Kombu

  • Beans & Peas Sea Vegetables

    Simmered Soy Beans & Kombu (Kelp)

    This is a very traditional Japanese dish, but I just can’t cook this dish, using the Dried Soy Beans that are available where I live, in the same method that I used to cook in Japan, because the Soy Beans’ skins come off massively and create a problem. If you are experiencing the same issue, …

  • Other Soup Sea Vegetables

    Kombu (Kelp) & Tofu Soup

    This soup is slightly Hot & Sour. When I seasoned the soup, I thought some Vinegar would improve the flavour, so I added Vinegar to the soup. Maybe I was tired, but I definitely enjoyed the sourness of this soup. You can make it hotter and sourer to suit your taste. If you have Kombu …

  • Pork Potato Sea Vegetables

    Pork ‘Nikujaga’ with Kombu (Kelp)

    ‘Nikujaga’ is the dish of ‘Niku’ (Meat) and ‘Jaga’ (Potato) cooked in sweet soy sauce flavoured broth. It is one of the most popular Japanese home-cooked dishes. Today I added Kombu (Kelp) to it. I think Pork is most suitable, but Chicken OR Beef can be used. You have never seen a dish like this …

  • Beans & Peas Sea Vegetables

    Simmered Chickpeas & Kombu (Kelp)

    I would have used Soy Beans for this dish, but I couldn’t find Large Dried Soy Beans. Chickpeas are always a great substitute. You can use Canned Chickpeas OR Edamame Beans instead. If you do so, you need to alter the cooking time. Kombu (Kelp) might be an unfamiliar sea vegetable for you. I like …

  • Pork Sea Vegetables

    Simmered Pork Belly & Kombu (Kelp)

    This is a typical Japanese home-cooked dish. It is quite popular, I often cook it, but probably you have never seen it as you won’t come across a dish like this at Japanese restaurants. Use Pork Belly for this dish, so that Kombu absorbs its fat and ‘umami’. You need to simmer until Kombu is …

  • Sea Vegetables

    Chikuwa (Fish Cake) & Kombu

    This is a very Japanese dish, but you will never come across at any Japanese restaurants. Kombu (Kelp) is an important part of our cuisine. We make Dashi Stock using it, and we use Kombu for cooking a lot. Yesterday I found already shredded Dried Kombu at a Chinese grocery store and I decided to …

  • Sea Vegetables

    Kombu (Kelp) Salad

    If you have already shredded Dry Kombu (Kelp), it would be easy to make this salad. As I cannot find shredded Dried Kombu these days, I sliced it by myself. It is not very hard, but you need a simple trick to slice the slippery Kombu. Please find my tip at ‘How To Thinly Slice …

  • Sea Vegetables

    How To Thinly Slice Kombu (Kelp)

    Do you want to use the softened Kombu (Kelp) after making Dashi Stock? Do you want to slice the slippery Kombu for cooking? This is how I slice it. It’s not hard even with my achy hand. You only need a simple trick. Method Clean Dried Kombu (Kelp) and soak in cold water until soft. …

  • Soba

    Vegan Soba Soup

    On this website, I have shared my recipe ‘Monk’s Vegan Soup’, that is called ‘Kenchin-jiru’ in Japan. ‘Kenchin-jiru’ is 100% plant-based soup that originated several centuries ago from a temple where Buddhist monks prepared the soup. ‘Kenchin-jiru’ is still very popular and Soba Noodles are often added to it. I am not Vegan but I …

  • Sea Vegetables

    Kombu ‘Tsukudani’

    ‘Tsukudani’ is a dish of commonly small fish, shellfish or seaweed cooked in Mirin, Sugar and Soy Sauce to preserve the ingredients. If I were living in Japan, I would have never tried to make this Kombu ‘Tsukudani’ as it is popularly available in a variety of flavours. But, here in Melbourne where I live, …

  • Clear Soup Vegetables

    Monk’s Vegan Soup ‘Kenchin-jiru’

    This soup is called ‘Kenchin-jiru’ in Japan. It is originally a Buddhist dish and vegan. Vegetable base stock, such as Shiitake Mushroom OR Kombu (Kelp), is used for this soup. It is commonly seasoned with Soy Sauce, but there are many variations these days. Some people prefer seasoning with Miso. Root vegetables are the main …

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