Pork Meatballs, Korean Style 돼지 고기 미트볼

Gochujang Meets Miirin

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

These baked Korean style Meatballs get their special flavor from the combination of Korean Hot Pepper Sauce Gochujang and Sweet Sake Mirin. The slight sweetness adds a nice flavor note. Continue reading

Kalbi

Korean Barbecue Pork

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

Kalbi, or Korean style Barbecued Pork, is one of the basic Korean home style dishes that are basic to making a simple Korean meal. It’s easy to make and the marination seems to bring out the flavor of the meat.

Kalbi

Korean

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Bamboo Rice

A Japanese Dish
A Secret Ingredient

Bamboo Shoot Trip

Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo Rice is one of a class of Japanese dishes which combine Rice with one or more other ingredients.

This recipe is good whenever fresh Bamboo is available. Canned or shrink-packed Bamboo in brine also work well with this. The use of Sake or Mirin when cooking Rice enhances its flavor and aroma and may be called a secret ingredient. Continue reading

Bento Mushrooms

For Outings or the Theater
Japanese Box Lunch Ingredient

Bento Mushrooms - Shiitake mushrooms prepared for bento

Bento Mushrooms

Japanese Bento meals began as a convenient way to serve meals eaten on the run in the field or elsewhere.  They were intended to be eaten any time between breakfast and dinner.  Later, they became popular as a snack or Continue reading

Chicken Teriyaki Another Way

How to use Soy Sauce

 

Fresh Ginger

Not Sugary or Syrupy
Ginger Meets Soy Meets Mirin

A classic of Japanese cuisine. For many people the term Teriyaki connotes dishes cooked ina  sugary, syrupy sauce.  But this need not be so.  Here’s a simple recipe, based on a Ginger-Soy Sauce-Mirin marinade that provides sufficient sweetness from the Mirin without any added sugar. Recipe adapted from Nancy Singleton Hachisu Continue reading

Chicken Teriyaki

Glazed Grill
A Classic Preparation

“One of the most Americanized of all Japanese recipes is teriyaki.” — Karen Green

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How to use Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

In America, the term teriyaki has come to refer to food that has been marinated in a sweet Soy marinade, then grilled or broiled.  In Japanese cuisine, the concept is the opposite: Food is grilled or broiled, then a sweetened Soy Sauce based glaze is brushed on the food as a final touch.  Its purpose is to seal in the juices in the grilled food.

The Japanese term teriyaki comes from the words teru ‘to shine’ and yaku ‘to grill.’ Elizabeth Andoh explains that the term really means “glazed: and :seared with heat,” so basically “glazed grill.” Continue reading

Bulkogi Style Carne Asada

Korean-Mexican Fusion
Base for Korean Tacos

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

Here’s a Korean-Mexican Fusion recipe, one of a growing number of Korean-Latino Fusion dishes that are beginning to crop up,including Korean Tacos. In fact, the Carne Asada that results can be combined with Tortillas to make Korean Style Tacos. Recipe adapted from Roy Choi.

This recipe is really Fusion — a key ingredient is Mirin, which of course is Japanese, not Korean. Continue reading