Any delicious dish is the result of a succession of steps. Let's brush up on your cooking skills by reviewing some basic techniques such as cutting. The cure you put into every step of cooking is sure to bring a smile on every face on your dining table.

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Japanese Cutting/Peeling Techniques

Mijin-giri (chopping) / Aramijin-giri (coarsely chopping)

Mijin-giri (chopping) is the technique of finely chopping ingredients. The way to chop coarsely is called aramijin-giri (coarsely chopping). It is the same technique as mijin-giri but more coarse.

Onion / Garlic

Cut the onion in half vertically, place the cut side down and, without cutting through the root, make 1–3 mm cuts vertically. Make a few cuts horizontally and then chop. Use the tip of a knife as the pivot point to make small pieces. Discard the root end of the onion.

Japanese leek / Parsley

Make diagonal cuts on a leek but do not cut through completely. Make cuts on the opposite side in the same way and then chop. For parsley, remove the stems and chop several bunches together. For finely chopped parsley, pivot the knife around as when chopping an onion.

Japanese Cutting/Peeling Techniques