By Kris Elrod, Chuno RPA
Baking in Japan can be challenging, but never fear! It can be done. For my baking needs, I use a microwave with an oven function (オーブン). If you don`t have one, you can also use a toaster oven. Both of these can be purchased in most secondhand stores that sell appliances.
NOTE: In Japan, instead of teaspoons (tsp) and tablespoons (tbsp), a small spoon, 小さじ (kosaji) and a large spoon, 大さじ (oosaji) are used. The kosaji is comparable to a teaspoon and the oosaji is comparable to a tablespoon.
MAKES: about 25 cookies
All-purpose flour 120 grams
Bread flour 120 grams
Baking soda ½ tsp (or ½ kosaji) and a bit
Baking powder ½ tsp (or ½ kosaji) and a bit
Salt ¾ tsp (or ¾ kosaji)
Unsalted butter 141 grams
Brown sugar 141 grams
Granulated sugar 113 grams
Vanilla extract 1 tsp (or 1 kosaji)
Chocolate chips 1 ¼ cup
TIP: Baking soda (重曹 juusou), baking powder (ベーキングパウダー), vanilla extract, granulated sugar, and chocolate chips can all be found in the baking section of most major supermarkets, such as Okuwa, Valor, and Seiyu.