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...]

Fried Pork Wontons with a Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

I really love Chinese food but I rarely eat it when I'm at our Seattle home. Chinese food in the United States is usually quick, cheap, and very greasy. Not always but most of the time. I know there are some great upscale Chinese restaurants in some cities but I really haven't found a good one in Seattle yet. In Tokyo there are the quick and cheap Chinese food places all over the city but there are many beautiful upscale ones as well with amazing food. I really miss my favorite Chinese places when I'm in Seattle. The kind of places with fine china and white tablecloths. Yes those kind of … [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...]

Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich たまごサンド

  I finally have a new blog post! Sorry about the long stretch but I was planning to do another post but then we had this three month long heatwave in Seattle (well maybe not THAT long but close) and since it involved hot soup I decided I shouldn't do that one right now. I'll wait until it cools down a little. We really didn't have a Spring this year it went right to Summer so unusual for Seattle. So I went with something that doesn't involve too much time in the kitchen and will be perfect for picnics or a Summertime lunch for the kids. I know many of you who follow me on social media and … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Tonkatsu (Japanese deep-fried Pork Cutlet)

Here is my recipe for Japanese Pork Cutlet, or Tonkatsu.  I have a recipe on my blog for Hirekatsu which is the exact same recipe but uses pork tenderloin medallions instead of pork loin chops.  I wanted to include this recipe separately since Hirekatsu isn't as widely know here in the United States and many people have asked me for a Tonkatsu recipe.  You can also use a chicken breast instead of the pork chop to make Chicken Katsu.  Just make sure you pound the chicken breast out to a uniform thickness. Ingredients:  2 servings 2 boneless pork loin chops, trimmed of excess fat (I like … [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...]