japanese umbrellas, parasols, illuminated

Japanese Omiyage and Food

Omiyage is the Japanese custom of gift giving.   It is usually a souvenir from your travels or from your home town. For the office worker …

spaghetti, pasta, noodles

Cold Soba Noodle Salad for Summer

I love noodles!  Hot, cold, with soup, fried, with a sauce, it doesn’t matter, noodles are just so wonderful and versatile!  Noodles are an Asian …

How to choose Soy Sauce or Shoyu?

Shoyu, or soy sauce made from fermented soybeans, is a liquid flavor base of many Asian recipes, and I would say the main ingredient in …

miso soup, bureau, miso

How to Make Simple Miso Soup

  What is Miso?  The most common miso is fermented soybeans, but today you can find many other varieties including fermented rice and barley.  Due …

beverage cans, asia, commercial packaging

What Helps Asians Stay Slim?

Many people think that Asians have a different metabolism or have different genes that keep them slim. However, if you just visit any Asian country, …

vegetable, chinese cabbage, cabbage tea

Chinese Cabbage Soup

How often do you have soup? In a typical Asian meal, soup is a constant item that completes a meal.  However, in the West, soup …

napa cabbage, green, leafy

Steamed Chinese Cabbage and Dip

Here is another great recipe for the versatile Chinese cabbage.  This recipe was sent to me by my childhood friend Amy, who lives in Tokyo.   …

beijing cabbage, chinese cabbage, food

How to Cook with Chinese Cabbage

Chinese cabbage is also known as nappa cabbage or hakusai.  Nappa in Japanese means a leafy vegetable and stems from the word happa that means …

The Simple Rice Ball – How to make an Onigiri

Rice is the staple food of Asia. Plain rice with a little bit of salt goes a long way to stave off one’s hunger and …

Is it Considered Bad Manners to Slurp Soup and Ramen Noodles?

Soup noodles are Asian’s comfort food. Just to name a few, in Hawaii, we have saimin, which has a seafood soup base.  It’s such a staple …

Spring Menu – Salad and Dessert

In the two previous blogs we’ve covered the appetizers and main courses.  This blog will have the remainder recipes for the salad, rice, pickles and …

warehouse, fish, fish shop

Fish Misozuke Recipe

My girlfriend who lives in Kamakura is a fabulous cook.  Her kitchen was tiny but the food she produced from that space was unbelievable and …

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