Bukkake Udon ぶっかけうどん Japanese Cold Udon Noodles with Various Toppings

We are in the middle of the nicest Summer in Seattle in over fifty years.  Summer is always very beautiful in Seattle but this year we are having the best Summer I've ever experienced. There is an abundance of sunshine (over two months straight) the temperatures are warm but not too hot and the best thing is we don't get the humidity like most places.  The humidity part is why I spend the Summer at our Seattle home.  After growing up in Tokyo and still living there part of the year I stay away from the heat and humidity they get during Summer.  Living in Seattle has turned me into a heat wimp … [Read more...]

Beef, Egg and Green Pea Fried Rice

On my last trip to Tokyo in October my hubby and I took a day trip to Yokohama. Yokohama has a very special place in our hearts. First of all it's hubby's hometown. He was born and raised in Yokohama. Second it's where we had our first date, a picnic at Yamashita Park. Hubby and I first met right out of college and when we started dating he wanted to make sure I knew every inch of his hometown so most of our time together was spent exploring this beautiful and exciting city. I fell in love with Yokohama instantly. I didn't cook as much back then as I do now. I had just moved out on my own … [Read more...]

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...]

Katsudon (Japanese Pork Cutlet over Rice)

Let me tell you how much I love Katsudon.  I really really love it.  I love it so much that it's always one of the first things I eat as soon as I land in Tokyo.  Katsu is short for Tonkatsu, or deep fried pork cutlet and Don is short for Donburi, or bowl.  I rarely make Katsudon at home.  Growing up in Japan I had the best Katsudon all around me and I could eat it whenever I wanted.  It was always something we went out to eat when I was a child.  Mom never made it at home because it was so much easier to go out and eat it at the local Katsu restaurant around the corner or call and have it … [Read more...]

Curry Udon

Japanese Curry has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember.  My Mom made the best curry and I whenever I would smell her delectable curry coming from the kitchen it would make me very happy.  When I tell people how popular curry is in Japan they're usually quite surprised.  Curry is such a big part of the Japanese diet now and is popping up in new dishes every day.  The more common ones are curry filled bread (curry pan), curry rice, curry ramen and curry soba or udon just to name a few.  I love Curry Rice but a close second for me is Curry Udon. My favorite place to enjoy … [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...]

Toshikoshi Kinoko Soba, Japanese New Year’s Eve Soba Noodles with Mushrooms

As most of you know I spent the majority of my life growing up and living in Tokyo.  I first moved to Japan at the age of five and have spent a total of twenty eight years in Tokyo and counting.  My husband and I are now living in both Tokyo and Seattle, our two favorite cities.  My husband, who is Japanese, was recently offered his dream job in Tokyo.  This might not sound so strange for a Japanese man to be working in Tokyo but for my husband it's the first time he's actually worked for a Japanese company.  He was with an American software company his whole career and that is what originally … [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...]

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...]

Tofu Dengaku, Tofu with a Sweet Miso Sauce

Here's a simple tofu recipe that I wanted to post for those people who do not eat meat or who just love tofu, like me! I'm planning to post more meatless dishes in the future, I know I'm really lacking in that area. My Mother usually prepared meals with meat or seafood as the main ingredient so I really didn't have a lot of exposure to many meatless meals as a child. I do however prepare many meatless meals at home, at least three days out of the week on average. There are so many delicious options out there now and I love experimenting. I prepared Tofu Dengaku for our monthly Twitter Food … [Read more...]