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I had never heard of Dashi, but from what i found i'll probably be alright with it, can i find that in Canada? At the grocery or Japanese restaurant...
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So no spaghetti or other dishes that use tomatoes? Sorry for the questions but I think it's rather interesting.


Oh yeah i forgot tomato cream, that also goes very well actually i LOVE tomato cream with my spaghetti!
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don't they have raw salmon called sashimi? try those... they're kind of nice

in addition, therés KFC and stuff in japan... y'know
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TBH, there's no replacement for eating everything and enjoying the flavor. You don't have to love everything, but there's no good reason to avoid everything unless you're allergic. I know you're working toward being able to eat more things, but you should know that the chances for you to expand are all around you so you should try your best to become able to eat other foods.

I think the problem is that your foods seem so....HEAVY. Your palate is used to dense foods with a bolder flavor. You have to learn to enjoy the delicate flavors, which is what Japanese food is all about. Wean yourself off these foods and try not to eat as much fried stuff. Try eating steamed or roasted versions (and lighten up on the seasonings) of what you eat now.

For instance, try a rare beef steak seasoned only with a little salt and pepper. Eat your fruit raw and unmixed with anything else. Try adding a sauce to better cope with the flavor of veggies.

Your problem sounds very general and broad. It would be best to figure out WHY you can't eat them. Is it the texture or the taste or the preparation method? Sometimes, cooking technique is everything. If you never have a a good version of a food, you'll grow up not liking it. Try sitting down at a fancy restaurant with the goal being to finish EVERYTHING on your plate. I've had a lifetime of experience eating and making Japanese food, so feel free to ask for specifics if you need.

Edit: You won't find a truly great dashi in most Asian stores since the best dashi is one that is made on the stovetop. It's best to go to a good Japanese restaurant or cook your own dashi. Hondashi is a very common store brand that I use for seasoning but I always make my own dashi for actual soups whenever possible. Homemade dashi is absolutely bomb when making a nabeyaki. Dashi is basically a broth made by simmering and straining kombu and bonito. It is the soul of Japanese food and is found in everything from miso soup to soba dipping sauce to some ramen broths. If you hate dashi, Japanese food is probably not for you.

I suppose you don't need a high end dashi, though. Next time you make instant noodles, omit 3/4th of the seasoning packet and add Hondashi to the soup instead. See if you enjoy the flavor.
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Yeah i know, well i didn't know about KFC but i figured they have McD's but i should keep that as a last resort since my diet is bad enough already lol eating Mcfood for 2 straight weeks or more... Supersize me has been done already so that i wouldn't have to test it out myself haha.
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yeah. i saw this thread and thought something else.
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I had never heard of Dashi, but from what i found i'll probably be alright with it, can i find that in Canada? At the grocery or Japanese restaurant...


You can find it at any grocery store especially Asian supermarkets.

Unfortunately I don't live in Canada, so I don't know any specific store. Sorry.
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yeah. i saw this thread and thought something else.


lol Yamada is hilarious
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Wow, thanks for your time MorbidHansen.

As for "why?" i'm not sure yet myself, it's kind of weird.
I suppose it's not the flavor, since i like tomato cream and ketchup.
As for the texture, is a tomato or pepper really different from, say, Cheese puffs, if cheese puffs were juicy... So i guess it's not that either...


Thanks for the tip OZ, there happens to be an Asian market near me so i should be able to get Dashi for dinner tomorrow
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You can get Hon Dashi from Amazon if you can't find an Asian store near you, like in my situation. It's dashi powder that you add to boiling water. It's not perfect, but it's as close as your going to get unless you make it from scratch, which is a pain to find the right ingredients in most places.
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Remember people, Macaroni & Cheese in japan is a myth.
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Meat buns, ramen, sushi, and so much more.
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Gegueure wrote:

Wow, thanks for your time MorbidHansen.

As for "why?" i'm not sure yet myself, it's kind of weird.
I suppose it's not the flavor, since i like tomato cream and ketchup.
As for the texture, is a tomato or pepper really different from, say, Cheese puffs, if cheese puffs were juicy... So i guess it's not that either...


Thanks for the tip OZ, there happens to be an Asian market near me so i should be able to get Dashi for dinner tomorrow :)


Tomato cream and ketchup taste nothing like tomato, to be honest. Tomato is perhaps 10% of the flavor in those things. I really hate raw tomatoes but I like having them cooked into stews and sauces so I won't tell you to try them, but the issue for me is the texture. I hate raw tomato, eggplant, okra, etc. I'll eat them as part of a sandwich/burger but not alone. American pickles are something I dislike on basis of taste but, again, I'll eat them if they are part of a sandwich/burger, but not alone.

I daresay texture is just as important as taste. There's something about the full experience of a food that included both the flavor and texture. Juicy cheese puffs sound extremely gross and cheese puffs with only half their flavor would be like cardboard.

Sometimes, it can be a combination of flavor and texture as well. I like avocado, for example, despite the texture since something about the taste makes the texture feel "right."
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I have a tough time eating vegetables myself rofl when I'm at my friends house and their family makes dinner I be real respectful and eat as much as I can. I'd really like to try and eat some more vegetables and stuff, i used to be a REALLY picky eater, but i've branched out a lot since high school. Going to Japan is on my bucket list, they are an interesting people, very historical and cultural, and I myself keep thinking "hmm, what would I eat there..."
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Gegueure wrote:

Wow, thanks for your time MorbidHansen.

As for "why?" i'm not sure yet myself, it's kind of weird.
I suppose it's not the flavor, since i like tomato cream and ketchup.
As for the texture, is a tomato or pepper really different from, say, Cheese puffs, if cheese puffs were juicy... So i guess it's not that either...


Thanks for the tip OZ, there happens to be an Asian market near me so i should be able to get Dashi for dinner tomorrow :)


There are many food chains that you would recognize from America in Japanese cities. Also the 7-elevens on almost every street corner have quite good food (surprisingly), some of it pretty similar to what you would eat here. If you like tuna, it's not hard to get that nearly anywhere that you go (I know its not salmon and its seafood, but it's a pretty common thing). If you like pork, you will survive just fine. You can get various pork dishes at basically any restaurant that you go to.

You will, however have to do a lot of picking around veggies depending on what you order. Japanese people love veggies, and so they put them in a lot of dishes (although not everything). They are also really really good cooks in general, so you might find that you like things that you don't eat here. For example, I don't usually like clams, octopus, or squid when I'm in America, but I went ahead and tried them all in Japan and they were awesome. I'd say just go visit, and you will be totally fine with food. The seafood there is really, really good, but Japanese people eat plenty of other stuff. I even got some tasty chili-cheeseburgers from MosBurger (a tasty fast-food chain). Although I hope you like either rice or noodles, because that is typically the main source of starch in Japanese food. You can certainly find potato dishes these days, but they aren't quite as common as rice and noodles. They also have restaurants where you can order nothing but grilled meat should you choose (so good!)

Go visit! It's awesome!
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