• Vegetables

    Spicy Shiso-Ume Cucumber

    ‘Umeboshi’ are pickled ume fruits. ‘Umeboshi’ are very sour and salty. For health reasons, less salty ‘Umeboshi’ are becoming more popular. They are usually served as side dishes for breakfast or lunch, and used as filling for ‘Onigiri’ rice balls. They are also used as seasoning and I think the sourness and saltness of ‘Umeboshi’ …

  • Nuts

    Spicy Almonds

    How can I translate a Japanese word ‘Otsumami’ into English? It is not ‘Appetiser’ or ‘Snack’. ‘Otsumami’ is something to nibble often with drink which is most likely alcoholic drink. On the other day I needed to make ‘Otsumami’ quickly for an unexpected occasion and this ‘Spicy Almonds’ was perfect. You don’t have to follow …

  • Beef Donburi (Rice Bowl)

    Beef Soboro Don

    Minced meat is generally cheaper and quicker to cook, thus it is a great ingredient for everyday meals. This is one of my family’s favourite mince dishes. ‘Soboro’ means crumbled meat and my ‘Soboro’ recipes are perfect for busy families. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Cooked Rice 1/2 bowl each Beef Mince 500g Dried Sliced Shiitake …

  • Lamb

    ‘Jingisukan’ Lamb Marinade

    For our famous BBQ on Australia Day, this is my lamb marinade recipe. In Japan, mutton BBQ in Yakiniku style is called ’Jingisukan (Genghis Khan)’ which is totally different from Mongolian mutton BBQ. What is Jinhisukan? (Wikipedia) As mutton meat was not popular in the area I used to live, it was a restaurant dish …

  • Chicken

    Chicken Tatsuta-agé

    ‘Tatusta-agé’ is a very popular method of cooking chicken, meat or fish. Marinated ingredients are coated with ‘Katakuriko’ which is most commonly Potato Starch these days, then deep-fried. When I tried to cook ‘Tatsuta-agé Chicken’ and discovered I didn’t have enough oil to deep-fry, I just baked the chicken in the oven. Let me tell …

  • Baked & Fried Rice Prawn & Shrimp

    Prawn Doria

    ‘Doria’ is a rice dish. Early 20th century in Japan, a Swiss chef created this dish for the first time. Butter rice or pilaf is covered with white sauce and grated parmesan cheese, then baked in the oven. ‘Doria’ is very popular in Japan. I cooked this Prawn Doria using left over prawns (and lobster) …

  • Vegetables

    Kimpira Celery

    ‘Kimpira’ is a Japanese style dish of vegetables that is stir-fried and seasoned with Mirin (Sugar) & Soy Sauce. Commonly root vegetables such as Gobo (burdock root) and Renkon (lotus root) or Carrot are used. The vegetables need to remain crunchy texture after cooked. It is too hard to find Gobo or Renkon in Australia, …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Cucumber

    ‘Goma-ae’, the dish of mainly vegetables seasoned with sweet sesame seeds sauce is very popular with my family. Most commonly I use cooked vegetables such as Green Beans, Carrot or Spinach. I recently discovered fresh cucumber is also very tasty with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce. Makes Enough for 4 Ingredients Cucumber 1 large continental cucumber or 2 …

  • Vegetables

    Salted Cucumber

    When cucumbers are in season, they are quite sweet and the flavour is rich and refreshing. This simple salted cucumber dish is great as the secondary dish in the traditional Japanese style meal with freshly cook rice and miso soup. Makes Enough for 4 Ingredients Cucumber 1 *large continental cucumber Salt 1/2 teaspoon Ginger 1 …

  • Vegetables

    Cucumber with Sumiso

    ‘Sumiso’ (Vinegared Miso Dressing) is the dressing with which I used to eat freshly cooked ‘Konnyaku’ or ‘Octopus’ when I was young. My family’s ‘Sumiso’ recipe can be found on this page. I added more flavour to it for this Salad. I used Cucumber and Radishes, but you may wish to add crunchy lettuce or …

  • Vegetables

    Spicy Cucumber

    Japanese people eat a lot of pickled vegetables. My mother used to pickle a large wooden barrelful of Daikon radishes or Wombok (Chinese Cabbage) or other greens. I don’t do that but I make quick pickles a lot. This spicy cucumber is so easy and quick to make. Makes Enough for 4 Ingredients Cucumber 1 …

  • Vegetables

    Cucumber Salad with Spicy Miso Dressing

    On a hot summer day, I often want to eat something refreshing as well as spicy and garlicky. Here is one invention of cucumber salad. Cooked prawns or squid would be nice for this dish. Makes Enough for 4 Ingredients Cucumber 1 large continental cucumber or 2 Lebanese cucumbers Red Onion 1/2 to 1 Dressing …

  • Egg

    Onsen Tamago

    Onsen Tamago is a traditional Japanese low temperature egg which is originally slow-cooked in the water of ‘Onsen’ hot springs. What is ‘OnsenTamago’ (Wikipedia) I cook ‘Onsen Tamago’ in the microwave. The result is similar to ‘Poached Egg’ but the yolk is cooked more than white just like ‘Onsen Tamago’. The best thing of this …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Colourful Black Bean Salad

    My family eat more beans and less meat these days. I often make bean salads and this is one of my favourites. I tried some different beans for this salad and I think Black Beans work best. When combined with colourful vegetables, the black colour of beans is quite striking. This salad is also nice …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Beans Chocolate Truffles

    Shiro-an made from tinned Butter Beans is a very versatile ingredient for sweets. This Chocolate Truffle recipe is dairy-free and oil-free. You would hardly believe it’s Butter Beans! Add nuts and dry fruit that you like and make your own recipe. Makes 20 balls Ingredients Canned Butter Beans 200g *rinsed and drained well *You get …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot & Walnut Salad

    On the other day I bought very sweet and smooth-textured carrots from an ALDI store. They were so deliciously sweet and made this simple salad absolutely beautiful. I usually add small amount of sugar to this salad, but you may need no sugar at all if the carrots are sweet. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Large …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts Sweets

    Chestnut Manjū

    ‘Manjū’ is one of traditional Japanese sweets.  There are many different types of ‘Manjū’. Every region seems to have its own local specialty ‘Manjū’. My home town has its own popular ‘Manjū’ and I miss it.  It is quite a challenge to make Japanese sweets in Australia because the ingredients are hard to find. This …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Shiro-an

    I have never wished to make ‘Shiro-an (White Bean Paste) in Japan. It was something I should buy from sweet shops. But here in Australia, if I want to eat it, I have to make it using substitute beans as the Japanese White Beans are not available here. This method is the easiest way to …

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