• Azuki (Red Beans) Matcha

    Matcha Dorayaki

    ‘Dorayaki’ is a Japanese sweet of two small pancake-like sponge wrapped a filling of Sweet Azuki (Red Bean) Paste. Add Matcha Powder to the batter to make this delicious ‘Matcha Dorayaki’. Azuki Paste goes well with Cream and Butter. Today I filled Azuki Paste and Butter Cream. Makes 6 to 8 Dorayaki Ingredients 1 cup …

  • Other Soup Ramen

    Shoyu Ramen Soup

    I recently discovered Fresh Chinese Egg Noodles at a local Asian grocery store and they are much cheaper than Japanese Ramen Noodles that are available where I live. The Fresh Chinese Egg Noodles are delicious and can be cooked very quickly because they are fresh, not dried. We are enjoying the noodles with my ‘Miso …

  • Pork

    Pork Crackling Chips

    As I often use thinly sliced Pork Belly meat for cooking, I buy a large block of pork belly so that I can thinly slice it by myself. Before slicing, I need to remove the rind. I used to secretly waste the rind because I didn’t want eat it. NOT ANY MORE! In this easy …

  • Pork

    Pork Belly ‘Char Siu’

    When I see a nice block of lean Pork Belly that has no thick layers of fat, I instantly think of this roast. For the marinade, I only use basic ingredients such as Japanese Miso, Sugar and Soy Sauce. However, a half teaspoon of Chinese Five Spice can make a difference. It tastes like the …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Kiwi Fruit Sauce

    If you are after a green sauce for your Panna Cotta, Ice-Cream or a creamy dessert, try this Kiwi Fruit Sauce. Simply just strain Kiwi Fruit purée, or finely grated Kiwi Fruit, through a fine sieve. For grown-ups, you may wish to add some liquor/liqueur. Today I enjoy the sauce with Panna Cotta. Makes 2 …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Tofu Vegetables

    Teriyaki Tofu Plate

    In Melbourne, a large variety of Tofu are now available as all major supermarket chains are selling their own brand Tofu products. This lunch (OR dinner) plate is perfect for everyone, especially on meat-free Mondays. Teriyaki Tofu & King Oyster Mushroom, Egg and Veggies are on freshly cooked rice. Such a delicious, filling and nutritious …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Bread Sweets

    Azuki & Cream Brioche

    Store-bought ‘Tsubu-an’, sweet Azuki paste, is too sweet for me. I make the Azuki paste at home because it is easy to make and tastes better. With the home made Azuki paste, I tend to make ‘Dorayaki’, but today I made these delicious sweet rolls. Simply fill Brioche Rolls with Azuki paste and whipped cream. …

  • Ramen Vegetables

    Crispy Noodles With Stir-Fry

    When I was living in Japan, this was the dish I ordered at the Chinese restaurants almost all the time. It was the dish of crispy golden brown fried noodles covered with delicious seafood & vegetable stir-fry. I recently discovered that I can easily make the crispy noodles by frying Uncooked Fresh Chinese Egg Noodles. …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Chickpeas Pulp & Vegetables

    Soy Bean Pulp, that is produced in the production of Tofu and Soy Milk, is called ‘Okara’ in Japanese. It is part of the traditional Japanese cuisine. The most popular dish is ‘Unohana’, that is ‘Okara’ cooked with vegetables and seasoned with Soy Sauce, Sugar and Mirin. I cook it using Chickpea Pulp on the …

  • Beans & Peas Tofu

    Chickpea Tofu

    I am lucky to have a good access to a variety of Tofu which I love. If I had no access, I would miss Tofu so badly and try to make it by myself. However, it is not easy to make Tofu from Soy Beans. Chickpea Tofu is easy to make if you have dry …

  • Drink

    Chai

    I usually do not like sweet drink. I like coffee, and I like my coffee strong and without sugar. Why do I want to drink sweet tea, not coffee, and it makes me feel better when I’m unwell? It’s a mystery. Yesterday, I made this ‘Chai’ for my son who was unwell. He never ever …

  • Mazegohan Sea Vegetables

    Wakame Rice

    Dried, already chopped up ‘Wakame’ is available from Asian grocery stores and some supermarkets. Most people use it for miso soup or salad. Try this everyone’s favourite ‘Wakame Rice’. You do not need to buy Wakame Rice Seasoning Mix. It is easy to prepare. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 cups (*180ml cup) Japanese Short Grain …

  • Beans & Peas Pork

    Pork & Beans

    I first cooked this dish for my children when they were young, so it is sweet and not spicy. For grown-ups, I recommend to use less Ketchup and add Chilli or Tabasco. You may wish to add Coriander or Parsley as well, but I used to hesitate to add any green leaves because one of …

  • Chicken Hot Pot & Hot Plate

    Chicken Miso Nabe

    This ‘Nabe’ dish appeared on my family’s dinner table quite often when I was a little girl, though Chicken Fillets were not in the pot. Instead, my mother used Chicken Guts, Livers, Giblets and other mysterious parts of chicken. They were not appealing to me and I was picking up only Cabbage and Nira (Garlic …

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