cucumber

  • Sushi

    Decorated Sushi Cake

    In Japan, there is a type of Sushi called ‘Oshi-zushi’, that is made by pressing Sushi Rice and Toppings into a special mould, then it is cut into bite sized pieces to serve. This is a variation of it and it has become very popular. A round cake tin is used as mould, and it …

  • Ramen Vegetables

    Cold Ramen Noodle Salad

    This is a very popular summer dish in Japan and it’s called ‘Hiyashi Chūka (冷やし中華)’. I often crave it not only on a hot summer day. Toppings can be anything that you like, but traditionally popular toppings include thinly sliced Cucumber, thin Omelet, Roasted Pork or Ham, and Tomato. It is often served with Hot …

  • Vegetables

    Spicy Bashed Cucumber

    When I make a Japanese Cucumber Salad, I often gently bash the Cucumber before cutting it, so that the centre gets slightly squashed and softened, and the cucumber pieces get seasoned better. I used Toban Djan (Chilli Bean Sauce) to make this salad spicy, but you can use fresh Chilli. Alter the amount of Salt …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Cucumber, Chikuwa & Wakame Mayo Salad

    ‘Chikuwa’ is a tube-shape Japanese fishcake. ‘Chikuwa’ is made from Surimi (fish paste) and it is suitable for many dishes. Today I added ‘Chikuwa’ to the ‘Wakame & Cucumber Salad‘. Instead of using the traditional dressing, I used Japanese Mayonnaise and Wasabi. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 Continental Cucumber OR 2 smaller ones *about 250g1/4 …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Spicy Chicken& Barley Salad

    This is a perfect lunch on a sunny day, or any day. It’s a salad to use up the leftover cooked Barley. Of course you can cook Barley to make this salad as it is so simple and easy. Use any salad dressing of your choice. Today I used ‘My Buttermilk Dressing’. Makes 2 Servings …

  • Vegetables

    Crunchy Spicy Cabbage & Cucumber

    This is a salad that I can’t stop eating. The soft and sweet and juicy Cabbage is the essential ingredient. Use inner parts of sweet Cabbage in season. Hard and bitter Cabbage is not suitable. I always make a large volume of it, because this salad is very tasty next day, only if I have …

  • 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

    Bashed Cucumber 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 …

  • Fish Sea Vegetables

    Wakame Tuna Cucumber Salad

    Dried Wakame is probably the most accessible sea vegetable for many of us. Most Asian grocery stores sell them. I usually buy Dried Wakame that are already cut into small pieces, but not too small. They can be used for many dishes. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 large Cucumber *about 250g1/4 teaspoon Salt2 to 4 …

  • Beans & Peas Mazegohan

    Crunchy Nattō Mazegohan

    If you are thinking to cook Nattō Fried Rice, try this Mazegohan instead. I much prefer Nattō Mazegohan to Fried Rice. To make this Mazegoan, you just mix the ingredients with cooked rice, just like rice salad. The dish tastes great, nutritiously excellent, and healthy. And easy to make!!! Makes 1 Serving Ingredients Crunchy Vegetables …

  • Chicken Sushi

    Wasabi Chicken & Avocado Chirashi-zushi

    Chicken, Avocado, Cucumber, Lettuce, Wasabi are popular fillings for Sushi Rolls, because they taste good with sweet & sour rice. They can be great toppings for ‘Chirashi-zushi’, a type of sushi which is a kind of decorated rice salad. Same ingredients in a different presentation. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients Sushi Rice1 cup (*180ml cup) Japanese …

  • Vegetables

    Scrumptious Cabbage & Cucumber

    When you need to make a side dish quickly, try this absolutely easy salad. Cabbage can be blanched, but this cabbage I used was so tender and sweet, I used it as it was. That means I cut and tore the veggies and mixed with seasoning. How easy! You can add Daikon, Carrot, Wakame or …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Chicken Salad With Spicy Sauce

    When you feel like something refreshing but spicy, try this salad. Chicken can be replaced with fish, prawns, squid, tofu, etc. Add plenty of salad vegetables, because with this spicy sauce, you will want to eat more vegetables. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 300g Chicken Breast Fillet(s)1 small piece Ginger *grated1 tablespoon Sake (Rice Wine)1/4 teaspoon …

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Enoki, Black Fungus & Cucumber Salad

    This salad has a vey nice crunchy texture as all three ingredients (Black Fungus, Enoki & Cucumber) have the crunchiness. It is easy to make, yet it can certainly impress your family or guests. If you love Enoki, you got to try this salad. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 10g Dried Black Fungus200g Enoki1/2 Continental Cucumber …

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