Rice Vinegar: Is a Japanese product found
in specialty stores or in special sections of the larger supermarket
chains as well as in many health food stores.
It is made from fermented rice and has a very mild flavor. Use white
wine vinegar or cider vinegar if you can't find it, although the flavor
will not be as mild or sweet.
Bean Paste - A thick, salty paste made of
fermented soy beans. It's available either pureed or with whole beans.
Japanese bean paste is called miso. Do not confuse bean paste with black
Japanese noodles: Soba noodles, which are
wide and flat and made from buckwheat flour, and somen noodles, which
are made from wheat and are similar in thickness to vermicelli pasta.
Udon noodles are made from wheat and are widely available on both
coasts, though you may have to go to specialty stores to find them. Cook
Japanese noodles according to the package directions and use them as you
would any pasta: in soups, stews, and salads. While Japanese noodles
usually are egg and oil free, some of the "instant" noodle soups
available in packages have added oils.
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