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, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Waste not, want not

Earlier this year, I decided to make that move to the next chapter in life, namely I retired. Though I’m eligible to make withdrawals to my retirement savings accounts, I decided to hold off until Ms. S also retires, as most of our retirement savings are in standard retirement accounts that are fully taxable once […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Layered and baked goodness

I’m sure everyone has sampled that classic dish that layers flat sheets of pasta with a meat-laden tomato-based sauce interspersed with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese that’s then topped with more cheese and baked until bubbly and golden. Yes, I’m referring to lasagna. It was first mentioned in a poem in Italy in the 13th […]

Yuzu sorbet 柚子のシャーベット

Have you had tasted yuzu (柚子) before? This citrus fruit tastes like a combination of lemon, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. Yuzu juice and peel are used in Japanese cuisine especially in fall/winter when it’s in season. Having fresh yuzu in the kitchen really excites me not only because they are rare fruits outside of Japan, […]

Quick and easy chirashi sushi ちらし寿司

This chirashi sushi is made of sushi rice and topped with a beautiful medley of vegetables, egg crepe and sashimi. Let’s learn how to make a quick and easy version today with a store-bought seasoning mix. We also have a made-from-scratch version (https://www.justonecookbook.com/chirashi-sushi). Chirashi sushi (we say chirashizushi in Japan) is bright and colorful sushi […]

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 […]

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 […]

Salmon nanbanzuke (Marinated fried salmon) 鮭の南蛮酢け

Marinated in soy dashi vinaigrette and served chilled, salmon nanbanzuke is delightful seafood fare to enjoy in the summer. Its unique preparation allows the salmon to be stored for days! You can serve it as an appetizer or a main dish. Just don’t forget to chill your favorite sparkling sake or white wine to go […]

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