How can I contact you?
I sent you an email a while ago. Did you receive it?
I personally read every email and do my best to write back as soon as I can. However, with the growing volume of messages I’m receiving everyday, please understand that I’m no longer able to respond right away and sometimes I can’t respond. It’s important for me to spend more time testing recipes, filming & photographing new recipes, and writing next blog posts. I’m really sorry!
If it’s a question about a specific recipe, please ask it on the recipe post after checking if others asked the same question and I’ve already answered.
How do I know when you post a new recipe?
I have a FREE newsletter which I send out every time I publish a new post/recipe/video. You can sign up here. You can also follow my social media channels to see what I’m up to.
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I cooked a dish using your recipe but it does not taste right, what went wrong?
Honestly, I’m not sure. Because I wasn’t in the kitchen with you, I couldn’t possibly tell you what went wrong. Most of the recipes that you see on my blog have been cooked in my kitchen at least several times (usually many times) before being published, and everything is measured precisely. Each kitchen has different equipment (gas vs. electric stove, the size of oven, etc) and you might use different brands of condiments and ingredients than what I used. Therefore please understand that my recipes are results that worked best for my kitchen (and my family’s taste buds).
How come the current recipe is different from one I had printed out/kept from the original post?
Please understand that I will tinker with my recipes from time to time. When you use a recipe from my site, please check back to see if I made any changes.
Do you have a cookbook published?
How did you learn how to cook?
I learned cooking from my mom at a young age, and I have been cooking on my own since I came to the U.S. to attend college. I cooked mainly because I missed my mom’s cooking and I was the only one that could re-create it. However, I only started to take cooking more seriously and cook almost everyday after my children were born.
Do you develop all of your recipes?
Unless stated otherwise, they are my recipes that came from my kitchen. However I have been cooking for a long time and I might have adapted some recipes from magazines/newspapers (pre-Internet days) and do not have those sources anymore or remembered them. If I used or adapted from someone’s recipe, it is noted under the recipe.
Do you only share Japanese recipes?
Most of my recipes you find here are Japanese food. I cook Japanese food most of the week but once in a while I cook non-Japanese dishes and keep the recipes that my family enjoys in my blog.
Do you make money off this site?
Yes, I host ads on my site, and I’m an Amazon affiliate (which means that when I link to an item on Amazon and you buy something, I get a small percentage of the sales). Blogging is my full-time job which takes a huge investment of time, effort, and money, therefore I host several ads on my site. I work closely with ads publisher and I make sure they are not disturbing. Please notify me with a screenshot if the ads are disturbing when you’re reading my blog.
I’m going to Japan! Can you give me recommendations of restaurants and sightseeing spots?
I’m so sorry, but I can’t make a personalized list for you. Please visit my Travel Blog to read my Japan travel posts. I like Japan-Guide to plan trips in Japan and use JapaniCan to book ryokans and hotels.
Are you Chinese?
I’m married to a Taiwanese American (Mr. JOC), hence my last name is Chinese. I was born and raised in Japan and came to the U.S. by myself when I was 20 years old.
Where do you live?
I live in San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula).
What camera and lens do you have?
Please read my Gear page.
Who is filming your videos?
Mr. JOC films and edits all the videos shared on my blog. We film 1-2 videos every weekend and he edits videos at night during the weekdays.
I love your knife! What cooking tools and gadgets do you recommend?
Please check my Shop page.
I love your nail color! What color is it?
Currently, I’m using OPI Bubble Bath.