Irish Seaweed & Japanese Seaweed (Kaiso)

If you fancy adding seaweed to your store cupboard ingredients it’s stocked in fishmongers, health stores, larger supermarkets and Asian markets. There are also some wonderful Irish seaweed companies selling their products online including Wild Irish Sea Veg,...

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About Japanese Rice (the sacred grain)

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. There’s also a separate post on how to make sushi rice. To understand the...

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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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What are 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

There’s a bit of effort required for this udon noodle recipe but I gaurantee you it’s worth the effort! This recipe came about with a little luck using ingredients I had at home to make a last-minute lunch. Generally Chinese dumplings would be added to...

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Garlic Fried Rice Recipe

Garlic Fried Rice served with a fried egg on top! This is one of the most viewed recipes on my website and is my go to recipe if I’m stuck for time, cooking motivation and ingredients! Serves 2 Ingredients: Vegetable oil 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly...

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Chicken Ramen Recipe

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 (cake)

When I lived in Japan I often came across desserts with matcha which inspired me to create this tasty recipe. The matcha adds a beautiful vibrant green colour to the sponge. Sliced strawberries also work well as a filling for this recipe. Serves 8 Ingredients: 4 eggs,...

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Sake Cosmopolitan Recipe

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 becoming a popular option for cocktails here in Ireland. Sake has a lower...

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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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