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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Kimchi, Mushroom and Tofu Hot Pot

I recently had the most amazing experience.  I was lucky enough to be asked to do a Hot Pot (or Nabe in Japanese) cooking class at Tom Douglas Restaurants' Dahlia Workshop.  This was a really big deal for me and truly a dream come true.  I'm a home cook who started posting photos of my cooking on Twitter and have only been blogging for a little over a year.  I'm not a big time chef or famous Blogger so I was very honored to be asked to teach a class with Tom Douglas.  I've always admired Tom Douglas and the people who work for him.  They are the most professional and nicest people you'll ever … [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...]

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...]

Japanese Braised Pork Belly, Buta no Kakuni

This is my favorite Japanese dish ever.  I am serious.  I still remember the first time I tried this dish.  We were at my Mom's friends' restaurant that was ten minutes away from where we lived in Japan.  They owned a traditional, Japanese restaurant that was very popular in our neighborhood and always packed with customers.  We went there often.  I was still in middle school and quite picky about Japanese food.  I preferred western style food when I was a kid so it had to be something really special for me to even try it. My father was the one who always ordered the Buta no Kakuni.  It was … [Read more...]