• Beef Egg Potato

    Potato & Beef Mince Omelette

    No comment about the wiggly Ketchup, please! I have shaky hands. This dish is similar to ‘Omu-rice (Omelette Rice)’ but much easier to prepare. Beef Mince can be replaced with thinly sliced off-cut Beef or Pork, but you can actually cook whatever you like. This is a great dish particularly for children. Makes 2 Servings …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Pork Tofu

    Spicy Pork & Tofu Soboro Don

    ‘Spicy Pork Soboro Don’ is one of my family’s favourite dinner dishes. But I started adding Tofu (ALDI’s Organic Firm Tofu) to increase the quantity, so that we can have it for lunch next day. The additional Tofu makes the dish healthier, too. Makes 6 to 8 Servings Ingredients 500g Pork Mince1 tablespoon Oil1 small …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Sweet Potato Mochi

    Have you got leftover roasted Sweet Potato or Pumpkin? Using the leftovers, you can make chewy and rubbery ‘Mochi’ that can be a great snack. Simply mix with Glutinous Rice Flour and make firm dough, then cook it. Enjoy as they are, or with Soy Sauce as a dipping sauce. Makes 8 to 10 Mochi …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Chicken Salad With Spicy Sauce

    When you feel like something refreshing but spicy, try this salad. Chicken can be replaced with fish, prawns, squid, tofu, etc. Add plenty of salad vegetables, because with this spicy sauce, you will want to eat more vegetables. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 300g Chicken Breast Fillet(s)1 small piece Ginger *grated1 tablespoon Sake (Rice Wine)1/4 teaspoon …

  • Mushrooms

    ‘Goma-ae’ Mushrooms

    I cook ‘Goma-ae’ dishes very often, using a variety of vegetables. ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce, which is a sweet sauce of ground toasted sesame seeds, goes very well with many vegetables and mushrooms. For ‘Goma-ae’, use meaty mushrooms such as Shiitake, King Oysters, Shimeji, etc. I usually quickly sauté them in a hot skillet, but you can …

  • Egg Vegetables

    Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum) Caesar Salad

    If you can’t find Shungiku (Edible Chrysanthemum), try mix of Spinach & Rocket, or other salad vegetables that have strong flavour. I think they taste much better than lettuces. You can use your own Caesar Dressing, but why don’t you try ‘My Creamy Caesar Dressing’ which suits the flavour of Shungiku so well. Makes 4 …

  • Dressings & Vinaigrettes

    My Creamy Caesar Dressing

    I have two my own Caesar Dressing recipes. One is ‘My Legendary Caesar Dressing’ which is Olive Oil based. This one is Japanese mayonnaise based, and rich and creamy. Depending on the ingredients of the salad, this creamy dressing might suit better. Ingredients 4 to 5 Anchovy Filets *finely chopped1 clove Garlic *grated1 tablespoon Parsley …

  • Mushrooms

    Simmered Shiitake

    These Shiitake mushrooms are commonly cooked in the water that was used to soak them, and seasoned with Soy Sauce, Mirin and Sugar, the Japanese basic seasonings. You can use Bonito or Kombu Dashi stock, but I use water. These softly simmered Shiitake are quite popular in Japan. You often find it in Bento lunch …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Dough Vegetables

    Daikon Mochi

    ‘Mochi’ is often translated as ‘Rice Cake’. It is a rubbery chewy thick paste made of steamed short-grain glutinous rice pounded. There are some easier methods to make ‘Mochi’. This is a very simple savoury ‘Mochi’. Ingredients are Daikon (White Radish), Glutinous Rice Flour and Salt. Because it is so easy to make, you can …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    My ‘Melting Moments’ With Lemon Cream

    The original English ‘Melting Moments’ are different cookies. But, here in Australia, ‘Melting Moments’ look like these. My cookies are custard shortbread, that contains custard powder. For a long time, I underrated custard powder because I thought making custard with custard powder was unthinkable. However, good quality custard powder contains only ‘Cornflour, Salt, Flavour from …

  • Chicken Donburi (Rice Bowl)

    Ginger Teriyaki Chicken Don

    This can be a super quick & easy meal that everyone would be satisfied with. Are you still buying bottled ‘Teriyaki Sauce’? It is easy to make. You only need Japanese Soy Sauce, Sugar and Mirin. For this rice bowl dish, add plenty of grated fresh Ginger. And of course you cannot forget green vegetables. …

  • Bread

    Twisted Garlic Bread

    Use my ‘1-Hour Focaccia’ recipe to make this ‘Twisted Garlic Bread’ in 1 hour. Butter can be replaced with Olive Oil to suit your preference. This ‘Twisted Garlic Bread’ and ‘Pull Apart Garlic Bread’ are perfect to share with your family or friends. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 3/4 cup Warm Water1 teaspoon Dry Yeast1 tablespoon …

  • Vegetables

    Pickled Ginger, Tomato & Radish ‘Sunomono’

    Pickled Ginger, that is sometimes called ‘Sushi Ginger’, is totally underrated, in my opinion. I love fresh Ginger and I love the sweet and sour Pickled Ginger, too. It can be used for salad, stir-fry, sauces, and many more. Find my ‘Pickled Ginger’ recipes on this website. This is an elegant flavoured ‘Sunomono’ (‘Vinegared Dish’ …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Dough

    Doughnuts

    My Doughnuts recipe is based on my sweet bread dough recipe. Firmer dough is easier to manage, so you can add extra Flour to make the dough firmer. I use a round scone cutter to cut out discs and a small vegetable cutter’s other end to cut out centres. Some people do not cut out …

  • Beans & Peas

    Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

    Roasted, sometimes fried, peas and beans are popular snack in Japan. But here in Melbourne where I live, I don’t see them. Nuts are popular, but I don’t know why Australian don’t eat roasted peas and beans. You can find my ‘Healthy Soy Bean Nibbles’ recipe on this website. This is another healthy and inexpensive …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Simple Carrot Cake

    This cake is not very sweet. Because I stared making this cake for my then very young children as a substitute for bread and I didn’t want it sweet at all. Lately I add Sugar, and you may wish to add extra Sugar to make it properly sweet cake, but I like to eat it …

  • Beef Potato

    Jacket Potato With Bulgogi Beef

    My family enjoyed ‘Jacket Potato With Spicy Miso Pork’ very much, and I have been inspired to create another Asian topping for baked potatoes. This is Korean inspired ‘Bulgogi Beef’. Using Beef Mince, it’s easy to cook! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 Large Potatoes500g Beef Mince1 Onion *finely sliced1 teaspoon Sesame Oil1 Spring Onion *finely …

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