• Spicy Crab Salad Recipe (kanikama)

    July 31, 2021Van

    This is a simple recipe for Spicy Crab Salad that I use as a side in my homemade Poke Bowls.  You use Kani Kamaboko which are imitation crab sticks made from fish, you’ve probably had these before in California Rolls or other American style sushi rolls. You can find this at your local Japanese or…

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  • Trader Joe’s Teriyaki Chicken Bowl Recipe

    June 10, 2021Van

    Make delicious  teriyaki chicken bowls at home using Soyaki , Trader Joe’s unique teriyaki sauce.  It’s the best flavor if you grill the chicken on a bbq (California-style), seriously tastes better than most restaurants!  Top it with your favorite veggies and I always love adding  sliced avocado to my bowls. Calrose Rice is what most…

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  • Light and Crispy Tempura Batter Recipe

    April 23, 2021Van

    Tempura, one of Japan’s most famous and best-loved dishes – seafood and vegetables coated in a special batter and fried to perfection.  It’s hard to find great tempura at a restaurant and even harder to make great tempura at home.  I’ve been trying to perfect my batter for years and I’m still tweaking it, but…

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  • Strawberry Mochi Recipe for Instant Pot or Steamer (Ichigo Daifuku)

    April 22, 2021Van

    A special Springtime treat, Strawberry Mochi or Ichigo Daifuku – it starts with a classic daifuku mochi with sweet red bean filling, then it’s topped with a beautiful, sweet strawberry – a true feast for the eyes and palette. You’ll have a hard time finding this treat outside of Japan or Hawaii, but with a…

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  • Ningyo-Yaki Waffle Maker Recipe (Japanese Doll Cakes filled with Anko)

    April 16, 2021Van

    Ningyo-Yaki are small cakes in the shape of dolls filled with anko (sweet red bean paste) – they’re a popular treat at one of my favorite places in the world, Asakusa Tokyo.  Typically, they are made with cast iron molds over a gas grill in various shapes such as cats, birds, lucky gods, and even Hello Kitty –…

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  • Instant Pot Anko – Sweet Red Bean Paste Recipe

    April 15, 2021Van

    This is the quickest and easiest method to make Anko (Japanese Sweet Red Bean Paste – Koshian). Using an Instant Pot to pressure cook the adzuki beans only takes 40 minutes, compared to the 2 hours it takes on the stovetop. Homemade anko is so much more delicious than store-bought – perfectly smooth in texture…

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  • Instant Pot Lilikoi Mochi Recipe (Passion Fruit Mochi) + Oven Method

    April 7, 2021Van

    This Lilikoi Mochi recipe is inspired by the Lilikoi Mochi you can get from  Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo, Hawaii (274 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720) they  are famous in Hawaii for having a unique selection of mochi and manju – be sure to check them out the next time you’re in Hilo. Lilikoi (Passion…

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  • Trader Joe’s Tofu Poke Bowl Vegan Recipe

    March 2, 2021Van

    I make poke bowls once a week and usually use sushi-grade salmon or tuna, but I’ve started to make it with extra firm tofu as well and I was in shock at how popular this dish has become in my household. The cool thing is, you can grab everything you need from Trader Joe’s! My…

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  • Matcha Mochi Waffles Recipe

    February 28, 2021Van

    I love matcha + mochi so these Matcha Mochi Waffles are the perfect treat! The waffles are bouncy, chewy & the matcha flavor is very prominent. I topped it with vanilla ice cream, a sprinkle of matcha powder, blackberries & candied strawberries (recipe here). Sencha Organic Matcha is my current favorite matcha powder, it’s sourced…

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  • Japanese Beef Bowl – Gyudon Recipe

    February 26, 2021Van

    This is a quick and simple meal that my family loves!  It’s a Yoshinoya-style Japanese Beef Bowl (Gyudon) – extra thin shaved beef steak is simmered in a delicious sauce and served over rice.  Trader Joe’s carries packages of shaved beef steak, Asian markets will usually have beef for shabu shabu or you can ask…

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