Food

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 […]

Tofu Pizza 豆腐のピザ

Instead of pizza dough, this Japanese version of Tofu Pizza uses crispy pan-fried tofu as the “dough,” and is topped with melted mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, tomato slices and basil leaves for a delicious tofu dish. When the words “Tofu Pizza” are used in the U.S., they often refer to the healthy pizza dough made out […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The mixed plate

The mixed plate is a classic staple here in the 50th, one you’ll find at every local drive-in. It basically consists of two scoops of rice, one scoop of macaroni salad and your choice of mixed proteins, such as teriyaki beef, pork or chicken, fried tonkatsu or chicken katsu, beef stew or curry, chili or […]

Author shares his passion for the history of Japanese food in the U.S.

Gil Asakawa grew up eating Japanese food in both Tokyo and the United States. The journalist and author of the forthcoming book, “Tadaima: Let’s Eat!” set to release in 2021, spoke about the history of Japanese food in the United States July 19 during a virtual event hosted by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center […]

Spam Onigirazu スパムおにぎらず

Spam Onigirazu is perfect for a quick meal or snack on the go. The winning combination of fried eggs, sweet sushi rice and classic Spam is wrapped up in crunchy nori. You want to sink your teeth into this yummy treat! If you love a popular Hawaiian favorite, SPAM® Musubi, you will LOVE this SPAM® […]

Oyakodon (Sweet and Savory Chicken and Egg Bowl)

Oyako means “parent and child” and it refers to the ingredients here — the chicken and egg. The egg and sauce seep into the rice and make it jammy and delicious. This is a family-friendly dish and easy to make at home. Enjoy it with Easy Cucumber Pickles (page 35) on the side. In a […]

All-Purpose Miso Meat Sauce (Niku Miso) 肉味噌

This easy Miso Meat Sauce (Niku Miso) is a great side dish to go with steamed rice, noodles or lettuce wraps! As a bonus, it’s meal prep friendly! Since I love steamed rice, I always look for tasty small side dishes that can round up the meal. We call these small dishes “Gohan no Okazu” […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Summer downtime

It has been an eventful first half of the year to say the least. This year has been filled with one heartbreak after another, starting with those raging wildfires Down Under, followed by a global pandemic. And now the ongoing social issues that society never resolved during the ‘60s have only heightened with recent transgressions […]

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