Korean Style Bean Sprout Side Dish (Kongnamul Muchim)

Bean sprout is probably one of the most commonly served food for side dishes in Korean cuisine. I love it when dishes can be prepared ahead of time and can be served cold because I only have two burners, food often turns cold after cooking the first one to two dishes. This bean sprout dish…

Express Japanese Cold Soba Noodles (Zaru Soba)

Summer is officially here in Tokyo. What about the part of the world you are living at? During the hot summers, I love to explore all sorts of cold dishes. This cold soba noodles is a super easy version if you are able to get hold of a bottle of ready-made men-tsuyu (Japanese noodle soup…

Miso and Sesame Yakitori Chicken

You might have eaten the regular yakitori chicken (grilled chicken skewers) which are either seasoned with salt or glazed with a savory-sweet sauce at Japanese izakaya restaurants before. This recipe will offer you a different yet delicious version of yakitori! I cook this so often that I started ditching the wooden skewers even! Marination typically…

Simple Indian Style Chicken Curry

I do admit that I have a lot of spices and herbs. Whenever my friends come to visit, they often ask if I cook Indian curry with all those spices. My spices collection compiled overtime mostly because of my heritage and my past residences, I love cooking cuisines like Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Mexican which…

[Instant Pot] Hong Kong Style Borscht Soup

I believe 10/10 local cafes in Hong Kong serve Borscht Soup (羅宋湯). Hence everybody in Hong Kong knows what it is! And what I mean is not the traditional sharp red-colored Borscht made with beetroot, it is the Hong Kong style Borscht! The classic Borscht soup was originated from Ukraine which main ingredient was beetroot….

Pico de Gallo

I wrote about Guacamole in the last post. However, avocados can be a little too fulling at times too. Therefore, this time let’s try to make Pico de Gallo instead! It is probably one of the easiest dish you can probably make! It is even simpler than Guacamole! In addition to that, no exotic or…

Guacamole

Mexican cuisine, especially Guacamole and Tacos, are something that I learned and got deeply addicted to while I lived in Southern California. I am glad to share this super simple Guacamole recipe to you so you can easily enjoy at home too!  INGREDIENTS Avocado 2 Tomato 1 Yellow Onion ¼ Minced Garlic ½ Tablespoon Jalapeno…

Thai Style Ground Pork Stir-Fry (Pad Kra Pao Moo)

My family and I love Thai food. Thai food does not always equates curry, this dish “Pad Kra Pao Moo) is a very common dish in Thailand too. It is so simple to cook that I always make for lunches. I personally like to pair with steamed rice while my hubby, who does not prefer…

Marry Me Chicken (Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce)

There are quite an amount of different variations of the Marry Me Chicken recipes out there. This particular one is delicious and is again recommended by my friend who is a great enthusiastic English teacher (and home-cook chef) Ms. Claudia Lee Kimura! I basically trust every recipe that suggests! This one further proofs it!! INGREDIENTS…

[Air Fried] Dijon Mustard Chicken Wings

If I could only choose to have only one kind of mustard in my pantry, it will be Dijon Mustard!! This chicken wings recipe is one of our most cooked one! If you also like dijon mustard, you should try this! INGReDIENTS Chicken Wings 10 Pieces [MARINATE] Dijon Mustard 2 Tablespoons [MARINATE] Garlic Powder ½ Teaspoon [MARINATE] Onion…

Hong Kong Style Tomato Egg Stir-Fry

Tomato Egg Stir-Fry (港式番茄蛋) is definitely one of the top most cooked home-cooked dishes in Hong Kong families. I doubt many Hong Kong families need this recipe. But if you are unfamiliar with Hong Kong cuisine, I urge you to try it! It’s a great dish! Ingredients are very simple and inexpensive. Kids love it,…

Hong Kong Style Pan-Fried Pork Chop with Onions

This dish is one of my childhood memories. I used to eat a lot of this dish “Hong Kong Style Pan-Fried Pork Chop with Onions” (港式煎洋蔥豬扒) when I lived in Hong Kong when I was a child! My aunt made the best version ever! After I left Hong Kong a few years back, whenever I…

Easy Shrimps with Japanese Mayonnaise Stir-Fry (Ebi-Mayo)

Ebi-Mayo (エビマヨ) is a common home-cooked Japanese dish representing “ebi” (meaning shrimps in Japanese) cooked with sauce which consists of mayo (short for mayonnaise). The shrimps in this dish are usually fried first for some crisp before coating with the sauce. This recipe however is a simplified version where the fried step is eliminated. Hence…

