Tempura 天ぷら

I cannot believe I haven't posted a Tempura recipe before! I've thought about it for a very long time but it seems like another recipe always pushes it to the back burner. Well not anymore. I've actually been testing various Tempura recipes for the past few months and I think it's finally perfect. Tempura isn't a difficult dish to master but there are a few very important steps you must follow so you get a very light and crispy batter. Most restaurants in the United States do not know how to make Tempura correctly so I rarely eat it out when I'm at our Seattle home. If your Tempura has a … [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...]

Miso Chanko Nabe with Chicken Meatballs (Sumo Wrestler Hot Pot) ちゃんこ鍋

  First let me apologize for not posting since I travelled back to our Tokyo home in June. I know the people who follow me on Instagram and twitter knew what I was up to (and what I was eating) and always follow my trips back to Japan. It was a very busy Summer for me plus we had record breaking sunshine and heat in Seattle so we spent most of our time outdoors enjoying it. Hubby was also in Seattle for the entire month of August so time just flew by. Oh and another big thing happened. A new Coton de Tulear puppy named Kenshin joined our family in August and I've been busy with puppy … [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...]

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...]

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  LovelyLanvin.com!  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...]

Curry Udon

Japanese Curry has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember.  My Mom made the best curry and I whenever I would smell her delectable curry coming from the kitchen it would make me very happy.  When I tell people how popular curry is in Japan they're usually quite surprised.  Curry is such a big part of the Japanese diet now and is popping up in new dishes every day.  The more common ones are curry filled bread (curry pan), curry rice, curry ramen and curry soba or udon just to name a few.  I love Curry Rice but a close second for me is Curry Udon. My favorite place to enjoy … [Read more...]

Toshikoshi Kinoko Soba, Japanese New Year’s Eve Soba Noodles with Mushrooms

As most of you know I spent the majority of my life growing up and living in Tokyo.  I first moved to Japan at the age of five and have spent a total of twenty eight years in Tokyo and counting.  My husband and I are now living in both Tokyo and Seattle, our two favorite cities.  My husband, who is Japanese, was recently offered his dream job in Tokyo.  This might not sound so strange for a Japanese man to be working in Tokyo but for my husband it's the first time he's actually worked for a Japanese company.  He was with an American software company his whole career and that is what originally … [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...]

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...]

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