• Dough

    Super Quick Pizza Base

    When you crave Pizza, why don’t you make one yourself? This base can be ready in 5 minutes. Cover with whatever you like OR you have in hand, and bake it in a hot oven. You don’t have an oven? Then cook it in a frying pan covered with a lid. You will be enjoying …

  • Dressings & Vinaigrettes Prawn & Shrimp

    Seafood Cocktail Sauce

    Don’t buy bottled Seafood Cocktail Sauce. It’s easy to make. If you use sweet mayonnaise, alter the amount of Ketchup. Finely chopped Pickled Gherkin is a nice addition. This sauce is good for salad, too. Makes 4 to 6 Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup Japanese Mayonnaise *OR Mayonnaise of your choice2-3 tablespoons Tomato Ketchup2 tablespoons finely …

  • Takikomigohan Vegetables

    Asparagus Butter Takikomigohan

    ‘Takikomigohan’ is a dish of rice cooked in seasoned stock with other ingredients. It can be any flavour. Ingredients can be vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, meat, or etc. It is so easy to cook and create new ‘Takikomigohan’ dishes. This is a new one inspired by an Italian dish, Asparagus Risotto. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 200g …

  • Vegetables

    Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Miso Sauce

    Brussels Sprouts are delicious in so many different flavours. Soy Sauce and Miso flavours are also really nice. This is a typical ‘Sunomono’, that means ‘vinegared dish’ in Japanese, seasoned with sweet miso sauce. The sweet miso sauce is called ‘Sumiso’ in Japanese and it is made of White Miso, Sugar and Rice Vinegar. The …

  • Squid & Octopus

    Baked Salt & Pepper Squid

    Squid is a sustainable seafood and not expensive. If you like Squid Rings and Salt & Pepper Squid, but can’t be bothered cooking them at home using hot oil, you can try my ‘Baked Salt & Pepper Squid’. It’s my recipe, so it can’t be difficult. You only need the Oven. Makes 2 to 4 …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Marinated Tuna Sashimi Rice Bowl

    Sometimes, I crave this ‘Donburi’ (Rice Bowl) dish that is called ‘Zuke Don’ in Japanese. It’s Marinated Sashimi Rice Bowl and commonly Tuna Sashimi is used, but I sometimes use Salmon Sashimi. Sashimi grade fish are not commonly available where I live. Only Salmon and/or Tuna Sashimi are sometimes available from a fish shop. If …

  • Mazegohan Pork

    Pork & Nori Mazegohan

    I tend to use Oyster Sauce (MAGGI’s Oyster Sauce is my favourite!) when I cook Pork for rice dishes. For this Mazegohan, Oyster Sauce is a key ingredient. Nori sheets need to be toasted over the flames OR something very hot. Please do it because it makes a huge difference even to ‘Yakinori’ that is …

  • Egg Sea Vegetables

    Scrambled Egg & Nori

    Scrambled Egg is easy to cook. If you add some other ingredients, it can be a great dish that is more nutritious. However, we can’t be bothered to wash and chop up veggies sometimes. Let me suggest you an easiest yet nutritious ingredient that you can add to your Scrambled Egg, and it is a …

  • Vegetables

    Zucchini Wasabi Mayo Salad

    Don’t judge a book by its cover. I know this super easy salad looks very boring, but it is not! If you like Wasabi, you got to try this salad. Raw Zucchini’s crunchy texture is wonderful with the creamy sauce with the sharp KICK!!! You can add as much Wasabi as you want, but 1 …

  • Squid & Octopus

    Squid Tentacles ‘Kara-age’

    Body of Squid is often called ‘Squid Tube’ and available from any supermarket stores. I always wonder why they don’t sell tentacles. Frozen Squid Tentacles are available from most Asian grocery stores and they are not expensive. Of course, fresh whole squid from seafood stores are the best. They will clean them for you. This …

  • Potato

    Microwaved Cheese & Potato

    ‘Pan-fried Cheese & Potato’ was my quick and easy cheese & potato snack when I was a financially challenged Uni student. After I purchased a microwave, this snack was added to my repertoire. You can’t make crispy chips, but you can fulfil your craving for chips! Makes 1 Serving Ingredients 1 handful Grated Tasty Cheese1 …

  • Fish

    ‘Tazukuri’ Ikan Bilis Version

    ‘Tazukuri’ is a Japanese dish of dried young whole sardines cooked in Sugar and Soy Sauce. It is a traditional dish prepared for New Year’s celebration. Young sardines called ‘Gomame’ in Japanese are traditionally used but the ones called ‘Niboshi’ (OR ‘Iriko’) are also used, but those dried whole sardines are too hard to find …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Dates & Walnuts Crumble Slices

    I love the combination of Dates and Walnuts, that is excellent for cookies, cakes and anything. These slices don’t look sophisticated but they are absolutely delicious. You would need a cup of tea or coffee! Makes 25 Slices Cake Tin 20cm Square Tin*If you use a larger tin, make more Filling and Crumble. Filling 1 …

  • Dough Potato Spaghetti & Pasta

    Super Easy Potato Gnocchi

    I love Gnocchi and I often use them for Japanese cooking. It is not hard to make Potato Gnocchi from scratch. My method might be different from traditional method, but you can make pretty delicious rubbery Gnocchi easily! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 to 3 (*about 500g) Potatoes *peeled, cut into small piecesSalt & White …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Mixed Berries & Yoghurt Fool

    This simple dessert is somehow underrated these days, but it always comes to my mind when I think about the berry dessert. It’s an English dessert. Traditionally, fruit fool is made by folding stewed fruit into custard, but I use Whipped Cream and Yoghurt. It’s so easy to make. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 cup …

  • Potato

    Pan-fried Cheese & Potato

    When I was a financially challenged Uni student, I often cooked this cheese & potato snack using a mini toaster oven. However, a non-stick frying pan works better. If you don’t have a non-stick frying pan, you can place a sheet of baking paper in a frying pan, so that the melted cheese won’t stick …

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