• Baked & Fried Sweets

    Cocoa Sponge Cake

    My hard-to-fail ‘Basic Sponge Cake’ can be made in different flavour. You can add Matcha Powder to make Matcha Sponge Cake, OR add Cocoa Powder to make this Cocoa Sponge Cake. I altered the amount of Sugar and added a pinch Salt for this sponge. Cake Tin 18 to 20cm Round Cake Tin Ingredients 4 …

  • Donburi (Rice Bowl) Vegetables

    Vegan Yakiniku Don

    The term of ‘Yakiniku’ commonly refers to the Japanese style BBQ that is often enjoyed at dinner table. The main ingredient is meat. How can it be Vegan? Well, the Yakiniku Sauce is animal-product-free and it is so versatile. It’s a great sauce for the stir-fry. Today I used fillet type Dry Soy Meat, which …

  • Sweets

    Dango Dumplings made with ‘Shiratamako’ Flour

    ’Shiratamako’ (白玉粉) is Japanese Glutinous Rice Flour. It’s been difficult to find for me, so I started using a mix of Thai Rice Flour and Thai Glutinous Rice Flour to make Dango Dumplings, because those Flours are widely available where I live. And I have shared the recipe on this website. However, ‘Shiratamako’ is now …

  • Soba Tempura Uncategorised

    Tempura Soba

    When you order ‘Tempura Soba’ at a restaurant in Japan, you will most likely have a few large Prawn Tempura placed on the Soba Noodles in hot soup. I actually like ‘Kakiage’ Tempura better. ‘Kakiage’ is a type of Tempura made with a variety of thinly sliced or chopped Vegetables and Seafood. Today I used …

  • Prawn & Shrimp Tempura

    Prawn, Onion & Carrot ‘Kakiage’ Tempura

    ‘Kakiage’ is a type of Tempura made with a variety of thinly sliced or chopped Vegetables and Seafood. This is my favourite ‘Kakiage’ and probably my family’s favourite, too. I often double the amount of this recipe and cook a lot more than we can eat, then I freeze leftovers. ‘Kakiage’ can be used for …

  • Chicken Tofu Vegetables

    Scrambled Tofu, Veggies & Egg

    This traditional Japanese dish is called ‘Iri Dōfu’ (Scrambled Tofu) in Japan. It can be a vegetarian dish, but I would like to add Chicken. Momen Tofu or medium soft Tofu is traditionally used, but you must press it to remove excess water. I prefer Firm Tofu for this dish as I can use it …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Kinako & Cinnamon Cookies

    ‘Kinako’ is finely ground Roasted Soy Beans and it is a very popular ingredient for Japanese sweets. The flavour of sweet and slaty ‘Kinako’ and Cinnamon make me quite nostalgic as it reminds me some famous Japanese sweets. Those sweets are too hard to make, but these cookies are easy. Makes 24 Cookies Ingredients 125g …

  • Other Soup

    Spicy Pork & Potato Soup

    This is a very simply soup. Naturally you can add other Vegetables and Mushrooms. To add the spiciness, I used Gochujang (Korean Spicy Miso). I am not very good with Chilli, but 1 tablespoon, which seems a lot to me, was a good amount that created enjoyable spiciness. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 1 to 2 …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot & Tomato Fish Sauce Salad

    The other day when I cooked Thai flavoured Chicken for dinner, I wanted to serve something refreshing. And I made this salad. Because it was so good, I wrote down how I made it. Today I made it again according to my notes, and I added Coriander leaves, even though I knew I would receive …

  • Tofu

    Vegan Mabo Dōfu

    Dry Soy Meat products are available from many Asian Grocery stores and they are quite cheap. The mince type Dry Soy Meat is a good substitute of minced meat, and you can find more recipes on this website. This is another recipe to use it. Asian mushrooms such as Shiitake can be a good addition …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Lemon Pound Cake

    I just added 1 Lemon to my ‘Basic Pound Cake’, which is actually ‘125g cake’, not ‘1 pound cake’. I added the Lemon Zest to the batter and I drizzled the Lemon Syrup over the hot cake, so that the syrup would soak the cake. It is very simple to make, no technic required, and …

  • Vegetables

    Gochujang & Sesame Salad Dressing

    This is my Korean inspired salad dressing. Fresh salad vegetables such as Lettuce and Cucumber, and cooked vegetables such as Spinach and Carrot, are all suitable with this dressing sauce. Taste the sauce and alter the flavour to suit your taste. You may wish to add extra Gochujang, but 1 teaspoon is maximum for me. …

  • Beef Vegetables

    Stir-fried Beef & Broccoli with Oyster Sauce

    This is a very popular dish. In Australia, this dish is available from most Chinese takeaways. Probably you have your own recipe. This is how I cook it. Serve it with freshly cooked rice. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1 head Broccoli *cut into small florets, thick stem sliced1 tablespoon Oil *plus extra1 pinch Salt2 to …

  • Beef Spaghetti & Pasta

    Beef Curry Spaghetti

    If you are a fan of Japanese Curry Roux blocks, here is a new recipe for you to try. Those yummy Curry blocks are very versatile and can be used for many ways. This is a very simple Spaghetti dish. It took less than 15 minutes for me to cook it today. Makes 1 Serving …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Gingerbread Flavoured Cookies

    I used to make Gingerbread Characters quite often when my children were young. They loved Gingerbread and it was a fun family activity. Now, I don’t remember when was the last time I made Gingerbread. Today I made these Gingerbread Flavoured Cookies. You don’t need any special ingredients such as Molasses OR Golden Syrup. These …

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