“J-Simple Recipes” is the abbreviation for “Japanese Simple Recipes.”
We explain Japanese recipes you can easily cook, as well as typical meals, foodstuffs & table manners.

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You can cook Japanese food easily at home!

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Mont Blanc Cake

October 4, 2017

Yellow cream Mont Blanc cake

Yellow cream Mont Blanc cake

Brown cream Mont Blanc cake

Brown cream Mont Blanc cake

Roll-type Mont Blanc cake

Roll-type Mont Blanc cake

Mont Blanc cakes are usually found in Japanese cake shops. It seems that they were first made in Italy many centuries ago and developed later in France and brought to Japan in the 1930s. The original cake produced was a sponge cake on the bottom with a swirl of spaghetti-like yellow cream (made from chestnuts or sweet potatoes) on the top, which was topped off with a chestnut. The cake became widespread throughout Japan and is now one of the most classic cakes. Recently, a more popular cream color is brown, which also originated in Europe. To make the yellow cream, the astringent skin is peeled off the chestnuts. The chestnuts are first boiled with gardenia pigment, and then are boiled again with sugar. To make the brown cream, the astringent skin is not peeled off and the chestnuts are boiled with sugar only. Why is it called Mont Blanc? It seems that it was made to resemble the shape of Mont Blanc in the Alps. More recently, there are other shapes, such as round cakes and roll cakes which have nothing to do with the shape of the mountain. If you like sweets and come to Japan, why don't you try Mont Blanc cake?

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J-Simple Recipes

What kind of impression do you have when you say Japanese food?
You may imagine healthy, colorful, beautiful, high quality, traditional, etc. Can you imagine cooking Japanese food at home? Most people may think that it is difficult.
However, we think otherwise. Therefore, here at J-Simple Recipes (Japanese Simple Recipes) we have prepared recipes for traditional Japanese dishes and international dishes with a Japanese twist which can easily be made at home. It may be difficult to obtain all Japanese foodstuffs and seasonings, so we have included substitutions you can make. If you cannot get any Japanese foodstuffs or seasonings at the shops in your neighborhood, you can purchase them at numerous sites on the Internet.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have three keywords: “Simple,” “Healthy” and “Delicious.”

Simple

We want you to continue to cook Japanese food for a long time, so we have made the recipes simple.

Healthy

Because the Japanese cuisine has many low-calorie foods, you can have a healthy meal naturally and may not gain weight even if you eat a little too much.

Delicious

You may think that healthy and easy- to-cook food is not delicious, but that is not so with J-Simple Recipes.

J-Simple Recipes includes some international dishes with a Japanese twist, too. For example, even if you are just frying meat or vegetables, you can add soy sauce as the final seasoning in order to give any international dish a Japanese twist. So you can easily begin to like Japanese food.
Everyone has their own eating traditions, but if you add just a few Japanese recipes, your cooking experience will expand. So please enjoy cooking Japanese food.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have six categories:

Japanese/Int'l. Recipes

Japanese food and international dishes with a Japanese twist. It is the main part of this site.

Traditional Recipes

Japanese recipes for rice dishes and miso soup.

Foodstuffs

An introduction to foodstuffs used in Japanese cooking.

Typical Meals

An introduction to the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner of the Japanese people.

Table Manners

This section on table manners is designed to help you in eating Japanese dishes.

J-Food Plaza

This section includes Mago wa Yasashii, Japanese Food Lovers' Comments, Word Tidbits and Japanese Food Tips.

  • Mago wa Yasashii
    • Japanese recipes that are particularly healthy.
  • Japanese Food Lovers' Comments
    • In this section, you can read comments from our website users about Japanese food.
  • Word Tidbits
    • Here, by clicking on the “more” button or photo, you can find the Kana and Kanji for each recipe listed on our site, and also hear audio of the Japanese name for each recipe.
  • Japanese Food Tips
    • In this section, we introduce interesting and possibly little known facts about Japanese food.