Japanese household items that will change your life

January 14, 2014 in Eccentric Cheesiesm

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!! 😀

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

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60 responses to “Japanese household items that will change your life”

  1. Tina says:

    Oh god I know what you mean about the milk, Chinese milk tastes so weird and watery-sweet. I live in NZ and thankfully our milk is amazing =D

  2. YL says:

    Agree with the Japanese rice and milk! I really get annoyed when restaurants serve up long grain rice paired with Japanese food. My fridge also stocks up on yummy Japanese milk only. Bless those cows. I’ve even been so extreme to buying Japanese cheese for pasta. T_T

  3. Nin says:

    How do you use the oil solidifier? How did the oil turn into solid??

  4. Ool says:

    Did you check out cold storage? I’m sure in KL there are stores that sell imported food from Japan.

  5. Lixian says:

    Yes I know exactly what you mean with the milk. The last time we went to japan the milk was one of the best things I have ever tasted! Can’t find it here though

  6. Cheesie says:

    Ya if I can’t have Japanese milk I would buy NZ milk XD

  7. Cheesie says:

    Walao you are more hardcore than me lololol. I have Japanese friends who moved to Malaysia and totally cannot take the local rice here. They ended up buying the pre-cooked packed rice that cost like RM6 each lol

  8. Cheesie says:

    I thought that was exactly what I just explained lol

  9. Cheesie says:

    Of course I did dear! Hence this blog post 🙂

  10. Cheesie says:

    Ok glad I wasn’t the only crazy one hahahahha

  11. mimosa says:

    Hi Cheesie, don’t they sell household gloves in the supermarket? In that way you can avoid getting your hands greasy or wet while washing dishes.

  12. Selina says:

    Joy dish washing liquid is number 1 in the philippines. Don’t know if its same with that coz I can’t read Japanese 🙂 me too I hate washing plates. I hate the grease, food and sound of scratch. I’d rather clean the bathroom, toilet boel, toilet sink hehe..

  13. Selina says:

    *toilet bowl not that I’m lazy..

  14. maruuu says:

    lol damn funny la cheesie! esp the part where your husband makes the best wife! i’ve always liked checking out supermarkets in different countries, will make sure I pay a visit and buy ALL those good stuff when I visit Japan (hopefully in the near future!!!!) hahahha

  15. jodie says:

    this isnngoldennnermergerdnnhahahaha i love u cheesie. well that was serious. i like you very much! hahahahahahhaha

  16. Denise says:

    Hi Cheesie! I went on some tour when I visited Tokyo. I managed to ask the guide about Japanese rice 🙂 Apparently they only grow enough for consumers in Japan and they don’t export it. Something about Japanese pride? I guess thats why you have to lug 5kg back to Malaysia. HAHA! Their rice is too good yummy can’t compare with any other rice!

  17. Cheesie says:

    But I also hate the feel of glove lolol it’s like you can’t feel if the plate is clean. (It’s like condom?! :X. )

  18. Cheesie says:

    Oh really!!!! Does the packaging look the same????? Isit good????

  19. Cheesie says:

    Yay please do!!!!

  20. Cheesie says:

    I like you too hehehhe

  21. Cheesie says:

    Maybe rice shortage cuz rice is super precious haha. There are restaurants that fine you for not finishing your rice in order to encourage no wastage!

  22. shao says:

    Went Tokyo in 2011, fren introduced me the soft serve ice cream (hokkaido milk flavour) was thinking hey what so special abt it lo..but once tasted i know i was wrong….will nvr ever b able to find any other milk/dairy product that could top Hokkaido milk in msia. I came bk msia telling everyone how good it is, n they give me tht doubting look hmph!

  23. Cheesie says:

    Yes! Everything dairy in Hokkaido is yums!

  24. kiki says:

    wait wait question. after the oil is solid do you just put it in trash? or can you compost it? o-0

  25. Sherine says:

    I think the Joy dishwasher , it is now available in Tesco malaysia? not too sure if it is the same 1 lann http://eshop.tesco.com.my/en-GB/Product/BrowseProducts?taxonomyID=Cat00003263&pageNo=2&sortBy=Default

  26. Estelle says:

    >< >< >< i came back from Japan after visiting my bf for new year’s with two packs of hana serebu….I regret not buying more >< The packaging is so cute and omg it’s so soft >< >< Also regret not knowing about those oil solidifier thingies!!! D: D:

  27. Jane says:

    Very surprised by the oil solidifier!! lol lol. But i was thinking then the oil can be melted and reuse or not? Or is it put to be recycled? Or throw in the dustbin?

