Bitter gourd, bitter melon, goya, karela, balsam-pear... this green, knobbly vegetable is actually known under many different names depending on where you are from! As per its name-sake the flavour of the flesh is very bitter and is an acquired taste at first- but give it a go and you may never look back! This cool … Continue reading Japanese Bitter Gourd Salad
It's a new year and it's out with the old and in with the new! This decidedly Non-French Onion Soup re-invents the old tried-and-true recipe in a Japanese kitchen!
Sure, smoked chicken tastes perfectly fine on it's own but it's just a bit plain and not very exciting at all... It's time for my mighty Miso-Alfredo Sauce to the rescue! The strong flavour of the smoked chicken can really stand up to the creamy sauce flavoured with salty-sweet white miso paste and nutty Parmesan … Continue reading Perk-up Smoked Chicken with a Miso-Alfredo Sauce!
Wanting a change from my usual routine of pan-frying salmon fillets and seasoning with salt and pepper, I came up with this spur-of-the-moment dish inspired by Japanese flavours! This recipe is ridiculously easy and came out chopsticks-lickin' good! Make this for your friends and I am sure they will be impressed (just keep this a … Continue reading Miso-Glazed Salmon with Sesame Panko Crust
I have always wondered how Asian bakeries create the characteristic soft and fluffy yet chewy and springy bread loaves that are so addictively delicious! So when I found this recipe, I couldn't wait to get started to make my own fresh loaf- perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea! The reason behind naming the loaf "65°C" … Continue reading 65°C White Loaf
Having just gotten hold of the aromatic North African spice mix Ras el Hanout, I was excited to try it out today in a comforting dish of slow-roasted onions with ripe tomatoes and minced garlic, bathed in a Japanese-style miso sauce. After roasting for an hour and a half, the onions transformed from being sharp and … Continue reading Roasted Onions Miso- Ras el Hanout
I have been toying-around with the idea of making tonkatsu for the first time- one of the top comfort foods of Japan! What's not to love about a crunchy panko coating encasing a succulent pork fillet? With a bag of panko lying about in my pantry, I felt it was time to tackle this famed … Continue reading Miso, Rosemary & Sesame Tonkatsu
Yet another dish inspired by my recent travels in Tokyo! Tonight's dinner began with my experimental starter of scallops encased in a soft dashi jelly, served with shiitake mushrooms simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sugar, and a zingy cucumber salad lightly pickled in apple vinegar. I was hoping that you can … Continue reading Scallop Dashi Jelly with Marinated Shiitake and Cucumber Salad
The first post of 2014- Happy New Year! I have just been away on a fantastic holiday in Tokyo and have had some of the best foods I have ever tasted: fresh sushi at Himawari Sushi, zaru-udon with a rich pork broth at The Ramen Museum, tempura at Tempura Tsunahachi, chanko-nabe (hotpot eaten by sumo wrestlers) … Continue reading Rose and Mint Annin-Tofu with Boysenberry Coulis
A new take on the ordinary fried egg. Light and refreshing, the use of konbu tsuyu (light seaweed-infused soy sauce), dried bonito flakes and shichimi togarashi (7-spice powder) provide a delicious Japanese twist. Make this dish for a special breakfast or brunch for the ones you love (or just for yourself)! Ingredients 1 large egg salt … Continue reading Japanese Sunny-Side Up for One