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A List of Ingredients for my Tampopo Japanese Dinner

When shopping for ingredients for a classic Japanese dinner, it is always important to buy the best quality available. Japanese food is labor intensive, and the amount of work required to prepare it is the same, whether you use the cheapest or the finest ingredients.

Specialty Ingredients: Sembei Crackers, Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe), Nori (Seaweed Wrappers), Sushi Rice, Rice Wine Vinegar, Sesame Oil, Miso, Wakame Seaweed, Tofu, Kombu Seaweed, Daikon Radish, Wasabi, Kazuo (Bonito Flakes), Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Mirin, Gari Shoga (pickled ginger), Sake, Japanese Beer

Fresh Ingredients: Cucumbers, Bay Shrimp, Sushi Fish (Tuna, Salmon, etc), Crab, Scallions, Garlic, Fresh Fruit, Lemon, Avocados, White Fish, Chicken Thighs (boneless), Chicken Breasts (boneless), Thin Sliced Beef, Large Prawns, Ginger Root, Carrot, Green Beans, Green Pepper, Large Mushrooms, Zucchini, Spinach, Japanese Eggplant, Napa Cabbage or Bok Choy

Basics: Eggs, Sugar, Oil, Cornstarch