Food

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The seafood of Oshogatsu

I grew up with a mixture of Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year) traditions in the 1960s and 1970s. But for the most part, I didn’t know the significance of these traditions. Though Ojiichan (Grandpa) was Issei from Hiroshima, his only tradition was serving scalding sake from Mom’s gold anodized tea kettle just past midnight, as it […]

Matcha Marble Pound Cake 抹茶マーブルパウンドケーキ

Rustic and delectable, with its rich green tea swirls, this buttery Matcha Marble Pound Cake perfectly accompanies that afternoon cup of coffee or tea enjoyed with friends. Do you have a good pound cake recipe in your repertoire that you gift to a friend or bring to a gathering? Today, I’ll show you how to […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: It’s that time again

You know that right after those Halloween pumpkins appear, it won’t be long until those Hallmark specials seem to be playing on every cable station and garland and boughs are adorning every shop window. And while the release of three effective vaccinations since last Christmas has put a little hope in peoples’ hearts early this […]

Homemade miso soup 味噌汁

It’s super easy to make authentic Japanese miso soup at home! As the daily elixir of the Japanese diet, homemade miso soup is not only delicious, it also brings many great health benefits. Learn how to make this nourishing soup at home with my recipe tutorial and cooking video (https://www.justonecookbook.com/homemade-miso-soup). Many of you have probably […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The magic elixir

Now that we’re well into fall, that means the changing of the leaves as trees start their hibernation into winter, no more wearing light colored attire (I never followed that fashion “rule” as it’s summer year-round in the 50th) and once again, flu season is upon us. Because of COVID, between the mandatory facemask mandates […]

Ohagi (Botamochi) おはぎ (ぼたもち)

Made with glutinous rice and red bean paste, these Japanese sweet rice balls are offered to one’s ancestors and eaten during the spring and autumn equinoxes in Japan. They are called botamochi in spring and ohagi in autumn. Growing up in Japan, I remember we had a lot of cultural, seasonal and sometimes religious celebrations […]

New Asian American bakeries find bicultural sweet spot

OAKLAND, Calif. — For some Asian Americans, the dim sum cookie at Sunday Bakeshop here will taste like childhood. It looks like a typical sugar cookie except with sesame seeds on top. But bite into the creamy, red bean center and it’s reminiscent of the fried, filled sesame balls served at a Chinese dim sum […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Back to the pantry

Though it now seems like a generation ago, early in the pandemic when supermarket shelves started looking somewhat bare as customers purchased pantry staples like canned beans, flour and most grains (rice) as soon as they were stocked on the shelves, we started purchasing dried legumes as our standby. Legumes contain both protein and fiber […]

Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki 広島風お好み焼き

Have you tried okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) before? It’s a Japanese savory pancake that contains a variety of ingredients. “Okonomi” in Japanese means “as you like it,” so it’s a savory pancake that contains whatever ingredients you like. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki (広島風お好み焼き) is a type of okonomiyaki that originated in Hiroshima, Japan. Two Styles of Okonomiyaki 1. Osaka-style okonomiyaki […]

A rainbow of refreshment from the Aloha State

Generations after Japanese immigrants introduced kakigori (shave ice) to Hawai‘i’s plantations, shave ice remains a favorite way to keep cool. Whether you are planning for an upcoming vacation or simply dreaming of escaping to the islands, here are a few of the top shave ice spots on O‘ahu, loved by locals and visitors alike. Matsumoto […]

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