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Category: Japanese

Crispy Shiitake Katsu

Crispy Shiitake Katsu

Sometimes you just want a fried, crispy, crunchy, snack. Bonus points if there’s a delectable sauce to dip it in. Enter Crispy Shiitake Katsu. Katsu is a Japanese comfort food, usually made with meat or seafood. Coated with panko, it is much lighter and crispier read more

Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing

My mom’s uncle was Michio Kushi, the famed macrobiotic guru. She came to Boston in the early 70s to get a taste of America. At the time, my father, who was always restless in Japan due to his eccentric ways, was cooking in his kitchens. read more

Japanese Pickles (tsukemono)

Japanese Pickles (tsukemono)

Tsukemono are Japanese pickled vegetables. They are often served with rice as a condiment or in bars with drinks. (pickles make people thirsty!) All sorts of vegetables can be made into tsukemono, including baby eggplant, cucumbers, or even chayote squash, but one of my favorites read more

Hambagu

Hambagu

If hamburgers, meatloaf, and smothered steak had a baby, it would be something like Hambagu. Way more exciting than plain old hamburgers, and a little more sophisticated than meatloaf, Hambagu is rich and savory with a luscious umami packed sauce. In Japan, there are entire read more

Yuzu Margaritas

Yuzu Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo is fast upon us. And what better way to celebrate than with an Asian inspired margarita? Ok, maybe it’s not the first thing that comes to mind, but one sip of these citrusy Yuzu Margaritas will have you yelling, “Ole!”. Or maybe read more

Miso Salmon

Miso Salmon

We all know that person. You know the one, the person that whines about salmon being “too fishy”. Well Miso Salmon converts even the most ardent salmon hater! It’s impossible not to love the salty, sweet flavor of the marinade. The miso umami blast is read more