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...]

Pork Sauté, A Japanese Yoshoku Pork Chop

Here is another example of the Japanese taking a simple dish like a pork chop and turning it into something special.  I've written about many other Yoshoku dishes on my blog and Pork Sauté is another favorite of mine.  Pork Sauté is pan-seared pork chop smothered in a fabulous red wine sauce.  How could I not love that?  This is a dish that comes together in no time and is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner and fancy enough for an elegant dinner party at home. I first tasted this dish at a favorite Yoshoku-ya in Yokohama, a little hole-in-the-wall place with three tables and a counter.  … [Read more...]

Ebi Fry ~ Japanese Fried Shrimp

I have to tell you I'm crazy about shrimp.  Ask any of my friends and they will tell you this is true.  We even have special fried shrimp lunches at Etta's Seafood, a Tom Douglas restaurant, at least once a month.  They make an amazing fried shrimp basket that is perfection.  They coat their shrimp in Panko, a Japanese-style bread crumb, just like the Ebi Fry I get in Japan.  Panko has become very popular in the United States and is readily available in the Asian food section of most grocery stores now.  I think it gives the perfect, crunchy texture to anything deep-fried. My Mother always … [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...]

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...]

Teriyaki Steak with Wasabi and Lemon Zest

I think everyone in America knows Teriyaki.  I'm almost positive everyone in Seattle knows Teriyaki.  I recently read somewhere that Seattle has so many Teriyaki restaurants they were thinking of naming it the official dish of Seattle.  Well, I'm not so sure about all that but I do know Seattle does have many teriyaki restaurants compared to other cities and some of them are pretty good.  Most are not really Teriyaki though, they're Korean barbecue, but that's okay lots of people confuse the two.  They're very different dishes.  I'll get into that when I do a Korean Bulgogi post.  Making your … [Read more...]

Shio (Salt) Ramen with Bay Scallops and Corn

Who doesn't love Ramen?  My hubby and I are crazy about Ramen.  I promised my followers on Twitter awhile back that I would post a ramen recipe soon.  Well, that day has finally arrived.  Sorry it took me so long to post this recipe, I was kind of in a funk after the disaster in Japan and it has taken me a few weeks to get back into the swing of things.  Blogging and sharing Japanese home cooking with all of you makes me happy and has really helped me get through those dark days.  Thank you all for your kind words and support. When I prepare Ramen at home it's usually topped with whatever … [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...]

Japanese Hamburger Steak

Whenever I make Japanese Hamburger Steak for dinner my friends are always intrigued.  I know what they're thinking, Japanese hamburger steak, what is that?  Doesn't sound very Japanese does it?  I know I know, most people associate hamburgers with the typical American hamburger on a bun but Japanese hamburger steak is a little different.  First of all it's not on a bun and second it's usually served with rice on the side and probably closer to what we call meatloaf. In Japan, Hamburger Steak is a very popular dinnertime dish, a favorite bento ingredient and is loved by both kids and … [Read more...]

Japanese Beef Shabu Shabu Hot Pot

My first experience eating Shabu Shabu was a pretty funny one.  Our family had just moved back to Tokyo for the second time and I was about thirteen years old.  My parents had taken me out to eat Shabu Shabu at a beautiful, very traditional Japanese restaurant where we sat in our own private tatami room.  I had tried Sukiyaki many times (similar ingredients, totally different dish), Mom prepared it for us often, but Shabu Shabu was a dish that was totally new to me and this was my first time experiencing it. When our Servers, four women all dressed in gorgeous silk Kimonos, entered the room … [Read more...]

Hirekatsu, Japanese Pork Tenderloin Cutlet

Hirekatsu is the tenderloin version of Tonkatsu.  "Hire" means filet and Hirekatsu is much leaner than it's Tonkatsu cousin.  It has always been the dish I would order at my favorite Tonkatsu-ya, restaurants in Japan that specialize in all things fried in panko.  When my family moved back to Japan (the second time while growing up) I was fourteen years old and did not want anything to do with most Japanese food.  I always tried to be so American when I was a kid, trying to hide the Asian part of me to "fit-in" with my friends.  It's kind of funny to me now when I look back and remember those … [Read more...]

Omu-Soba (Yakisoba wrapped in an Omelet)

I am a big fan of noodles.  Spaghetti, ramen, soba, you name it, there is not a noodle out there that I don't like.  Near the top of the list of my all time favorite noodle dishes is Yakisoba, a stir-fried noodle dish made with meat (usually pork) and an assortment of vegetables in a delicious brown sauce.  Yakisoba just screams Summertime to me and reminds me of the little neighborhood festivals held in Japan when the hot weather arrives, usually around August.  When you visit these Summer festivals you will notice there are always a variety of food stalls and that the stall selling the … [Read more...]