Gyudon Japanese Beef Bowl

I'm heading back to Tokyo soon and I'm really in a Donburi mood.  My last post was Katsudon and now I'm going to tell you about another favorite Donburi (Rice Bowl) Gyudon, or Japanese Beef Bowl.  Gyudon chains are scattered throughout Japan but I have never been a fan of chain restaurants and have only eaten at the very popular Gyudon chain Yoshinoya once.  That was enough for me.  Gyudon chains are considered cheap eats in Japan and the meat they use is very low quality. When I first met hubby he was a struggling Engineering student.  He worked and went to school full time and barely had … [Read more...]

Korokke ~ Japanese Beef and Potato Croquettes

I have to tell you I'm very excited.  First Hubby was back in Seattle again last week for a few days on his way to California and second I'm off to Tokyo soon!  I cannot wait.  I've been making a list of the restaurants and cafes I'm planning to visit.  The list is full of old favorites and a few new places that I can't wait to try on this next trip.  The list is getting very long and I'm only there for fifteen days.  But there are three meals in a day right?  I'm thinking I'll be able to get to most of them. I know most of you might not know much about Japan or Tokyo but I'm sure you do … [Read more...]

Kimchi, Mushroom and Tofu Hot Pot

I recently had the most amazing experience.  I was lucky enough to be asked to do a Hot Pot (or Nabe in Japanese) cooking class at Tom Douglas Restaurants' Dahlia Workshop.  This was a really big deal for me and truly a dream come true.  I'm a home cook who started posting photos of my cooking on Twitter and have only been blogging for a little over a year.  I'm not a big time chef or famous Blogger so I was very honored to be asked to teach a class with Tom Douglas.  I've always admired Tom Douglas and the people who work for him.  They are the most professional and nicest people you'll ever … [Read more...]

Grilled Herb and Garlic Chicken

Everyone loves a simple chicken recipe.  I know I do.  Well I've got a great chicken recipe that uses ingredients you probably have laying around your kitchen.  This recipe is one of my go-to recipes when I have chicken and want something quick but looks like you spent all day cooking.  This is a great recipe to use up those leftover herbs and onion pieces too.  I know the name doesn't sound very Japanese but it's actually a recipe from a favorite Italian restaurant hubby and I used to frequent when we first started dating in Japan.  We were so happy when we discovered this little Italian gem … [Read more...]

Kalbi, Korean Barbecued Beef Short Ribs

Yes, I finally put my Mom's Kalbi recipe down on paper. I've been promising this recipe to my followers on Twitter for quite some time now.  Whenever I post a photo of Kalbi I always get many questions asking me when I'm going to post the recipe.  Well here it is, finally!  It is very difficult writing down my Mom's recipes.  I often watch her when she cooks and I can prepare all of her recipes but I never bother to write any of them down.  I cook just like my Mom (throw everything together without measuring) so it was really hard for me to turn my dishes into recipes at first.  I'm really … [Read more...]

Nikujaga, Japanese Meat and Potato Stew

Nikujaga is Japanese comfort food.  In Japanese Niku is meat and Jaga is short for Jagaimo, or potato.  Meat and potatoes, you couldn't ask for anything more comforting.  Every household in Japan has their own version of Nikujaga, some are on the sweet side and others a little more salty.  This is a dish I grew up eating at home and I loved my Mom's Nikujaga the most.  She has a way of taking a dish, putting her own twist on it and making it better.  I was going to wait until Fall to post this recipe but I had a serious craving the other day and decided to make Nikujaga.  Of course I had to … [Read more...]

Kimchi and Bacon Fried Rice

There was always Kimchi (Korean spicy fermented cabbage or turnip) around when I was growing up.  I feel very fortunate to have been exposed to Japanese and Korean cuisine from a very early age.  Actually I can't remember a time when there wasn't Kimchi around our house.  My Mom always had at least two types of Kimchi in the refrigerator at all times.  I love her Kimchi the best of course and I'm so lucky to have my Parents living nearby so I still get Mom's homemade Kimchi regularly.  Last week Mom brought me a large jar of the napa cabbage Kimchi (extra spicy this time) and I knew exactly … [Read more...]

Gyoza, Japanese Potstickers

Valentines Day and Gyoza?  I say why not?  Nothing shows your love more than feeding someone a perfectly cooked, crispy on the bottom soft and supple on the top, Gyoza dumpling.  Doesn't that sound like a perfect Valentines Day dinner to you?  Just looking at that little package of deliciousness will make anyone smile, especially after they take that first juicy bite. There are a few different types of Gyoza fillings I like to make at home.  The recipe I'm sharing with you is my favorite combination of ingredients and one I find myself making the most.  I grew up eating a very similar style … [Read more...]

Japanese-style Ja Ja Mein (Noodles with Spicy Meat Sauce)

Yes another noodle dish, I told you I loved noodles didn't I?  You'll love this latest noodle dish too, I promise.  I have been wanting to make Ja Ja Mein at home here in Seattle for awhile now.  It has always been one of my favorite dishes (yes, I have many) the spicy meat, chewy noodles and crunchy cucumber is happiness in a bowl to me.  There is no soup in Ja Ja Mein so it's a great noodle dish when you want something a little different than a bowl of ramen.  It was always my go-to dish at the neighborhood Chuka Ryoriasan (Chinese restaurant) in Tokyo. After My husband and I moved back … [Read more...]

Mapo Tofu, Japanese Style

In Japan, you can go into any chuka (Chinese) restaurant and there will always be Mapo Tofu on the menu.   Mapo Tofu is a well-known Chinese dish from the Sichuan province and is probably one of my favorite Chinese dishes to make at home and one of hubby's favorites.  It combines the spicy Chinese chili-bean paste, called Tobanjiang, with tofu and minced pork. Tobanjiang plays the main role in the spicy flavor of this dish.  Although Mapo Tofu is known as a dish with plenty of kick, Japanese style Mapo Tofu is not as spicy as the original dish from Sichuan.  It is a little sweeter and much … [Read more...]

Turkey Meatloaf

This meat loaf is a version of the Barefoot Contessa's turkey meatloaf recipe, I just made a couple of changes that I think make it a little better.  It tastes like an old fashioned meatloaf but since it's made with turkey it's also much better for you.  This serves 4 with enough for leftovers. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 lg onion) 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 2 Tbl good olive oil 1 tsp sea salt or kosher salt 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp fresh thyme 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/2 cup chicken stock 1 1/2 tsp tomato paste 3 lbs Ground Turkey … [Read more...]

Shrimp in Chili Sauce (Ebi no Chili Sauce)

I grew to love this dish while in High School in Japan.  This is both a popular lunchtime option at the many Chinese restaurants scattered around Tokyo and a simple main course to make at home. Making this dish from scratch is very easy and you can control the levels of heat and sweet.  This will become a favorite of both the adults & children in your home, I'm sure of it! Ingredients: 1 lb med sized shrimp peeled & deveined Pinch of Salt Pinch of freshly ground Pepper 1 Tbs Sake 1 tsp Cornstarch 1 tsp Sesame Oil 2 Tbs minced Ginger 2 tsp minced Garlic 3 Tbs Canola or … [Read more...]