Summer Soba

Simple Japanese Summer Dish
All Natural, No Additives

Soba Buckwheat

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

All Japanese cooks once knew how to make this Noodle dish at home.  If you  follow this recipe you can have i ready in a jiffy, and iif you  make your own Soba Dipping Sauce,, it is all natural without preservatives. Continue reading

Fried Soba / 焼きそば

An All-Natural Version
No Chemicals, Preservatives, Additives or MSG

Soba Buckwheat

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Instant shelf-stable Noodle products, include instant Fried Soba or Yaki Soba  焼きそば have become widespread in recent years.  There are not only Japanese varieties, but Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, varieties continue to arrive in both Asian markets and mainstream supermarkets.  All are convenient, delicious and inexpensive.  Some students and other busy people report almost living on a diet of instant Noodles including instant Yaki Soba.  .

But there’s one problem: Read any of the labels, and you are Continue reading

Fish with Wasabi Butter

Shark Meets Wasabi
Japanese Fusion

Using wasabi powder in the Japanese kitchen

Wasabi

While Wasabi is essentially Japanese, when it appears with ingredients like Butter you have to say that we are now dealing with a Fusion recipe.  This is really good with Shark steaks, but also works well with Tuna, Swordfish, or Halibut, or other similar large firm-fleshed Fish. Continue reading

Wasabi Mayonnaise / わさび マヨネーズ

Green Root Meets Olive Oil
Good with Fish

Using wasabi powder in the Japanese kitchen

Wasabi – Essential to this Sauce

While you can naturally mix Wasabi with prepare Mayonnaise for an excellent  sauce that will enhance dishes like white-meat Fish, you can also make ii from scratch for a more delicate flavor.  For the full flavor, use this sauce within about two hours of making it.

This might get served with dishes like Japanese Style Potato Salad or other Vegetables, Seafood, Poultry, Beef, Veal and Lamb, especially cold Meats and Vegetables. Continue reading

Sushi for a Group

A Sushi Buffet
Tuna, Shrimp, Wasabi, Nori are Keys

California Maki Sushi

Sushi is a favorite category in Japanese cuisine for many people. Here”s a way to serve Sushi buffet-size for a group of friends.  This is a simple Temaki Sushi for a group. This will serve around 10 people, but you will want to add a couple of other Sushi dishes, prepared ahead of time, to complete the buffet style Sushi party. Continue reading

Worldwide Obesity Epidemic

United States Heads Obese List
Japanese Adults Slimmest

A detailed report in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that Americans are leading in the worldwide obesity epidemic.

Worldwide about 12 percent of adults are obese. This compares with 38 percent in the United States and only 2.7 percent in Japan.  Obesity rates among American children Continue reading

Japanese Curry Soup / カレースープ

A Breakfast Dish
A Politician’s Slimming Secret\

 

Curry Roux – Japanese Curry Roux

Curry Soup may seem to be an unusual dish for breakfast.  And Curry itself is not particularly associated with Japanese cuisine, unless we count Curry Rice, a kind of Home Cooking or Continue reading

Chicken Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?

Chicken

For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an Continue reading

Cancer-Fighting Buckwheat

Soba Noodles with Caviar
The Apotheosis of Buckwheat

This dish is smile to make and transforms the humble Buckwheat Noodle, Soba, to an elegant gourmet treat.  Salmon Roe, Ikura, is the key.  Use the best and freshest caviar available.

Again Buckwheat is a rich source of the Continue reading

Can This Noodle Stop Cancer? / ソバ麺

Buckwheat Fights Cancer
Helps Regulate Cholesterol

Soba Buckwheat

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Buckwheat is currently not very popular as a human food in North America.  But it is a favorite in Japan, where it plays an important role in Japanese Cuisine, especially in the form of Soba Noodles, Continue reading