Sachie's Kitchen

11 episodes

This exciting series celebrates Japanese cuisine and inspires viewers with simple to make, amazing dishes. Join vibrant and engaging food-personality Sachie Nomura on her culinary adventures in Japan.

  • Series 1
  • Sachie goes to the largest fish market in the world – Tsukiji Market in Tokyo – where more than two hundred different types of fish are sold. The high point is the famous tuna auction where tuna from all over the world are sold for sashimi.

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  • The variety of food sold from roadside stalls is amazing in Japan and nowhere is it more evident than Osaka, the city with the food motto “eat till you drop”.

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  • Noodles are one of Japan’s most popular meals, so popular that the people voted instant noodles their most important invention of the 20th century.

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  • Sachie goes on an international rice journey from planting seedlings in a paddy field in Japan to harvesting full grown rice stalks in Northern California and then following the rice as it’s processed in a factory.

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  • Japanese people are constantly on the move and to match this hectic lifestyle they’ve refined some special kinds of fast food.

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  • Sachie and her family go foraging in the hills for bamboo shoots and other special vegetables for a Japanese style barbecue. We see how they prepare these dishes according to old family recipes.

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  • Soy sauce is one of the main condiments in Japanese cooking so Sachie journeys to Chiba, the home of Yamasa Soy Sauce to see how it’s made.

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  • Sachie visits Kyoto - from geishas to temples to fine crafts it’s the centre of Japanese culture, and its food is no exception.

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  • Salmon is rapidly becoming one of the staple fish in the Japanese diet and New Zealand King salmon is one of the most prized varieties.

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  • Miso paste dates back more than a thousand years and has become a key ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Sachie travels to Nagano, the home of Marukome (the world’s leading manufacturer of miso).

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  • While Japan is a truly modern country it is also rich in history and tradition. In this episode Sachie meets some Japanese artisans carrying on very old traditions closely tied to Japan’s food culture.

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