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...]

Niku Soba 肉そば Cold Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Beef

I love noodles and I'm lucky to live in Seattle part of the year where there are many great Asian markets. I can pretty much find all of my favorite noodles, dry and fresh, to prepare at home. One of my favorite noodles to prepare is Japanese Soba, or buckwheat noodles. When I am at our Tokyo home I can walk through our front door and find the best soba restaurants within walking distance or a short subway ride away. Yes we are very lucky. One of noodles shops I love to visit when I'm in Tokyo is Minatoya. Minatoya specializes in one type of Soba dish, Niku Soba, or Cold Soba with Beef. … [Read more...]

Shio (Salt) Ramen 塩ラーメン

Yes I know it has been quite a long time since my last post. I was kind of in a funk after the holidays and couldn't get into my recipe groove. I was blaming the holidays but it's already March so I don't think I can use that excuse anymore. Another problem was I couldn't decide what recipe to post next but then I was inspired by a bowl of Shio Ramen while experimenting at home. I thought this is it! I had to share this recipe with all of you. Yes this Shio Ramen brought Lovely Lanvin's groove back. I am having my first Ramen cooking class at Nikkei Horizons in Seattle this month and that … [Read more...]

Tonjiru ~ Japanese Pork and Vegetable Miso Soup

I am finally posting a Miso Shiru (Soup) recipe.  I  can't believe I have never posted one before!  Well that's changing right now with this post.  Tonjiru is a little different than regular Miso Soup it's kind of like Miso Soup on steroids.  In Japanese Ton means pig and Jiru means soup so this is a pork Miso Soup filled with seasonal vegetables.  I like to call it a Miso Stew.  It is one of my favorite soups to make during the cold Winter months and what I crave when I'm feeling a little under the weather.  I instantly feel better after having a big bowl of comforting Tonjiru. The base of … [Read more...]

Katsudon (Japanese Pork Cutlet over Rice)

Let me tell you how much I love Katsudon.  I really really love it.  I love it so much that it's always one of the first things I eat as soon as I land in Tokyo.  Katsu is short for Tonkatsu, or deep fried pork cutlet and Don is short for Donburi, or bowl.  I rarely make Katsudon at home.  Growing up in Japan I had the best Katsudon all around me and I could eat it whenever I wanted.  It was always something we went out to eat when I was a child.  Mom never made it at home because it was so much easier to go out and eat it at the local Katsu restaurant around the corner or call and have it … [Read more...]

Curry Udon

Japanese Curry has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember.  My Mom made the best curry and I whenever I would smell her delectable curry coming from the kitchen it would make me very happy.  When I tell people how popular curry is in Japan they're usually quite surprised.  Curry is such a big part of the Japanese diet now and is popping up in new dishes every day.  The more common ones are curry filled bread (curry pan), curry rice, curry ramen and curry soba or udon just to name a few.  I love Curry Rice but a close second for me is Curry Udon. My favorite place to enjoy … [Read more...]

Okonomiyaki – Japanese Savory Pancake, Osaka Style

Ok I'm finally doing an Okonomiyaki post.  Ever since I started my blog, a year and a half ago, I've been asked over and over about posting an Okonomiyaki recipe and I promised I would, someday.  I make it often and when I do I always post photos on Twitter or Facebook and get so many requests for the recipe.  Well I decided to make Okonomiyaki my first post of 2012.  It is definitely my favorite dish ever and I know it will become one of yours too.  There are many shortcuts to making Okonomiyaki but I don't recommend any of them.  I see so many recipes out there using a mix, or Okonomiyaki … [Read more...]

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