cucumber

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Spicy Enoki & Cucumber Salad

    Some say Enoki can be eaten raw, but I always cook. Even for the salad, I cook them to give enough heat to kill bacteria. Using Sesame Oil to fry them give a nice flavour and I like this method better than microwave or blanching. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Enoki 200g Sesame Oil 1 tablespoon …

  • 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 …

  • Udon Vegetables

    Udon Salad with Sesame Sauce

    The Udon noodles can be replaced with Ramen noodles, but they need to be COLD for this dish. On a hot and humid summer day in Japan, I often lost my appetite for food. A cold noodle dish like this one was life saving. If you have a good appetite, simply enjoy this delicious dish! …

  • Beans & Peas Mazegohan Vegetables

    Crunchy Edamame & Black Rice Salad

    In Melbourne where I live, a greater variety of rice are becoming available even from the average supermarkets. Short, medium and long grain rice. Glutinous rice, Wild rice, Arborio, Basmati, Jasmine, Brown rice, White rice, Red rice and Black rice. I particularly love the black coloured rice such as Wild rice and Black rice. They …

  • Vegetables

    Japanese Macaroni Salad

    This is one of the most popular salads in Japan and everyone knows how to make it. It is easy to make and its flavour depends on which mayonnaise to use and the amount of seasonings. Fresh onion and sweet corn are essential for my salad. This salad strangely brings back the memory of the …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Kombu (Kelp) Cucumber Daikon Salad

    A store of Daiso has opened in a shopping centre near my house recently. If you are interested in Japanese culture, you must know Daiso. Daiso stores sell a great variety of Japanese products all at one price $2.80 each in Australia. They sell some cooking ingredients and ‘Shredded Kombu (Kelp)’ is one of them. …

  • Vegetables

    Fresh Veggie Sticks and Walnut Miso Dip

    On the other day, I heard a friend of mine complaining about something I would love. She grows vegetables in the backyard and occasionally gets too much harvest to eat. She was particularly complaining about too much cucumbers. Ahhh… come on! Here is an Asian flavoured ‘Miso Dip’ that would help her to snack a …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Spicy Chicken & Cucumber Goma-ae

    It doesn’t take long to cook chicken breast fillets. You can easily cook them in microwave. While you wait for the chicken to cool, slice cucumber and make the sauce. This dish can be made in ten minutes. A perfect dish on a hot day. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Continental Cucumber 1 *OR small Cucumbers …

  • Chicken Vegetables

    Chicken Cucumber Salad

    Chicken tenderloin or breast fillets cooked in salted water with some slices of fresh ginger are easy and delicious and nutritious protein addition to salads. This simple cucumber salad with this sweet and sour dressing is great with the chicken. Just tear chicken fillets into strips instead of cutting them, so the dish looks amazing. …

  • 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’ …

  • 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 …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Wakame & Cucumber Salad

    One of the most popular and authentic Japanese salad. This type of salad is called ‘Ae-mono’. This particular ‘Ae-mono’ is one of the refreshing dishes that I sometimes have a craving for when I am very tired. ] Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Cucumber 1 continental cucumber OR 2 smaller ones Dry Wakame 2 tablespoons Salt …

  • Chicken Harusame & Rice Noodles

    Chicken Harusame Salad

    You have some Roast Chicken leftover? Try this simple noodle salad. It will be a very yummy light lunch. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Harusame Noodles 200g Cucumber 1/2 to 1 Cos Lettuce 5 to 6 leaves Roast Chicken *skin removed Dressing Ingredients Sugar 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce 2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil …

  • Harusame & Rice Noodles Vegetables

    Harusame Salad

    Harusame are the noodles made from potato starch or mung bean starch. Low in calories and great for salad and soup. This dish is something we always crave for when weather is warmer.It’s so refreshing and yummy. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Harusame Noodles 200g Cucumber 1/2 to 1 Carrot 1/2 to 1 Ham 4 to …