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Category Archives: Asian Food

RED Ramen
赤ラーメン

When people travel, they often bring something home. For me it’s usually a food idea(s). This RED Ramen was inspired by Vegan Tonyu Red (ramen) I had at Marukin Ramen in Portland which I visited last month. I tried to upload my picture of their ramen, but for some reason I was not able to. […]

Summer “White Hair” So-men Noodles
そうめんはじめました。

This cold noodle dish is THE summer dish people enjoy in Japan. This type of extremely thin noodle is called “so-men”. Interestingly, this particular brand named their so-men “Tomo-Shiraga”, which literally means “friend white hair”. It’s the thinnest type of noodle found in Japan, and I guess the name is probably not too inappropriate (lol). […]

Bulgogi JF Tacos
プルコギ風タコス

Happy Taco Tuesday! These tacos were famous Korean meat dish, Bulgogi, inspired ones. Bulgogi means “fire meat” according to Wikipedia, and my beautiful jackfruit from Trader Joe’s was cooked over high heat after marinated overnight. The trick is that you really want to get the charred look and flavor to the “meat” at this point. […]

Zha Zha Zhu Zha Jiang Mian
ザーザーズー、ジャージャー麺

This is my take on the traditional Chinese pork noodle dish called Zha Jiang Mian.   My “meat” sauce is made of Shiitake mushroom as a main ingredient. I used dried mushrooms, because they provide intense flavors. This is how the Shiitake looked like when reconstituted and sliced (later it was chopped into small pieces). […]

Pot Sticker Combo Meal
食堂餃子ランチセット

Combo meals are nothing new in the U.S. But typical combo meals you get in Japan look a bit different. Instead of fries and soda, you typically get rice and soup (and maybe some kind of small veggie dish) that accompany the main dish. And this is the kind of lunch option I often wish […]

Wasabi Shiso Salad Soba
冷やし蕎麦はじめました。

We had a beautiful day today. It was warm, but not too hot like the last few days. So I took advantage of it and went for a long walk.. I mean, a really long walk! I was out for over two hours, and when I got home I was tired and sweaty. Walking in […]

J-Style Country Breakfast: Onigiri
田舎めし

I just got back from a two-day trip to Chicago. Love the windy city. It was a short trip, but I ran into the fabulous donut shop where I had one of the best donuts (vegan) ever: Firecakes Donuts. If you visit or live in Chicago, go there! I had dark chocolate donut and it […]

Fresh Exotic Larb Salad
エキゾチック・ラーブサラダ

I was beyond excited when I found that larb salad can be prepared vegan at Nong’s Thai Cuisine Restaurant. It was so good that I had to try making it at home. I’m not a huge fan of seitan (or any gluten hunk), but when you really want the certain meaty texture, I do use […]

J-Style Sweet and Sour V-Balls
V団子の甘酢あんかけ

When I came to the US for college many years ago, there weren’t a lot of Asian restaurants. My school was located in a very rural part of the country, so when I found a small Chinese restaurant that was a 30 minute drive away, I was ecstatic (lol). Things have since changed, and now […]

Mini Daifuku Pouches
ミニ苺・パイン大福

Daifuku is a type of traditional Japanese sweets. It’s usually sticky mochi stuffed with sweet bean paste inside. Sometime people like to add fruit inside along with the bean paste, and strawberry is probably the most popular one. I happened to have beautifu fresh pineapple, so I decided to make the pineapple version, too. The […]