Crisp cucumber and soft wakame (seaweed) soaked in a delicious tangy vinegar dressing. Popular Japanese appetizer.
Classic Japanese side dish, boiled spinach marinated in light soy and garnished with bonito flakes. Very simple and quick to prepare.
My son loves homemade sesame dressing more than store-bought pre-made ones. I usually experiment with various recipes and this particular one is my husband's favorite because of the strong vinegar taste. If you prefer really fine and smooth taste, ground the sesame finer. Otherwise it's fine to leave the grounded sesame a bit coarse, it adds a new texture and dimension to the salad.
Japanese potato salad is very different from American ones. It uses mashed potato instead of potato chunks and the Japanese mayo gives it a slightly sweet flavor. The typical ingredients contains carrot, ham, cucumber, egg, and corn. Growing up in Japan I always looked forward to dinner if I knew my mother was making potato salad that day.
Tako Su (octopus salad) is a common appetizer served in Izakaya (Japanese tapas) style restaurants. The sweet vinegar taste wakes up the taste buds and readies your stomach for a night of delicious food.
Memorial day is just around the corner and I want to share a refreshing summer salad to go with weekend barbecues. I love the unique taste of blood orange and this salad uses both the blood orange fruit as well as the juice for the vinaigrette. Never used blood orange in a recipe before? Now's your chance.
It's been a while since I posted a side dish so I want to share a popular green bean recipe. Side dishes (Osouzai, お惣菜) are predominately vegetables. As I had mentioned in my previous posts, typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, the main dish, and 1-2 side dishes. A popular way to prepare side dish is Shiraae, mixing lightly-cooked vegetables with crumbled tofu, miso, and sesame seeds. Spinach and green beans are commonly used for Shira-ae dish.
It amazing how fast 2011 has passing by so far, just with a blink of an eye and summer is just around the corner. Since the weather has been amazing, I want to share a delicious salmon salad with you. It's perfect for that weekend lunch in the backyard and to enjoy with a bottle of white wine and some warm bread and butter.
The Japanese love mayo, we enjoy mayo with a wide variety of Japanese food ranging from deep fried food, okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza), Yakisoba (Japanese stir fry noodle), sushi, to salad. This simple apple salad is mayo based but it is super yummy. The tartness of fresh apple mixed in with raisin and just a bit of lemon balances out the mayo perfectly.
The Japanese usually serve several kinds of pickled dish along with white rice as appetizer. Today I am sharing a very simple Japanese pickle recipe that you can also enjoy at home. It's a refreshing side dish, or we call it Hashi Yasume which literally means "chopsticks break." This dish usually contrasts in flavor, texture, and temperature to the main dish and we eat Hashi Yasume between rice and main dish, and between rice and other side dishes, alternatively. Hope you enjoy this homemade Hashi Yasume.
Today's recipe is actually 2 dishes, you make salad and you get a free soup! If you enjoy eating Shabu Shabu or like Ponzu, I'm sure you'll like this salad. Typically shabu shabu restaurants in the US only serve beef slices, but in Japan pork slices are also very popular. Ponzu goes really well with pork slices and it also makes the perfect healthy dressing since very little oil is used.
Update: Pictures updated in August 2012. Spinach or green beans are often dressed in sesame sauce in Japanese cuisine. Goma means sesame seed in Japanese and Goma-ae are dishes prepared with sesame sauce. The delicate texture of freshly ground sesame seeds pairs very well with flavorful vegetables. This is one of the most common Japanese side [...]