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  • Vegetables

    Pumpkin ‘Goma-ae’

    Japan has great Pumpkins that have rather dry and powdery texture like Chestnuts. Since I moved to Australia, I have tried to create some pumpkin dishes that I used to cook in Japan, but all Pumpkins available in Australia, including a Pumpkin called Japanese Pumpkin, have turned too watery, sloppy or mushy. They are not …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot & Tuna ‘Goma-ae’

    My ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce is good with a variety of Vegetables and Mushrooms. As it is so easy to make, I often make a ‘Goma-ae’ dish when I need an extra dish for dinner. This Carrot & Tuna ‘Goma-ae’ is a great option as I always have the ingredients. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 Carrots *Today …

  • Mushrooms Vegetables

    Shiitake & Lotus Root ‘Goma-ae’

    Local supermarket stores are now selling Frozen Lotus Root Slices thanks to the Asian population increase in the area. When I stir-fry them, I usually cook frozen slices so that the crunchy texture would more likely remain. Today I simply mixed with my ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce with Shiitate Mushrooms. It was simply delicious! Makes 4 to …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Black Sesame & Almond Cookies

    I made these cookies based on my ‘Shortbread Butter Biscuits’, so they contain no Egg . You may wish to use your own basic cookie dough recipe. Simply replace some of Flour with Almond Meal and add finely ground Toasted Black Sesame Seeds. Makes 24 Cookies Ingredients 125g Butter *softened1/4 cup Caster Sugar OR Muscovado …

  • Fish

    Mackerel Sprinkles

    Savoury rice sprinkles are called ‘Furikake’ in Japanese. There are loads of ‘Furikake’ products available from stores in Japan and they are very popular. When my children were young, I used to make ‘Salmon Sprinkles’. If you like ‘Salmon Sprinkles’, you might wish to try this one. Grilled Fresh Mackerel would be lovely to use, …

  • Chicken

    Pan-steamed Chicken Brest with Sweet Garlic Sesame Sauce

    How do you cook Chicken Breast Fillets? Try this pan-steaming that is quick and easy. For this Asian flavoured dish, I steam Chicken with Spring Onion, Ginger and Sake (Rice Wine). You can use other fragrant Vegetables and Herbs. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 skinless Chicken Breast Fillets *about 600g1/2 teaspoon Salt1 thick Spring Onion …

  • Vegetables

    Broccoli Stem Sesame Garlic Salad

    ‘Mock Zha Cai‘ and ‘Nuta Salad’ are lovely ways to use up Broccoli Stems. Here is another recipe for you to try. This is a Korean inspired Sesame & Garlic flavoured salad. This salad is also really good for drinking. Makes 1 to 2 Servings Ingredients 2 Broccoli Stems *about 150g1 small clove Garlic *grated1 …

  • Vegetables

    Pan-fried Broccoli with Creamy Sesame Sauce

    Steam-frying using a frying pan is the easiest method to cook Broccoli. Cheesy Sauce is really nice, but this super easy Creamy Sesame Sauce is also good. One large head of Broccoli would be eaten very quickly with this sauce. Makes 2 to 4 Servings Ingredients 1 large head (*about 300g) Broccoli *cut into small …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Lettuce & Wakame Sesame Salad

    This is a Korean inspired salad. I usually add Garlic, but the salad tastes good without Garlic. This salad is seasoned with Salt only, but it is absolutely delicious and can be a great side dish. Good for drinking, too. Makes 2 to 3 Servings Ingredients 200g (4 large leaves) Iceberg Lettuce *OR Cos Lettuce2 …

  • Azuki (Red Beans)

    Sweet Azuki & Sesame Seeds Spring Rolls

    There is a popular fried dumpling filled with Sweet Azuki Paste and coated with Sesame Seeds. I tried to make something similar to it using Spring Roll Wrappers. This dessert is absolutely easy to make. Fried crunchy Sesame Seeds and Sweet Azuki Paste are delicious when combined. I like to use Black Sesame Seeds for …

  • Seasonings & Oils

    Shichimi (Chilli Spice Mix)

    ‘Shichimi’, literally means ‘seven flavours’, is Japanese Chilli Spice Mix. I often sprinkle it over many dishes for extra spiciness and flavours. Small bottles of Shichimi are available from Asian grocery stores, but I have heard many people can’t find it. Why don’t you make your own blend of Chilli Spice Mix? Ingredients Use some …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Baked & Fried Sweets

    Azuki Puff Pastry Fingers

    You have some leftover Sweet Azuki Paste? If you have 1 sheet Butter Puff Pastry, you can make this yummy Asian dessert now. I added ground Black Sesame Seeds to the Sweet Azuki Paste for extra flavour, which is very nice, but it is optional as most people don’t stock Black Sesame Seeds. Peanut Butter …

  • Sea Vegetables

    Shiso Wakame Sprinkles

    I am very fond of this kind or Sprinkles to eat with or mix with Rice. Many Asian grocery stores sell some products but I have never seen ‘Shiso (Perilla) Wakame Sprinkles’ in Australia. Since I started growing Shiso in my garden, I have some harvest every year, and I wanted to make ‘Shiso Wakame …

  • Vegetables

    Bashed Cucumber with Garlic and Sesame

    In Japan, when we make cucumber salad, we often gently bash the cucumber before cutting it or breaking it into small pieces, so that the centre gets slightly squashed and softened, and the cucumber pieces get seasoned better. Presenting well, too. ‘Bashed Cucumber Salad’ can be seasoned with any dressings or sauces of your choice. …

  • Potato Vegetables

    ‘Kimpira’ Potato & Carrot

    Everyone would love this simple dish. It’s a ‘Kimpira’ dish, a stir-fried vegetables seasoned with Soy Sauce and Mirin (Sugar). When you need just one more side dish for dinner or something to fill a space in your Bento Box, this dish is perfect. You only need Potato and Carrot. Not many people stir-fry thinly …

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