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.
I am a strong believer that veggies are important in our diet. I try to make my kids to eat as many vegetables as possible but it's not easy. My kids really enjoy this Brussels sprout recipe (most likely because there is bacon) so hopefully your family will enjoy it as well.
Lotus root is an unusual Asian vegetable you don't usually see served in many US restaurants. In Japan, it's often simmered and served as "nimono". Here's my favorite recipe for lotus root, ground pork sandwiched between two slices of fried lotus roots. It's actually quite delicious, give it a try!
Agedashi tofu literally translate to deep fried tofu inside dashi broth. I previously shared agedashi tofu recipe but it was served with teriyaki sauce. Here's the traditional agedashi recipe and it's very simple to make. Enjoy!
I know I probably say "this recipe is my husband and my favorite recipe" quite a bit, but this spring roll is really one of our favorites. It very quick to prepare since only pork belly has to be cooked. The soft rice paper wrapped around fresh veggie and crunchy pork belly dipped in a citrus soy sauce... it's just perfect.
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.
Korokke (Japanese Croquette) is by far my favorite food that my mom makes. Every time I go back to my home in Japan, or when my mom visits us, I always request her to cook Korokke for me. My mom makes her Korokke without recipes so this is my original recipe that I have developed over the past years, learning from both my mom's method and adjusting the taste and texture to my preference. The Japanese usually enjoy Korokke with Tonkatsu sauce but the Taiwanese use ketchup. Try both and let me know what's your preference.
I always love to challenge myself to make better Gyoza by experimenting with different ingredients and seasonings. What's fun about Gyoza is that you can be creative with its filling. You can wrap any ingredients you like in the Gyoza skin and create your own invention. For the Gyoza recipe today, I added napa cabbage which is not a typical Gyoza ingredient. For this particular recipe you don't need to dip gyoza in any sauce because it has enough seasonings and taste.
Tonjiru is the perfect miso soup to enjoy on a cold and rainy day. The thick broth with pork belly and vegetable warms you up right away at that first sip. Try the Tonjiru recipe and show your friends a new kind of miso soup.
Ground chicken sauteed with soy sauce, mirin, sake, complemented with eggs and green peas over rice. Classic Yakitori restaurant dish.
I LOVE gratin dish. It's one of my favorites since childhood. As I was wondering what to do with the leftover leek from last week, my fellow blogger Shannon from Living with Umami told me she was going to cook Potato-Leek Gratin. Shannon made the gratin and shared the recipe on her blog. On the same night I also cooked her yummy gratin! It was so good! If you enjoy the recipe please let Shannon know as well.
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 [...]