbs. Also, Japanese bread crumbs are cheaper here, of course.

As I said, I bought a bottle of red wine too, but it’s not a Japanese one today. I bought a Spanish wine that we often drink in Canada. I think imported alcohol drinks are slightly cheaper in Japan than in Canada. I am not sure, but it could be because of the difference in import duties.

So, I bought one of my favourite wines to drink and realised that it had a cork stopper, not a screw top. I hope my family has a cork opener somewhere in the house.

Alright, that’s all for today. Thank you for listening as usual, and don’t forget to visit my website, nomadonomado.com where you can find today’s script in English.

I hope you enjoyed today’s episode. I am happy to receive any comments. feedback and questions. Thank you very much again and until next time, goodbye.


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