Grilled Eggplant / 焼き茄子

Ideal for Summer
The Essence of Simplicity

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

This Japanese way of grilling Eggplants is ideal for summer.  Quick and easy, and the simple sauce brings out the essential flavor of the Eggplant. Another Japanese classic way of preparing the same vegetable is Eggplant with Miso and Sesame. Continue reading

Chicken Salad with Rice Stick Noodles

Fusion with Japanese and Chinese Notes
Crisp and Crunchy

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This Asian Fusion version of Chicken salad is quick and easy to make, has crisp and crunchy textures and is good for Continue reading

Soused Mackerel Japanese Style

Good with Sake or Beer
Samma Is Best

Rice Vinegar, ingredient in Asian cooking

Rice Vinegar

This is a pickled raw Fish dish. A typical appetizer in Japanese cuisine. It goes well with Sake or Beer.  The fish known as Samma is best for this one, but Saba will work fine too. Recipe adapted from one by Joan Itoh. Continue reading

Saba with a Western Flavor / サバの西洋風

A Japanese Fusion Dish
For Mackerel — Saba or Samma

Panko, Japanese style break crumbs

Panko

This Japanese Fusion dish for Mackerel is based on a version originally received from Joan Itoh in the seventies.  It would Continue reading

Mushrooms Poached with Coriander

Black Pepper Meets Coriander Meets Cilantro
In a Fusion Formula

Coriandere Seeds

Coriander Seeds

This simple Vegetarian dish combines ingredients that would have been familiar to Marco Polo in an Asian-influenced dish that involves the two forms of the Coriander herb — the leaf and the seeds.

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Tandoori Mixture

A Mughal Style Dish
Yogurt in a Clay Oven

Cooking Asian dishes with onionsThe name Tandoori refers to a clay oven in which meats –and sometimes seafood and breads — are roasted over live coals.  The blend of spices Continue reading

Ginger Cake

A Perfect Ginger Cake
Orange Meets Honey Meets Ginger

“The Japanese are experts with ginger.” — Rose Carrarini

Cooking Asian dishes with fresh ginger

Ginger

This is a perfect cake for someone who really likes Ginger. There is a Japanese influence in the French original, with the recipe adapted from Rose Carrarini, Rose Bakery, Paris.

Carrarini’s Japanese assistant Tomoko helped perfect the cake formula during Continue reading

Fried Bananas (Pisang Banana)

A Snack or Dessert
With Coffee or Rijsttafel

Using bananas in Vietnamese cuisineFried Bananas are a popular snack in Indonesian Cuisine, commonly paired with a cup of Coffee or Tea at the Coffee or Tea break, or they may be served as a dessert with the Rijstaffelor Rice Table, which usually just Continue reading

Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Green Beans Meet Sesame Seeds

How to make Nepalese Green Bean and Sesame Salad

This Nepalese vegetarian dish will serve 4.  Recipe adapted from Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Nepalese

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