I learnt this basic butter cookie recipe when I was a high school in Japan over 30 something years ago. The recipe I am going to share this week is not really Japanese, but Japanese people do baking as well and I was given two special rolling pins by lovely Dariusz from InMyWood. So, I
Kakitamajiru is Japanese clear soup with eggs. There are mainly two types of soup in Japanese cuisine. One is cloudy soup such as miso soup and another is clear soup called “Sumashijiru” or just “Sumashi”. Sumashijiru is lighter than miso soup and super fast to make when you need one more dish. Kakitamajiru is one
Shiozake or Shiojyake is Japanese salted salmon. Shio is salt in Japanese, and both zake and jyake is salmon. Why are there two ways for labelling salmon in Japanese? There is not ,a clear explanation but the most likely theory is the term Jyake originated in the indigenous Ainu people’s language, who live in mainly
Whoever thought of putting strawberry in daifukumochi to create Strawberry Daifuku is a genius. Strawberry Daifuku is delicious! Strawberry daifuku appeared about 30 years ago in Japan but there isn’t a clear indication of who and where it began. I believe it started from a little Japanese sweet shop in Tsu city in Mie prefecture.
There are two types of An (sweet bean paste) in Japan. They are called Kuroan and Shiroan. They are classified by their colour, so kuroan is black and shiroan is white. However kuroan is much more of a red than black, but anyway. Kuroan is made from Azuki beans. There are also two types of Kuroan: tsubu and koshi. These are the two different textures that
Scrambled tofu or Iridofu in Japanese, is a protein packed, delicious and healthy dish flavoured with dried shiitake mushroom umami stock. Scrambled tofu is so good with plain white steamed rice. Apart from taking excess water off the tofu, this dish is a fairly quick meal. No wonder my mother often fed Scrambled tofu to
Halloween Pocky for Pocky lovers!! I love pocky. It is not an overstatement if I say Pocky represents Japanese snacks. Pocky has been around in Japan as long as I can remember and they are a really cheap snack in Japan. Pocky comes in many flavours and can be purchased at Daiso in Australia for
All Posts Edamame soybeans are on every Japanese restaurants’ appetiser menu because they are so simple, can be cooked quickly, and are very delicious. To be honest, I actually did not know Edamame are young soy beans, because they look so different. Edamame is an excellent source of protein and is also naturally gluten free.
Japanese mille crepe is one of those Yogashi (western style confectioneries) which has foreign roots but was created in Japan. Mille means 1000 in French and crepe is a very thin French pancake. As the name suggests, Mille crepe consists of many layers of thin crepe filled with custard and fresh cream. Sweets or desserts
Making miso paste is my holiday project. I always wanted to make my own miso paste, just like my grandmother back in Japan. When I was young, we were often sent to grandmother’s house with an air tight container to get miso. We never bought miso from shops. Since I migrated to Australia, I have
Hayashi rice is another popular Japanese rice dish like Japanese curry. Hayashi rice is a bit like beef stew served with rice. You can make this dish with store bought roux, similar to the way you can make Japanese curry using roux. In this post though I would like to share an easy recipe for
Have you ever heard or tasted a Calpis Japanese drink? Calpis (say like Car roo piss) is a yoghurt flavoured popular Japanese drink. It is not any animal’s piss (despite the name) My Japanese class students get so excited every time I mention the drink as it sound like “Cow Piss”. I sometimes do Japanese
Chicken Nanban is Miyazaki prefecture specialty chicken dish. You may have had very popular Japanese fried chicken called Karaage. This chicken Nanban is a Kyusyu region take on popular Karaage chicken soaked in sweet and sour Nanban sauce topped with delicious tartar sauce! No wander this is the most popular fried chicken dish in Japan.
I saw this Kabocha bread on a Japanese web site last year when I was searching for cute Halloween things to cook. This kabocha bread is sweet Kabocha An paste wrapped with Japanese soft milk bread and shaped like a kabocha pumpkin or a Kabocha squash. This bread is a sweet bread so it is