Tsuke-Somen with Pork and Leek

Tsuke-men (つけ麺) is actually a ramen dish where the noodles are served cold on a plate and the noodles are dipped into a separate bowl of warm soup. It was invented in 1961 in Tokyo and quickly became very popular nation-wide and eventually world wide! I particularly like to have tsukemen in the summer because having a…

Nagasaki Sara Udon

Sara udon (皿うどん) is a Japanese dish served with fried crispy egg noodles topped with a thick brothy sauce and some stir fry vegetables, seafood, and/or meat. “Sara” means plate in Japanese so it literally translates as “plate noodles”. It is originated from Nagasaki but is probably a Chinese-influenced dish because it is extremely similar…

[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…

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…