Amuse Bouche

Cooked tiny little amuse bouche. The plating was fun and enjoyed it very much!

Sansho Pepper Project 2017

Early summer is a good season to make homemade sansho pepper seasoning. Some of you may not heard the name of the produce but if you have enjoyed unagi in Japan, green pepper powder are mostly served with the unagi together. That’s Sansho Pepper.  I bought fresh sansho pepper from the farmers market and take…

Unique Produce, Saltwort

It’s my first time to cook this unquie produce called Okahijiki in Japanese, saltwort. It’s very crunchy when it’s fresh but still can feel a little bit of the original texture even after boiled it. Drain and squeezed the water and mixed with Yuzu, shoyu, vinegar and roasted white sesame. I hardly see this at…

Japanese Charcuterie

Enjoyed lemon pork charcuterie at small restaurant which owns by a farmer in the north of Hiroshima, West Japan. They serve fresh local vegetables by their own farm and also used carefully curated various produce from the other part of Japan. Good place for vegetarian travelers. 

Healthy Japanese Meal, Okara Salad

Tried new tofu recipe! Used tofu refuse called Okara, plain yogurt, cucumber, mayonnaise, salt & pepper. Drain water of yogurt, cut cucumber and sprinkle salt and leave it for a while …then squeeze water of cucumber and mix everything well. That’s all! We usually enjoy okara cooked with fried vegetables, meat (chicken etc) on a…

Tofu meets Olive….. 

I found traditional tofu company  which was established in 123 yrs ago and bought some tofu, natto and fried beancurd etc.  First, I tried simple way as cold Tofu (just cut!) but added some Italian twist. Put homemade olive cocktail that I made last week and sprinkle herb salt. I also like authentic way to…

Inari-Zushi, Japanese Food

Some of you may think sushi is just one kind. But actually there are many types and styles of sushi. Inari-zushi(sushi) is one of them and made with sushi rice mixed with cooked vegetables and wrapped by fried and cooked beancurd with sweet dashi. When you will be in Japan and check Sushi at the…

Latest Dining Place in Kyoto – Kyoto Tower Sando 

Checked the basement of Kyoto Tower last week. The food court, Sando was stylish and looked really popular place for locals. They have completed the renovation in April and upper floors had several activities for international tourist such as Cooking Expeience of Sushi, Japanese Confectionary, Food Sample making using wax, Kimono rental service etc…. but…

The season has come! Fresh Green Tea

May is the season of the fresh green tea. It might be a little different depending on the location but generally early May is the season picking the tea leaves at the farm and start making the tea. You can enjoy it if you will have a chance to visit Japan for early summer. I…

Pork Saute with local citrus marmalade sauce!

A friend of mine is really passionate supporting the aging local isolated island community and activities which helps enhancing the sales of local products. The marmalade is one thing. The island is called Osaki Kamijima in the seto inland sea, west Japan and getting attention of people from outside in recent years. I heard some…

Pickled Young Ginger

Some of you may have tried pickled ginger at Sushi restaurant…. I found fresh young ginger at the supermarket in Japan and tried to make pickled young ginger at home! Very refreshing and probably good for enjoying with sashimi. ying & yang food paring !