Japanese

  • 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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  • 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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  • Gyoza with Crispy Lattice Recipe

    November 24, 2020Van

    A little over a decade ago, my husband and I went to a quirky indoor amusement park in Tokyo called Namja Town, it’s located in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City.  We had so much fun and got to try so many amazing dishes. They had endless desserts, ice cream, a pudding museum and one of their most famous attractions…

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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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  • 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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  • Instant Pot Miso Ramen Recipe

    November 13, 2020Van

    Every year when the weather turns a bit cooler I dream of all the endless and unique ramen shops in Tokyo. I also recall all the times I waited in line for my local ramen shops Hokkaido Ramen Santouka and Kitakata Ramen Ban Nai to open on abnormally cool California mornings. There’s something satisfying about that…

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  • Instant Pot Chashu Recipe for Ramen (Japanese Braised Pork Belly)

    November 13, 2020Van

    Chashu is a must have topping for Japanese ramen, I’ve adapted Nami’s Recipe from Just One Cookbook for the Instant Pot – you can check out her original stovetop recipe here, she also has the option to make rolled chashu which I skipped to make it easier. The pork belly is cooked to perfection in…

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  • Instant Pot Soft-Boiled Ramen Eggs Recipe

    November 13, 2020Van

    This is super simple recipe on how to make soft-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, then the eggs are marinated for a few hours in a simple soy sauce mixture – they are perfect for ramen, with a bowl of rice or even on their own as a delicious high protein snack! Be sure to…

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  • Kabocha Korokke Recipe – Japanese Pumpkin Croquette

    October 19, 2020Van

    Kabocha, the sweeter, more flavor cousin of butternut squash. My husband’s favorite korokke is Kabocha Korokke, we use to get them all the time at our local izakaya Kappo Honda, but now that we’re thousands of miles away from there, I’ve started to make it at home for him. The kabocha filling is smooth, slightly…

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  • Instant Pot Steamed Kabocha Recipe

    October 19, 2020Van

    Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin) is my favorite winter squash – I think it has the best flavor, being sweeter and more flavorful than butternut squash. This is a simple way to steam Kabocha in the Instant Pot, the skin is edible, so if you want it eat with the skin, scrub it well before cooking. After…

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