Archive for December 1st, 2019

  • Fish

    ‘Nizakana’ Simmered Fish

    ‘Nizakana’ literally means ‘Simmered Fish’. Fish fillets or cutlets are simmered in Sake (Rice Wine) and Soy Sauce. The sauce is commonly sweetened with Mirin or/and Sugar. This is the easiest and very popular method to cook fish in Japan. Depending on the type of fish, you may wish to add Ginger or Garlic. Today, …

  • Ramen Spaghetti & Pasta

    ‘Champon’ Spaghetti Soup

    ‘Champon’ is a Japanese word that means ‘a mixture of various items’, but most commonly it means a dish of Chinese Style Noodles served in hot soup with stir-fried Pork, Seafood and a variety of Vegetables. I believe the most famous one is ‘Nagasaki Champon’, that originated in Nagasaki. You can cook this delicious dish …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Zenzai (Sweet Azuki Soup)

    For those who love sweet Azuki (Red Bean) paste, which is a very popular ingredient for many sweets, I introduce a traditional Japanese sweet, ‘Zenzai’. In the region I grew up, ‘Zenzai’ is a sweet Azuki soup, often served with toasted Mochi (Rice Cake). Its smooth version made with ‘Koshi-an’ is called ‘Shiruko’, and I …