Egg Drop Soup / 卵スープ

An Almost Instant Soup
Ginger and Parsley Are Key

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine

Mirin

While Egg Drop Soup is usually considered a Chinese classic, there is a Japanese version too.  Very similar, but a little more delicate, with garnishes of Ginger and Parsley, which add that extra something.  It’s quickly made, but you need Dashi Stock or Chicken Stock to begin. Continue reading

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

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