All posts by Hiroko

  • Chicken

    Miso Marinated Chicken

    My ‘Miso Marinated Salmon’ is delicious. The same marinade can be used to marinate not only Fish but also Chicken and Pork. I added some Sugar to make the marinade sweeter for Chicken, but it is up to your preference. If you cook them in a frying pan, please note that Miso Marinated Chicken are …

  • Other Seafood Takikomigohan

    Dried Scallops Takikomigohan

    Soak Dried Scallops in water until soft and you will have a really nice stock. Using this stock and softened Scallops, you can create a delicious ‘Takikomigohan’. Today I added Carrot and Shiitake as well, but just Scallops and Spring Onions are good enough. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 50g Dried Scallops400ml Water2 cups (*180ml cup) …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Almond Cookies

    I had a bag of leftover 1 cup Almond Meal that was already mixed with 1/2 cup Caster Sugar. It’d been in the pantry for a while and I had to use it up. I was looking for a recipe that I could use it for, and found my ‘Sachi’s Coconut Cookies’ recipe. I replaced …

  • Cold Sweets

    Milk Jelly

    It is hot in Melbourne today as we are expecting near 40℃ heat. On such a hot day, cold dessert would be nice. Jelly is always a good option. If you stock Gelatine Powder in your pantry, Jelly is easy to make. The standard ratio of Gelatine Powder and Liquid is 2g : 100ml. I …

  • Okonomiyaki Tempura Vegetables

    Carrot & Onion Pancakes

    This is a pan-fried version of my ‘Kakiage’ Tempura that I love. I first just pan-fried it instead of deep-frying, and realised I needed more batter. So, I made it just like Okonomiyaki. This is much easier to prepare and clean up than deep-fried Tempura. You can make small pancakes OR 1 large pancake and …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Hijiki Salad

    I recently received a question about how Hijiki can be cooked. Hijili is a blackish coloured Sea Vegetable. In Japan, it is used for many dishes. Most commonly it is simmered in Dashi Stock seasoned with Soy Sauce, with Soy Beans, Tofu products, or Vegetables such as Carrot. But, Hijiki can be added to Salad. …

  • Egg Pork Tofu Vegetables

    Pork & Vegetables Champroo (Chanpurū)

    ‘Champroo’ (Chanpurū) is an Okinawan stir fry dish. The Okinawan word ‘Champroo’ means ‘a mixture of various items’, and you can stir-fry any Vegetables you have. But, Champroo’s essential ingredients are Okinawan Tofu and Eggs. Well… we can’t get Okinawan Tofu outside Japan, so I use Firm Tofu. Bitter Melon is a popular Vegetable for …

  • Cold Sweets

    Custard Jelly with Caramel Sauce

    Everyone loves ‘Creme Caramel’ but I won’t say it is super easy to make. You need to steam-bake it in the oven, or steam it using a steamer or pot. This is Custard Jelly, set with Gelatine. You only need a saucepan to make it. The recipe for Caramel Sauce is also included. Makes 4 …

  • Chicken

    Curry Flavoured ‘Kara-age’ Fried Chicken

    On the other day, when I was cooking ‘Kara-age’ Japanese style Fried Chicken, I came up with an idea to add curry flavour to it. Chicken pieces were already marinated, so I added Curry Powder to the coating flour mixture. The result was great! Soy Sauce and Curry are a good match indeed. Now I …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Super Easy White Chocolate Mousse

    Is your friend visiting you for dinner? Are you thinking of a dessert? This dessert is super easy to make. It is basically a soft version of White Chocolate Ganache. I strongly recommend to add some Berries, fresh or frozen, as a topping. Berries are much better than sugary fruit sauce as this mousse is …

  • Chicken Potato Vegetables

    Simmered Root Vegetables & Chicken

    This dish is called ‘Chikuzen-ni’ (筑前煮) in Japan. It was a local dish in Chikuzen region in the island of Kyushu. It is now popular in other parts of Japan and often prepared for the New Year celebration. It can be difficult to find all these ingredients outside Japan. In particular, Gobō and Lotus Root …

  • Gyoza Tofu Vegetables

    Vegan Abura-age (Fried Thin Tofu) Gyoza

    As my brother-in-law’s family and good friends of mine turned Vegan last year, I had been trying to create a new Vegan Gyoza recipe using Firm Tofu, but I couldn’t achieve the texture that I was wishing to create. Then, on the other day, to use up leftover Gyoza Wrappers, I made some Gyoza using …

  • Vegetables

    Decorative Cucumber

    My mother made ‘Bento’ lunch for my sisters and me for many many years. One of the memorable things of her ‘Bento’ is Cucumber that she cut decoratively, and those Cucumber pieces stood out in the ‘Bento’ box. Such a simple effort can make just a piece of Cucumber something special. I will show you …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Matcha Financier (Friand)

    The popular French cake ‘Friand’ is well known as ‘Financier’ in Japan, and they are usually baked in the shape of Bar of Gold. ‘Financier’ means ‘Financial’, and that’s why ‘Financier’ cakes are in that shape. I don’t have such specialised tins, so I bake them using muffin tins. Makes 8 Cakes Ingredients 100g Butter …

  • Chicken

    Baked Chicken Mince

    There is an old Japanese sweet called ‘Matsukaze’ (Wind in the Pines) that has hundreds of years history. And there is a Chicken Mince dish that looks like the sweet ‘Matsukaze’. This Chicken Mince dish is often prepared for the New Year celebration. I don’t have a large square pan, I bake it in the …

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