Beef and Japanese Eggplant with a Sesame Miso Sauce 牛肉となすのごまみそ炒め

One of my favorite cooking shows on TV is a daily 30 minute show called Kyo no Ryori or Today's Menu on the Japanese NHK Channel. Luckily it's also on TV Japan, the Japanese cable channel available through Comcast, so I'm able to watch it when I'm in Seattle too. Even when I'm at our Seattle home I probably watch Japanese TV about 80% of the time. I think it's so much better. The last couple of weeks on Today's Menu they've featured Japanese Eggplant dishes since Eggplant is in season right now. I love Eggplant and I really look forward to getting really good Japanese Eggplant during the … [Read more...]

Tsukune Teriyaki ~ Japanese Chicken Meatballs with a Teriyaki Glaze 鶏つくねの照り焼き

Sorry I know it's been WAY too long since my last post. I returned from my yearly Spring trip back to our Tokyo home in April and I was a little depressed. Of course I'm always happy to return to Seattle, back in our beautiful Bellevue home that I love and hugging our sweet puppy Kenshin but I'm always a little sad leaving Japan. I'm sad leaving my friends that I reunite with every time I'm back in Tokyo (who I met through social media!) and all of the fabulous food! Yes that's one of the real reasons I'm depressed. It takes me a couple months to get over it but planning my Fall trip helps. We … [Read more...]

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...]

Lobster Tails with a Japanese Miso Glaze

I love Miso and I think it tastes great on everything. It is such a versatile ingredient and it's nice seeing it on so many restaurant menus here in the United States now too. I am a fan of both red and white Miso and I like to combine the two to make an Awase (or mixed) Miso too. There are so many types of Miso and some come with Dashi in the Miso. I used a Kyoto Saikyo white Miso for this recipe but please go with the Miso of your choice. Miso really is a personal preference and you really have to taste a few different kinds before you find the one you really like. Marukome Miso is a … [Read more...]

Tempura 天ぷら

I cannot believe I haven't posted a Tempura recipe before! I've thought about it for a very long time but it seems like another recipe always pushes it to the back burner. Well not anymore. I've actually been testing various Tempura recipes for the past few months and I think it's finally perfect. Tempura isn't a difficult dish to master but there are a few very important steps you must follow so you get a very light and crispy batter. Most restaurants in the United States do not know how to make Tempura correctly so I rarely eat it out when I'm at our Seattle home. If your Tempura has a … [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...]

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...]

Miso Chanko Nabe with Chicken Meatballs (Sumo Wrestler Hot Pot) ちゃんこ鍋

  First let me apologize for not posting since I travelled back to our Tokyo home in June. I know the people who follow me on Instagram and twitter knew what I was up to (and what I was eating) and always follow my trips back to Japan. It was a very busy Summer for me plus we had record breaking sunshine and heat in Seattle so we spent most of our time outdoors enjoying it. Hubby was also in Seattle for the entire month of August so time just flew by. Oh and another big thing happened. A new Coton de Tulear puppy named Kenshin joined our family in August and I've been busy with puppy … [Read more...]

Japanese Grilled Corn on the Cob 焼きとうもろこし

Summer is almost here and I'll be taking off and heading to our Tokyo home in a couple of weeks!  I am super excited about this trip since I didn't go back in the Spring during cherry blossom season like I usually do every year.  I rarely go back in the Summer.  Since we moved to Seattle, who has the best Summer in the world by the way, I can't handle Tokyo's heat and humidity.  Yes I'm a wimp.  I told hubby I'll just hang out in the Department Store Depachika (gourmet food floor), eat shaved ice and nosh on all of the other cool Summer treats Tokyo has to offer.  In an air conditioned room of … [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...]

Wafu Oroshi Hamburger Steak 和風おろしハンバーグ

I have another Japanese Hamburger Steak recipe to share with you and it is super yummy. The best way I like to describe Hamburger Steak is that it is like a mini meatloaf. You can find Hamburger Steak all over Japan and it is probably one of the most popular Yoshoku dishes on a Family Restaurant menu. Family Restaurants are Japan’s answer to the American chain-restaurant but with much better food. They are fairly large restaurants often with substantial parking lots and most are open twenty-four hours. Family restaurants generally serve a mix of Western, Yoshoku and Japanese cuisine. There … [Read more...]

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