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

Broiled Heart 구이 심장

Another Korean Broiled Favorite

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

A number of Pacific Rim cuisines broil Heart, with a result which is similar to Beef Steak, at a fraction of the price. Usually a little extra preparation is required, to tenderize the Meat.  This Korean version is very simple: Continue reading

Kuro Otabe, Japan’s Black Sweetmeat

Kuro Otabe, Japan’s Black Sweetmeat
Black Sesame and a Touch of Charcoal

Kuro no Otabe, Japan's black sweetmeat made with black sesame seeds

Kuro no Otabe

For a couple hundred years, Japanese people have been enjoying a traditional sweet called Otabe, made in Kyoto.

The name Otabe means “Please Eat.”

Otabe originated in the Edo period, when a local merchant named Yatsuhashi Genpyo — who hated waste — started making a sweetmeat using Sugar and Cinnamon to use up leftover bits of Rice. Continue reading

Nepalese Cuisine

The Roof the the World
Chandradeva’s Pathway

“The wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu.” — Rudyard Kipling [1]

Vale of Kathmandu, Nepal

Vale of Kathmandu

What is Nepalese cuisine? Actually, the question should be, What Nepal? Or, what cuisine? For a relatively small country, Nepal has an astonishing variety of cuisines that can be called Nepalese.

Often thought of as a lofty, mountainous  land, home of the world’s Continue reading

Japanese Cuisine 日本 料理

A Poetical Pursuit of Food [1]
Harmony for the Palate and the Eye

–“All Japanese food needs its setting.” — Sir John Pilcher, H.M. Ambassador to Japan [2]

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see 20 percent of Americans eating sushi as part of their regular diet in 10 or 15 years.” — Boye De Mente, 1987 [3]

Tosa Sake for New Year

Japanese food is one of the great cuisines of the Pacific Rim — and the world. Its popularity is leaping over national boundaries. Japanese cuisine is about Continue reading