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...]

Sweet and Spicy Asian Ribs

I was experimenting with pork ribs last night.  I've been craving a sweet and spicy rib that is easy to make and doesn't require any marinating ahead of time. Something quick, simple and really really good. I think this recipe covers all those bases. I decided to try Gochujang in my ribs, a fermented Korean chili paste that I really love using in a variety of recipes. Korean Fried Chicken, which also has Gochujang in the recipe, is so popular now I knew it would taste great with ribs. Gochujang is so versatile and not super spicy. The flavor is more of a sweet, spicy taste so it doesn't … [Read more...]

Kitsune Udon Recipe きつねうどん

It has been very cold in Seattle lately so I'm posting a yummy Japanese noodle soup recipe to warm your tummy. My recipe for Kitsune Udon! Kitsune Udon is Udon Noodles served in a bowl of hot Dashi soup and topped with Aburaage (thin fried tofu) that has been cooked in a sweet & salty soy sauce based sauce. You rarely see Kitsune Udon on the menu in most Japanese restaurants here in the United States but it is super popular in Japan. You will see it on practically every menu at the local neighborhood noodle shops in Japan and for a very reasonable price. Kitsune means “fox” in Japanese. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Shio (Salt) Ramen 塩ラーメン

Yes I know it has been quite a long time since my last post. I was kind of in a funk after the holidays and couldn't get into my recipe groove. I was blaming the holidays but it's already March so I don't think I can use that excuse anymore. Another problem was I couldn't decide what recipe to post next but then I was inspired by a bowl of Shio Ramen while experimenting at home. I thought this is it! I had to share this recipe with all of you. Yes this Shio Ramen brought Lovely Lanvin's groove back. I am having my first Ramen cooking class at Nikkei Horizons in Seattle this month and that … [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...]

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