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Japanese Style Beef and Onions on plate

Japanese Style Beef and OnionsThis is a family recipe which was derived from a Northern Japanese post World War II era recipe. It is said that American troops ate a lot of beef at their bases in Northern Japan. The Japanese up there were poor after the war, but they could afford to buy leftover bits and pieces of beef from the Americans. They grew a massive amount of onions up there, and that is how this recipe came to be.

 

stack of Pandan Pancakes with Coconut Custard

Pandan Pancakes with Coconut CustardCoconut milk custard is layered between pandan pancakes for a delicious variation on Asian tea house pandan waffles. The recipe and preparation steps can be found below. Enjoy this treat straightaway or chilled.

 

Persimmon Daikon Salad

Persimmon Daikon SaladThis sliced daikon and persimmon salad is delicious as a side to any meal. The simple recipe can be found below.

 

Sticky Rice Shumai on cabbage leaves plate

Sticky Rice ShumaiShumai is a delicate and delicious Asian dumpling, traditionally formed with a thin flour-based wonton style wrapper. You can forego using the wrappers and roll them in sticky mochi rice before steaming. I love the textures of these more than traditional shumai!

 

cut Japanese Fruit Sandwich on plate

Japanese Fruit SandwichThis Japanese sweet treat is assembled as you would a sandwich. It is made with slices of bread whipped cream and fresh fruits of your choice.

 

Tuna Mayo Onigiri with fruit on plate

Tuna Mayo OnigiriThese delicious Japanese style seaweed wrapped rice balls are stuffed with a tasty tuna salad style filling. They are easy to make and a great fast to grab snack or light meal. Make them in traditional ball shapes or triangles and with or without the nori, dried seaweed sheet wrappers.

 

A bowl of homemade miso soup.

Week 24: Miso SoupJapanese miso soup is very easy to make at home with a few basic ingredients from a Asian supermarket. The savory vegetarian soup is perfect as a first course or as a light summer lunch or dinner option.

 

Japanese Pickled Plums on plate

Making Japanese Pickled Plums (Umeboshi)Called Umeboshi in Japan, these salted pickled plums are sour and savory. It takes about 6 months for them to ferment. They are often served with rice.

 

Japanese Style Fried Chicken (Karate) on plate

Japanese Style Fried Chicken (Karaage)Karaage is a cooking technique for deep frying lightly coated foods, similar to making tempura. Make this Japanese style fried chicken for your family instead of KFC and they will thank you for it.

 

Japanese Glazed Tofu Steak on plate

Japanese Glazed Tofu SteakFlavor bland and boring tofu with soy sauce, onion, ginger and daikon radish for a savory meatless dish. This page has instructions for making Japanese glazed tofu steak.

 

Japanese Sweet Potato Rice in bowl

Japanese Sweet Potato RiceIt is sweet potato season and I love it! One of my favourite ways to use up sweet potato is inside this warm and comforting rice dish. It's really easy to make and creates a great side for any entree. I used a rice cooker here but you can use whatever method you usually cook your rice.

 

finished Yakitori on platter

Japanese Skewered Chicken (Yakitori)Yakitori is a longtime favourite street food in Japan. It was one of the first things I had when I first visited Japan as a kid, and by far the best. Nothing really beats having it on the streets of Japan, but my family's recipe comes close. You can make this on an outside grill, as well as indoors. You'll love it either way...promise!

 

Watermelon Rind Pickles on plate

Japanese Style Watermelon Rind PicklesOnce the skin is removed, the light green rind of a watermelon can be pickled and enjoyed. This is a page about Japanese style watermelon rind pickles.

 

Potstickers on plate with dipping sauce

Japanese Style Potstickers (Gyoza)These potstickers may seem daunting to prepare, but once you make your first batch, you'll be an automatic-potsticker-making-machine! These are fabulous as appetizers, sides or full meals. I like to serve them at get-togethers, but watch out, they go fast! I've included an alternative lettuce wrapped version here, as well as how to make my special dipping sauce.

 

Square bowl of miso soup.

Miso Soup RecipesMake this delicious Japanese soup right at home. This page contains recipes for miso soup.

 

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Japanese Croquettes on plate with sauce

Easy Japanese CroquettesThese "croquettes" are easy to make, and yummy with the crispy outside, and soft insides with potato, onions and ground beef. They can be served with rice, shredded cabbage or fruit. This is a real easy dish to make, and a great way to also use left over mashed potatoes when you have them.

