Food

Harusame salad (Japanese glass noodle salad) 春雨サラダ

Japanese glass noodle salad (harusame salad) is light, refreshing, low calorie and so flavorful, with a savory and tangy sesame soy vinaigrette. Japanese glass noodle salad, or what we call harusame salad (春雨サラダ) in Japan, is known as a Chinese-style (中華風) salad due to the Chinese origin of glass noodles and the use of sesame […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: ‘Diet for a Small Planet’

Frances Moore Lappe’s groundbreaking book, “Diet for a Small Planet,” is now 50 years old. It argued that world hunger was not caused by lack of food, but by lack of effective food policy. And while I’m not vegan or even vegetarian by any means, I agree that raising animals just for consumption expends a […]

Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes スフレパンケーキ

These Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes are like eating cottony clouds, but even better, with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries! Japanese people take pancakes to new heights. Think cottony clouds of heaven that melt in your mouth! Have you seen Fluffy Japanese Souffle Pancakes (スフレパンケーキ) on social media, or maybe even tasted them when you […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Green onion or scallion?

In the 50th, we normally refer to the top of Allium chinense as green onions, though the rest of the United States refers to them as scallions. Their culinary preparations typically consist of using the white bottoms near the root, whereas in Hawai‘i, we primarily use the green tops. And while I normally try to […]

Japanese pasta with shrimp and asparagus 海老とアスパラガスの和風パスタ

Seasoned with soy sauce and flavorful dashi broth, this Japanese-style pasta with shrimp and asparagus is incredibly delicious and ready in less than 30 minutes! It’s also gluten-free! Today I’m going to share a super quick and easy Japanese pasta with shrimp and asparagus (海老とアスパラガス簡単和風パスタ) recipe. What’s Japanese Pasta? You might have heard of wafu […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: A simple bowl of rice

We don’t consume rice like we used to, and it’s not because we’re into the whole low-carb diet, because neither of us subscribes to it. It’s simply because I tend to overeat when rice is the starch. And because I overeat, I don’t get to prepare one of my favorite dishes with the leftover rice, […]

Miso Salmon 味噌サーモン

Marinated in a sweet and savory miso sauce, this Miso Salmon recipe makes a delicious weeknight meal. Enjoy it with Japanese ginger rice! We eat seafood often at home as my family loves all the different types of fish and goodies the ocean has to offer. Among seafood, if I have to pick a favorite […]

Meet Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook

Editor’s Note: Portions of this interview were used in a previous post on Nikkeiview.com and in the Pacific Citizen. Namiko Chen’s Just One Cookbook has become a go-to source for anyone who’s interested in cooking authentic Japanese food at home. Her media empire of a popular Website, social media and YouTube Channel all offer recipes […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The new normal

From raging wildfires in both the Golden State and Down Under, racial tensions that erupted into massive civil unrest not seen since the 1960s, an ongoing pandemic and a divided country whose issues aren’t about to resolve anytime soon, the turning of the Year of the Rat could not have come any sooner, and I’m […]

The Story of Japanese American Food: Evolution by adaptation

The Japanese American National Museum wants to make you hungry. JANM held the first of three virtual programs on Japanese American food, “A Taste of Home: Building the Flavors of Japanese America,” on Nov. 15. The event detailed the history of how Japanese food culture has evolved into Japanese American cuisine. Joy Yamaguchi, the museum’s […]

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