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...]

Tsukune Teriyaki ~ Japanese Chicken Meatballs with a Teriyaki Glaze 鶏つくねの照り焼き

Sorry I know it's been WAY too long since my last post. I returned from my yearly Spring trip back to our Tokyo home in April and I was a little depressed. Of course I'm always happy to return to Seattle, back in our beautiful Bellevue home that I love and hugging our sweet puppy Kenshin but I'm always a little sad leaving Japan. I'm sad leaving my friends that I reunite with every time I'm back in Tokyo (who I met through social media!) and all of the fabulous food! Yes that's one of the real reasons I'm depressed. It takes me a couple months to get over it but planning my Fall trip helps. We … [Read more...]

Lobster Tails with a Japanese Miso Glaze

I love Miso and I think it tastes great on everything. It is such a versatile ingredient and it's nice seeing it on so many restaurant menus here in the United States now too. I am a fan of both red and white Miso and I like to combine the two to make an Awase (or mixed) Miso too. There are so many types of Miso and some come with Dashi in the Miso. I used a Kyoto Saikyo white Miso for this recipe but please go with the Miso of your choice. Miso really is a personal preference and you really have to taste a few different kinds before you find the one you really like. Marukome Miso is a … [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...]

Spicy Japanese Eggplant and Pork, Mapo Nasu マーボーなす

Summer is here and I am starting to see my favorite Japanese Eggplant (Nasu in Japanese) in our local Asian Supermarket and it looks beautiful! I love eggplant and I also love spicy food so of course one of my favorite Chinese dishes is Mapo (or Mabo) Tofu. Well this recipe is like Mapo Tofu but there is eggplant in the recipe in place of the tofu. It is so good believe me. I love ordering Mapo Nasu at my favorite Chinese restaurants in Tokyo but unfortunately there are no restaurants in Seattle that make it right. Most of the Mapo Nasu here is very oily. The eggplant is deep fried first … [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...]

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...]

Niku Soba 肉そば Cold Buckwheat Soba Noodles with Beef

I love noodles and I'm lucky to live in Seattle part of the year where there are many great Asian markets. I can pretty much find all of my favorite noodles, dry and fresh, to prepare at home. One of my favorite noodles to prepare is Japanese Soba, or buckwheat noodles. When I am at our Tokyo home I can walk through our front door and find the best soba restaurants within walking distance or a short subway ride away. Yes we are very lucky. One of noodles shops I love to visit when I'm in Tokyo is Minatoya. Minatoya specializes in one type of Soba dish, Niku Soba, or Cold Soba with Beef. … [Read more...]

Chashu ~ Japanese Braised Pork チャーシュー 煮豚

I posted my Shio Ramen recipe last week so I wanted to master Chashu, or Nibuta (which means slowly simmered or braised pork) to go on top of it! Chashu has always been my favorite ramen topping and fried rice ingredient. Many Ramen places in Japan will have a Chashu Fried Rice on the menu and I can never pass it up. Chashu is very versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes and of course who can resist slowly cooked pork belly? The aroma alone drives me crazy. One of my favorite Ramen shops in Tokyo, Doraichi, is just a short walk away from our Azabujuban condo and makes some of the … [Read more...]

Corn Rice とうもろこし ご飯

I just returned from three fabulous weeks at our Tokyo home in Azabujuban and it was so hard returning to the United States even though I love our Seattle home just as much. Whenever anyone asks me which city I like better I really can't choose one. I love both places so much I guess that's why we have to live in two cities. I am happy to be out of the Tokyo humidity though. Seattle wins the best Summer weather in the world category hands down. Nothing beats Summer in Seattle. I was able to enjoy so many Summertime treats in Tokyo since I rarely go back this time of year (it's that humidity … [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...]

Tonjiru ~ Japanese Pork and Vegetable Miso Soup

I am finally posting a Miso Shiru (Soup) recipe.  I  can't believe I have never posted one before!  Well that's changing right now with this post.  Tonjiru is a little different than regular Miso Soup it's kind of like Miso Soup on steroids.  In Japanese Ton means pig and Jiru means soup so this is a pork Miso Soup filled with seasonal vegetables.  I like to call it a Miso Stew.  It is one of my favorite soups to make during the cold Winter months and what I crave when I'm feeling a little under the weather.  I instantly feel better after having a big bowl of comforting Tonjiru. The base of … [Read more...]

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