 

Wakame Seaweed Salad in bowl

Wakame Seaweed SaladThis Japanese seaweed salad is very popular anywhere sushi is served. Since I've been eating these salads since I was a kid, I roll my eyes at the prices marked on them because I know a huge batch can be made for under a buck. Wakame seaweed is not only tasty, it is packed full of calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamins B2 and B9.

 

Salmon Chan-Chan Yaki ready to serve

Salmon Chan-Chan YakiChan-chan yaki is a Japanese dish that uses fish and vegetables with a sweet and savoury miso sauce. They say that "chan-chan" is the sound the spatulas make when used to flip and piece up the ingredients on the hot pan. This is typically made on an electric griddle at the table with everyone sitting around, but you can use a big pan and serve it up in plates with rice.

 

glazed chicken bits on a white plate

Japanese Chicken Drumsticks or ThighsCooking the chicken in a tasty soy and balsamic vinegar sauce makes for an easy, quick, and quite delicious meal. This is a page about preparing Japanese chicken drumsticks or thighs.

 

Japanese Style Watermelon Rind Pickles in bowl

Japanese Style Watermelon Rind PicklesThis is one of my family's longtime "waste not want not" recipes. Don't throw out your watermelon rinds! With a bit of salt, you'll have a beautifully refreshing and crunchy pickle. It goes really well with a warm bowl of rice or noodles.

 

Mashed Potato Sushi served on banana leaf

Mashed Potato SushiI have been making wasabi mashed potatoes for a long time now and it's definitely one of my favourite sides. I thought it would be cute (and yummy) to turn that mash into something super cute: mashed potato sushi. Making perfectly rolled sushi can be daunting getting the rice perfectly cooked so it sticks enough, but doesn't get mushy. Using mashed potatoes will make getting the shape right much easier... and you don't even need a rolling mat!

 

grilling vegetables and meats

TeppanyakiTeppanyaki is a super fun and delicious table grill style meat and veggie feast that originated in Japan. It may not look like it, but you use so little food to prepare this. We call this our frugal fun meal. You cook the food yourself in front of you while sitting around an electric griddle, dip it in some sauces, and eat it with rice. It's so fun for groups and very romantic for two. If you've ever eaten at Benihana, this is the at-home version of that.

 

plate with cut tamagoyaki and asparagus

Japanese Tamagoyaki RecipeThese slightly sweet rolled omelette-like eggs are a different dish to serve the family tonight. Add a side of rice or veggies and the meal is complete. This page contains a Japanese tamagoyaki recipe.

 

Omurice on plate.

Japanese Omurice RecipeDelicious and easy to make, Japanese omurice is a wonderful dish for anytime of day. This page contains Japanese omurice recipe.

 

Japanese Chicken

Japanese Chicken RecipesThis page contains Japanese chicken recipes. Japanese cuisine uses chicken in a variety of ways. Share one of these delicious recipes with your family today.

 

Beef Teriyaki

Beef Teriyaki RecipesTeriyaki beef is an easy to prepare, delicious meal for any occasion. This page contains beef teriyaki recipes.

 

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Japanese Sweet Carrot RecipeI'm hoping to get some help in finding a recipe for these sweet carrots served in most Japanese restaurants. They are so good. I've made several attempts at making them, but they're never close to the real deal. Help!

 

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Yakitori TareYakitori is Japanese bite sized chicken pieces skewered, marinated and grilled with basting sauce. You can also use an assortment of other types of meats and/or veggies, but that will change the recipe title to "Kushiyaki".

 

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All Purpose Oriental SauceIf you like Oriental food like stir fry, you will like this recipe. It is a good tenderizer, marinade, and works for flavoring any stir fry or fried rice. It is a thrifty alternative for those expensive Japanese grills. This marinade will work for about 5 lbs of boneless meat just as a marinade.

 

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Easy YakisobaThis was my re-creation of a lunch plate I had recently at a local deli. It would also be delicious without the noodles and served over rice.

 

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Yaki SobaSimmer until transparent. Boil 1/2 large head chopped cabbage in 1/2 cup water until tender-crisp. Cook needed amount of spaghetti. Rinse in cold water.

 

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