Quick & Easy Fishcakes Oden “Soup”

Almost anywhere in the US you can find Japanese restaurants serving miso soup, udon soup, and ramen. It is very rare to find a place that offers “oden”. Oden is a type of Japanese one-pot dish that starts with a light and savory broth and finishes with various ingredients boiled in the broth. Before our…

Jimmy Dean Fried Rice

Costco is dangerous. My husband bought more Jimmy Dean sausages than I knew what to do with. One lazy night, I decided to try making fried rice with Jimmy Dean. It’s pork, it’s  pre-seasoned, and most importantly it’s filling, so I didn’t see a downside. I tossed and crumbled a pound of Jimmy Dean sausage…

Easy BBQ Beef Rice Bowl

Rice bowls, grain bowls, salad bowls – these beautiful bowls topped with an assortment of meat and vegetables are all the rage right now.  The thought of putting one together at home can seem time consuming, but all you really need for this recipe is your rice cooker, a darn good marinade, egg, hot sauce,…

Chinese Tea Eggs

I used to imagine those tea eggs got their beautifully marbled skin from being steeped in a brew of dark black tea. My guess was close, but I was forgetting two other crucial ingredients: Soy sauce and sugar.  This Chinese tea eggs recipe from my grandmother is the most basic and laziest version (you can…

Shanghai Edition: Soy Braised Daikon

“Soy braised” is a cooking technique commonly used for many dishes in Shanghai and it involves braising meat and vegetables in a mixture of soy sauce and sugar. The literal translation is “red cooked”. This recipe is a quick and easy way to make a side vegetable dish using this style of cooking. Ingredients: 1…

Lemongrass Soy Sauce Pork Chops

I bought a jar of fragrant ground lemongrass powder from a spice shop in Bali and I have been dying to try it out.  Luckily I had some lovely fresh bone-in pork chops in the fridge so I decided to create a marinade. After marinating the pork for two days, I cooked them in a…

Tomato and Egg Soup with Pickled Radishes

If you have been reading my blog, then you would have noticed I’m on a soup roll. That tends to happen when it is cold, windy, and sometimes downright miserable outside (and you’re still jetlagged and fighting off a cold). Today I am sharing one of my no brainer soup recipes – “no brainer” as…

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…

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 Tomato Salad

After I met my husband, who is half-Japanese, he introduced me to the world of Japanese comfort cuisine beyond just sushi and udon.  I wanted to learn how to make the type of Japanese dishes his mother made for him during his childhood so my husband gifted me a cooking book called Japanese Soul Cooking….