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Category Archives: Asian Food

Sweet and Sour V-Balls
V肉団子の甘酢あん

Love sweet and sour dishes, and I get craving for it once in a while. Once you get the stuff ready, the cooking process goes quickly. Looks so good! I have a perfect plate for this dish. This was found at a local Asian grocery store. I made a big batch, but it disappeared quickly! […]

Deconstructed Bahn Mi Rice Bowl
解体バインミー丼

You have all the ingredients for your banh mi sandwich, but you are missing the right bread for it. What would you do? Make deconstructed bahn mi rice bowl! I talked about this Trader Joe’s super firm tofu before. This is REALLY firm and dense, and when cooked, the texture resembles that of chicken. That’s […]

Lemongrass Noodle Soup
レモングラスヌードルスープ

I was in a mood for noodle soup, but with a little South Asian twist. When I was checking my spice drawer, I noticed this little jar of lemongrass. I bought it a long time ago, and I’ve never actually used it yet. This lemongrass flavored soup was so refreshing when paired with fresh lime. […]

Tonkotsu-Style V-Ramen
とんこつ風Vラーメン

I grew up eating ramen a lot. It’s so popular in Japan, and when I found out that a lot of Japanese people post ONLY ramen pictures on their Instagram page, I was not surprised. Some of them go out to eat ramen every day, and they don’t run out of new ramen shops to […]

T-Roll with Mayo and Teriyaki
T巻き、マヨと照り焼きだれ。

I make sushi rolls often, but I still get excited when I make one. As a result, I tend to prepare too much stuff to roll in. I don’t always do this, but it is fun to serve with sauce. I happened to have just made V mayo using this recipe (except that I used […]

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 […]