• Beef Mushrooms

    Beef Meatballs With Mushroom Gravy

    I am writing this recipe for my son and other novice cooks like him. Beef mince is not expensive and meatballs are easy to cook. If you make the mixture into large rounds, you can make hamburgers. If you don’t have Panko Breadcrumbs, just toast 1 to 2 slices of bread, break them and you …

  • Vegetables

    Goma-ae Tomatoes

    My ‘Goma-ae Sauce’ goes so well with many vegetables. I have tried even with Cucumbers, which was quite nice. This time, I was more ambitious. I made Tomatoes into ‘Goma-ae’ and my family was suspicious about this dish. I used Black Sesame Seeds to make the colour striking, and that was discouraging for them but …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    ‘Ohitashi’ Marinated Spinach & Nori

    There are two very popular Japanese dishes of Spinach. ‘Goma-ae’ is probably the most popular one, and the other one is ‘Ohitashi’, marinated in dashi-base sauce. Many people enjoy it with ‘Katsuobushi’ as a topping. I like it without ‘Katsuobushi’. I often mix Wakame seaweed with Spinach but Toasted Nori is also very nice. Try …

  • Other Seafood Takikomigohan

    Scallops Enoki Takikomigohan

    I am very fond of ‘Takikomigohan’ which is seasoned rice cooked with vegetables, mushrooms, seafood or chicken. As you can find quite a few recipes of ‘Takikomigohan’ on this site, I cook them often. Here is another one. I always use less-expensive frozen small scallops for this dish, but large good quality ones are just …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish

    Sashimi ‘Zuké’ Don

    In Australia, less expensive off-cut meat is widely available. In Japan, you can find less expensive off-cut Sashimi. I used to make this ‘Zuké’ Don using those off-cuts. If you can purchase Sashimi quality fresh fish, why don’t you try this deliciously marinated fish on rice. This time, I used Salmon. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Walnut Cinnamon Muscovado Cookies

    I used to make these cookies without cinnamon. OriginalIy it was ‘Kinako’, finely ground roasted soy beans, and Muscovado Cookies. One day, my daughter told me that cinnamon would be good to add extra flavour to it. The result was great. 1 teaspoonful of ground Cinnamon really improved the flavour. I admit that my daughter’s …

  • Vegetables

    Watercress & Onion ‘Okaka-ae’

    ‘Okaka’ is another name for ‘Katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked Bonito) shavings’, that is popularly used for many Japanese dishes. When Onions are in season, juicy and sweet fresh Onions are often consumed in ‘Okaka-ae’ which is a dish of very thinly sliced Onion mixed with ‘Okaka’ and seasoned with Soy Sauce. I added left-over …

  • Fish Mazegohan

    Grilled Salmon & Watercress Mazegohan

    My ‘Salmon Takikomigohan’ is super easy to cook. Compare to that dish, you need a little bit more effort to make this ‘Mazegohan’ because you need to grill OR pan-fry Salmon fillets first, but it is worth it. You don’t like peppery Watercress? Don’t worry because it won’t be peppery as Watercress will be cooked …

  • Vegetables

    Tabbouleh

    I often come across unfamiliar food in Melbourne. It was a long time ago, in a small cafeteria, I ate very green salad. Everything was chopped up finely and mixed with tiny grains, smelled very strong like celery leaves which I hated in those days, and tasted quite simple . ‘What is this? Celery leaf …

  • Matcha

    Super Easy Iced Matcha Latte

    You don’t need blender or liquidiser to make this drink. Just place all ingredients into a large glass, seal it with plastic wrap, secure with your hand, then shake it well until Matcha powder is well dissolved. I use a plastic cup that came with my old personal blender because it has a lid. If …

  • Ramen Vegetables

    Ramen Salad

    I always stock good quality Japanese Instant Ramen in my pantry. Instant Ramen can be a good quick meal with protein and vegetables. On a hot summer day, I often make it into cold refreshing salad for lunch. It’s quick and easy to prepare and very satisfying. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients Instant Ramen 1 Topping …

