Food

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 […]

Mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐

The Japanese-style mapo tofu (mabo dofu) is incredibly flavorful, but less spicy than the Sichuan-style. This is a delicious meal that will be ready in 30 minutes that even children can enjoy! Mapo tofu (麻婆豆腐) is Mr. JOC’s all-time favorite dish, and it frequently makes it into my dinner menu rotation. Since it takes less […]

Tasty treats for the holidays

Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tightened restrictions to various industries, including restaurants. This holiday season, consider supporting a Japanese or Japanese American mom-and-pop restaurant by purchasing a gift card or two. The following restaurants sell gift cards both in-person and online. San Francisco’s Japantown On the Bridge, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Thanksgiving for one … or two

Now that we’re entering the traditional holiday season and you-know-what is still out there, there are several avenues we can take to return to some semblance of normalcy. We can throw caution to the wind and go out in public to congregate with those large groups of friends and family that we haven’t seen since […]

Yaki onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) 焼きおにぎり

A favorite at izakaya restaurants, yaki onigiri are Japanese grilled rice balls covered in savory soy sauce. With a crispy crust on the outside and soft sticky rice on the inside, these rice balls are simply irresistible and easy to make at home! Today I’m going to share my yaki onigiri (焼きおにぎり) recipe. Yaki means […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: For amber waves of grain

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the general nutrition recommendation to include more whole grains in your diet to improve your health and well-being. (You could start by consuming more Cheerios or whole wheat bread). Whenever we consume whole grains, the additional fiber in the grain takes longer to digest so that the absorbable part […]

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