Would someone be so kind as to take out his or her "The Kind Diet" and list the Japanese ingredients mentioned in it? I am visiting my parents for a few more days, and they 30 minutes away from a great Japanese Grocer. Unfortunately, I left my book at home, but I would very much like to stock up on all the hard-to-find/expensive ingredients before I return. I'm talking about the various teas, condiments, and sea vegetables that Alicia reccomends. Thank you so much! Even if you only post a few, it will be helpful!
Evie, I was just doing this yesterday and spent an entire day shopping at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the Asian Food Mart near Chicago. I hope this helps you out. Here are some of the ingredients:Mochi, udon and soba noodlesroot vegetables: daikon, burdock, carrots-leafy greens: collards, kale, bok choy, napa cabbageMagic Foods: Unpasteurized miso (2 years aged), umeboshi plums, dried shitake mushrooms, sea vegetables: kombu, arame, hijiki, nori, wakame, and agar agar.Seasonings: shoyu, sea salt, umeboshi vinegar, brown rice vinegar, mirin (rice cooking wine)oils: sesame oilSweeteners: brown rice syrup and maple syrupNuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tahini, and nut butters
I don't know if they're on any lists, but while you're shopping for Japanese foods, look in particular for the Okinawan sweet potato. The flesh is the most beautiful, bright royal purple you've ever seen and the flavor is incredible.
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