Cooking on Jetlag: Instant Ramen and Turkey Daikon Soup

Getting back after two weeks in Southeast Asia (read about my Bali trip here) has turned my circadian rhythm upside down. My body wants to sleep at noon, but eat at 2am without the usual appetite that accompanies hunger. I landed back in Seattle around 6:30pm and got home closer 8pm. The boys hadn’t eaten yet…

Green Tea Soba with Dipping Sauce

Soba is a Japanese type of noodle made from buckwheat and it can be served chilled with a dipping sauce or in hot broth as a noodle soup. Recreating soba at home is easier then ever with pre-made soba noodles and dipping broth. My favorite is the green tea soba noodles from Hakubaku brand and…

Making Thanksgiving Simpler: It’s Okay Not to Cook Everything

Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house was comprised of a mixture of classic American and Chinese dishes. My mother would make Chinese side dishes like hot and sour soup and sautéed vegetables while I would make the American main courses such as turkey, green bean casserole, and sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows….

Japanese Fried Chicken (Katsu)

In almost every cuisine you will find some version of fried chicken. In Japanese cuisine, fried chicken is referred to as katsu and it is often served with rice and curry.  You may have also seen a similar word, tonkatsu, on menus which is similar to katsu, but made with pork instead. The recipe below…

One Pot Japanese Curry

When someone says curry, what usually comes to mind is Indian or Thai curry. I was introduced to a third type of curry when I found my mother-in-law throwing leftover vegetables and fruits into a pot one winter night. She told me whenever I have ingredients I need to get rid of, chop them up…

Three Essential Kitchen Tools To Do the Work For You

1. Food chopper This handy dandy tool is made for lazy chefs and an absolute necessity in my kitchen. I have a small one good for two people, which I use daily to chop onions and garlic cloves. If you buy a larger one like an 8-cup or 12-cup food processor, then you will probably…

Rice Cakes with Mushroom and Cabbage

An image of those sweet Quaker rice cake snacks you find at most grocery chains might be popping up in your mind at this time, but that is not the kind of rice cake I am cooking today. The type of rice cakes I am referring to looks like this: Its texture has been compared…

Japanese Cod Roe Pasta

Tired of the usual spaghetti and meatball recipe? Expand your spaghetti palate with this amazing Super Duper Lazy creation from Japan. It’s simple, fast, and delicious! Ingredients: 1 packet of S&B Spicy Cod Roe Spaghetti Sauce Cooked spaghetti for one person Directions: 1) Add your spaghetti to a bowl and mix in the sauce packet…

Pork Wontons in Lazy Soup

When you are served a steaming hot bowl of wontons, you would assume it is the wontons that take the longest time. That was not the case in my household. In fact, it was the soup, a whole cornish hen simmering in water with ginger and green onion, that took hours to complete. Hence, my…

Hawaiian Egg Fried Rice

Repeat after me: Never use fresh rice to make fried rice. My rice has about a 5-day life span. 1st day = Fluffy 2nd day = Fluffy 3rd day = Slightly fluffy 4rd day = Medium firm with parts of the bottom getting hard (Best time for fried rice) 5th day = Eat at the…