Soya milk nabe(hot pot) (available as (v) too)

Hot pot, Main, Noodles, pork, Soup, Tofu, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Winter

Hi, guys!!

Thank you for visiting my website today too!!

Woo, this is very cold winter, isn’t it? I heard it would be snowing in the south of England next weekend. I am so excited!! In such a cold day, I can’t help wanting “nabe” which is one of the most traditional Japanese culture in winter. Nabe is a kind of hot pot which has many kinds of vegetables, meats and seafood in soup.

The thing that makes nabe culture so special is the style we enjoy it. When we have one, we share a big pot with your family or friends. In Japan, having nabe together means you have a good relationship with them. This is why first year uni students often hold nabe party to make new friends!

Although there are many kinds of flavour for nabe, today, I would like to share my favourite recipe of soya milk hot pot which I made for the party last week. This is quite healthy and you can make it suitable for vegetarian or even vegan.

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[Ingredients] for 4

  • 1L of soya milk
  • A few pieces of dried konbu
  • 400g of water
  • 2 tbspoons of sesame oil
  • 2 tbspoons of soya sauce
  • 1 tbspoons of sake (white wine is fine if you do not have any)
  • A few pinch of salt
  • 1 tbspoon of sesame seeds
  • Pork (if you would like)
  • Vegetable
    • leek
    • mushroom
    • carrot
    • Chinese cabbage/savoy cabbage
    • onion
    • Tofu
    • sprout
  • 300g of Udon noodles
  • A teaspoon of grated ginger

[Instruction]

  1. Leave dried konbu in the water over night. (Konbu make lovely stock in the cold water.But if you do not have time, you can just put them in the water and start to boil it immediately. This is not the best way, but you can still have konbu stock.)
  2. Boil the water in a big pot.
  3. Add 600ml of soya milk and keep cooking until it starts to boil.
  4. Add soya sauce, sake and salt.
  5. Cut pork into pieces you like.
  6. Chop vegetables into pieces you like. I recommend to cut into tofu quite big pieces, otherwise they will break int the soup and you will never see them again! Do not add udon noodles yet!
  7. When all the vegetables are cooked, add 1 tbspoon of sesame oil and sesame seeds just before you serve.
  8. Serve.
  9. When you finish almost all ingredients, add 400g of soya milk and udon noodles and heat it up for 10 minutes again. We call this style “shime” which means “finally end”.
  10. Add ginger and 1 tbspoon of sesame oil.
  11. Serve again.

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Sauce Katsu Don

Main, pork, Rice

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If you are a huge Japanese food fan, you must have heard the name of Katsu. If you have no idea what that is please read my page. If you already tried my Katsu recipe, I want you to know as well that there are various ways to enjoy katsu.

 

My English husband is a huge fan of Japanese food and we often enjoy cooking Japanese food. Introducing him Japanese food is always fun but he hasalready tried many so that these days he did not try new Japanese food.

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When we decided to make katsu for dinner last time, of course he was happy to try ordinary katsu. But I thought this is a great opportunity to introduce him a variation of Japanese foods.

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So today I will introduce you another way to have fun with katsu.

Katsu don is a very simple style and popular traditional food. Normally, katsu don has pork katsu on top of rice, but how katsu is cooked is different between certain areas.

In some area katsu cooked in egg, and in other areas katsu is simply set on rice with sauce. Although eggy katsu don is really good but this time I will introduce you easier one, sauce katsu don.

This is the great example to show my Yakiniku Sauce (Japanese BBQ Sauce) *(v) possible works really well. Please try once. I know you will repeat it later!

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[Ingredients]

This time main purpose is introducing a new idea so please visit each page to check the recipe.

 

[Method]

  1. Put some rice into a bowl.
  2. Add finely chopped cabbage on the top.
  3. Cut katsu into some pieces and put them on the top.
  4. Pour Yakiniku sauce on the top.