  • Fish Takikomigohan

    Salmon Takikomigohan

    If you love salmon, you would love this rice dish. Using rice cooker, it is absolutely easy to make such an elegant looking and nutritious dish. I used just salmon this time, but sometimes I add Carrot, shredded Kombu (Kelp) and some Asian Mushrooms such as Shimeji or Shiitake, and you can mix in Edamame …

  • Shirataki & Itokonnyaku Vegetables

    Spicy ‘Goma-ae’ Spinach

    My family’s favourite ‘Goma-ae Spinach’ sometimes turns to this spicy ‘Goma-ae’ with Ito-Konnyaku/Shirataki for a change. Ito-Konnyaku or Shirataki is basically same as Konnyaku/Konjac made from grated Konnyaku Potatoes. They are very low in calories and good source of dietary fiber. It can be replaced with Sweet Potato Starch Noodles which has similar texture. Makes …

  • Pork

    ‘Nibuta’ Boiled Pork

    You don’t need the oven to make this yummy Pork for your Ramen topping. You just need a pot or a large saucepan and a ziplock bag. At many Ramen Shops in Japan, you would find that those slices of pork placed on top of Ramen noodles are actually not roasted but boiled. I first …

  • Mazegohan Vegetables

    Rice Salad

    It’s easy to make. Add plenty of fresh vegetables in hand and use your favourite salad dressing to season if you like. I always add ‘Edamame’ (young soy beans) for crunchy texture and protein. This can be a perfect complete meal. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Cooked Rice 500g *Japanese Short Grain Rice (Sushi Rice) recommended …

  • Cold Sweets

    Basic Jelly

    Gelatin, Kanten and Agar Agar are the most common gelling agents used for setting liquid to make gelatinous dessert. Gelatin is made from pork skins, cattle bones or hides. Kanten (Japanese) and Agar Agar (Malay) are made from sea plants. Kanten is made from red algae called ‘Tengusa’ and ‘Ogonori’ in Japanese. Agar Agar is …

  • Chicken

    Shiso & Lemon Rolled Chicken

    I sometimes use Basil instead of Shiso because Shiso is often difficult to find in Australia. Sweet Basil is so popular and available from every grocery store or supermarket. Fresh Shiso or Perilla, which is very similar to Shiso, can be found at Asian Groceries. If you are lucky to have Shiso, try Shiso version …

  • Dipping Sauce Udon

    Udon with Spicy Dipping Sauce

    My children love chilled ‘Zaru Udon’ on a hot summer day. I always keep a bottle of ‘Mentsuyu’ noodle dipping sauce in the fridge, so that anyone can enjoy ‘Zaru Udon’ at any time. On the other day I just wanted to eat something spicy and created this dipping sauce. It was delicious. But my …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Wine Kanten Jelly

    Kanten is similar to Agar Agar but its texture is different. The advantage of using Kanten (or Agar) as gelling agent is that it can set liquid with the fruit such as fresh Pineapple, Kiwi Fruit or Mango. Those fruits break down the protein found in gelatine and prevent the jelly from setting. This doesn’t …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Namban-zuke

    My mother used to make this dish always using fish called ‘Aji’ in Japanese. As ‘Aji’ is difficult to find in Australia, I often use Trevally or Mackerel family fish which have similar flavour and texture. However most fish are suitable for this dish. Sardines and Salmon are very nice, too. This time I used …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Frozen Yoghurt Banana

    On hot summer days, Bananas tend to turn black-spotted very quickly. Those ripe sweet Bananas are perfect for Banana Cake or my Granola (Oven-baked Muesli), but I don’t want to bake on hot days. This is a perfect way to enjoy those black-spotted Bananas in hot summer. Ingredients Ripe Banana(s) Unsweetened Greek Yoghurt Method Slice …

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