Vegetables

  • Sushi Vegetables

    Simmered Kanpyō (Kampyō)

    Kanpyō (OR Kampyō) are dried shavings of melon-like fruit called ‘Yūgao’, which texture is similar to cucumber or white outer parts of watermelon. Kanpyō is most commonly used as a filling of Sushi Rolls. I remember when I helped my grandmother to dry the shavings to make Kanpyō. I was a child. I hanged the …

  • Vegetables

    Gobō ‘Kimpira’ With Vinegar

    Gobō (Burdock Root) is a very popular vegetable in Japan, but it is too hard to find where I live. Then I bought Gobō seeds and sowed them in my garden. After the unstable weather in this summer, the harvest was not great but I did have the harvest. My favourite Gobō dish is this …

  • Vegetables

    Crunchy Barley Salad

    I love Barley and always stock a bag of Pearl Barley in the pantry. I use it mainly for soup. Sometimes I cook it with Rice. On the other day, I had some leftover cooked Barley, and I made a salad using it, just like the rice salad. It was amazing!!! Now, I love Barley …

  • Vegetables

    Pan-fried Garlic Chilli Broccoli

    Dishwasher’s drainpipe was chewed by mice and leaking for a long time unnoticed. That’s why I have been cooking in the bathroom using a portable induction hob. The kitchen floor is not yet repaired and I miss my oven so much. If I’ve had an access to my oven, I wouldn’t have cooked this dish, …

  • Vegetables

    Bashed Cucumber Salad with Garlic and Sesame

    In Japan, when we make cucumber salad, we often gently bash the cucumber before cutting it, so that the centre gets slightly squashed and softened, and the cucumber pieces get seasoned better. Presenting well, too. ‘Bashed Cucumber Salad’ can be seasoned with any dressings or sauces of your choice. Find more Cucumber recipes here. Makes …

  • Tofu Vegetables

    Simmered Daikon & Fried Tofu

    Daikon (White Radish) was on special at a local green grocer. I couldn’t resist to purchase some. This dish is one of the dishes I often cook. Today I cooked Daikon with Fried Tofu. Many Australians don’t cook radishes and they don’t know that radishes are delicious when softly simmered, stewed or even stir-fried. Makes …

  • Vegetables

    Pan-Steamed Cabbage & Cheesy White Sauces

    I often serve steamed vegetables with roasted or grilled meat. I usually use a steamer, but this ‘Pan-Steaming’ method is also good, especially for Cabbage. Slightly caramelised bottom adds extra flavour. Enjoy it with your favourite sauce. Today I served with Cheesy White Sauce. Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1/2 Cabbage *cut into 4 wedges keeping …

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Pan Fried Zucchini

    Sometimes I receive a compliment for the dish I cooked with no effort at all. This ‘Pan Fried Zucchini’ was not particularly special. But my husband said, after one bite, ‘Oh, this is good!’ So, I decided to write down how I cooked it. Makes 2 to 3 Servings Ingredients 1 Zucchini *sliced 1cm thick1 …

  • Vegetables

    Tomato & Shiso Salad

    If you are lucky to have Shiso (Perilla), try this simple salad. You may wish to add extra ingredients such as Garlic and Chilli. But I believe a simple dressing such as ‘Ponzu’ is the best to enjoy the flavour and fragrance of Shiso. If you make this salad using Basil, add some Garlic. Makes …

  • Potato Vegetables

    ‘Kimpira’ Potato & Carrot

    Everyone would love this simple dish. It’s a ‘Kimpira’ dish, a stir-fried vegetables seasoned with Soy Sauce and Mirin (Sugar). When you need just one more side dish for dinner or something to fill a space in your Bento Box, this dish is perfect. You only need Potato and Carrot. Not many people stir-fry thinly …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Stir-fried Broccoli & Nori

    No need to pre-cook or blanch Broccoli before stir-frying it. This method is so easy and works with any Oil. Today I used Sesame Oil because I wanted to mix the cooked Broccoli with Korean fried & seasoned seaweed called ‘Gim-gui’. Of course you can use Sushi Nori instead. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 head …

  • Egg Vegetables

    Rice Cooker Zucchini Frittata

    Since my crust-less ‘Easy Quiche’ was perfectly cooked in my rice cooker, I have been cooking a variety of foods in the rice cooker. If ‘Quiche’ works, the ‘Frittata’ should work. Pre-cooking can be done in the microwave, so I can cook this Frittata even on a scorching hot day. I cook it in the …

  • Okonomiyaki Vegetables

    Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki

    Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki is one of the most famous and popular Japanese foods among the tourists who visit Japan. It’s a crepe-based layered savoury pancake, and I have never cooked it at home until recently. Because I believed that it was too hard to cook without a large hotplate. Since I watched a BBC video about …

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