Sushi is one of my FAVORITE meals, but if you order omakase it can become quite an expensive dining habit. I’m lucky enough to live near an awesome Japanese supermarket (Mitsuwa) that sells great quality sashimi (raw fish). The fish isn’t cheap by any means, however, if you plan on going out for a sushi dinner… Continue reading Temaki Party!
Growing up, my mother would make Karaage on special occasions, especially for picnics or birthday parties. Karaage, or what I like to call J.F.C. (Japanese Fried Chicken) are pieces of chicken (thigh meat) marinated in a tasty ginger-based soy sauce and then deep-fried to a golden, crunchy, morsel of heaven. From my knowledge, using dark […]
This was my first time making brioche dough from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook. I was hoping to make the brioche dough specifically for the Brioche au Levain, but that recipe calls for proofing the dough overnight and I wanted to bake bread that would be done by the end of today. The option that didn’t… Continue reading Baking Day 8: Brioche Dough
I really love a GOOD chili. I’ve had several great chilis in my past, but I’ve definitely had a lot of… not so great chilis. Growing up, my mom would make a really good chili that we would eat with white rice. While she usually made the chili with beans, I preferred mine without beans.… Continue reading Spicy No Bean Chili
Chicken nanban is a crispy chicken dish which originated in the Kyushu region of Japan. Nanban, which directly translates to “European” in Old Japanese, comes from the influence of European traders and missionaries in Japan during the 17th century. The chicken is usually deep fried, but my version is a liiiiittle bit healthier since it’s pan-fried. Once… Continue reading Chicken Nanban with Japanese Sweet Potato Salad
Growing up in Tokyo, I would always look forward to our bi-annual trips to the US. I liked going to restaurants that didn’t exist in Tokyo like The Cheesecake Factory and CPK. Now that I live here, I hardly ever go to these restaurants but I have very fond memories of going with my Aunt… Continue reading Lemon Chicken Flatbread
If you’ve ever been to a Japanese supermarket or are familiar with Japanese groceries, you may be familiar with the “Mabo Mix” sold by Ajinomoto under their Chinese food specific brand CookDo. There are several different companies who sell the mix, but basically it is all the sauce components and meat of mapo tofu or… Continue reading Mapo Eggplant and Garlic Green Beans