Homemade Spring Rolls

I had always wondered why spring roll is a popular choice to order at southeast asian restaurants. I guess it’s an awesome menu item though, since usually the ingredients used are used in other dishes, easily and quickly made. This time, I was at a home party with a theme of southeast asian food, and the…

Easy chicken stew homemade

These days on my way home, I get an urge to make soup or stew. For one thing, I wanted to make this winter a winter of soup. Tokyo is so cold (okay, I should not complain in front of some people), my apartment is cold (true fact. I live on the third floor, but…

Southern in Seattle – Pan Fried Rockfish Fillet at Skillet, Seattle

Is Southern food the trend these days? I have been away from the U.S. for a bit too long to notice these trends but I feel that I have come across several southern cuisine related articles, tv shows, restaurants. Honestly, I was not exposed to southern cuisine until college years, which started in 2008. Anyway,…

Rice vermicelli with chicken and mushroom

Rice vermicelli also known as bihun in many Asian countries is one of my favorites. It’s a dish with rice vermicelli noodles, some sort of toppings, and other ingredients that is mixed with the noodles. It comes in variety; the preparation method can be different and ingredients used can be different. Today, I had a…

Thai plate

    Around 2005, I started recognizing many Thai restaurants in Tokyo. Then came other South East Asian cuisines, such as Vietnamese, Singaporean, and Balinese. Upon visiting those countries with my family, local food is, without a doubt, more bold (and nothing beats it being local), but I often encounter Thai restaurants in Tokyo owned…

Espresso Love, Boston, MA

I was amazed. I find a hard time finding sandwiches that have the perfect ratio of bread to filling, and one with balance in taste, but I found it! Espresso Love’s Chicken Avo BLT won my prize. Though the menu writes that the sandwich is made with toasted sour dough, I got it with toasted…

Japanese curry!

This is another one of my comfort foods. Japanese curry is different from Indian and Thai curry because I think it’s sweeter. It’s really easy to make if you have the rue, you just need to chop up some vegetables, and simmer in low heat for one or two hours, and even let it sit…

Yakitori without sticks

Another craving came to my mind: yakitori. Yakitori is skewered grilled chicken from Japan. I really think that this is a simple dish to make and a highly demanded menu especially for college kids. I secretly want to open a yakitori shop at Harvard Square and make some business. Anyway, I realized that the last…

Oyakodon

“Parent-and-child donburi” is a strange translation but is the direct translation of the word, “oyakodon.” Donburi is any kind of rice bowl dish and comes in many forms such as this one, shakedon (salmon donburi), tendon (tenpura donburi), gyudon (beef donburi), katsudon (pork cutlet donburi), and the list goes on. “Oyako/親子” means parent and child, and chicken…

Chicken rice at home

My family has had multiple traveling occasions to Singapore, and we found love in their Hainan chicken rice. Both the taste and aroma are enjoyed with this tender chicken with flavorful rice on the side. We wanted to see if we can make it at home. My mom did the prepping, so I actually don’t…

Ozouni

This is a traditional Japanese soup that has mochi in it often eaten on New Years with other traditional Japanese foods, osechi. Let me explain first about mochi. I think most people associate mochi with something sweet, i.e. mochi ice cream, but actually, they are not always sweet. Mochi is simply rice cake made with…

New Years food

New Years is a big event in Japan. It’s like how American people celebrate Thanksgiving, so Japanese people spend the day (and the day before) with family members and have a huge feast. My family has a diverse background and celebrates new years in Korean and Japanese ways. Other than the introduction to new years…