Congee with Chicken 鶏肉 おじや

A Japanese Congee  鶏肉 おじや

Japanese style kagayaki genmai rice

Kagayaki Genmai Rice

This is a basic Japanese recipe for Congee.

There is another kind of Congee called in Japanese Ojiya  おじや , which refers to a rice porridge made typically with cooked Rice, to which Soy Sauce or Miso has been added.  Continue reading

Japanese Cuisine 日本 料理

A Poetical Pursuit of Food [1]
Harmony for the Palate and the Eye

–“All Japanese food needs its setting.” — Sir John Pilcher, H.M. Ambassador to Japan [2]

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see 20 percent of Americans eating sushi as part of their regular diet in 10 or 15 years.” — Boye De Mente, 1987 [3]

Tosa Sake for New Year

Japanese food is one of the great cuisines of the Pacific Rim — and the world. Its popularity is leaping over national boundaries. Japanese cuisine is about Continue reading

Chinese Cuisine

A Fanfare of Chopsticks
The World’s Best Cooks

“There would have been universal insistence, with a fanfare of chopsticks, upon irresistible Chinese food.” — Richard Hughes [1]

“It would not be an overstatement to maintain that the Chinese are the best cooks in the world.” — V. R. Burkhardt [2]

Jade Chopsticks

Jade Chopsticks
Collected by Berthold Laufer

Chinese food is everyone’s favorite cuisine, it seems.  This holds true whether you are chef, foodie, food writer, or ordinary eater.

It is true not only in China, but Chinese food is hugely enjoyed in Japan, Australia, North and South America, and Europe.  These days, excellent Chinese food is increasingly available in the Middle East and Africa, as restaurants open to serve expatriate Chinese workers in those regions. Continue reading

Electric Rice Cookers 炊飯器

The Film Critic and the Rice Pot
Fifteen Minutes More Under the Futon

Japanese Electric Rice Cooker

Electric Rice Cooker,
Ebert’s Magic Pot

Is it better to cook rice in an automatic electric rice cooker or by one of the traditional methods?

Film critic Roger Ebert had a Continue reading