 

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Yakiniku Sauce (Japanese BBQ Sauce) (v)

Sauce & Dressing, Vegetarian

Hello, guys! Long time no see.

I hope you all had a nice Easter holiday etc…

Thank you very much for visiting my FB account (@jhomerecipe) while I was quiet. Although there were some reasons I could not write articles,  I decided to start to update the articles as my badly infected finger was cured! (It was really bad, in fact.)

Anyway, I am really happy to come back and share my passion about food with you again!

Today, I will introduce you how to make nice Japanese BBQ sauce. We dip grilled beef, pork or vegetables in this sauce at BBQ. Of course you can use this sauce as you use western BBQ sauce. Although, what I want to stress about this sauce is that this sauce is really useful and goes well with almost any foods. So Japanese people use this sauce as seasoning for your daily cooking, like stir fried vegetables. My recommendation is to use this sauce for Katsu.

Last week, I used this sauce for Katsu don (rice bowl with kastu on top) and made my English husband really impressed. (I will write another blog about this!)

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I remember that when I was a university student in Japan, my friend bought a bottle of Japanese BBQ sauce as a present for an exchange student from Taiwan who did not know what to make for dinner! I really thought that was a great idea!

Unfortunately, if you live out of Japan, it is difficult to get the bottle from the supermarket so easily. I have been missing this sauce and finally found the way to make!

Please try!

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[Ingredients]

  • 2.5 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sake
  • 1 tablespoon of mirin
  • 1 tablespoon of miso
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of grated seame
  • 2pcs of grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger

and…(this is the key)

  • 1 tablespoon of apple/marmalade Jam

If you do not have any Jam, then you can use hunny, but apple Jam is the best.

[Method]

Mix well, and cook in a small sauce pan unti the sauce start to boil.

I imagine it is difficult for you to guess how to use this sauce if you have never try some. I am thinking to introduce more recipes with this sauce so that you can not stop running to the supermarket to get all the ingredients for my sauce!xx

Okonomiyaki (Hiroshima style)

Main, Noodles, pork, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Hello,

Thank you for visiting my website! I think that these days more people are interested in Japanese food. Teppanyaki is one of the growing Japanese food culture in overseas. Okonomiyaki is famous menu from teppanyaki so if you have visited Japan then you might have heard of this name.

In this website I already introduced how to make kansai style okonomiyaki. And today, I am going to show how to make another one, Hiroshima style okonomiyaki. Because I was born in Hiroshima, I know there is a huge discussion; which is original? People in Hiroshima really love their okonomiyaki and believe that Hiroshima style is real okonomiyaki. On the other hand, people in Kansai area believe that their style must be original and more popular. This is a kind of sad thing to say, but it is true that more people make kansai style at home. However, it does never mean Hiroshima style is less popular!

Are you going to try my recipe? Okay, then prepare 2 large frying pans. We usually use hot plate in Japan, but I imagine not so many people have one so I will show how to make Hiroshima style okonomiyaki with frying pans. If you have a large hot plate please use it so that it will be easier.

When it comes to the amount of ingredients, it completely depends on you. Okonomiyaki is very easy food to try. Please ask me anything if you have questions, but my advice is that do not care about details. It will not destroy the taste even if you make some mistakes. Please enjoy your cooking!

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[Ingredients] 4 servings

  • Flour
  • Fish flake (ignore if you do not have any)
  • 6-8 stems of spring onion
  • 1 savoy cabbage
  • Bean sprout
  • 200g pork (ignore if you are vegetarian)
  • 4 egg noodles(udon is also nice!)
  • 4 eggs
  • Okonomiyaki sauce
  • 2 large frying pan (equipments)

(£1.5 per person)

[Instructions]

