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

Rice Cakes with Cheese

A Silk Road Favorite
Panko Meets Mozzarella

Panko, Japanese style break crumbs

Panko

This Afghan dish is typical of the cuisine of the Silk Road.  The recipe is adapted from the version served as the Gandarmack Lodge in Kabul. It is basically a Risotto.  Different types of Rice Continue reading

Beef and Onions Grilled on a Skewer

Beef and Onions Grilled on a Skewer
Gyuniku no Kushiyaki

Japanese

This is a Japanese mode of preparation and is an example of he deep-fried Japanese skewer cooking called Kushiyaki or Kushimono. Continue reading

Roasted Tomatoes

Good for Luaus
A Hawaiian Favorite

Tomatoes, ingredient in Arroz a la Filipina

Tomatoes – A Key Ingredient

This is a Hawaiian approach to roasting Tomatoes for serving at Luaus or barbecues.  Although Tomatoes may not seem a specially Hawaiian type of food, they belong to the third major wave of ingredients introduced from the North American mainland in the Continue reading

Steamed Pork and Rice Balls

An Improvement on Lion’s Heads Glutinous Rice is the Secret

How to make meat balls with glutinous rice, a Chinese dish

Steamed Meat Balls with Glutinous Rice

The Chinese meat balls commonly called Lion’s Heads incorporate Pork and Rice in a most attractive way. Here’s another Chinese recipe for Pork Meat Balls and Rice.  This one uses Glutinous Rice in a special way with good effect. This version may be even better, thanks to the use of Glutinous Rice, which adds a special flavor and texture. As these are made rather small, they make an excellent appetizer. Continue reading

Tender Fried Chicken

Topping for Bento
Panko and Fu Are Key

Cooking with rice flour

Rice Flour

Fried Chicken bits are one of the popular additions to a box lunch or Bento in Japan, but again, consumers complain that by lunch time, the cold chicken is tough and tastless.

Here is a recipe for Fried Chicken that may be used in a Bento or in fact anywhere, that is tender and succulent, even after the passage of several hours. Continue reading

Shrimp Cakes with Chile-Lime Sauce

A Hawaiian Fusion Dish
Panko Makes It Special

How to cook with Japanese breadcrumbs Panko

Panko Makes It Special

This is a Hawaiian Fusion dish for Shrim Cakes with an unusual Chili-Lime Sauce.

It’s based on a dish served in Maui at the Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in the Kapalua Mall.

The dish is popular with locals and would work well as a substantial appetizer or at brunch.

The special sauce is what makes it work, and the Panko Japanese bread crumbs is what makes the Shrimp Cakes themselves work. Continue reading

Bento II

Back to Bento
Problems in the Lunch Box — Some Solutions

Juicy Burgers for Bento

Burgers Bento Style

Research in Japan has shown that hamburgers are the most popular meat today in children’s Bento boxes.  But there are some problems.

Bento are made early in the morning. By the time they are eaten, several hours later, the hamburgers are often tough, hard and flavorless. This problem Continue reading