Japanese Bitter Gourd Salad

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


The Non-French Onion Soup

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!

Perk-up Smoked Chicken with a Miso-Alfredo Sauce!

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!

Miso-Glazed Salmon with Sesame Panko Crust

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

65°C White Loaf

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

Roasted Onions Miso- Ras el Hanout

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

Miso, Rosemary & Sesame Tonkatsu

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

Scallop Dashi Jelly with Marinated Shiitake and Cucumber Salad

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

Rose and Mint Annin-Tofu with Boysenberry Coulis

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

Japanese Sunny-Side Up for One

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