  1. Make batter. Put some flour and water into a bowl and stir well. When it comes to how sticky it should be, please imagine when you make pancakes. If you make a few times, you will know your favourite sickness.
  2. Prepare vegetables. Wash bean sprout with cold water. Finely chop spring onion. and Thinly sliced Cabbage leaves.
  3.  Slice pork as thinly as you can. In Japan people use thinly sliced pork like bacon. If you lived in area where it is not available, you can cut into small pieces by yourself. In that case make sure the pork is enough cooked during cooking.
  4. Prepare the boiled water to cook egg noodles if your noodles are dry. I always choose dry one. If you can get real ramen noodles, please use that, because good okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima they usually use ramen noodles. This is one of the important tips to make your okonomiyaki closer to perfect.S__3702796
  5. Heat one frying pan and pour 2 tablespoons of oil.
  6. When the oil spreads on the pan, then turn off the cooker. Dropped some batter on the frying pan and make bottom. Bottom should be quite thin, like crepe skins. When the heat of the pan is too high, it may be difficult to make the base thin.
  7. Turn on the cooker again, middle heat. Put fish flake, spring onion, cabbage, bean sprout and pork on the top.(follow this order).
  8. Pour some batter on the top. This will make small base when you turn over okonomiyaki. Leave them until the smoke will come out from the cabbage.(about 10 minutes.) S__3702803
  9. Be brave and turn over okonomiyaki. Because I am used to this process, I can easily turn over oknomiyaki on the same pan, but if you are not confident you can use another pan to turn over. Even if your okonomiyaki becomes a little messy in this process, it is not important so that you can fix this later. (You have to turn over okonomiyaki once more and next one is important!)
  10. Now, base should be the top and pork should be the bottom. Make sure your pork is enough cooked. Until then the volume will decrease to almost half. If not then you can help to cook cabbage by pushing the top.S__3702798
  11. Cook egg noodles for about 1 minutes. 1 minutes is enough because you will cook more on the pan.
  12. Heat another pan and pour 2 tablespoons of oil. Add cooked egg noodles on the pan.
  13. Move okonomiyaki on the egg noodles and leave it for a few minutes because the noodles will be steamed in the layers.
  14. Go back to the empty pan. Break an egg into the round shape on the pan.
  15. Move okonomiyaki on the egg as soon as you made round shape. Turn off the cooker.
  16. Carefully turn over okonomiiyaki. Hopefully your round egg hides all the mess you made earlier. Serve your okonomiyaki on a flat plate with your favourite topping. About sauce please check Okonomiyaki sauce.

Enjoy!xx

Tonpei-yaki (Japanese omelette) *(v)possible

Main, pork, Starter, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Hi,

First let me apologise @dosirakbento. I accidentally deleted your comment on Bento of last week. I left reply on the article, please check, thank you.

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Tonpei-yaki bento

 

Today’s recipe is Tonpei-yaki. This is Japanese omelette which has fried cabbage and pork inside, and is served with okonomiyaki sauce on the top. It depends on persons, but usually people put some topping as we do for okonomiyaki. This is very light meal and a popular food which is sold in a market. It is good when you are a bit hungry but do not want very big meal. Especially, in the late night, I often make it without pork, so that it will not be heavy.

Tonpei-yaki is also good for bento food. My husband really likes tonpei-yaki. If you like okonomiyaki I am sure you will like it too! Please try!!

 

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Tonpei-yaki

[Ingredients] 1 servings

  • White cabbage 1/8
  • Pork 50g (You can omit this)
  • Eggs 2
  • A bit of salt
  • A bit of black pepper
  • Okonomiyaki sauce
  • Topping (nori powder, Fish flake, mayonnaise etc)

If you are a vegetarian, you can omit pork or toppings. You can still enjoy vegetarian version.

