• Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Spicy Salmon Sashimi Don

    Salmon is probably the most popular fish in Melbourne. A local fish shop has started selling sashimi-grade fresh Salmon and I am very happy. You don’t like Sashimi? The texture of raw salmon is not very different from the smoked salmon’s texture. Try this spicy and delicious Salmon rice bowl. You will love the raw …

  • Squid & Octopus

    Crumb-less Calamari Rings

    ‘Calamari (Squid) Rings’ are not difficult to make at home, but most people would not bother making them from scratch. How about this Calamari Rings without breads crumbs? Salt & Pepper the Calamari Rings, dust with Flour, dip in the whisked Egg, and fry. It is almost same as Tempura. Much easier than you think. …

  • Steamed Sweets

    Steamed Cake

    These days in Japan, many people have an oven in their kitchen, but it is most likely bench-top oven, rather small and looks like a microwave. Home baking is still not very popular over there. When I was a child, no one had the oven. But my mother and grandmother used to make cakes. How? …

  • Yakisoba

    Yakisoba With Sesame Miso Sauce

    ‘Yakisoba’ is Japanese style stir-fried noodles seasoned with ‘Yakisoba Sauce’ which tastes like Worcestershire Sauce. ‘Yakisoba Sauce’ is hard to find for many people. Try this ‘Sesame & Miso Sauce’ that is quite popular in Okayama, Japan, where I am from. If you have no access to the Asian stir-fry noodles, read ‘Bi-Carb Soda Transforms …

  • Beef Donburi (Rice Bowl)

    Taco Rice

    ‘Taco Rice’ is actually a Japanese dish and it was first created in Okinawa, once American-Occupied Japanese island. It consists of taco-flavoured Beef Mince (OR Beef & Pork Mince) served on rice with shredded Lettuce, Tomato and shredded Cheese. Many people use Ketchup and Japanese Worcestershire Sauce to season Taco Beef. I don’t use Ketchup …

  • Fish Nuts

    Scrumptious Fried ‘Ikan Bilis’ & Walnuts

    Japanese Anchovies, large and tiny, often dried or half-dried, are very popular ingredients for Japanese home cooking. It’s so hard to find in Melbourne where I live, but ‘Ikan Bilis’, or South East Asian dried anchovies, are available from most supermarkets. I cook ‘Ikan Bilis’ in Japanese way. Makes 4 to 6 Servings Ingredients 100g …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha

    Matcha Cupcakes

    Once you know the ‘Basic Plain Cupcakes’ recipe, you can create a variety of cupcakes by adding extra ingredients. Today I added Matcha Powder to make these delicious Matcha flavoured cupcakes. The cream is ‘White Chocolate Cream’ with Matcha Powder added. Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients 125g Butter *softened1/2 cup Caster Sugar2 Eggs1 & 1/2 cups Self-Raising …

  • Okonomiyaki Squid & Octopus

    ‘Ikayaki’ Squid Okonomiyaki

    This dish is called ‘Ikayaki’ in Japanese. It’s a Squid version of ‘Takoyaki’, that is ball-shaped Japanese savoury cake and commonly filled with cooked Octopus. However, ‘Ikayaki’ is not ball-shaped. It’s a pancake and rather looks like ‘Okonomiyaki’. It is so easy to make. I like to add plenty of Spring Onion to the batter. …

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