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Category Archives: Soup/Stew

Curry Udon with Asparagus Tempura

When I make curry for dinner, the next day’s lunch has to be curry udon. That’s an unwritten rule at my house, but I religiously follow it. I thought tempura would be a nice addition to it and decided to make some with asparagus. I always make my tempura batter from scratch (all purpose flour, […]

Natto Green Chile Soba

I usually have a lot of energy on weekends (lol). It takes me forever to get out of bed usually, but I’m wide awake at 5:00 a.m. when I don’t go to the office. But today my energy was a bit low, and I was kind of lazy. A good thing is that I never […]

Dad’s Miso Soup (Sakekasu Miso Soup)

When we stayed at my parents’ house during our recent vacation in Japan, my parents were so supportive of our diet. My mom and I did the grocery shopping together, cooked together, and may parents ate the same thing we did for dinner every night. They are awesome. My mom wanted to learn about vegan […]

Kakiage Soba

Tempura is popular, and you see shrimp tempura, fish tempura, and vegetable tempura, etc. on the menu at many Japanese restaurants. But you still don’t see this type of tempura much in the U.S. You put together various vegetables (usually sliced/julienned), dip them into batter, and fry it. It’s called “kakiage,” and it’s one of […]

Curry Udon with Mushrooms

Udon noodles in curry soup with sautéed mushrooms. Thick chewy Udon noodles always go so well with rich curry soup! So good. A picture from this foggy morning.

Thai Curry Noodle Soup with Tofu and Tempeh

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.

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Wild Rice

When people try my soup, they ask me what I use in place of chicken (or beef) stock. Well, when I tell them I don’t use any premade stock, even the vegetable one, they look surprised. When I started plant-based diet, I would initially buy those products, but soon I realized I really didn’t need […]

Apple Chili

Yes, you read it right. Apples in chili! Since I still had beautiful apples we got from the local orchard, I wanted to enjoy them in a unique way. Besides apples in this chili you’ll find onions, red peppers, tempeh, and black beans. The sweet and tart flavors from the apples were surprisingly good in […]

Green Coconut Curry with V-Balls, Tofu, and Veggies

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 […]

Curried Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I don’t make this dish too often, but when I have left-over mashed potatoes, this does appear on our dinner table. I used my vegan meatballs and crumbled them into small pieces to add to the stew. Turned out great. It’s a good hearty dish.