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...]

Stir-fry Sukiyaki Udon

Welcome to the new!  I hope you love the new design as much as I do.  I thought this was a good time to freshen up my blog since it is my blogs' second anniversary.  Yes it's been two years already and I can't believe it.  It has been so much fun and I look forward to sharing more of my Japanese recipes and life in Tokyo and Seattle with all of you.  Thank you for your support on this journey.  My Blog and your continued support and encouragement have really helped me have more confidence in myself.  I am very grateful to you all.  Now for a new post! It is nearly … [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...]

Menchi Katsu

While many people here in the United States have heard of Tonkatsu most have not heard of Menchi Katsu.  Menchi means mince in Japanese and Katsu means cutlet.  So basically Menchi Katsu is a minced meat patty that is breaded in flour, egg, panko and deep-fried.  When I first started on Twitter a couple of years ago I tweeted about how I missed the Menchi Katsu at my favorite restaurant in Tokyo and was planning on making it that night for dinner.  After that tweet I received many questions asking me about Menchi Katsu.  I thought to myself at the time that I really needed to share my Menchi … [Read more...]

Grilled Herb and Garlic Chicken

Everyone loves a simple chicken recipe.  I know I do.  Well I've got a great chicken recipe that uses ingredients you probably have laying around your kitchen.  This recipe is one of my go-to recipes when I have chicken and want something quick but looks like you spent all day cooking.  This is a great recipe to use up those leftover herbs and onion pieces too.  I know the name doesn't sound very Japanese but it's actually a recipe from a favorite Italian restaurant hubby and I used to frequent when we first started dating in Japan.  We were so happy when we discovered this little Italian gem … [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...]

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...]

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...]