I recently looked around my kitchen and realized I have a lot of Japanese condiments! And I use them all the time. When it comes to Japanese cooking, there are a few condiments that are the foundation of what I consider “must-haves” for beginners and experts alike. These condiments will help you further create and
Easy Japanese Recipes for the Home Cook
Easy Japanese Recipes for the Home Cook is a compilation of Japanese recipes specifically cultivated to keep things simple and easy in the kitchen. Whether you’re new to Japanese cooking or new to cooking in general, these easy recipes are a great place to start. Not only does the author walk you through easy Japanese hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, and desserts, but she covers donburi and ramen as well! Get your copy now!
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When it comes to Japanese cooking, there are a few tools that I consider “must-haves” for beginners and experts alike. Whether you’re looking to set up your Japanese kitchen or just streamlining your cooking processes, these kitchen tools will help you get started with easier (and more fun!) Japanese cooking. My Favorite Tools for Japanese
Who doesn’t love a good pickled veggie topper? There was an incredible burger joint just down the street from where I grew up in LA called Fusion Burger. This place had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Aside from the amazing burgers, the real winner and the dark horse, in my opinion, was
Nishime is a must when it comes to welcoming the new year! In fact, when it comes to tradition-bound festive holidays in Japan, nothing beats New Year’s, also known as Osechi – a time of family gatherings, gossip, and lots of good food and sake. As such, making nishime is always a part of my
As the New Year approaches, I like to prepare classic Osechi recipes to mark the transition and bring good luck. The choices of food, colors and even the names of the dishes are all very intentional with Osechi. Plus preparing food ahead of time means a relaxing start to the New Year. It’s honestly my
When it comes to winter comfort foods, one-pot dishes, soups and stews are a given – especially in the Japanese culture. Winter is the perfect time to cozy up, enjoy the snowfall, and make some of your favorite Japanese winter comfort food recipes. Japanese Winter Comfort Foods Chanko Nabe is a traditional hot pot dish
Kanazawa boasts a special regional cuisine called Kaga no aji. In general the taste is mildly sweet, like most Japanese country cooking. Visually, it is not as sophisticated or ornate as Kyoto’s kaiseki haute cuisine, since it’s based on the food of the samurai – substantial and hearty, with taste, not looks, being paramount. Jibuni
We may not be able to travel to Japan in person at the moment, but we sure can sample and cook our way through it with our taste buds by visiting Honshu Island (some of my favorite noodle recipes from Nagoya (where I used to live) and a fish sukiyaki recipe from Osaka), Shikoku Island
One of the first things you’ll notice at any Japanese bakery or hotel breakfast is the abundance of shokupan, literally “eating bread.” In the West, you’ll more likely to see the name “Hokkaido milk bread” or “Japanese milk bread”in a nod to the prefecture’s well-known association with premium dairy; depending on the recipe, you’ll see
Vegetarian Japanese recipes aren’t often highlighted, but today we’re going to change that! Whether you’re a vegetarian traveling to Japan or a home chef looking to cater to a vegetarian diet, these vegetarian Japanese dishes are sure to be a hit. Vegetarian Japanese Recipes As I’ve shared before, despite much of Japanese cuisine consisting of
Friends Around the World, a radio program hosted through NHK WORLD-JAPAN, interviewed me the other day! This 20-minute radio program connects many of us around the world and allows us to share our stories and love of all things Japan. Sharing My Story with Friends Around the World – NHK WORLD-JAPAN I cannot tell you
It is getting hotter here in the Bay area, so I don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen….but still want delicious and easy Japanese dishes! You can’t get much easier than Sushi Hand Rolls (temaki). Make a pot of sushi rice, set out lots of yummy toppings on trays, and let your