Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) »

Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Chicken Karaage is a Japanese version of fried chicken. It is different from traditional fried chicken like KFC’s; it’s more like Bonchon’s in taste (which is Korean, btw) but without the sauce. The chicken  is marinated with ginger and sake and coated with potato starch (or cornstarch) before frying which gives a yummy crunch to [...]

Sukiyaki (すき焼き) »

Sukiyaki (すき焼き)

I know Sukiyaki,  the song- a beautiful, sentimental song translated from a popular Japanese song but I had no idea what a sukiyaki dish was, I did have a vague childhood recollection of it as sauteed meat and veggies but I can’t quite remember the taste.  I recently had sukiyaki from a Japanese resto and [...]

Tonkatsu (Japanese Breaded Pork) »

Tonkatsu (Japanese Breaded Pork)

Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be – I’m loving this quote that I picked up from Gwyneth Patrow’s cook book.   It’s exactly how I feel about cooking, I just could not articulate it…it applies to my life as well. :) Here’s an easy and [...]

Chocolate Truffles Daifuku ( Latte Mochi with Chocolate Truffles Filling) »

Chocolate Truffles Daifuku ( Latte Mochi with Chocolate Truffles Filling)

I usually make chocolate truffles daifuku with milk flavored mochi until my sister-in-law told me of her favorite tiramisu mochi and it inspired me to add coffee to my mochi. And, oh-my- goodness… It’s sooo yummmy! Tip: Keep this particular daifuku chilled or the chocolate filling will soften. I suggest using a glove when making [...]

Basic Daifuku Recipe (Mochi with Red Bean Paste Filling) »

Basic Daifuku Recipe (Mochi with Red Bean Paste Filling)

My kids are very happy when I make these for them. Daifuku is mochi with filling, usually with anko or red bean (azuki) paste. I use sweetened red mung beans to substitute for the anko filling, they taste the same anyway. You can make variations or use different flavors for the mochi and for the [...]

Easy Chicken Teriyaki »

Easy Chicken Teriyaki

Just like adobo this classic Japanese dish is so easy to prepare and always satisfy any hungry tummy. This is one of my favorite dishes to cook when in a hurry to put food on the table. I like to pair this with sauteed cabbage with turmeric and lots of rice, steamy hot rice!! mmmm..mmm [...]

Japanese Cotton Cake »

Japanese Cotton Cake

I love cakes especially simple ones that doesn’t need any icing  and goes well with  tea or coffee.   When I saw this cake on Jeannie’s blog , I just knew that I’m going to like it.  This cake is so light and fluffy and has a creamy taste;  I have to warn you though, i’ts quite addictive, [...]

Japanese Kastella »

Japanese Kastella

I was looking for a simple light cake to bake, something that doesn’t need any frosting, so I took out one of my old cake book and stumbled upon a recipe for Japanese Kastella. Japanese Kastella originated from Portuguese Madeira and was brought to Japan in the 16th century. It says in the book that [...]


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