Tsukune (Japanese chicken meatball skewers) つくね

Ready for a summer cookout? I highly recommend giving this tsukune recipe a try. Drizzled with sweet soy sauce, these Japanese chicken meatball skewers are absolutely delicious. They are best on the grill, but you can bake them in the oven too. Tsukune (つくね) are Japanese chicken meatballs that are skewered and typically grilled over […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: It’s 5 p.m. somewhere!

That means it’s always cocktail time! Since I retired, tracking the day of the week has become somewhat of a challenge mainly because Ms. S is still part of the workforce (though as you read this, she’ll just have 11 more days until she joins me in retirement), and because she works every fifth weekend, […]

Kushikatsu (Kushiage) 串カツ・串揚げ

A hugely popular Osaka street food, kushikatsu (kushiage) are skewered meat and veggies that are breaded with panko and deep fried to a golden crisp. Dip in a savory sauce to enjoy! When we were in Osaka one summer, one of the local specialties that we enjoyed most was kushikatsu (串カツ), also known as kushiage […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Obon food memories

One of my enduring food memories of Obon season on Maui was consuming chow fun from conical shave ice cups every summer. Although I was raised and primarily resided on O‘ahu, Mom grew up in Wailuku, Maui until she moved to O‘ahu, then Indiana for college. And because she was a teacher, she had every […]

Goya champuru (Video) ゴーヤチャンプルー

Okinawa’s most iconic goya champuru is a stir-fry dish with bitter melon, tofu, egg and pork belly. This popular savory dish is a truly rustic yet well-balanced meal to serve with steamed rice and a side of miso soup. Goya champuru (ゴーヤチャンプル) is a popular stir-fry dish that came from the sunny island of Okinawa […]

THE GOCHIO GOURMET: More than just soft and silky

I know the first thing people envision when you say tofu is that semi-solid block of soft curdled soy milk. Sometimes it’s served as is with a little bit of shoyu and sliced green onions, sometimes its heated so those curls of shaved bonito slowly dance on the surface of the block and sometimes its […]

Giants honor Japanese legacy on Japanese Heritage Night

On May 16, hundreds of baseball fans arrived early to the San Francisco Giants game to enjoy Japanese Heritage Night at Oracle Park. The Giants organization hosted the annual event in partnership with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. This year the San Francisco Giants recognized the 120th anniversary of the 1903 […]

Giants to celebrate Fuji Athletic Club on Japanese Heritage Night

As part of their annual Japanese Heritage Night on May 16, the San Francisco Giants will honor the history of Nikkei baseball with a nod to the Fuji Athletic Club, one of the first Japanese American teams that played in the city during the early 1900s. The Fuji Athletic Club was founded by Chiura Obata, […]

Nootbaar still basking in afterglow of amazing World Baseball Classic

OAKLAND, Calif. — Lars Nootbaar had a truly one-of-a-kind experience in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. As the sole American on Team Japan, the outfielder batted lead-off for a lineup that tore through the tournament, first in Tokyo and then in Miami. The Southern California native hit .269, helping Japan remain undefeated in seven games, […]

Takoyaki recipe たこ焼き

Takoyaki, or grilled octopus balls, is one of Japan’s best-known street foods that originated in Osaka. Whether you make a traditional style with bits of octopus or other alternatives, these ball-shaped dumplings are fun to make with your friends and family! Takoyaki (たこ焼き) is a Japanese snack in the shape of little round balls containing […]