vegetables

  • 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! …

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    Caesar Salad with My Legendary Caesar Dressing

    It’s a simple Cos Lettuce Salad with ‘My Legendary Caesar Dressing’. I sometimes add halved Cherry Tomatoes and Olives. Cucumber and Snow Peas are also nice additions. Parmesan Cheese can be grated and mixed with lettuce, but I like the chunky shaved pieces better. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Cos Lettuce 1 *leaves separated and cleaned, …

  • Gyoza Pork Vegetables

    Pork & Vegetables Dim Sims

    In Australia, there is a Chinese-inspired dumpling-style snack food called ‘Dim Sim’. It looks like a very large ‘Shumai’ dumpling. I have tried it. It is not very yummy and I really don’t know what is in it. Why don’t you make it yourself with lots of vegetables? Shumai skins are hard to find. I …

  • Fruit Vegetables

    Fennel & Orange Salad

    I never knew any vegetables that smells and tastes like Fennel. When I tried it for the first time, it reminded me the smell of insect repellent and I did not think I could eat it. But it is now one of my favourite vegetables and I have been on this fennel craze for a …

  • Mazegohan Pork

    Pork ‘Okowa’ Steamed Glutinous Rice

    ‘Okowa’ is the name of a type of steamed glutinous rice dish and it’s my favourite. I love ‘Okowa’ dishes. Especially the one my mother cooks by steaming. This Pork ‘Okowa’ recipe is inspired by Chinese rice dumplings made of glutinous rice stuffed with other ingredients and wrapped in large leaves. The triangular shaped dumplings …

  • Harusame & Rice Noodles Pork Vegetables

    Mabo Harusame

    A Japanese word ‘Okazu’ is hard to be translated into English. There is no English word that has the same meaning. The Japanese principal food is rice (short grain). The most typical meal in standard Japanese cuisine is called ‘Ichijū Sansai’ which means ‘One Soup & Three Dishes’. This doesn’t include rice. These dishes are …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Fish Vegetables

    Spicy Salmon Salad Don

    I often make a large batch of thinly sliced vegetable mix for salad. This is so handy to make a lunch for myself. Sometimes I mix with noodles or mix with fish or meat to make a rice bowl dish like this one. If you wish to make this dish with Smoked Salmon, you need …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Watercress Salmon Salad with Wasabi Dressing

    I love the peppery taste of Watercress. Whenever I find fresh watercress in a shop, it’s hard to resist buying a bunch. This salad is not for children. The Watercress is peppery, and Radish and Red Onion are also peppery, and even Wasabi is added to the dressing. Fresh Wasabi is preferable, but it’s impossible …

  • Pork Vegetables

    Cold Pork Salad with Sesame Dressing

    Thinly sliced pork and beef are commonly available in Japan, but not here in Australia. Occasionally I find frozen sliced meat in Asian grocer stores but the ordinary butchers and supermarket stores don’t sell them. That’s why I sometimes purchase a block of meat, half freeze it, slice as thin as I can, then freeze …

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    Watercress Wasabi-ae

    Watercress has quite peppery taste. The pepperiness becomes quite mild when blanched, and crunchy texture and the flavour go well with Wasabi sauce. I love this dish. But my family seems to enjoy it very little. Wasabi is a tricky ingredient to use. OK… you will like this dish only if you like Wasabi. Makes …

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    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 …

  • Potato Vegetables

    My Italian Potato Salad

    If you are Italian, you might say ‘this is not Italian Potato Salad!’ Well… I just created a potato salad with the ingredients that I think are Italian such as Italian herb mix and semi-dried tomatoes. This is my favourite potato salad and I like it more than My Family’s Potato Salad! Makes 4 Servings …

  • Vegetables

    Mixed Grains with Green & Mushrooms

    I love rice. Especially I love the Brown Rice mixed with other grains including Wild Rice, Barley and Quinoa. It takes a long time to cook. So I recommend you to cook more than you need and freeze the leftovers. This dish is one of our heavily repeated dinner menus. My daughter made it first …

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    Broccoli ‘Namul’

    The ‘Namul’, Korean vegetable dish, can be a great side dish which goes well with so may dishes. Many vegetables are in season now and I am making all kinds of ‘Namul ‘dishes. I particularly like this easy Broccoli ‘Namul’. Find other ‘Namul’ recipes here. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Broccoli 1 large head *cut into …

  • Okonomiyaki Vegetables

    Pizza Inspired Oven-baked Okonomiyaki

    There used to be a pizza shop near our house. An Italian family was running the shop and their pizzas were delicious. My favourite was ‘Vegetarian Pizza’ with anchovies as optional extra. This ‘Oven-baked Okonomiyaki’ has been inspired by that pizza. The shop is now owned by Chinese and their pizzas are sadly quite disappointing. …

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    Kale & Avocado ‘Gomamiso-ae’

    At the end of the summer, I sowed seeds of Kale, Rocket and Spinach. They grew so well and we have been eating them for months. Actually we can hardly keep up eating especially Kale. So I cooked a very large bowlful of Kale and made this ‘Ae-mono (Japanese style salad). ‘Goma-ae’ sauce is usually …

  • Fish Vegetables

    Watercress & Tuna Salad

    Watercress is one of my top 5 vegetables. I love its peppery flavour but I can’t eat much. Watercress is always brilliant for salads but this salad is different. ‘Ae-mono’ is a Japanese style salad. Vegetables are often quickly blanched before dressed. In that way, you can easily eat more. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients Watercress …

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    Garlic Goma-ae Asparagus

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a kind of Japanese salad. Most commonly boiled vegetables are dressed with ‘Goma-ae’ sauce which is made of toasted sesame seeds, sugar and soy sauce. There is another type of ‘Goma-ae’ which is not sweet at all, but garlicky. If you like garlic, why don’t you try? Makes 2 Servings Ingredients Asparagus 1 …

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