How to Use the Right Japanese Words for Cooking

September 26, 2008 by admin 

How To Use The Right Japanese Words For Cooking

Japanese has many kinds of cooking style and each method has it’s own unique way of cooking the food. Learn how to distinguish the differences between these cooking methods in Japanese can be very useful for learning Japanese cooking recipes.

Let’s start with the most basic way of cooking and that’s to boil. The Japanese verb for boiling something in Japanese is waku. Waku means to cook something using water.

Ane wa ima oyu wo waite imasu.
My sister is boiling hot water now.

Kono niku wo sanjikan waku to, yawaraku narimasu.
If you boil this meat for 3 hours, it will become soft.

Oyu mo wakasenai, anta ittai dou yatte ryouri suru no?
You can’t even boil hot water, how on earth are you going to cook?

The most popular and the healthiest way to cook is to steam your food. To steam your food you need to place your food over boiling water and close it with a lid (the steam or hot air will cook your food). The Japanese word for steaming is musu.

Watashi wa mushi buta ga daisuki!
I love steam pork.

Tamago ha butaniku to isshoni musu to, sugoku oishiku narimasu yo.
If you steam the eggs together with the pork, it will be super delicious.

One of the most easiest way to cook is to fry your food. You will need abura (oil) to fry any food. The Japanese verb for frying is ageru.

Kono butaniku no agekata wo watashi ni oshiete kurenai?
Can you teach me how to fry this pork.

Watashi wa tabemono wo ageru yori, masu no hou ga kenkou teki to omoimasu.
I think it’s healthier to steam your food than to fry them.

Toufu wa sonna fuu ni ageru to, mazuku natte shimau zo.
If you fry the toufu that way, it will become horrible.

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7 Responses to “How to Use the Right Japanese Words for Cooking”

  1. JessiKAMASUTRA on January 5th, 2009 8:43 pm

    How do you say “writing, reading, and cooking” in Japanese?
    As in what my hobbies are, what I like to do. It’s part of a Japanese assignment but I’m not sure which words to use, exactly.
    Also, no kanji. Romaji or Hiragana, since I'll need to write it in Hiragana. Thanks. :)
    I write stories and poetry, for the most part.

  2. Blue-Zaga on January 5th, 2009 8:45 pm

    References :

  3. CherryCream on January 5th, 2009 8:47 pm

    Writing, reading and cooking. (English.)
    書き込み、読書や料理です。 (Kanji)
    kakikomi, dokusho ya ryouri desu. (Romaji pron)

    Hope that Helps!
    References :

  4. ⟦кɘʟʟу⟧ on January 5th, 2009 8:49 pm

    kanji: 執筆, 読み, 炊事
    kana: しっぴつ, よみ, すいじ
    romaji: shippitsu, yomi, suishi
    definition: writing, reading, cooking

    kanji: 執筆, 読み, と炊事が好き。
    kana: しっぴつ、よみ、とすいじがすき。
    romaji: shippitsu, yomi, to suishi ga suki.
    definition: I like writing, reading and cooking.
    References :

  5. Belie on January 5th, 2009 8:51 pm

    My hobbies are writing, reading, and cooking = shumi wa kakukoto to dokusho to ryouri surukoto desu.
    I like “…” = kakukoto to dokusho to ryouri surukoto ga suki desu.
    References :

  6. helloeveryone on January 5th, 2009 8:53 pm

    = かくこと/kakukoto ( means “write”, but what do you like to write?)
    = どくしょ/dokusho (means “reading books”)
    = りょうり/ryori

    かくこと/kakukoto is sort of vague.
    I think you’d better say a little more specific.
    For example;
    Writing a diary = にっき を かくこと/nikki wo kakukoto
    writing a letter= てがみ を かくこと/ tegami wo kakukoto
    References :
    I’m Japanese

  7. askawow 47 on January 5th, 2009 8:55 pm

    i have a question to translate.
    what do you like to write? stories? if so..

    watashi no shumi wa monogatari wo kakukoto, dokusho soshite ryourisuru koto desu.
    =my hobbies are writing stories, reading (books) and cooking.

    References :
    majored in japanese literature

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