Easy Japanese Recipes

Nami

Candied Sweet Potatoes 大学芋

Candied Sweet Potatoes (Daigaku Imo) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Fall is here and it’s my favorite season of the year.  I love how leaves turn into beautiful colors and make joyful crackling sounds as you step on them.  And I love these Candied Sweet Potatoes (Daigaku Imo, 大学芋) during this season.

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Green Tea Chiffon Cake 抹茶シフォンケーキ

Green Tea Chiffon Cake | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Making chiffon cake was one of my dream after I started to bake more often starting last year (thanks to your encouragement!).  I always thought it was going to be difficult to make a chiffon cake; however, after lengthy experiments with my Castella recipe (finally success!) this green tea chiffon cake was a piece of cake.  Yes, I just say that. ;)

Of course this green tea lady has to make Green Tea Chiffon Cake first before trying other flavors, right?

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Green Tea Donuts 抹茶ドーナツ

Green Tea Donuts | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Have you seen or tasted Green Tea Donuts before?  They are actually quite pretty popular in Japan.  The Japanese like to make sweets and desserts with matcha (green tea powder, 抹茶) from green tea latte, green tea tiramisu, to green tea KitKat and Pocky!

Well, I’m definitely not an exception; I made cookies, ice cream, Crème Brûlée and steamed cake with matcha on Just One Cookbook so far.  And guess what, more green tea dessert recipes are coming (call me green tea lady!). :)

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A Little Thought on Happiness

women blowing dandelion

Watching the Colorado flood unfolding on the news this past week, it reminds us how fragile our lives can be and things we treasure in life could be gone in a split second.  I typically share little thoughts here and there in my recipe posts but once in a while I like to pull myself away from the digital world and just ponder a bit.

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Saikoro Steak サイコロステーキ

Saikoro Steak | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Saikoro Steak (サイコロステーキ) is a popular izakaya (Japanese tapas style) dish.  The cubes of tenderloin is quickly pan fried on high flame until medium rare and served with grated daikon and seasoned with refreshing citrus soy sauce called Ponzu sauce.

What does “saikoro” mean?  It means “a dice” in Japanese and do you know why this dish got that name?  It’s from the shape of the steak resembling “dice”.

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Castella カステラ

Castella | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Japanese Castella Cake, or Kasutera (カステラ) in Japanese, is a popular Japanese honey spongecake which was originally introduced by the Portuguese merchants to Nagasaki area in the 16th century.  The name is derived from Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile”.  Castella is made of just 4 basic ingredients: bread flour, eggs, sugar, and honey.

A dark brown top and bottom and creamy yellow sponge cake on sides gives beautiful contrast.  This delicate cake is very moist, smooth, bouncy, and has just enough sweetness with a fragrance of honey.

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Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) Bento 生姜焼き弁当

Ginger Pork Bento | Easy Japanes Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I received very positive feedback on How To Make Bento post from the readers and I just want to say thank you!  It took a bit of effort and many sleepless nights to put together the bento post, but the great feedback from you makes it all worthwhile!  I hope the instructions were clear and helpful.

As I continue my bento series, today I’ll show you the Ginger Pork Bento I had prepared.

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Kimchi Chigae (Kimchi Stew)

Kimchi Jjigae | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Although the Bay Area is experiencing summer-like weathers these past weeks, I do feel the season is slowly changing when the chilly wind blows in the evening.  Fall is almost here.

I’m usually late to post seasonal recipes, but for once I’m ready to share this delicious dish to keep you warm.  The dish is called Kimchi Chigae or Kimchi Jjigae.

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How To Make Bento お弁当の作り方

How To Make Bento  | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Many of Just One Cookbook readers have asked me to write a post about how to make bento since last year. I was hesitant at first because bento making is not something I specialized in, and there are so many great bento blogs out there that feature elaborate bentos that I wish to have for my lunch.

However, I continue to receive requests from readers so I’ve decided to share how I make everyday bentos (not a fancy one!) for my children.

I also included my very first video in this post! :)

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