Sweet and Spicy Asian Ribs

I was experimenting with pork ribs last night.  I've been craving a sweet and spicy rib that is easy to make and doesn't require any marinating ahead of time. Something quick, simple and really really good. I think this recipe covers all those bases. I decided to try Gochujang in my ribs, a fermented Korean chili paste that I really love using in a variety of recipes. Korean Fried Chicken, which also has Gochujang in the recipe, is so popular now I knew it would taste great with ribs. Gochujang is so versatile and not super spicy. The flavor is more of a sweet, spicy taste so it doesn't … [Read more...]

Kitsune Udon Recipe きつねうどん

It has been very cold in Seattle lately so I'm posting a yummy Japanese noodle soup recipe to warm your tummy. My recipe for Kitsune Udon! Kitsune Udon is Udon Noodles served in a bowl of hot Dashi soup and topped with Aburaage (thin fried tofu) that has been cooked in a sweet & salty soy sauce based sauce. You rarely see Kitsune Udon on the menu in most Japanese restaurants here in the United States but it is super popular in Japan. You will see it on practically every menu at the local neighborhood noodle shops in Japan and for a very reasonable price. Kitsune means “fox” in Japanese. … [Read more...]

Lobster Tails with a Japanese Miso Glaze

I love Miso and I think it tastes great on everything. It is such a versatile ingredient and it's nice seeing it on so many restaurant menus here in the United States now too. I am a fan of both red and white Miso and I like to combine the two to make an Awase (or mixed) Miso too. There are so many types of Miso and some come with Dashi in the Miso. I used a Kyoto Saikyo white Miso for this recipe but please go with the Miso of your choice. Miso really is a personal preference and you really have to taste a few different kinds before you find the one you really like. Marukome Miso is a … [Read more...]

Tempura 天ぷら

I cannot believe I haven't posted a Tempura recipe before! I've thought about it for a very long time but it seems like another recipe always pushes it to the back burner. Well not anymore. I've actually been testing various Tempura recipes for the past few months and I think it's finally perfect. Tempura isn't a difficult dish to master but there are a few very important steps you must follow so you get a very light and crispy batter. Most restaurants in the United States do not know how to make Tempura correctly so I rarely eat it out when I'm at our Seattle home. If your Tempura has a … [Read more...]

Fried Pork Wontons with a Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

I really love Chinese food but I rarely eat it when I'm at our Seattle home. Chinese food in the United States is usually quick, cheap, and very greasy. Not always but most of the time. I know there are some great upscale Chinese restaurants in some cities but I really haven't found a good one in Seattle yet. In Tokyo there are the quick and cheap Chinese food places all over the city but there are many beautiful upscale ones as well with amazing food. I really miss my favorite Chinese places when I'm in Seattle. The kind of places with fine china and white tablecloths. Yes those kind of … [Read more...]

Spicy Japanese Eggplant and Pork, Mapo Nasu マーボーなす

Summer is here and I am starting to see my favorite Japanese Eggplant (Nasu in Japanese) in our local Asian Supermarket and it looks beautiful! I love eggplant and I also love spicy food so of course one of my favorite Chinese dishes is Mapo (or Mabo) Tofu. Well this recipe is like Mapo Tofu but there is eggplant in the recipe in place of the tofu. It is so good believe me. I love ordering Mapo Nasu at my favorite Chinese restaurants in Tokyo but unfortunately there are no restaurants in Seattle that make it right. Most of the Mapo Nasu here is very oily. The eggplant is deep fried first … [Read more...]

Yakiniku Donburi 焼肉丼 Japanese Grilled Beef Rice Bowl

Yakinuku (which means grilled meat in Japanese) in Japan is very similar to Korean barbecue. Both type of these restaurants have either electric, gas or charcoal grill topped tables where you order various cuts of meat and vegetables and grill the food yourself at the table. Of course there are places that will grill the meat for you but most people enjoy grilling the meat at the table and it is so much fun with a group. There are some differences between Japanese Yakiniku and Korean barbecue. First the meat in Japanese Yakiniku is lightly marinated and second they serve the meat with a … [Read more...]

Linguine alle Vongole in Rosso, Linguine with Clams in Tomato Sauce

I'm taking an Italian break on my blog today. I just returned from our Tokyo home a few weeks ago and it is always hard getting back into the blog posting groove but I'm back with a simple and yummy pasta recipe. I know my recipes are usually Japanese dishes but I do post other recipes like Italian once in awhile. Italian food is my second favorite food and I love preparing it at home and of course eating it. Tokyo has some of the best Italian restaurants in the world and I usually have at least one Italian meal while I'm in Tokyo. One of my favorite pasta dishes is Linguine alle Vongole … [Read more...]

Linguine with Lobster Tails in Roasted Tomato Sauce

I really love lobster what can I say? I lived on Cape Cod for a few years as a child and we had the best seafood all around us especially lobster but I wouldn't touch it. I know so strange right? Well I was a typical kid who was very picky and for me that meant I would only eat cheeseburgers and fried shrimp when my family went out for dinner. So I missed out on a lot of lobster. You can say I'm making up for lost time. Now I can't get enough! Lobster Tails are gong to be the star of my Valentine's Day menu this year. One of my favorite ways to prepare lobster is with a simple roasted … [Read more...]

Matcha Yoghurt Pound Cake with Almonds

I have had such fun two months as a noosa yoghurt Brand Ambassador. I loved sharing my favorite flavors and some new limited flavors with all of you on my blog and in my social media posts. For my last noosa yogurt post I wanted to use Japanese Matcha with noosa yoghurt in a dessert that would be perfect during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project. I think I came up with a perfect dessert that combines both beautifully. Matcha is finely ground powdered green tea. The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed during … [Read more...]

Cranberry, Apple & Pecan Bread Pudding

Happy Halloween! I have a super yummy Halloween post to share with all of you. I really love a good Bread Pudding and I know how rich and full of calories it could be so I replaced the heavy cream in my recipe with noosa cranberry apple yoghurt! Since becoming a Brand Ambassador for noosa yoghurt earlier this month I have been experimenting with different ways to incorporate yoghurt in some of my dessert recipes to make them a little more healthy. I really love yoghurt so I think it actually makes them taste better and this recipe is no exception. After making a similar Bread Pudding over … [Read more...]

October was full of wonderful noo things!

October had a very sweet start. During the first week of the month I was asked to be a noosa Ambassador for one of my favorite yoghurt brands noosa yoghurt. I have been a fan of noosa yoghurt ever since they started carrying it at my local Whole Foods here in Bellevue Washington. I was so happy to hear about two noo (get it?) flavors, pumpkin and cranberry apple, perfect for Fall! I already started making smoothies and yoghurt bowls using both of these delectable flavors and let me tell you I'm hooked! I will be posting some noo recipes using both flavors in the next couple of weeks so stay … [Read more...]