Japanese Food

Homemade Ponzu Sauce

Ponzu sauce is a soy sauce based Japanese dipping sauce made with adding of yuzu juice, a famous Japanese citrus that smells divine. Serve Ponzu as dipping sauce for gyoza dumplings, or sashimi. Use it as dressing for beef tataki or seared tuna or salad. When you will try this […]

 

Okonomiyaki

One time, our friend from Japan invited me and my family to his house and whipped up some Osaka-style okonomiyaki which is iconic Japanese street food. Okonomiyaki is a melting in your mouth savoury pancake, or giant vegetable bacon fritter, which is crispy outside and tender inside, and packed with […]

 

Japanese Pickled Air-dried Daikon “Takuan” (easy version).

No Japanese table is not completed without tsukemono or Japanese lactic-acid fermented vegetables (pickles). In Japanese culture, everything has its own place and purpose. Pickled vegetables are rich in probiotic cultures that promote digestive health (check my previous posts with the secrets of a Japanese healthy diet). Pickled daikon is […]

 

Yuzu, Ricotta and Pine Nut Cake

I really enjoy yuzu season this year, thank you for these amazing fruits Neville and NZ Yuzu.What can be better than moist and fluffy ricotta citrus cake during the winter? It’s a Yuzu ricotta cake with generous sprinkle of premium NZ pine nuts! I also added to my cake olive oil […]

 

Soup of the day: Spring Green Soup in a Peruvian Style

Hope you will enjoy this vibrant, delicious and nutritious green soup in a Peruvian style with a little twist. Yuzu Kosho will put the taste of the dish to the next level. Traditionally this soup is made with fresh green Peruvian chilli, but I really like my new version with […]

 

Yuzu Kosho. Spicy Funky Japanese Condiment.

Yuzu Kosho is a hot and citrusy fermented Japanese condiment made with fresh yuzu citrus zest, green chilli peppers, and salt. After years of exploring Asian food, I didn’t think I would get surprised by anything so much, but I did! A few months ago my friend Neville sent me […]

 

How to Make Hoshigaki Traditional Japanese Delicacy.

Are you familiar with hoshigaki, shockingly delicious, melting in your mouth amber coloured air-dried persimmon with a caramel flavour? These labour-intensive Japanese sweets made from peeled persimmon fruits hanged on strings and air-dried during the winter. The fruits are massaged during the drying process, it gives absolutely amazing mellow gelatinous […]

 

Soup of the day: Chicken Meatballs and Green Vegetables in Flavourful Broth

Nutritious and delicious winter soup. This low carb chicken soup is packed with green vegetables and chicken meatballs, and Asians flavours. Add a little restaurant-style twist to this dish. Maillard reaction makes this soup is absolutely delicious.If you still can’t imagine your meal without carbs, a healthy soba noodle perfectly […]

 

Amazake. Fermented Japanese Rice Drink.

When one door closes, another opens… I haven’t been bored for a single day in lock down, because this is a great opportunity to learn more about fermentation processes. And improve your health. Fermented foods are rich in probiotic bacteria so by consuming fermented foods you are adding beneficial bacteria […]

 

Homemade Umeboshi (Japanese pickled plum). Umeboshi Onigiri.

Hope you already have seen my post about young green ume and experience with Umeshu. Ripened ume has an amazingly sweet fragrance that is more fragrant than young ume. The ume fruit is more sour than the Western plum or apricot and is usually processed in various ways before eaten. […]

 

Pink sushi doughnut. Valentine’s day recipe.

Happy Valentine`s day, guys! Impress your loved ones with these beautiful and delicious doughnut sushi. Decorate your sushi with most freshness and yummiest sushi toppings. Rich salmon, fatty sashimi salmon, crunchy tobiko, fresh cucumber, creamy avocado,  and nutty sesame seeds. The pink adds a fun twist to your meal thanks to […]

 

How to Make Seared Tuna Poke Using a Blow Torch (Ahi Poke).

Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as a main course. Commonly it’s raw fish marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil then tossed with sesame seeds and seaweed. I added some twist to Hawaiian recipe and used seared tuna instead of […]