Yuzu Citrus Dressed Cabbage, Avocado, and Wild Rice Salad

I promise I don’t make anything too intricate. What I make at home are all so simple, maybe too simple. I concocted and uncovered this ultimate dressing I made from my friend’s gift of yuzu kosho (aka peppered yuzu, or chili with yuzu flavor from Kyushu) that is as easy as putting together the chili…

So much love in this homemade obento

Japanese culture gives subtle love here and there to people and to the earth, and I think one of them well depicted with homemade obento. Typically, kids bring bento for their lunch boxes (yes, same in many other countries), but these packed lunches are well balanced with nutritious food to fulfill one’s energy until dinner…

Easy warm kale salad at home

Happy New Year! This year, like every year, I hope to have good health for everyone along with love and happiness. In my household, New Year is a huge deal and we eat a lot starting at brunch time (i.e. 10am). It’s a cycle of eat, converse, eat dessert, wash the dishes, nap, eat, converse,…

Homemade Pacific Simmered Suary/Sanma

One of my favorite fish is sanma also known as saury in English. It is a fish popular in late summer and autumn in Japan, and it is probably my favorite because you can eat it raw as sashimi, salted and grilled (I think my favorite!), and simmered. This fish if similar to mackerel and has plenty…

Summer katsuo at home

Raw katsuo or bonito is often times eaten early and late summer seasons (May-June & Sept-Oct) when it reaches its prime time in Japan. There are many ways to enjoy katsuo, and my favorite is not sashimi but in ‘tataki’ form. Tataki is a method of preparation, in which fish or meat is slightly put…

Avocado bowls of Japanese Style Tuna and Cod Roe

Having an avocado in my fridge makes a big difference for me, a happy positive difference,   other than the times I stress over needing to eat my poor over-ripening avocados. This fruit is filling and nutritious, can go both western and Asian. There’s also no need to cook and can be eaten raw, so usage of it…

Rose Bakery, Tokyo

I found Rose Bakery and went to this place again the next weekend at a different location to devour their quiche. The atmosphere of this bakery with baked goods that looked like they were from the States lined up in their window made me oh so happy that I wanted to introduce this place to…

Japanese and Korean new year food

In my family, we celebrate the New Year’s Day with lots and lots of Japanese and Korean food. My family background is Japanese and Korean, and we celebrate it both ways and in both cuisines. We had three new year celebrations this year: two on January 1st and another on the day before work started…

Tendon, Tokyo, Japan

No, this is not an introduction of tissue that connects muscles. Tendon is a Japanese dish that has tempura in a bowl of rice. Tempura is deep fried mostly seafood and vegetables. Tempura has its own batter and is very different from batter used for tonkatsu/deep fried pork and other delicious fried foods. You can…

Ippudo, Tokyo, Japan

Ippudo and ramen in general is a heated topic in the U.S. right now, and I hope many readers will like this post. Ippudo’s original store is not in Tokyo but is located in Fukuoka, which is in the western region of Japan. Ippudo is a chain ramen store and don’t get me wrong and…

Salmon carpaccio on a stick, Kyoto, Japan

Never had I seen such a huge block of salmon on a stick. Yakitori and other skewers are common, but not this raw chunk of salmon that I found in Nishiki market in Kyoto, Japan. It is a wonder that not many Japanese people know about this street for foodies, but it is a street…

Tamago or egg roll

My mom loves ceramics and plates, and I guess I got her genes. In the spirit of celebrating cherry blossoms, my mom pulled out these plates from the cabinet. I had not seen these plates for a while because they were stored away and I was absent from Japan during my college years that ended…