Potato Gratin Dauphinois

When I was going through the endless load of freshly harvested potatoes that my son took home from his school’s agricultural land, my dear friend Ms. Claudia Lee Kimura recommended this amazingly delicious recipe with very useful amendment advices which forever changed my husband’s reluctant appetite towards potatoes! “Gratin Dauphinois” is a French side dish…

One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

On busy or tired days, I’ve always wanted to pour all meat and vegetables in one baking sheet and throw them in the oven for dinner! This recipe is a great option! In Japan, this dish is called “GyuGyu Yaki” (ぎゅうぎゅう焼き), meaning that the vegetables and meat are tightly packed in the sheet pan! My…

[Air Fried] Anchovy Potato Wedges

If you are a potato lover, you will like this! I have had lots of different kinds of fries and fried potatoes in the past, this recipe is a special and different one. The anchovy gives a nice mature accent! If you are hosting a party, this will be a great choice! ingredients Potatoes 4…

[Instant Pot] Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodles (Pho Ga)

Whenever I hear the word Pho, I’d immediately relate to a beef broth based bowl of noodles. But there is also a lighter version of Pho that is chicken broth based called Pho Ga. It’s easy to make as you mostly just need to pour all the ingredients into the pressure cooker and it will…

Spinach with Tuna Flakes Japanese Appetizer

I always have some canned food in my pantry as I live in Japan, I need to stock up in case of natural disasters. However, they can just sit there forever, so I try to utilize them once in a while. This recipe is a good reason to use a can of tuna flakes! It…

Easy Homemade Coleslaw

Did you know? The term “coleslaw” is actually derived from the term “koolsla” meaning cabbage salad in Dutch! This recipe is a super easy and quick one with ingredients that people typically already have in the pantry. I think this dish is particularly great for BBQ parties! It’s very convenient as you can pre-shred all…

French Potato Salad

It’s summer! So it’s harvesting time for potatoes! Here’s a recipe of a potato salad which has a more mature taste! It pairs great with wine! It’s also a good dish to bring to picnics! You can serve this dish slightly warm, at room temperature or chilled! INGREDIENTS Potatoes 4-5 Chicken Broth 1 Tablespoon Dry…

(Macanese Style) Portuguese Chicken Baked Rice

Don’t be mistaken by the name of this dish! Although it’s called “Portuguese” baked rice (焗葡國雞飯), you actually cannot find this dish in Portugal! This dish was invented in Macau (which was a Portugal colony at the time) and became popular in Hong Kong local cafes. The yellow sauce in this dish might look like…

Japanese Mayonnaise

Japanese mayonnaise (マヨネーズ) is different from Western-style Mayonnaise like Miracle Whip, Best Foods or Hellmann’s. It is generally sweeter, richer and has a thicker custardy consistency. Japanese mayonnaise uses solely egg yolks with a blend of vinegar like rice vinegar, grain vinegar and/or apple cider vinegar while American mayonnaise uses whole eggs with distilled white…

Japanese Cold Udon with Pork Slices and Vegetables

Udon is one of my favorite Japanese noodles. It is often enjoyed while hot, but this is a very good alternative way to enjoy in the summer! Below are some toppings I recommend (especially the tomatoes!), you can also add your own desired combo of vegetables to the udon! ingredients (3 servings) Udon Noodles 3…

[Instant Pot] Butter Chicken

My other half loves all varieties of curry (i.e. Japanese curry, Indian curry, Thai curry, etc)! The sad thing about curry is that a lot of them are not sharable with kids because of the heat. Butter chicken is one of the curries where I don’t have to cook separately for my young kids! I…

Hong Kong Style Creamed Corn Sauce with Pork on Rice

Hong Kong style local cafes serves a lot of one plate dishes on top of white rice for lunches. It is quick to consume which suits the busy lives of Hong Kong people. This “Creamed Corn Sauce with Pork” (粟米肉粒飯) is a very typical one. It could also be served with a deep fried white…

Portuguese Style Octopus Salad

When I lived in Hong Kong, I often traveled to Macao, a former Portuguese colony, as it was only one hour away by ferry. Portuguese cuisine was the only type of food I would have! One of the dishes I must order every time was the octopus salad (Salada de Polvo)! This dish makes it…

Japanese Lotus Root Stir-Fry (Kinpira Renkon)

