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Category Archives: Japanese Food

Watermelon Sushi Roll
西瓜寿司

When I thought I had made every kind of sushi roll, there was something new! I LOVED the watermelon pickles I made so much, and I thought this would be great in sushi. In this roll you’ll find avocado, Japanese Shiso basil leaves, and watermelon pickles. I love how it looks. So pretty, like a […]

Japanese Curry and Rice with Summer Vegetables
カレーライスと夏野菜

Once in a while I crave for Japanese curry and I make it. It tastes good particularly in summer.   I sautéed zucchini and asparagus in a pan, and roasted Kabocha squash in the oven. Homemade pickled ginger.

Watermelon Pickles
西瓜ピクルス

My mother used to make watermelon pickles when I was a child. I thought it was kind of silly to rescue what seemed to be garbage to me at that time (although I did like to eat the pickles!). I forgot about it for a long time. But last weekend I had a chance to […]

Natto Soba Salad with Miso Dressing
納豆紫蘇そばサラダ

Various Japanese food items have become popular in the U.S. and the rest of the western world over the years. But Natto is something you don’t see much (or at all!), and probably there is a good reason. Natto is sticky (as you can see in the pictures above) and has a distinctive smell. My […]

Vegan “Salmon” Temari Sushi Balls
Vサーモン手毬寿司

Temari means a hand ball in Japanese, and it’s another style of sushi. Yes, there are a lot of different types of sushi, including “nigiri,” “maki (rolls),” “temaki (hand-roll),” “chirashi (scattered),” “oshi (pressed)”… I like Temari because they are easy to make and they look adorable. The vegan “salmon” is a game changer(previous post), and […]

Gomoku Onigiri
玄米五目ごはんおにぎり

Well, I should probably explain the name. Gomoku rice is a popular Japanese rise dish. You combine uncooked rice, broth (usually soy sauce based), and basically anything you like, typically vegetables, meat, or/and fish, and cook everything together. You can use a regular pot and cook on a stove, but I typically use my rice […]

Curried Yaki-Udon
カレー焼きうどん

Yaki-soba has become more widely known outside Japan lately, but Yaki-Udon is another Japanese favorite noodle dish. Yaki means “fried”, so this is a fried noodle dish; you just use Udon noodles. The thick chewy Udon provides a totally different culinary experience from Yaki-soba. Yaki-Soba is typically cooked with Japanese Worcestershire sauce, but Yaki-Udon is […]

Green Fox Soba Soup
緑のきつね蕎麦

Soba noodle soup is one of my favorite lunch dishes. Growing up in Japan, I ate a lot of noodle soup for lunch. One of the reasons was that I was a huge noodle fan, but when I was old enough to use the stove, noodle soup was one of the easiest to make myself. […]

Weekend Sushi Rolls
週末寿司ロール

Last weekend we took a trip to New York City. We got to try great vegan food there, and one of the memorable meals was the one at Beyond Sushi. Their sushi was so creative and unique, and that really inspired me to be a bit more bold in my sushi-making. I also found this […]

Black bean Tea Soba
黒豆茶そば

I’ve been always a big noodle person, and I’m always up for good noodle soup. Remember this  Japanese black bean tea? I had extra tea and beans kept in the freezer, and I thought it would be interesting to make them into a soba noodle dish. I did add some stuff to the tea to […]