Ricotta Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Fruit

I am obsessed with Ricotta Pancakes right now. My obsession started last year when I finally tried Bills of Australia's Ricotta Pancakes at their Tokyo restaurant in Omotesando near Harajuku. I have had other Ricotta Pancakes but nothing compares to Bills. They are the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I have ever tasted and are pure heaven. Bill has a few restaurants in Japan so when we at our Tokyo home I can pretty much get them whenever I want if I don't mind standing in a very long line. Hey that's Japan for you, the land of the long queue (hubby's words) and if there is a line you know … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans and Sea Salt

One of my favorite desserts in the world are chocolate chip cookies. There is just nothing more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven with a tall glass of ice cold milk. I know I always go on and on about the beautiful French pastries and Wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets) I enjoy when I'm at my Tokyo home but I have to say the cookies just aren't the same. Of course there are a variety of cookies available in Japan but I've never been able to find a really good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie that I like. The chocolate chip cookies I have tried are good but … [Read more...]

Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Roasted Japanese Eggplant

Here's my first recipe post of the new year!  I thought I would surprise you with an Italian pasta dish.  Italian cuisine is very popular in Japan and Tokyo has some of the best Italian restaurants in the world.  I have tasted some of the best pasta and pizza in Tokyo.  After Japanese food I can honestly say that Italian food is our favorite to eat and one of my favorites to prepare, especially pasta.  We love pasta. When we returned to Seattle, after spending Christmas at our Tokyo home, I was craving something tomatoey with pasta.  I must crave a particular dish in order to get excited … [Read more...]

French Toast with Maple Syrup and Toasted Pecans

Is there anything better than French Toast with sweet butter and pure maple syrup for breakfast?  I don't think do.  I wanted to share my French Toast recipe with all of you before I head back to Tokyo.  I like my French Toast pretty traditional without too many things piled on top.  If you have good French Toast made with the best ingredients I think simple is best. French Toast is hands down my favorite breakfast food.  My Mother used to make it for us growing up but I didn't see many restaurants with French Toast on the menu growing up in Tokyo.  American breakfast food was something we … [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...]

Japanese Salted Salmon, Shiozake 塩鮭

Salted Salmon, called Shiozake or Shiojake (塩鮭) Japanese, is one of my favorite ways to prepare Salmon and the most common way you see Salmon sold in supermarkets around Japan.  Shiozake can be found in a traditional Japanese breakfast with rice and miso soup, a hearty bento box lunch or a decadent filling for Onigiri, Japanese Rice Balls (my step by step Onigiri recipe here). When I was growing up in Tokyo I remember my Mom wasn't very fond of the salted salmon sold at the local supermarket.  She found it a little too salty for her taste so she would always make her own Shiozake.  I would … [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...]

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...]

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