Vinegars and oils

Vinegar and oil are two ingredients that Japanese cooking cannot be without. Rice vinegar is the preferred vinegar of Japan, with its mild, subtle taste lending itself well to Japanese cuisine. Find out more about Japan's relationship to vinegar on's vinegar page. Japanese cuisine also enjoys using oils with particularly aromatic savoury and spicy flavours. Try using sesame oil or chilli oil when cooking to infuse a truly authentic Japanese flavour into your dish.