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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious way to enjoy broccoli, this simple broccoli salad might just become your new favorite. Inspired by my recent trip to Seoul and reminiscent of banchan, the dizzying array of small side dishes that accompany a Korean BBQ read more

Lemon Chicken Salad

Lemon Chicken Salad

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the humble unsung hero, the rotisserie chicken. Dress her up or dress her down, she’s always recipe ready! Like a lot of people, I can’t resist grabbing one of Costco’s famous chickens whenever I’m there, and I’ve developed read more

Tamagoyaki Frittata

Tamagoyaki Frittata

Tamagoyaki is a favorite Japanese lunch box item, often found in purchased bento boxes or made by a home cook for school lunches. Dashi flavored thin, delicate layers of cooked egg are rolled together to make a large fluffy omelet. It’s deeply savory from the dashi and all kinds of yummy things can be added just like in the omelets you may be more familiar with. Because it can be served warm, cold, or room temperature, tamagoyaki is a versatile side dish that can be served at any meal or just enjoyed as a quick snack.

And while I love its umami rich goodness, it can be a little labor intensive for my regular meal rotation. Although the prepping of ingredients is quick and simple, the cooking technique is not. A square pan, which I’m sure you all have, is heated and oiled, and then a small amount of the egg mixture is poured into the pan. The thin egg crepe is rolled and then the process is repeated over and over again until you’ve created a thick egg omelette about the size of a brick. It’s delicious and impressive, but it’s completely hands on and requires a lot of delicate work. And thus my Tamagoyaki Frittata was born. All the flavor I love with a straightforward process that lets me enjoy it far more often. Brunch, supper, leftovers for lunch…this does it all, so let’s get into it.

ingredients tamagoyaki frittata

Making Tamagoyaki Frittata

If you’ve made any type of frittata before, the process will be very familiar. What may be new is the addition of super savory ingredients like dashi stock, mirin, and soy sauce that give it a decidedly Japanese twist. You can make my homemade dashi and use it for this, or you can use dashi powder. I like to add crabsticks and scallions too.

Have you ever had a frittata and it’s a thin and rubbery dissapointment? The trick is to use the correct number of eggs for the pan and not to overcook it. I also use a moderately hot oven, which protects the eggs a bit; eggs cook better at lower temperatures. So a good rule of thumb is to use the same number of eggs as the size of the pan. Today, I’m using an 8 inch skillet so I will be using 8 eggs. Once you pour the mixture into the pan, you might be a little scared that it will overflow, but fear not. This is the correct amount, and you will get a nice fluffy, thick Tamagoyaki Frittata that’s insta-worthy.

eggs in bowl

dashi soy frittata

Another tip, take care not to overbeat the eggs; too much air whipped into the eggs will result in a dry and spongy texture instead of the fluffy delight we’re going for.

cut crabsticks

shred crabsticks

Bake in the center of the oven until it’s puffed up and the center is set, 15-20 minutes.

Use a spatula to loosen the edges and turn it out onto a cutting board or serving plate.

The beauty of this Tamagoyaki Frittata is that it’s insanely delicious right out of the oven, or at room temperature, or cold right out of the fridge! It’s perfect for a family dinner or hosting a brunch. Serve it alongside Korean Cucumber Salad for an easy meal everyone will love.

Love eggs as much as I do? Check out my Egg Soufflé, Soy Eggs, and this awesome Soboro Beef Bowl!


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Tamagoyaki Frittata

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: snacks
  • Cuisine: japanese


  • 8 large eggs
  • 8 Tablespoons (½ cup) dashi (I used katsuobushi and kombu combo but you can use another kind)
  • 6 crabsticks
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon mirin
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons neutral oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and move the shelf to the middle rack of the oven.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add the dashi, salt, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar to the bowl and stir well to combine. (If you are using a whip, try not to incorporate too much air into your eggs. You want to mix it, not beat it.)
  3. Cut the crab sticks in half and then pull them apart into shreds with your hands. Set it aside.
  4. Heat an 8” non stick or seasoned cast iron skillet over medium high heat for several minutes. Add the neutral oil and swirl it around the pan to coat the surface.
  5. Sprinkle the crab and scallion evenly over the skillet and then pour the eggs into the skillet. 
  6. Put the skillet into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the center is just set (it’s fine if it’s still slightly jiggly but you do not want it to be liquidy) and the egg has puffed up kind of like a souffle.
  7. Run a thin spatula around the edges of the frittata to free any sticky bits and then turn it out onto a cutting board. 
  8. Cut the frittata into 8 wedges and serve immediately.


