Matsutake suimono (clear soup) 松茸お吸い物

A classic Japanese autumn soup, matsutake suimono (clear soup) is cooked with seasonal matsutake mushrooms, tofu and the mitsuba herb in a clear dashi broth. It’s absolutely nourishing and packed with health benefits. Matsutake soup (松茸お吸い物) is a classic Japanese autumn soup with highly-prized fragrant matsutake mushrooms in clear dashi broth. This type of soup […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The healthier road traveled

I was tasked with discussing healthier dietary options especially for those in the Japanese American community and immediately ran into a roadblock. While the Japanese no longer have the longest life expectancy as of 2022 (Hong Kong surpassed Japan by about three months), the average woman in Japan has a life expectancy of more than […]

Kabocha pork stir-fry かぼちゃのそぼろ炒め

abocha pork stir fry is a simple yet satisfying dish you’ll enjoy when kabocha is in season. It’s a one-pan wonder for a weeknight dinner! Fall is here and all I can think about is all things kabocha. Soups, desserts, salads — it can do it all. In Japan, people enjoy kabocha year-round, but here in […]

Fresh spring rolls with yakiniku 焼肉の生春巻き

Juicy Japanese BBQ meat with crunchy vegetables, wrapped in rice paper to seal in the deliciousness, these fresh spring rolls with yakiniku make the best summer dish! Serve the spring rolls as the main dish on a warm summer night or as an appetizer for your next potluck or home party. What do you like to […]

Honey Sesame Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki Noodles with Honey Sesame Dressing is a cold and refreshing dish. Top the noodles with shredded egg crepe chicken and cucumber. It’s a perfect guilt-free summer noodle that is low in calories. It’s gluten-free, too! We spend our summer in Japan with my family. In case you weren’t aware, the heat during Japanese summers […]

Anmitsu フルーツ白玉クリームあんみつ

Celebrate summer with this delightful Japanese dessert called anmitsu! It’s a Japanese wagashi dessert with kanten jelly, fruits, mochi, red bean paste, green tea ice cream and a good drizzle of sweet black sugar syrup. Anmitsu (あんみつ) is a summer dessert (but why don’t we enjoy it year-round?) made of small cubes of kanten jelly, sweet […]

Agedashi tofu (video) 揚げ出し豆腐

Agedashi tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu coated with potato starch and deep-fried so that the outer shell is crispy. It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top. Then tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance […]

Pan-fried ginger pork belly from ‘Kodoku no Gurume’ 豚バラ生姜焼き

Featured in the popular Japanese drama “Kodoku no Gurume,” this pan-fried ginger pork belly is cooked in a savory soy sauce base with a hint of sweetness and a touch of spicy ginger. It’s a quick meal that you can prepare in less than 20 minutes. After requests from many JOC readers, I started to […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Portable food

Although I technically now have all the time in the world since leaving the productive workforce, it seems that sometimes I’m still pressed for time. Maybe it’s because I have stepped up my exercise regimen from one hour of cardio on my bike once a week to three times a week, as well as finally […]

Imagawayaki 今川焼き (Obanyaki 大判焼き)

Crispy on the outside and filled with sweet red bean paste on the inside, imagawayaki is a popular street snack in Japan. Snacks come and go, but some are so sweetly good, they are enjoyed generation after generation like imagawayaki (今川焼き). A Japanese snack or dessert with sweet red bean paste filling encased on the inside, […]

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