• Hot Pot & Hot Plate


    ‘Oden’ is a Japanese hot pot dish of several ingredients simmered in the seasoned dashi stock. The essential ingredients are Fishcakes such as Chikuwa and Fish Balls. I always add Daikon, Potato, Boiled Eggs, Konnyaku (Konjac) and Beef Tendon skewers. Beef Tendon is hard to find where I live, I often use Ossobuco (Veal Shanks) …

  • 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 …

  • Potato

    ‘Kimpira’ Konnyaku (Konjac)

    Konnyaku (Konjac) is becoming well known as a low-calorie food. My grandmother used to make Konnyaku herself. Her Konnyaku were round balls, and freshly boiled Konnyaku were so delicious. Most Asian grocery stores sell rectangular Konnyaku blocks. I use it to make this Kimpira, and every time I cook this dish, I think about my …