  28. Cheesie says:

    i am so confused now! Apparently i think it is the same brand cuz both are from P&Gnnhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_(dishwashing_liquid)nhttp://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%B8%E3%83%A7%E3%82%A4_(%E5%8F%B0%E6%89%80%E7%94%A8%E6%B4%97%E5%89%A4)nnBut i guess the manufacturing is completely diff cuz packaging also share no similarity. I hope it is good! Haha SO CHEAP!

  29. Cheesie says:

    to throw away! cannot use oredi wan haha

  30. Cheesie says:

    lol go back again!! or ask him bring back! Oil thing can just buy from DAISO RM5 only!

  31. Cheesie says:

    just throw away ony 😀

  32. KY says:

    that oil solidifier thing looks useful, and I’d really want to know how your onigiri tastes like! IN REAL LIFE!

  33. Cheesie says:

    Want exchange for pork blood laksa tapao? Hehe

  34. Selina says:

    Yes it’s very good 10philippine peso of joy dish washing can make 1liter and yes its P&G

  35. Kim says:

    OMG that oil thing looks like a lifesaver!!! Especially if you know someone who fries a lot of food… As for your runny nose with colds in the winter, have you tried using a netty pot? It’s basically rinsing out your sinuses with a special saline rinse (it’s found in convenience stores everywhere!) It will save your nose and tissue boxes~

  36. Rick Cogley says:

    Ha, great post. 🙂 I’m banned from cooking, but my wife and daughters like when I wash the dishes. Even _I_ like Joy. I wonder if this CM for JOY “moisture care” is visible outside Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ikJX7iC5Q It really works well.

  37. Jeriel says:

    Hi Cheesie, I also have the same nose problems, may I know where to buy the lotion tissues?

  38. Jenny Fernandez says:

    I love you Cheesie! You do inspired me to see the different-vibrant side of this life. Tons of love and kisses from your avid fan from Manila, Philippines. Please be safe especially to your unborn baby.

  39. carmen says:

    heard that japanese rice cannot be exported. that’s why you don’t see it elsewhere

  40. TenshiChn says:

    I’m gonna go check out the Katameruchan @ Daiso! This is so amazing! I always hesitate to throw those oily stuff down the drain >.< and now your danna gave me a solution! Yay!nnhttp://tenshichn.blogspot.com/2014/01/036-underground-gymkhana-2013.html

  41. Irene says:

    Rakuten got sell Joy for RM8++ wor!! No need RM100!! http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/kenkoex/item/kk001-4902430242844/nBut I can’t find the raspberry flavour one

  42. Irene says:

    I also found Hokkaido meiji milk for you! nhttp://global.rakuten.com/en/store/auc-kanbi/item/4902705111332/?s-id=borderless_recommend_item_ennYou can now continue to drink it until the baby boy is born!! 😀

  43. Laura says:

    Japanese cows are just udderly amazing lololol. (Milking it while i still can lololol) hahahaha LOVE THIS

  44. Cheesie says:

    isit! but i’m quite sure its diffrent wan cuz in malaysia there’s also JOY

  45. Cheesie says:

    Thanks for tips!! 🙂

  46. Cheesie says:

    So old school!!! lololol

  47. Cheesie says:

    any supermarket or convenience store in JP!

  48. Cheesie says:

    Thank you so much 🙂

  49. Cheesie says:

    Yay too!!!

  50. Cheesie says:

    lol thanks!!!!

  51. Cheesie says:

    wa you guys really go look up for all these things XD

  52. Cheesie says:

    ahhaha legendairy right <3

  53. Anonymous says:

    Hey cheesie, may I know where u bought the ant poison? The ants at my home are super immortal!

  54. Cheesie says:

    Japanese supermarket!

  55. Michelle says:

    hi cheesie, may i know how much is the ant poison? And how many did you use to stop the ants? Thanks =)

  56. lily says:

    i just bought a few bottles of the same 1L hokkaido milk from isetan. i haven’t drunk milk since i was young but this was just fantastic!!

  57. Ash says:

    what a gay cunt

  58. Anonymous says:

    ok then ASH!n

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