Pork Sauté, A Japanese Yoshoku Pork Chop

Here is another example of the Japanese taking a simple dish like a pork chop and turning it into something special.  I've written about many other Yoshoku dishes on my blog and Pork Sauté is another favorite of mine.  Pork Sauté is pan-seared pork chop smothered in a fabulous red wine sauce.  How could I not love that?  This is a dish that comes together in no time and is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner and fancy enough for an elegant dinner party at home. I first tasted this dish at a favorite Yoshoku-ya in Yokohama, a little hole-in-the-wall place with three tables and a counter.  … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Napolitan

Spaghetti Napolitan (or just Napolitan) is a totally made in Japan Yoshoku pasta dish.  It was actually invented by a Chef in Yokohama, my hubby's hometown, right after World War II.  When I was a kid, growing up in Japan, I really didn't like Napolitan even though it is one of the most popular kid dishes there even today.  I grew up with homemade everything and I liked my pasta with Mom's homemade marinara or meat sauce not with ketchup.  Yes, most of the time Napolitan is made with just ketchup as the sauce.  I always thought that was pretty strange.  I only liked ketchup on hamburgers and … [Read more...]

Japanese Hamburger Steak

Whenever I make Japanese Hamburger Steak for dinner my friends are always intrigued.  I know what they're thinking, Japanese hamburger steak, what is that?  Doesn't sound very Japanese does it?  I know I know, most people associate hamburgers with the typical American hamburger on a bun but Japanese hamburger steak is a little different.  First of all it's not on a bun and second it's usually served with rice on the side and probably closer to what we call meatloaf. In Japan, Hamburger Steak is a very popular dinnertime dish, a favorite bento ingredient and is loved by both kids and … [Read more...]

Yaki Curry Rice (Baked Japanese Curry Rice with Cheese)

Every family in Japan has their own special Curry Rice recipe that they make at home.  Some people like making it spicy and thick (me!) and some prefer it sweet and a little on the soupy side.  Believe it or not, Curry Rice is probably one of the most popular dishes in Japan and a favorite of kids and adults.  In all my years living and growing up in Japan, I have never met anyone that didn't like Curry Rice.  It was one of my favorite things to eat when I met up with friends at the local coffee shop after school and it's still something I love to make and eat today. Yaki Curry on the other … [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...]

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...]