Fillet of Sole a la Japonaise / ソールのフィレ 和風

Duxelles with Sake
Bay Leaves, Butter and Shiitake

how to use Japanese sake Sho Chiku Bai

Sho Chiku Bai Sake

In this Asian, specifically Japanese, makeover of a French classic, Duxelles get an Asian accent with Sake. Western (Butter), Middle Eastern (Bay) and Far Eastern (Shiitake) elements also combine. Continue reading

Eggplant with Miso and Sesame / 味噌とゴマのナス

August is Eggplant Month
A Versatile Vegetable

This is one of the popular Eggplant dishes in Japan. Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The little miniature ones called Ko-Nasu are sweet. The larger Continue reading

Sukiyaki / すき焼き

The Most Famous Japanese Hot Pot
Paper-Thin Beef in Sweet Soy Sauce 

CIMG2199Sukiyaki may be the most famous Japanese hot pot dish. Actually it is not really very old as a Japanese dishes go. Sukiyaki traces Continue reading

Fish Grilled with Miso 魚の味噌焼き

A Japanese Classic
Improves Most Fish

Using miso to prepare Asian dishes

Miso

Japanese fermented Soy Bean Paste or Miso 味噌 is known to have many valuable nutritional properties.  It is a major flavor enhancer in Japanese Cuisine.  Continue reading

Grilled Chicken on Skewers with Black Pepper

A New Year’s Favorite
A Yakimono Regular

Japanese

Grilled Chicken meat on skewers, liberally dusted with Black Pepper, is a popular ingredient in the Yakimono, or grilled items, tier of Japanese Bento boxes for New Year. Continue reading

Has Anyone Tried This Japanese Hot Sauce? Hint – It’s Not….

Hot Chili Sauce (Rayu) But Something Else
A Shocking Spice

Sanshio Hot Pepper SauceThat would be Sanshio Hot Pepper Sauce, made with Japanese Hot Pepper or Sanshio.

Is anyone else familiar with this Sauce and its uses?

Sanshio is a spicy powder that comes Continue reading

Barbecued Beef, Korean Style – Bulkogi / 벌크기

Fire and Meat Meet
Korean Barbecue is Quick

Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce

Korean barbecue is distinctive – compared to the long, slow, moist barbecues of other countries, Korean barbecue is quick.

The typical barbecue grill looks something like an inverted wok perforated with lots of small holes. Outside Korea, unless you do it a lot Continue reading