Chinese Sweet and Sour Meatballs 肉団子の甘酢あん

I have another favorite Chinese recipe that I’m so excited to share with all of you. You know how I’m always going on and complaining about the lack of really good and authentic Chinese food here in Seattle and Bellevue? (If you follow me on Social Media you know). Well I’m teaching myself my favorites so I can make them whenever I’m iat our U.S. home. I have no choice. I’m tired of doing without or eating mediocre Chinese food. Most of it is really not edible in my honest opinion. Very greasy and oily and just not what authentic Chinese food should be. I’m surprised these places can stay in … [Read more...]

Corn Potage コーンポタージュ (Japanese Corn Soup コーンスープ)

I’m sorry. I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I don’t have any excuses besides being a little lazy and not really being inspired after our long, hot & very dry Summer and early Fall. We had quite a run of sunny and hot days and then it seemed like we quickly skipped Fall and went right into cold Winter weather! Crazy for Seattle that’s for sure. The cold days that hit us so suddenly in October had me thinking about soup. Not just any soup but one of my favorite soups, Corn Potage or Japanese Corn Soup. I wanted to post this recipe during Summer, when the corn was nice & … [Read more...]

Turkey Chili Taco Rice ターキーチリ タコライス

I have been getting many questions about my Turkey Chili on Instagram ever since I posted a photo about a month ago. Everyone is asking when I am I going to post the recipe. That day has finally come yay! I was waiting for the weather to get a little bit cooler before posting this hearty Chili dish. We had such a long hot Summer in Seattle so it took some time getting into a Chili mood. I have been making this recipe for years, based on my Mom's amazing Beef Chili recipe, but I switched it up a bit a couple of years ago and started using ground Turkey instead of Beef. Let me tell you once I … [Read more...]

Roast Teriyaki Chicken 照り焼きローストチキン

Last month I was ready to make my usual Roast Chicken but decided to experiment a little at the last minute. I was craving Teriyaki or Yakitori but there was a whole chicken sitting in front of me instead of the chicken thighs I normally use. I thought I should try and make a whole roasted chicken basted with a homemade teriyaki glaze. Wow as soon as I had that thought it sounded so good to me I started recipe testing immediately. I started with something similar to my usual Teriyaki Sauce but with a little more sugar, so it would reduce, thicken and coat the chicken better when basting, … [Read more...]

Shio (Salt) Ramen 塩ラーメン

Yes I know it has been quite a long time since my last post. I was kind of in a funk after the holidays and couldn't get into my recipe groove. I was blaming the holidays but it's already March so I don't think I can use that excuse anymore. Another problem was I couldn't decide what recipe to post next but then I was inspired by a bowl of Shio Ramen while experimenting at home. I thought this is it! I had to share this recipe with all of you. Yes this Shio Ramen brought Lovely Lanvin's groove back. I am having my first Ramen cooking class at Nikkei Horizons in Seattle this month and that … [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...]

Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Roasted Japanese Eggplant

Here's my first recipe post of the new year!  I thought I would surprise you with an Italian pasta dish.  Italian cuisine is very popular in Japan and Tokyo has some of the best Italian restaurants in the world.  I have tasted some of the best pasta and pizza in Tokyo.  After Japanese food I can honestly say that Italian food is our favorite to eat and one of my favorites to prepare, especially pasta.  We love pasta. When we returned to Seattle, after spending Christmas at our Tokyo home, I was craving something tomatoey with pasta.  I must crave a particular dish in order to get excited … [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...]

Spaghetti Bolognese スパゲッティ ボロネーゼ (ミートソース スパゲッティ)

I'm posting an Italian recipe!  I actually cook Italian food quite often at home.  After Japanese food I can easily say that Italian food is one of our favorites and is very popular in Japan as well.  My earliest memory of Spaghetti Bolognese, or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce as most families call it, came from my Mom.  My mom is a fabulous cook and she always made us the most delicious and well balanced food growing up.  Everything she made was from scratch and she never fed us anything that was frozen, canned or ready-made from a package.  I don't think I really appreciated mom's cooking until I … [Read more...]

Okonomiyaki Hot Dog お好み焼き ホットドッグ

I've been hearing about Japanese style hot dogs for a couple of years now. The first place I heard about was a stand in Vancouver Canada and now the craze has started to spread around the country.  Many of my friends actually drive over two hours from Seattle to Vancouver just to eat these Japanese style hot dogs.I have to admit I wasn't interested in these hot dogs and had no desire to try one. I am not a big fan of Japanese fusion and thought Japanese flavors would never go with a hot dog on a bun. Well after making my own Okonomiyaki hot dog let's just say I changed my mind. I looked at … [Read more...]

Japanese Potato Salad ポテトサラダ

I'm back in Seattle!  Yes I just returned from another trip back to our other home in Tokyo and it was filled with pretty pink cherry blossoms and of course, the best food ever.  I tweeted and instagramed every tiny morsel of food that I put in my mouth.  I always do this when I'm in Tokyo.  I guess I do the same thing when I'm in Seattle too.  Oh well what can I say?  I want everyone to enjoy the experience right along with me.  I think food tastes better when shared with friends don't you? When we are in Tokyo, and eating at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, I always have put … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Macaroni Gratin, Ebi Macaroni Gratin

Winter is a gloomy time in Seattle and this year is no different.  This gray wet weather always has me craving something creamy and warm.  To some Macaroni and Cheese would be the ultimate comfort food but when I think about comfort food Shrimp and Macaroni Gratin is right at the top of my list.  I know it doesn't sound very Japanese but it's a very popular Yoshoku dish and a guilty pleasure of mine. Shrimp and Macaroni Gratin, or Ebi Macaroni Gratin in Japanese, can usually be found in any Yoshoku restaurant in Tokyo and all over Japan.  When I was a schoolgirl growing up in Tokyo Shrimp … [Read more...]