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  • Tofu & Soy Protein Vegetables

    Tofu Skin Salad

    The Chinese Dried Tofu Skin Sticks (Bean Curd Sticks) that I purchased get softened in warm water very quickly. When the twisted sticks are rehydrated and softened, they tend to loosen up and go back to the sheets. Today I sliced them into noodles and made this salad. It’s a Vegan dish, that is packed …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Black Sesame Puff Pastry Biscuits

    I was googling Poppy Seeds recipes, then I came across an image of Biscuits made with Puff Pastry and Poppy Seeds. I happened to have 1 sheet of Butter Puff Pastry and some leftover Sweet Black Sesame Paste. I spread the paste over the pastry sheet, rolled up both sides, and cut into thin pieces, …

  • Sweets

    Sweet Black Sesame Paste

    Black Sesame Paste is available from many supermarkets in Japan, but there is no such a thing where I live now. When I want to use it for cooking, I make it. Using Suribachi & Surikogi (Japanese mortar & pestle), it is not hard to make. If you have a grinder, it could be super …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Avocado

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a Japanese dish of vegetables dressed with sweet sesame seed sauce. Sesame Seeds need to be toasted, and Sugar and Soy Sauce are used to make the sauce. Depending on the vegetables that I use, I sometimes add extra ingredients such as Chilli. For Avocado, I highly recommend to add a little bit …

  • Vegetables

    Spinach ‘Namul’

    One of my favourite Spinach dishes is Japanese ‘Goma-ae’ Spinach. This is another favourite. ‘Namul’ is a Korean dish and it is very popular in Japan, too. Sesame Oil and Garlic are often used to season ‘Namul’. This dish can be prepared in the same way as ‘Goma-ae’. When I find a bunch of fresh …

  • Vegetables

    Carrot ‘Namul’

    Korean ‘Namul’ and Japan’s ‘Aemono’ are same type of dish, that is basically seasoned Vegetables. Sesame Oil is commonly used to season ‘Namul’. There are multiple methods to make Carrot ‘Namul’. Some people microwave Carrot, some people just add Salt and massage, but I have found stir-frying is the easiest and this method makes Carrot …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Chickpeas & Broccoli

    I first made this dish by accident. I made ‘Goma-ae’ Broccoli the other day. ‘Goma-ae’ is a Japanese dish of vegetables dressed with ‘Goma-ae’ Sauce, which is made of Toasted Sesame Seeds, Sugar and Soy Sauce. I frequently make it using a variety of vegetables. However, this time, the sauce was too much for the …

  • Mushrooms Sea Vegetables

    Snow Fungus & Wakame Salad

    I always stock Dried Cut Wakame and Dried Snow Fungus, aka White Jelly Mushroom. Are you unfamiliar with them? They are available from most Asian grocery stores. They have similar texture and don’t have strong flavour. I use them mainly for soups and salads, but I have never used both of them together, so I …

  • Sea Vegetables Vegetables

    Cucumber & Nori ‘Aemono’ Salad

    This type of salad dish is called ‘Aemono’ in Japan. A variety of Vegetables can be used. ‘Aemono’ is often simply seasoned and offered as a side dish. This Cucumber & Nori ‘Aemono’ Salad is also very simple. Salt is the main seasoning. To enjoy the flavour of Cucumber and Toasted Nori, you don’t need …

  • Vegetables

    ‘Goma-ae’ Red Capsicum

    ‘Goma-ae’ is a Japanese dish of vegetables dressed with sweet sesame seed sauce. I have shared many ‘Goma-ae’ recipes on this website, and they are very popular. The amount of Sugar to add to the sauce needs to be altered depending on the ingredients. Red Capsicum turns very sweet when cooked. I believe we need …

  • Beef Harusame & Rice Noodles Vegetables

    Stir-fried Beef & Harusame

    The thin noodles made from Potato starch or Mung Bean starch are called ‘Harusame’ in Japanese, but there are many different names in different countries. Many people pre-cook these noodles when stir-fry, but it is unnecessary. I don’t pre-cook them. Soak them in water while you are preparing other ingredients. The rehydrated ‘Harusame’ noodles can …

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