• Chicken Donburi (Rice Bowl) Egg

    Oyako Don with Tomato

    ‘Oyako’ Don is one of the dishes I have been repeatedly cooking for my family, because everyone loves it. Do you know that ‘Oyako’ means ‘Parent and Child’ and this dish is called ‘Oyako’ Don because Chicken and Eggs are used. Sometimes I challenge to create a new version of ‘Oyako’ Don. Here is one! …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum)

    ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce, which is a sweet sauce of ground toasted sesame seeds, goes very well with many vegetables. My ‘Goma-ae’ recipes are so easy. If you like Edible Chrysanthemum, you got to try this one. Edible Chrysanthemum is available from most Asian grocery stores, but I recently discovered it at an Italian green grocery store! …

  • Baked & Fried Rice

    Bolognese Doria

    Have you got leftover Bolognese sauce? Try this Doria. ‘Doria’ is a dish of butter rice or pilaf covered with white sauce and grated cheese, then baked in the oven. You can find my ‘Doria’ recipes on this website, but this is the easiest Doria recipe if you already have Bolognese sauce. Makes 4 Servings …

  • Beans & Peas Beef Curry

    Curry Chilli Con Carne

    When I am too tired to think about dinner menu, I tend to cook some same easy dishes that I have been repeatedly cooking. ‘Chilli Con Carne’ is one of them. And Curry is another. This time, I combined those two dishes. I simply replaced the spices for Chilli Con Carne with Curry powder. It …

  • Cooking Rice

    Turmeric Rice

    I don’t know about the health benefit of Turmeric very well, but it is fun to cook striking yellow rice using Turmeric. I sometimes cook rice with saffron when I serve the rice with curry, as saffron makes rice yellow but it is quite expensive. Turmeric Rice is just good enough. I recommend not to …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Dorayaki with Peanut Butter

    One of the most famous Japanese sweets is ‘Dorayaki’, thanks to the Manga and adapted TV Anime series ‘Doraemon’. ‘Dorayaki’ is two small pancake-like sponge wrapped a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste. My children love it but my husband doesn’t eat it, because he doesn’t like Azuki paste. I tried to make ‘Dorayaki’ …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Chicken

    Chicken & Chorizo Baked Rice

    This type of rice dish similar to ‘Paella’ is hard to cook without a good source of heat. I have tried some different methods and now I believe the easiest and the best method is baking in the oven after cooking over the cooktop. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 500g Chicken Thigh FilletsSalt & Pepper2 tablespoons …

  • Okonomiyaki Vegetables

    Edible Chrysanthemum Okonomiyaki

    It seems there are so many different names for the vegetable I call ‘Edible Chrysanthemum’. It is called ‘Shungiku’ in Japanese. In Australia, Edible Chrysanthemum is available from most Asian grocery stores. This is ‘Okonomiyaki’. Besides Edible Chrysanthemum as the main ingredient, you can use whatever you like. Makes 2 to 4 Servings Ingredients 100g …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Mango & Passionfruit Mess

    I have heard about ‘Eton Mess’, that is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue and whipped cream. I have never eaten it, but it probably tastes like our famous ‘Pavlova’. ‘Eton Mess’ inspired me to make this dessert, which is seriously delicious. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 to 2 …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Curry

    Curry Doria

    I used to make ‘Curry Doria’ when I had left-over Curry and cooked Rice. It’s quite simple to make. Mix the left-over Curry and cooked Rice, loosely fill a baking dish, cover with White Sauce and some shredded Cheese, and bake in the oven until golden. However, I rarely have left-over Curry and Rice these …

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Enoki, Black Fungus & Cucumber Salad

    This salad has a vey nice crunchy texture as all three ingredients (Black Fungus, Enoki & Cucumber) have the crunchiness. It is easy to make, yet it can certainly impress your family or guests. If you love Enoki, you got to try this salad. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 10g Dried Black Fungus200g Enoki1/2 Continental Cucumber …

  • Vegetables

    Salted Cucumber & Shiso Salad

    You need ‘Green Shiso’ leaves to make this salad. Alternatively ‘Perilla’ that has similar scent can be used. I used to have so much difficulties to find ‘Shiso’ but now I am growing ‘Shiso’ in my garden. I bought seeds of ‘Aojiso’, Japanese Green Shiso, from a store in NSW on eBay. If you like …

  • Fish Mushrooms

    Black Fungus & Tuna ‘Tsukudani’

    Black Fungus, sometimes known as Cloud Ear Fungus OR Jelly Mushroom, is an edible fungus. It is called ‘Kikurage’ in Japanese. Black Fungus is a popular ingredient for Asian cooking. Almost tasteless but it has a very pleasant crunchy texture. It is a great source of dietary fibre and a variety of minerals. I want …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Pork

    Pork Curry Don

    Have you ever tried Japanese ‘Curry Udon’? The authentic Curry Udon has Japanese soup flavour because the curry mixture is made with dashi-based udon soup. I made this ‘Pork Curry Don’ in the same way. Pork can be replaced with other protein, but I like Pork the best for this dish. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients …

  • Cold Sweets

    Passionfruit Panna Cotta

    Here is another way to use up our ‘never-ending’ harvest of Passionfruit. I simply added the Passionfruit pulp to my ‘Panna Cotta’, which is quite light because as I always use Milk and Cream. I removed seeds from the Panna Cotta, but it’s up to your preference. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 500ml (2 cups) of …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Passionfruit Icing

    Our next-door neighbours, Mr. & Mrs. Taylor, planted some Passionfruit along the fence some years ago. The passionfruit plants have grown so well, even over our trees and bushes. They must be looking after the plants incredibly well, as we have been harvesting lots and lots of purple passionfruit this year. Aren’t we lucky? Ingredients …

  • Soba Vegetables

    Soba Salad with Sesame Flavoured Sauce

    Japanese people, when they are travelling overseas, often crave ‘Zaru Soba’, Soba noodles with dipping sauce, with some reasons. How about Japanese people living overseas? Of course we do!!! Dry ‘Soba’ noodles are commonly available in Australia, and ‘Zaru Soba’ can be a perfect lunch on a hot summer day. However, just noodles can’t be …

  • Cold Sweets

    Warabi Mochi

    When I shared my ‘Super Quick Milk Mochi’ recipe on Cookpad, someone found it and tried to make it. The person wrote that he/she had seen it in a Japanese Anime and had been quite curious about what it tastes like. I believe what the person saw in the Anime was ‘Warabi Mochi’ that is …

  • Chicken Tofu

    Chicken & Tofu Burgers with Teriyaki Sauce

    I like to eat my ‘Chicken & Tofu Burgers’ with ‘Ponzu’ mixed with grated Daikon Radish and a little bit Chilli, but this ‘Teriyaki Sauce’ is also really good! ‘Teriyaki Sauce’ is usually made with Soy Sauce, Mirin and Sugar. For this dish, I added Rice Vinegar, that makes the sauce next level. Makes 6 …

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