 

[Method]

  1. Pour 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a hot frying pan. Stir fry thinly chopped cabbage and about 5mm sliced pork. Add some salt and black pepper.
  2. Put cabbage and pork aside.
  3. Break the eggs into the hot pan. When the eggs become half cooked, put the fillings of 2. on the middle of egg.
  4. Fold the egg in the middle and leave it for a minute on the pan after you turn off the cooker.
  5. Cut your tonpei-yaki into 4-5 pieces.
  6. Served tonpeiyaki on the flat plate with okonomiyaki sauce and topping on the top.

Enjoy!

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Duck Paitan Ramen Soup

Chicken, Main, Noodles, Soup, Starter

In our Christmas party we made duck roast. Whenever we make roast, I make ramen soup with bones left the next day. Paitan means white hot soup from chicken. Ramen soup is not actually very complicated to make.

 

1.Make stock

Put a whole duck bone and vegetables(carrots, leeks, garlic and ginger etc) into 1000ml of water. Especially with chicken or duck bones, when you keep cooking the stock for more than 3-4 hours, the stock gradually becomes white.This is the sign of good stock of ramen soup.

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2. Add seasoning

You can make nice simple ramen soup with sesame oil, salt, black pepper, soy sauce and sake. But… then I think you will notice how much salt you need. That’s because Japanese people think ramen is not healthy food.

Anyway, the next day’s bento. The inside of the bottle was remen soup. My husband was really happy to have ramen on his birthday lunch at work.

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Please try!xx

Christmas Home Party

Blog

Our Christmas Home Party with friends were really fun.

Because I have never experienced English Christmas, my English husband made all the main course(I did not want to screw it up!). It was a really interesting experience.

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Instead, I prepared starters and mulled wine. It went really well!

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I made Japanese potato salad too! All the English guests liked the sesame dressing too!

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But what made the girls so happy was…my mulled wine. I used slow cooker to keep it warm during the party! This is a really good tip.

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Nikomi hamburg sauce changed into pasta sauce

Blog, Main, Noodles

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Hello!

Last night we had a nice time with my husband’s co-workers. It was really lovely night. Before we left house, we had a quick dinner. Yes, this is quick dinner! haha

 

Did you try nikomi hamburg recipe already?  I made past sauce by adding more tomato can into nikomi hamburg sauce left last night. Because I bought 400g tomato can. And only used half so 200g left. I added that 200g of tomato can and some basil into nikomi sauce.

(Interested in Nikomi Hamburg(er steak)?)

 

If you have cheese powder, it would be great topping. It was very easy & tasty dinner! Please try!xx

 

 

Okonomiyaki(Kansai style)

Main, pork, Vegetables

Hi, last night I made okonomiyaki(Japanese vegetable pancake). It was super tasty!

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Kansai style okonomiyaki

There are two kinds of okonomiyaki in Japan. One is more like a pancake and called Kansai style. Another is called Hiroshima style, and i has layers of each ingredient.Because I was born in Hiroshima I prefer Hiroshima style, but I make Kansai style often too. Today I will show you how to make Kansai style okonomiaki because it is easier to master!

There are some ingredients you can hardly get inside the UK. So I arranged the recipe for English people.

 

 

 

OKONOMIYAKI (KANSAI STYLE)

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[Ingredients] 2-3 people

  • Cabbage 3 leaves
  • Spring onion 2
  • 5 tablespoons of flour

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  • Water 100ml
  • Egg 1
  • Pork  as much as you want
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • spaghetti some

 

[How to make it]

  1. Shred cabbage and spring onion.
  2. Finely chop pork.
  3. Break spaghetti into 2 pieces and overcook in Boiling water. Make sure spaghetti is soft.s__2940936
  4. Make batter. Mix flour, water and an egg in a bowl.
  5. Add cabbage, spring onion, pork, grated ginger and spaghetti into the bowl.
  6. Pour a tablespoon of oil into a hot frying pan.
  7. Pour some of 4. and cook it about for 5 minutes until the surface becomes crispy.
  8. Turn over and cook more. make sure pork is enough cooked.
  9. Serve with sauce.

 

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The recipe of sauce will be updated soon.