(Asari no Sakamushi) Fresh manila clam steamed with julienned ginger, sake, chili pepper, and garnished with black pepper.
Savory silky steamed eggs with matsutake "pine" mushroom (Japan's truffle), create different textures by including shrimp and fish cake.
Spicy grilled Japanese eggplant with citrus soy sauce and yuzu pepper. Garnish with bonito flakes and chopped green onion.
Temari Sushi is a casual sushi that we can make at home. You don’t need sushi chef’s skill to make these cute delicious little balls of sushi. Featured on Celebration.com.
As you might have guessed by now, my children loves chicken drumettes and it's true especially for my son. Whenever I make Teba Shio (Japanese Salted Wings) or other Asian styled chicken drumettes for dinner, he always ignores his rice and eats mostly just the drumettes for the meal. This Momofuku drumettes are very simple to prepare and it's extremely tasty. They can be served both as an appetizer or the main course.
Ponzu sauce is very versatile, it's probably best known as the dipping sauce for Japanese shabu shabu. It's also popular with thinly sliced halibut or sea bream sashimi. I enjoy experimenting with ponzu sauce and found it goes really well with pan fried eggplants. Garnish with shiso to add more complexity to this delicious vegetarian recipe.
One of the dish my husband kept requesting me to make since we have been dating is Chawanmushi. He said it reminded him of his happy childhood growing up in Taiwan, enjoying the warm savory egg custard bite after bite. Chawanmushi is very easy to make but try to use real dashi so the taste will be authentic.
Usually when we make potato salad at home, there are leftover for the next day. One of my favorite dish when I was growing up was potato salad pork roll. Using the leftover from the previous day, my mother would roll it up with thinly sliced pork. This dish brings back nostalgic memories.
Shishamo is a popular Japanese delicacy but it's definitely not for everyone. Served usually as an appetizer (fried or grilled), this unique fish is filled with roe (komochi shishamo). Honestly, I am not a big fan but my husband and my children love Shishamo. They usually fight over how many each one of them can have. If you are searching for an unique Japanese appetizer to surprise your family or guests, here's a great recipe for deep fried Shishamo.
Here's the classic recipe on how to make California rolls. My children loves sushi and one of the first rolls they've tried is the California roll. The texture of crab meat and avocado mixed with delicious sushi rice and tiny tobikos bursting in your mouth is simply delicious.
During Japan's hot warm summer, it's always nice to enjoy cold food such as zaru soba and cold tofu. The delicate taste of chilled tofu mixed with bonito flake and a splash of soy sauce seems to cool off the summer heat, even just a bit.
This is a recipe shared by my Japanese friend who used to live in SF Bay Area. I use small drumettes so my kids can enjoy this mini-drumsticks. The taste of garlic, miso, soy sauce, and mirin is very tasty. If you are looking for a easy appetizer recipe, give these wings recipe a try!