Japanese household items that will change your life

January 14, 2014 in Eccentric Ringoism

We won’t be going back to Japan for awhile so before we came back to KL we literally raided the whole supermarket lolol. Anyway the danna introduced me to some household items (including food!!) that changed my life forever.

So i thought i just wanna share a few things that made me go “HOW COME NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT THIS I REGRET THE PAST 20+ YEARS OF MY LIFE NOT KNOWING THIS EXISTS?!?”.

Some are available in local markets but some you can only fly them back from japan so next time you go, make sure you spare a luggage to load them full.

 

1. Oil Solidifier thingie

The danna loves karaage (fried chicken) so one day i tried to make it (unsuccessfully) and ended up having a big pot of oil not knowing what to do (down the sink?! Err…)

So the danna was like, where’s your Katameruchan? and i was all Kata-what?! He was shocked to find out i’ve never heard of it, and asked me what do we (Malaysians) do to leftover frying oil. So i called my mom and talked to a few of my relatives and they were all like.. err… pour it down the longkang?

The danna just sighed and accused us of killing Malaysian fishes in the sea.

Anyway, few days later he went to Daiso (yay, you all can get too!) and bought this Katameruchan thingie that all Japanese people use. It’s in powder form and like science magic, you pour it into hot oil you don’t want to use anymore, and it turns solid.

Like this wor.

Ok la this probably won’t change your life but might at a very small chance change some Malaysian fishes’ lives. So karma points for your life in general if you think about it. So i was right after all.

 

2. Ant Poison

We were also having quite a lof of domestic troubles. Mostly because i suck at being domestic at all.

So at one point our house was infested with ants, probably because my cooking skill improved (you all little buggers love my overly-burnt Gyoza don’t you!!). And i set ant-traps everywhere but the ants were FREAKING IMMORTAL. That or the ant poison just tasted horrible.

SO the danna bought this Japanese ant trap that probably tasted like honey-flavored unicorns made of Tonkotsu Ramen, and since then i have never seen a single ant crawling alive ever again in my house.

 

3. Uniqlo Heat-tech

This one everyone knows. But i just want to remind you to stock up at least like 5 pieces if you travel in winter. Camisole short sleeve long sleeve leggings, buy ALL the heat-tech!!!

One of the secrets to looking fashionable (still want to wear skimpy skirts and that trendy thin jacket that totally doesn’t do anything from protecting you dying of cold?!) is to layer many many many heat-tech underneath then wear your usual outfit without looking like you are dressed for northpole.

 

4. Soft water

I talked about soft water in my post on Nagasaki. What i want to do is to build a pipe so long that flows Nagasaki water into my house.

“super soft water”.

Took one sip and was like  WHAT IS THIS THING

I literally turned on the tab and filled my glass and drank and drank until i was gonna explode like a water balloon.

I could never drink water the same way again. Anything that is not soft water is not water.

 

5. Japanese Rice

I have no idea why none of the supermarkets in KL carries real Japanese rice!!!! Not even ISETAN wtf. (Correct me if i’m wrong.) They do have some  CheatOne™ Japanese rice with Katakana and Kanji over the packaging but it’s always from like USA or Korea. Which is obviously still NOT Japanese. How can Japanese restaurant serve anything with non-Japanese rice?!?

Every time we come back we load at least like 5KG of rice back and that is why the onigiri in our haos tastes the best in the entire Malaysia no kidding.

 

6. JOY dish washing liquid

JOY. My god. Someone please give this thing an award.

I never admitted to anyone because it’s gonna sound like i’m a horrible brat who only cares about my perfectly manicured glossy nails and low-calorie food (false. At least the calorie part anyway.), but, i have a phobia of washing dishes.

I FREAKING HATE THE FEELING OF GREASY GLASS/CERAMIC WARE AGAINST MY SKIN. I literally get a shudder every time i have to wash oily dishes. Like the sound of nail scratching the blackboard but worse. This should be a legit phobia and there should be prescribed drugs made for this i am serious.  When i told the danna this he thought i was just being whiney and lazy.

Which is why he bought me JOY. And joy he did bring me indeed.

(My god come to think of it my husband will make the best wife ever wtf.)

I have used different brands of dish washing liquid in my whole life AND NONE OF THEM EVEN COMES CLOSE. The gap is like from Malaysia to Mars. What the crap, NON-JOY DISHWASHING LIQUID MAKERS?! Wake up!!!

It literally works like those you see in TV commercials, just one drop and IT LATHERS FOREVER UNTIL THE WORLD ENDS and it cleanses the oiliest oily plate OMG i wanted to create an altar in my house just to put JOY on it to worship.

And it is pink and smells like apple (even though it is olfactorily confusing cuz the packaging says raspberry) and if you ever see this anywhere you should buy like a carton of it and even if you have a maid your maid will be the happiest dish-washing maid on earth.

I forgot how much this is but i will gladly pay RM100 for one bottle. That’s how much it’s worth.

 

7. Lotion Tissue

This is Hana Serebu (Nose Celeb). (stole this image online cuz it’s double cute)

The first time i ever used a piece of lotion tissue, i wondered why any other tissue in this world is not made that way.

I have very bad sinus problem and esp during winter i will sneeze and blow and rub my nose with tissue so bad the skin actually starts to peel off. Lotion tissue will change your life. Or at least change the way you feel about your nose being such an asshole. (Or change the way you feel about your asshole, if i must be direct.)

 

8. Japanese Milk

Actually this one is not really like surprising or anything. I guess Australian or NZ milk probably tastes the same and it’s just Malaysian milk that has this watery and fake chemical taste and a lot of other added stuff that’s totally unnecessary in it.

I never like to drink milk on its own cuz i think it is super gross (of course i like other processed dairy products, cheese and butter YUMS!) but after i got pregnant i was like shit, the time has come, and no choice, i have to down glasses of gross milk everyday.

But Hokkaido milk tastes really good la! It taste… milky? And very very rich! It’s no wonder Hokkaido butter and cheese and fresh cream is so famous ma, cuz Japanese cows are just udderly amazing lololol. (Milking it while i still can lololol)

That is also why given the best chef even from Japan, Malaysian desserts will never taste as good because of the milk & egg quality which is essential in sweets.

On our last day we raided the whole dairy aisle for every single bottle of milk left on the shelf so that i can have Hokkaido milk supply for a few weeks.

You are welcome baby. XD

 

 

Ok that’s all! Anyway these are my personal experience only la maybe you prefer washing your dishes with mayonnaise i dunno or if your house pests turn into Zombie Ants i am totally not responsible for it wtf.

But if you have other awesome or useful household things your discovered (not necessarily Japanese!) feel free to share!! :D

Also i have literally misused the word literally many times in this post. I literally apologize to you.

Ok bye!

 

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