Vegetables

  • Bread Dough Vegetables

    Vegan Nikuman (Soy Protein Buns)

    My daughter asked me to make a Vegetarian version of Nikuman (Steamed Pork Buns). I challenged myself to make a Vegan version using Soy Protein. These buns are delicious, and even my meat-loving husband enjoyed them. You can find very reasonably priced Dry Soy Protein products at many Asian grocery stores. Supermarkets sell them, too. …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Bonito & Salty Rhubarb

    The other day I first made ‘Salty Rhubarb Paste’, that can be a substitute for ‘Umeboshi’. It was too sour for me, so I decided to added Sugar. When I tasted it, the flavour instantly brought back a memory of my childhood and I remembered a yummy paste that I used to eat with freshly …

  • Beef Chicken Pork Vegetables

    Korean Inspired Stir-fry

    I named this stir-fry dish ‘Korean Inspired Stir-fry’ because I used Gochujang (Korean Spicy Miso), however you can use your favourite Chilli Sauce instead. Cook Rice before you cook this dish, because you got to serve it with freshly cooked Rice. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 350g Pork, Beef OR Chicken1 Onion *thinly Sliced1 small Carrot …

  • Tofu & Soy Protein Vegetables

    Simmered Abura-age & Bok Choy

    As I am getting old, I enjoy this type of dishes more. If you use vegetable-base stock such as Kombu (Kelp) dashi stock, this dish can be totally Vegan. Very comforting, delicious, healthy, and gentle to stomach. Today I enjoyed this dish with freshly cooked Rice, and I was very satisfied. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients …

  • Vegetables

    Salty Rhubarb Paste

    If you are familiar with Japanese food, you may know ‘Umeboshi’, pickled young Ume Fruit. ‘Umeboshi’ is very sour and salty, and often red as it is pickled with Red Shiso Leaves. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to purchase ‘Umeboshi’ in Australia. ‘Umeboshi Paste’ is available and I sometimes purchase it, BUT …

  • Vegetables

    Creamy Sesame Dressing Coleslaw

    Are you tired of the same Coleslaw? Do you want to try a new flavour? Try my ‘Creamy Sesame Dressing’ instead of the ordinary Coleslaw Dressing. It might be a totally new cabbage salad for you. My ‘Creamy Sesame Dressing’ goes so well with many salad vegetables, and it makes a yummy coleslaw. Makes 4 …

  • Tempura Vegetables

    Sage Leaves Tempura

    Herbs that have strong flavour are suitable for Tempura. Parsley Tempura is very popular. My Sage plants in the garden are growing so well but I don’t use Sage for cooking very often. Today I made Sage Leaves into Tempura. You can hardly taste Sage, but this can be a great appetiser. Makes 2 Servings …

  • Potato Vegetables

    Potato, Cucumber & Dill Salad

    I had a bunch of fresh Dill and I needed to use it soon. You can use quite a lot of Dill for this salad. I recommend to cook Potatoes VERY soft, so that you would partially mash them when you are mixing with other ingredients. You can add Ham and Carrot to this salad …

  • Vegetables

    Wombok Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

    You might have seen Japanese Creamy Sesame Dressing at Asian grocery stores. It’s very popular in Japan. You don’t need to buy it as it is actually quite easy to make if you have Sesame Seeds and Japanese Mayonnaise. And you know exactly what’s in it when you make it yourself. This is a very …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Scrumptious Pork & Eggplant

    Pork and Eggplant is a great combination. I often season with Miso, Sugar and Mirin, which is a brilliant flavour for Pork & Eggplant. Today I used Soy Sauce, Sugar and Mirin, which is another popular combinations of seasonings. The dish was delicious and Eggplant was meltingly soft. You got to serve this dish with …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Chicken & Cucumber Salad with Sesame Dressing

    This is a very popular salad in Japan. It is a quick & easy dish, that is delicious and nutritious. I believe every household has its own recipe for the Sesame Dressing. Some people make it quite sweet. This is my family’s recipe. Please alter the amount of Sugar to suit your taste. Makes 4 …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Vegetables

    Vegan Vegetable Rice Bowl

    I have shared my recipe ‘Monk’s Vegan Soup’ that is called ‘Kenchin-jiru’ in Japan. ‘Kenchin-jiru’ is 100% plant-based soup. It is full of flavours as a variety of ingredients are added. This is a ‘Kenchin-jiru’ inspired rice bowl dish. Please use many different Vegetables and Asian Mushrooms, and Abura-age (Fried Thin Tofu) is essential for …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Cucumber & Tuna Salad

    When I need to make one more dish for dinner, a simple salad is my first option. This Cucumber & Tuna Salad is quick & easy. I cut the Cucumber in a fancy way today, in the same way as Cucumber Snake. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 large Continental Cucumber1/4 teaspoon Salt1 can (95g) Tuna …

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