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...]

Hot Dog Yakisoba Bread

Here is another interesting food combination from Japan that is going to make you scratch your head and say what??  I know that's exactly what I did when I first laid eyes on Yakisoba Pan (Pan is bread in Japanese).  Yes noodles in bread, not where you usually find noodles but this really works, especially when you put hot dogs in the Yakisoba. There's a group of us on Twitter who started a monthly Twitter Food Party.  We all decide on an ingredient or type of dish and then each of us will create a dish and tweet our masterpiece.  It has really been such a great experience for me.  There is … [Read more...]

Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Fried chicken has always been a favorite of mine. My early memories of Fried chicken go back to when I was about 8 years old, my Mom would make her version of Southern Fried Chicken for us a couple times a month. I always looked forward to her juicy and perfectly fried chicken. Mom is not from the South, she wasn't even born in this country, but Mom can cook anything and everything and she puts her own delicious twist on every dish she prepares. I can still remember her frying chicken in her cast iron pan when I was a kid. Mom doesn't like to fry chicken anymore though, now she wants me to … [Read more...]

Buta no Shogayaki, Japanese Pork Ginger

Buta no shogayaki or Japanese Pork Ginger is a classic dish that I used to eat regularly when I was living in Japan.  My fondest memory is when my now husband and I first started dating.  There was a small restaurant in my neighborhood called Umebachi and we would often meet there when we were lucky enough to have lunch together.  This place was tiny, only ten seats around a circular counter, and if you didn't get there by noon you were in for a very long wait. The husband (Master) and wife (Mama) team who own Umebachi did everything themselves in the most cramped and narrow open kitchen … [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...]

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...]

Simmered Spicy Pork Harusame (Japanese Sweet Potato Starch Noodles) w/eggs on top

Ingredients Ground pork 1/2 lb Harusame (Japanese Sweet Potato Noodles) 100 grams (about 1/2 of the pkg I bought) Spinach 1/2 bunch chopped Scallions 3 chopped Ginger 2 teaspoons chopped Garlic 2 teaspoons chopped Crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon Eggs Canola oil Sesame oil Seasoning group A Salt & pepper to taste Sake 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce 1 teaspoon Seasoning group B Sake 1 Tablespoon Water 2 cups Soy Sauce 3 Tablespoons Salt 1/2 teaspoon Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Oyster sauce 1 teaspoon 1. Soak Harusame noodles according to directions on package 2.  … [Read more...]