Japanese Rice

The first thing to learn before you start cooking Japanese food at home is how to wash and cook Japanese rice properly. Click here to see my post on washing and cooking Japanese rice. To understand the importance of rice in the Japanese diet you only need to look at...

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Kombu & Shiitake Dashi

Kombu & Shiitake Dashi (Kelp & Shiitake stock/broth) Makes 1 litre Ingredients: 1 litre water 20g dried kombu (kelp)  – a piece about the size of a postcard 3 dried shiitake mushrooms Instructions: 1 Put 1 litre of cold water in a large saucepan. 2 Add the...

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What is Dashi?

Dashi is a type of cooking stock used as a base for soups and other dishes in Japanese cuisine. It is surprisingly easy to make compared to stocks here in the West. The secret to a good Japanese stock/broth is to use ingredients filled with umami – ‘the fifth taste’....

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Edamame

Edamame are young soybeans in a pod. I loved this popular snack when I first moved to Japan as a student, as they are really cheap to buy and tasty, and go surprisingly well with beer. Generally, edamame can be found in the frozen section of Asian speciality stores or...

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Udon Noodles & Pork Meatballs

If I’m completely honest, this recipe came about with a little luck using ingredients I had at home to make a last-minute lunch. Generally dumplings would be added to this type of noodle dish, but the meatballs work really well. The light soy broth works well in month...

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Garlic Fried Rice

This is so easy to make, uses very few ingredients and is filled with flavour. Serves 2 Ingredients: vegetable oil 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced cooked Japanese white rice (1 rice-cooker-measured cup of uncooked rice, 160g) soy sauce to season sesame...

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Chicken Ramen

Ramen is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Although ramen is now part of the Japanese culture, it came originally from China. In Japan each ramen restaurant will have their own secret stock recipe and this is guarded from one generation to the next. You can find...

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Persimmon Fruit Tart (Kaki Tart)

I remember collecting buckets of persimmon fruit (also called sharon fruit) with the elementary school children behind the local school where I worked in Japan. It reminded me of how we pick apples here in Ireland. In the past few years I was delighted to see this...

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Matcha Swiss Roll

Serves 8 Ingredients: 4 eggs, at room temperature 100g caster sugar 100g plain flour 1 tablespoon ingredient matcha powder 250ml whipped cream for filling icing sugar for dusting You’ll need swiss roll tin  (10” x 15” or 13” x 9”) Instructions: 1 Preheat a fan oven to...

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Sake Cosmopolitan

Sake is an integral part of Japanese cuisine in the same way as wine is to French cuisine. It’s traditionally drunk from small cups called ‘choko’ and can be served either hot or cold. It’s a popular option for cocktails and has a lower alcohol content than vodka....

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Matcha ice-cream

This is one of my favourite summer recipes, it’s quick and easy to make at home. You don’t need an ice-cream maker for this recipe and it takes about five minutes to make. So give it a try and I’m sure you’ll be experimenting with different flavoured ice creams once...

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Poke Bowl

Poke bowls have become one of 2017’s biggest food trends and I’m not complaining. It’s basically a deconstructed sushi roll. So it’s filled with healthy ingredients, really easy to make and there’s lots of room to get creative and use...

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