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  • Tuna-Mayo Onigiri Recipe (Japanese Rice Ball)

    December 5, 2020Van

    Onigiri or Rice Balls are one of the most popular food items in Japan, you can pretty much buy it everywhere in Japan since every convenience store carries them. 7-Elevens in Japan are insane, they carry restaurant quality food for very cheap prices and they have tons of Onigiri. I’m making one of the most…

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  • Ponyo’s Ramen Recipe – Studio Ghibli Meal

    December 2, 2020Van

    One of my kids’s favorite Studio Ghibli films is Ponyo, so I thought it would be fun to recreate Ponyo’s ramen for them – it’s one of the cutest scenes in the movie, I love how Ponyo is so excited to have her first bowl of ramen with ham! It’s very quick and simple to…

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  • The most delicious Bacon Fried Rice Recipe

    December 1, 2020Van

    This has been a family favorite for years, any time I make this Bacon Fried Rice, my kids clean their plate! It’s also a huge hit at potlucks, so you can double the recipe if needed. Looking for a gift for your favorite foodie, chef or yourself? Click on the list below for the coolest…

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  • How to cook Frozen Gyoza with Crispy Lacey “Wings”

    December 1, 2020Van

    In Japan, you can find hanetsuki gyoza or gyoza with “wings” pretty easily – I haven’t found any restaurants in the states that serves it this way so I always make it like this at home, even when I’m cooking frozen gyoza. It creates and extra crispy texture on the bottom of the gyoza, while…

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls Recipe

    November 30, 2020Van

    This is now my favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers – I think it’s even more delicious than Thanksgiving dinner!  You simply use the leftovers you have and wrap them in an egg roll wrapper and deep fry until they are golden and crispy, serve with cranberry sauce and gravy as the dipping sauces.  Everything…

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers Pan-Fried Croquettes Recipe

    November 27, 2020Van

    I’m just crazy over Thanksgiving leftovers, my family enjoys it for the whole weekend! I make amazing soup from the turkey bones, turkey sandwiches, and these delicious croquettes made with a variety of the leftovers. Your mashed potatoes need to be firm enough to hold it’s shape, if they are too wet/runny they won’t work…

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  • Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry Recipe with Panda Bear Onigiri

    November 23, 2020Van

    Katsu Curry is one of my family’s favorite meals, so I make this pretty often.  If I have extra time, I’ll make cute panda bear onigiri for my kids, they just love it!   It’s an easy recipe, but you do have to be good at multi-tasking to get everything ready in a timely manner.…

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  • Trader Joe’s Pork Belly Banh Mi Recipe Hack

    November 20, 2020Van

    I’m extremely impressed that Trader Joe’s had all the ingredients to make this amazing Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich! This is a super quick and easy meal, I put this together in about 15 minutes. Coming from someone who makes authentic Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches from scratch all the time – I’m seriously in shock…

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  • Fried Chicken Rice Cooker Hack Recipe

    November 19, 2020Van

    If you’re a foodie, you might already know about this Japanese Fried Chicken Rice Cooker Hack that went viral last December. You simply cook rice with broth and left over cold fried chicken in your rice cooker – it was popular in Japan (where KFC still makes good fried chicken), then everyone all over the…

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  • Vietnamese Chicken Banh Mi Recipe – Bánh Mì Gà Roti

    November 16, 2020Van

    Bánh Mì is one of the most iconic dishes from Vietnam and it’s popularity has spread across the whole world.  It represents the French influence in Vietnamese cuisine and continues to morph and transform even more in the U.S.   Bánh Mì is typically filled with a flavorful protein, then stuffed with pickled daikons, carrots,…

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