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...]

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...]

Turkey Chili Taco Rice ターキーチリ タコライス

I have been getting many questions about my Turkey Chili on Instagram ever since I posted a photo about a month ago. Everyone is asking when I am I going to post the recipe. That day has finally come yay! I was waiting for the weather to get a little bit cooler before posting this hearty Chili dish. We had such a long hot Summer in Seattle so it took some time getting into a Chili mood. I have been making this recipe for years, based on my Mom's amazing Beef Chili recipe, but I switched it up a bit a couple of years ago and started using ground Turkey instead of Beef. Let me tell you once I … [Read more...]

Roast Teriyaki Chicken 照り焼きローストチキン

Last month I was ready to make my usual Roast Chicken but decided to experiment a little at the last minute. I was craving Teriyaki or Yakitori but there was a whole chicken sitting in front of me instead of the chicken thighs I normally use. I thought I should try and make a whole roasted chicken basted with a homemade teriyaki glaze. Wow as soon as I had that thought it sounded so good to me I started recipe testing immediately. I started with something similar to my usual Teriyaki Sauce but with a little more sugar, so it would reduce, thicken and coat the chicken better when basting, … [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...]

Chashu ~ Japanese Braised Pork チャーシュー 煮豚

I posted my Shio Ramen recipe last week so I wanted to master Chashu, or Nibuta (which means slowly simmered or braised pork) to go on top of it! Chashu has always been my favorite ramen topping and fried rice ingredient. Many Ramen places in Japan will have a Chashu Fried Rice on the menu and I can never pass it up. Chashu is very versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes and of course who can resist slowly cooked pork belly? The aroma alone drives me crazy. One of my favorite Ramen shops in Tokyo, Doraichi, is just a short walk away from our Azabujuban condo and makes some of the … [Read more...]

Omurice オムライス

Omurice is a scrumptious half omelette and half rice dish that gets it's funny mixed up name from the two words omelet and rice.  Omurice starts with a chicken and tomato fried rice, or Chicken Rice as it's called in Japan, wrapped in a thin sheet of a fried egg.  Whenever I prepare Omurice and post photos on social media people are always surprised that this is a Japanese dish.  Omurice is a western influenced Japanese dish, or Yoshoku, created in Japan over a hundred years ago but is still one of the most popular dishes in Japan today.  You can often find it on the kids' menu in many … [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...]

Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Roasted Japanese Eggplant

Here's my first recipe post of the new year!  I thought I would surprise you with an Italian pasta dish.  Italian cuisine is very popular in Japan and Tokyo has some of the best Italian restaurants in the world.  I have tasted some of the best pasta and pizza in Tokyo.  After Japanese food I can honestly say that Italian food is our favorite to eat and one of my favorites to prepare, especially pasta.  We love pasta. When we returned to Seattle, after spending Christmas at our Tokyo home, I was craving something tomatoey with pasta.  I must crave a particular dish in order to get excited … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Bolognese スパゲッティ ボロネーゼ (ミートソース スパゲッティ)

I'm posting an Italian recipe!  I actually cook Italian food quite often at home.  After Japanese food I can easily say that Italian food is one of our favorites and is very popular in Japan as well.  My earliest memory of Spaghetti Bolognese, or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce as most families call it, came from my Mom.  My mom is a fabulous cook and she always made us the most delicious and well balanced food growing up.  Everything she made was from scratch and she never fed us anything that was frozen, canned or ready-made from a package.  I don't think I really appreciated mom's cooking until I … [Read more...]