Japanese Lotus Root Stir-Fry, or “Kinpira Renkon” きんぴられんこん, is a savory and sweet Japanese side dish. It can be served when it is either warm and cold! Kinpira is a Japanese cooking style that combines simmer, saute and stir-fry. Root vegetables such as carrots, burdock, and lotus roots are often used in kinpira dishes. The…

Japanese Daikon Salad

Japanese daikon is one of the foods that I most used when it comes to Japanese home-cooking. When I have to make a veggies dish and there is no green vegetables in the fridge, this daikon salad is always the first thing that comes to mind! INGREDIENTS Daikon About 3 inches / 8cm long [SAUCE]…

[Air Fried] Japanese Style (Karaage) Chicken Wings

Kara-age (唐揚げ) usually is referring to the deep fried cooking method and is most often chicken. Karaage was popular even as early as the 20s in Japan and is now one of the most common foods throughout the entire Japan. Although Kara-age is mostly chicken bite size like nuggets, let’s make it with wings!!! ingredients…

[Instant Pot] Puerto Rican Style Beans and Rice

This version of the Puerto Rican Beans and Rice differs slightly compared to the traditional one as it is not as pasty. I also added ground meat in it to increase the variety of foods into one dish. It is a dish which I like to make when I could only serve one dish for…

Japanese Hamburg Steak with Scrambled Egg Topping

I previously posted about a Japanese hamburg recipe and mentioned that it’s common to add a fried egg on top of hamburg steaks. Here is a delicious alternative where only one more easy step is added to elevate your tastebuds when enjoying hamburg steaks! INgredients (3 servings) Ground Beef & Pork Mix(100% Ground Beef is…

Tuna and Celery Sandwich with Japanese Mayonnaise

Do you ever have the problem of using celery stalk and don’t know what to do with the leaves? This sandwich solves the problem in a delicious way! This recipe is a great lunch option as it’s very easy and simple. If you happened to use some celery stalks for dinner the previous night, don’t…

Roasted Carrot Soup

I usually stock up lots of carrots in the fridge because they are so versatile! But when the bag of carrots have been stored for quite some time, carrot soup is a good way to consume them all at once in a delicious way! Big thanks to my close friend Ms Claudia Lee Kimura who…

Sticky Apricot Chicken

My family loves spreading jam on toast for breakfast and because of that, I always have jam in the pantry! Who knows that you can use jam for cooking!? If you have apricot jam, this will be such an easy quick meal to make! It has a sweet taste and my kids love it! It’s…

[Air Fried] Japanese Style Sweet Chicken Wings

There is a fried chicken chain store in Tokyo which chicken wings are my personal favorite! This recipe is a pretty close replication of it, so I can enjoy these very similar wings comfortably at home with my kids! INGREDIENTS Chicken Wings 10 Pieces [MARINATE] Soy Sauce 2 Teaspoons [MARINATE] Cooking Rice Wine 2 Teaspoons…

Japanese Sesame Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers is a staple in our family. I am always on the look for making some quick appetizer with cucumbers. This particular one makes a great side dish! I recommend to place it the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving so it’s chilled! It is great for the summer and it pairs very…

Japanese Mirin

Mirin, みりん, is a unique ingredient that is mainly used within Japanese cooking that you would seldom use in any other Asian cuisines. Yet, I would say it is one of the three most important ingredients (after soy sauce and cooking rice wine) in Japanese cooking! It is made with rice malt and glutinous rice…

Japanese Cooking Rice Wine

Cooking Rice Wine, 料理酒 (りょうりしゅ), is another main ingredient that is crucial to Japanese cooking! It is made with fermented rice and is often used for tenderizing and taking away the odor in meat and fish. Ryorishu (料理酒) is what is usually sold in Japanese supermarkets for cooking. These types cooking rice wine is added…

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce, 醤油 (しょうゆ), is one of the key ingredients in Japanese cooking that you must need! It is made from fermented soybeans and grains. There are many different types of soy sauces in Japan. To explain a few: Koikuchi shouyu (濃口醤油) is the most commonly used type of soy sauce in Japan (about 80%)…

[Air Fried] Miso and Yogurt Chicken Wings

Miso works amazingly well with so many food! This is one of my kids’ favorite wings! ingredients Chicken Wings 10 Pieces [MARINATE] Miso 1½ Tablespoons [MARINATE] Plain Yogurt 4 Tablespoons [MARINATE] Honey ½ Tablespoon [MARINATE] Grated Garlic ½ Teaspoon [MARINATE] Grated Ginger ½ Teaspoon DIRECTIONS Mix [MARINATE] ingredients together in a container. Add the chicken wings, mix well and marinate for at least…