Osechi Ryoori お節料理A- Spinach Roll for Bento


Bento Spinach for New Year

Bento Spinach for New Year

nother favorite in New Year’s Bento boxes is a Spinach Roll. Similar to the Spinah Goma Ae that’s s popular in Japanese cooking. But a notch more advanced.  Also, a bit more salty and sweet, like most Osechi dishes. Continue reading

Sichuan Bean Curd / 四川豆腐

Wood Ears and Shaoxing
Hot Chili and Ginger

Shaoxing WineThis simple, fragrant Sichuan preparation enhances Bean Curd in a delicate way. The Wood Ear Mushrooms 木耳 are optional, but are worth searching for.: The chewy texture really makes this dish.  A good dish when you are in a hurry. Continue reading

Noodles with Black Vinegar and Vegetables / 黑醋和蔬菜麵條

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

Don’t Cut the Noodles!
Good for Picnics

Don’t cut these Noodles, whatever you do!  They symbolize long life.

This Chinese noodle dish can be made in advance and refrigerated.  Convenient when planning a picnic. 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

Red Ginger Sauce / 紅薑汁

A Chinese Barbecue Sauce
With Meat or Seafood – Even Hamburgers

Using pink ginger in Japanese cuisine

This sauce can be used anywhere you would use bottled Barbecue Sauce to grill any Meat, Poultry, or Seafood.  Only it’s better than any commercial, chemical-filled product sold in supermarkets. It also works well with Hamburgers, instead of Tomato Ketchup. Continue reading

Crab and Egg Fu-Yung / 蟹肉芙蓉蛋

A Chinese-American Favorite
As Made in China

CrabEgg Velvet, or Egg Fu-Yung or Foo-Young, made with Crab, Pork Shreds, or other combinations, was a favorite staple of Chinese-American restaurants for decades, then fell out of favor.  You don’t see it so much on menus anymore.

This way of cooking Eggs has been Continue reading

Grilled Eggplant / 焼き茄子

Ideal for Summer
The Essence of Simplicity

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

This Japanese way of grilling Eggplants is ideal for summer.  Quick and easy, and the simple sauce brings out the essential flavor of the Eggplant. Another Japanese classic way of preparing the same vegetable is Eggplant with Miso and Sesame. Continue reading

Fish Steamed with Soba Noodles / そば麺

Can These Noodles Fight Cancer?
Regulating Cholesterol

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine


A classic of Japanese cuisine, where steaming is a frequent cooking technique. The dish combines at least three very Japanese flavor elements — Dashi,Mirin, and Soba. Besides their flavor and texture, Soba noodles Continue reading

Sea Bass in Spicy Sauce

Asian and Latin American Notes

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This Asian Fusion recipe would also work with Red Snapper.  There are influences from Southeast Asia and also reflects a Latin American feeling.  It wold be good served with Rice or Couscous and a green Continue reading

Barbecued Beef Thai Style

Thai Fusion for the Barbecue
Fish Sauce Meets Coriander Meets Lime

Beef Barbecue Thai Style

Beef Barbecue Thai Style

In this exercise in Thai Fusion, we have a method for cooking a whole Beef Fillet on the barbecue in a Thai style in which Continue reading