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Category Archives: Asian Food

Veggie Pot Stickers
ベジ餃子

I’ve been trying to perfect my vegan pot stickers for a while. For the filling, I’ve tried different things, like various veggies, mushrooms, and tofu… I think this one may be the best I’ve ever made. One new thing I tried this time was clear noodle. I got the idea from a ramen shop in […]

Hand-Torn Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
手ちぎり麺、ピリ辛ピーナッツだれ和え

Once in a while I get craving for rich peanut sauce. I had some leftover noodle dough from making lasagna, and I decided to use it to make this dish. Instead of cutting the pasta with a knife, I hand-tore them. Each piece is irregular and gives interesting look and texture, and the sauce seems […]

Scallion Pancake Breakfast
葱油餅で朝食

Pancakes are great for breakfast. But this morning I was in the mood for something savory. So I decided to make pancakes, but a savory kind, scallion pancakes. They were served with scrambled tofu and a mixture of arugula and spinach. Hot and sweet Gochujang sauce. Drizzled the sauce all over the plate.

Thai Curry Noodle Soup with Tofu and Tempeh
タイココナッツカレー麺

I just chatted with a neighbor in the elevator. It’s crazy that we get excited about the upcoming temperature of 40F degrees. She is right though, about Minnesotans getting soon excited about 20F degrees! Seriously, I think we can officially call us survivors.

Apple Fried Rice
りんご炒飯

Yes, I’m still enjoying creating dishes featuring apples. This time fried rice! You know, many Thai restaurants serve pineapple fried rice, and the idea came from it. Apples get caramelized and create wonderful flavors. Apples and tempeh were cooked first, rice and green onion were added and then they were fried together. Looks good, doesn’t […]

Green Coconut Curry with V-Balls, Tofu, and Veggies
具沢山グリーンココナッツカレー

When you go to a restaurant and order a curry dish, you usually have to pick what you want in your curry. It usually takes me a long time to decide on one thing because I often want “everything”! A good thing about homemade curry is that you can add whatever you want, and the […]

Chinese Chive Pancakes
ニラチヂミ

This is something you will often find at a small bar served as a snack in Japan. But for someone like me, non-drinker, it is a great afternoon snack. Chinese chives are not easy to find in the Midwest, but luckily at the local farmers market there is one vendor who does sell them regularly. […]

Crispy Red bean Buns
焼き蒸しあんまん

I shared my story about Chinese steamed buns in my previous post. Since I was making dough myself, I decided to make another version, sweet red beans. These buns are so tasty, either savory or sweet. I can’t decide which is my favorite because they are both so good. They are so pretty (pre-cooking) that […]

Crispy Bottom Steamed Buns
底はかりっと中華まん

Chines steamed buns are a popular fall-winter snack in Japan. Now they have all different kinds of filling, from savory to sweet. But when I was a child, there were basically only two fillings you can choose from: pork(savory) and red beans (sweet). My mother made a lot of things, but this is something she […]

Mapo Eggplant Zucchini Noodles
麻婆茄子ズッキーニ麺

I love variety of vegetables, but I do have favorites. Eggplant is one of the vegetables that I really enjoy, and whenever I see a dish made with eggplant on a restaurant menu, I almost always order it. (Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen very often. Apparently not many restaurants serve eggplant dishes…) I was lucky to […]