A taurus who likes to record food, adventures and life with texts and photos.
Founder of「i am minamoto」/ Self-taught chef/ Recipe creator/ Food photographer.
Enthusiast of #Ramen and #Udon.

About 「i am minamoto」

Welcome to 「i am minamoto」, a small corner I had on the internet.

This little food blog is a website where a foodie records and shares various cooking recipes, travel adventures and interesting life stories on the Internet.

When I was little living in China, I liked following my grandmother and my mom into the kitchen playing around all day long. After I moved and grew up in the United States, the long-term living abroad and having tasted different food from foreign countries on the road made me miss my mom’s food I tried when I was young. This is what made me start baking homemade desserts and cooking.

I am a foodie, a person who is looking forward to what to eat next while having something in my mouth. Although I have never been to a professional culinary school to study or having any work experience in a busy restaurant, I learned how to bake and cook by myself, only out of my persistence and love for food, as well as my mom’s hand written recipes collection and guiding by her verbal instructions.

2020 is a magical year. The long period of staying at home in the United States has given me many opportunities about learning how to bake and cook. I found that there are many times when I want to learn something and go to Google or YouTube, it may seem that I can look for the corresponding answers quickly.

But is it like this in real life?

It seems, NOT EXACTLY!

Although I love and use YouTube very often, the original intention of YouTube is focus on entertainment. In terms of “teaching and sharing” as a platform, YouTube still has certain shortcomings. For example, YouTube’s teaching method lacks systematicity and is mainly absorbed in one-way only. Users can’t communicate with YouTube or the instructors in real-time to get direct feedback on the problems encountered while learning. Users’ success rates after learning are not uniform. Sometimes they receive too many complicated pieces of information simultaneously. It is easy to be distracted by other irrelevant videos… etc.

Occasionally, after watching the video, I feel that I have learned it, but when I try to execute what I learned, I feel confused and don’t know what I should do next. In order to find that critical step, I have to rewatch one video after another. A whole afternoon has already passed after I realize that I have watched so may videos. It is a true portrayal of myself Σ( ° △ °|||)︴

Have you found the above situation very familiar?

In the era of the Big Bang of recipes, this food blog will focus about sharing common ingredients that can be bought in your street corner supermarkets and try to recreate the authentic, delicious Asian cuisine as much as possible. The scientific concepts about baking and cooking, as well as various practical tips. The delicious food I have tried on my road of exploration and adventure. I Hope you have a better understanding of the starting point of designing each recipe and the reasons behind each step. After reading the article and looking at the recipes, I hope you will say “Ah, that’s how it is!” to yourself.

I hope that through this food blog 「i am minamoto」, I am able to share about my cooking experiments with readers all over the world, exchange recipes, share adventures, and get to know more foodie friends like me who love eating, cooking, and traveling while taking photos. Each recipe and article here is written after my personal experiences, and I photographed all of this by myself. I look forward to seeing you often! Ψ( ̄∀ ̄)Ψ

By Nicholas Minamoto.



What equipments I used for food photography?

Camera:(affiliate link)Sony A7iii Full Frame Mirrorless Camera(affiliate link)Sony A6000 APS-C Mirrorless Camer
Lens:(affiliate link)Carl Zeiss Batis 40mm F/2.0 for Sony E-Mount
(affiliate link)Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DGDN Art for Sony E-mount
(affiliate link)Sony SEL90M28G FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS;
Post-Production:CaptureOne Pro + Lightroom / Photoshop;
Mobile:(affiliate link)iPhone 12 Pro Max + VSCO Cam + Snapseed。

If you want to know more about the equipments I used, please click HERE.

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About recipes:

Fore recipes in this food blog, I like to collect several different versions online (mainly from xiachufang) and then add in my own personal taste preferences. Experimenting with the differences and seeking the commonality of each recipe, I like to organize and record my experiences during cooking as well as the research results, and finally publish them on 「i am minamoto」,

Each recipe here is the result of own research, preparation, tasting and refinement. There are no hand-holding videos or step-by-step photos, but I promise you that as long as you follow my instructions and read the post thoroughly, you can make delicious cuisine just like I can too.

About disclaimer:

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  • The content of the article is only for personal opinions and feelings of the day; for reference only.
  • The article may have timeliness. Please refer to any announcement of the official website of the store for accurate information.
  • The text and photos in the article are prohibited to be republished. Please contact the author if you have any questions regarding quoting contents.

Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it’s too assertive to the naked eye.

Gordon Ramsay

Thank you for reading

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