Soba Sauce

An All-Natural Version — No Additives
A Japanese Classic with Soba

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

Every Japanese cook used to be able to make this dipping sauce for Soba Noodles.  Nowadays, the cook in  a Japanese household may be a working wife and mother or  a single man even, and nobody seems to have time to make the simplest foods.  Japanese food companies have stepped in and produced delicious versions of the dipping sauce, which do taste delicious and need no preparation at Continue reading

Bean Sprouts in Vinegar / Moashi su

A Refreshing Side Dish
Traditional Japanese Recipe

Using bean sprouts in the Asian ktichen

Bean sprouts

Moyashi Su or Bean Sprouts in Vinegar, is a quick appetizer or side dish that uses a traditional Japanese treatment for blanching and quick picling raw vegetables/

It is believed to have very important healthful properties, especially when made with pure Japanese rice vinegar. Continue reading

Watercress

How to cook Asian dishes with Watercress

Watercress

Watercress is a fast-growing perennial vegetable native to Europe and Asia.

It is one of the oldest known left vegetables to be eaten.  In Europe and North America , Watercress is a minor vegetable, appearing in salads and sometimes soups and sandwiches. In many of the cuisines of the Pacific Rim, it is 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

Does Cabbage Fight Cancer? / ब्राजील गोभी

Braised Cabbage
An Indian Classic, Purely Vegetarian

Cooking with Napa Cabbage

Does Cabbage fight cancer? It appears likely. Cabbage contains several compounds shown  to help prevent tumors from forming, being specially effective in Continue reading

Five Spice Spareribs / 五香排骨

These Go With Drinks
Another Way to Use Five Spice

These tiny Back Ribs dusted with Five Spice powder are perfect as an accompaniment to drinks.  Just another way to use this versatile flavoring, still so little-known outside the Rim. 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