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Win a package of Japanese Cooking Essentials from Kokoro Care Packages

Experience the authentic flavors of Japan in your kitchen this summer. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Kokoro Care Packages to give you a chance to win a care package filled with quality Japanese ingredients. The Creative Beginnings: Redefining Wa Care Package provides you with the essential building blocks needed to create beautiful Japanese dishes at home. The products are inspired by the ancient traditions of Japanese cuisine, known as wa, which roughly translates as harmony. Each product has its own unique character and flavor.

Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned Japanese cook, these special products will elevate your explorations in Japanese cuisine.

To get you started, we have a put together a few recipe collections so you can try out these premium ingredients. You may be looking to improve your sushi or sashimi-making skills, wanting to make the most of premium soy sauce, discover the delights of dashi, introduce yourself to the wonders of miso (it’s not just for soup), or get to the grips with the basics of Japanese food with a dozen of our most popular recipes.

The beautifully hand-wrapped package includes pure rice vinegar made from natural stork rice (produced using environmentally friendly growing methods), yuzu miso, organic shio koji (the foundation of a number of Japanese foods), sodabushi dashi powder, the seven-spice blend shichimi togarashi, and premium soy sauce made according to 200-year-old-family traditions.

You will also receive an in-depth English guide with stories behind the products and the local producers, as well as recipes to try.

How to enter

The competition has now closed, but you can use the code CKBK10 at checkout to get 10% off any Kokoro Care Package.

We asked entrants to tell us their favorite Japanese Cooking ingredient. Here are their top picks, along with a link to hundreds of recipe ideas on ckbk for each ingredient: