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Nikujaga, Taste of Japan’s Nostalgia

Is there a food that can recall your memory about your mom and hometown? For Japanese people, Nikujaga usually arouses their nostalgia for their moms’ cooking and family. It's a classic Japanese dish that is similar to a beef stew. During this cold winter, our Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) held a fun class for attendees to learn and enjoy the hearty and soul-warming Nikujaga, accompanied by rice and pickled vegetables. In fact, some attendees have tried Nikujaga when they visited their friends in Japan. They believed that the taste of Nikujaga could bring their great time in Japan back again. In addition, Nikujaga usually isn’t served in the restaurants. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn how to cook it at home through our class.

Although Nikujaga is a classic home-cooked dish, it has historical relevance as its invention is attributed to Togo Heihachiro who is known as one of Japan’s greatest heroes for his role in the battle of Tsushima Strait. He ordered nav…

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