Cucumber pickles – goma shio kyuri

This is a very quick and easy way to prepare pickles with cucumber. First time we tried it was in an isakaya in Omiya, Saitama province. Ingredients: 1 package of snack cucumbers (roughly 250 gr) 2 tbsp rice vinegar 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 ziplock bag   Cut the cucumbers in quarters…

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Duck Breast with Ponzu

This is a pretty easy dish that tastes really good. Ingredients: 1 duck breast Leek Ponzu Sauce (I buy the ready made as we have no choice to get fresh yuzu here) Salt and Pepper a little bit of oil. Preheat the oven to 190°C with air circulation (200°C for the traditional). Pierce the duck…

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Deep-Fried Eggplants in Dashi Marinade

And another Isakaya dish ;-). Ingredients: 2 small eggplants some shishito peppers (they are called pimientos del padron in Europe and typical in Spain) Oil for frying (Sunflower oil) 4 tbsp. soy sauce 4 tbsp. mirin bonito flakes (a handful) 1 small piece of Kombu Kelp 240 ml water 1 tsp. of chili flakes  …

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Pak Choi in Dashi and soy sauce

Last summer I planted some Pak Choi in my raised beds and guess what, it’s still growing now over the winter (ok, it’s a very warm winter…). So I am always looking for new ways to prepare it and this is a delicious one. Ingredients: 500 gr Pak Choi Salt 3 tbsp dashi stock (even…

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Tatsuta Fried Chicken

Most people know Tori Karaage, the fried chicken. Wakadori no Tatsuta-age is a similar version but the chicken is marinated before frying it, so it’s even tastier. Ingredients: 500gr deboned chicken thighs 1.5 tsp salt 3 tbsp sake for the breading soy sauce and potato starch.   Cut the chicken in chunks and put them…

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Dengaku Nasu – Eggplants with Miso

I recently had Dengaku Nasu at my favourite Isakaya in Tokyo, Aso (あそう) and loved it. I finally had the chance to try to cook it. I served it with Chicken Teriyaki and japanese rice. Ingredients: 2 small Eggplants 1 tbsp oil 2 tbsp Mirin 2 tbsp Sake 2 tbsp Sugar 2 tbsp Hatcho Miso…

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Roasted Chicken and potatoes

From time to time we just buy a nice chicken and roast it. It’s so simple and you just need some patience while it’s in the oven. You can use any spices or rub at your taste. Ingredients: 1 Chicken (I really make sure it is a Swiss Chicken of good quality) Rub, in this…

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Onigiri

Onigiri are very popular in Japan and can be found in any combini shop. An onigiri is a rice ball (triangle, ball or cilinder shape) which can have different fillings. Only your fantasy is the limit. There are as well some that don’t have a filling but the rice is mixed different ingredients thinly chopped….

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Gyudon with onsen tamago- Beef Rice Bowl

If you ever visited Japan and know Yoshinoya you may have developped a taste for this dish. Is actually quite a simple one but delicious. If you have a craving and you are not in Japan, here the recipe. Ingredients for 2: 2 bowls of cooked japanese rice 2 eggs 200gr of Beef cut in…

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My version of Chirashizushi

What to do with a nice piece of tuna at sashimi grade? I love rice bowl and here is a take on it Ingredients for 2 2 cups of japanese short grain rice 2.5 cups of water 400 gr of tuna at sashimi grade 2tbsp of Soya sauce 4 tbsp of Mirin 2 tbsp of Sake…

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