*Tamagoyaki frittata is good warm, room temperature, or cold 

* You can also use 1 teaspoon of dashi powder mixed with ½ cup of water or use a dashi packet and simmer it with 1 ½ cups of water (using only ½ cup for the recipe)

Keywords: brunch, eggs, tamagoyaki, japanese

Daigaku Imo

Daigaku Imo

Sometimes you just want something fried. And maybe a little sweet too while you’re at it. Enter Japanese candied potatoes, known as Daigaku Imo.  These are flash fried to crispy perfection, and glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce. Daigaku Imo translates to College Potatoes. read more

Java Rice

Java Rice

Java Rice is a dish so beloved that two different cultures claim it as their own. While it’s named after an island in Indonesia, Java rice is also an immensely popular Filipino dish. And it couldn’t be more simple. Just leftover rice mixed with a read more

Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo

Do you love quick easy recipes that taste like you’ve spent the better part of the day cooking? Me too! Well, Chicken Adobo is definitely at the top of that list. I’m always amazed that this recipe requires so little effort and so few ingredients, but yields such incredible flavor. The sauce is one you are going to want to bathe in, or at the very least serve with rice to soak up. When my husband, who grew up in the Philippines, is in a particularly good mood, he will whip this up for staff meal at the restaurants. There’s always a stampede!

Adobo hails from the Philippines and is widely considered a Filipino national dish. Though I’m using chicken here, it is also commonly made with pork. While Latin American and Spanish cultures also have a similar vinegar based dish called adobo, the Filipino version doesn’t have any tomatoes or chilies. It solely relies on the vinegar and soy sauce to create its fragrant tangy sauce.

After 300 years of colonial rule, the Philippines absorbed significant Spanish influence on its cuisine, and this dish exemplifies that East meets West fusion. As you can imagine, there are many regional versions of adobo. One memorable version I tried had the sauce cooked down to almost a glaze and the fat from the meat completely rendered, creating a luscious, but definitely not heart healthy, pool. My version is not as rich but it’s equally scrumptious.

Let’s Get Cooking!

chicken adobo ingredients


Vinegar is Key

Chicken Adobo is the ultimate weeknight meal, since it relies on common pantry items like onions, vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, and sugar. This thankfully is not a dish that should require a last minute trip to the store. Vinegar is one of the most important staples in Filipino cuisine, with varieties ranging from coconut to palm vinegar. And if you happen to have a bottle of  authentic cane vinegar from the Philippines, by all means use it. But I use regular old white distilled vinegar and it works beautifully.

Zesty Black Peppercorns

The peppercorns give this dish a little bite that contrasts with the tart vinegar. I don’t mind having them scattered throughout the dish since I like the look and the pepperiness. If you’re bothered by them, you could either put them in a piece of cheesecloth (although the flavor will be a little muted) or scrape them to the side as you eat.

Bone-In Chicken Thighs

I use skinless, bone-in thighs in my chicken adobo. Their rich meatiness is the perfect match with the vibrantly tangy sauce, and they stay nice and juicy as they cook down. You can use boneless thighs too, but I find the bones give oomph and body to the sauce. The vinegar helps to tenderize the meat as well, so you won’t need to cut the meat off the bone; it will pretty much fall apart with a fork.

First I brown the thighs for both color and flavor. Be careful here not to crowd the pan, I usually find this takes two batches. After the thighs are browned, I add the sliced onions and sauté them in the chicken drippings. I use the onion to scrape up any browned bits in the pot, and then when they are softened, the chicken gets added back in.

Now the chicken adobo comes together quickly. Just add all the other sauce ingredients, save for the vinegar, and bring to a simmer. Lastly pour in the vinegar, partially cover, and cook for about a half hour. At that point the chicken should be cooked through.

chicken adobo process

Reduce the Sauce

After the chicken is cooked through, it’s time to reduce the sauce. Reducing it will concentrate the amazing flavor and turn it into an addictive, finger licking sauce. Just let it  simmer until it is reduced to about a cup of syrupy liquid.

reducing adobo sauce

closeup chicken adoboThen Now it is time to devour! Pour the sauce over the chicken, and hopefully you have a pot of my perfect rice ready to go with it. Because adobo sauce and rice is like Asian crack. It’s amazing with brown rice too, so this is not the time to skimp on the carbs! If you love the bright tangy flavors of this chicken adobo you should also try Sinigang Shrimp Soup, another classic Filipino dish that combines savory and sweet.

Chicken Adobo has been a family and restaurant favorite for years. I hope you love it as much as we do. Scroll down to leave a comment below, and be sure to tag us in your beautiful insta pics @funkyasiankitchen-show us the goods!

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Chicken Adobo

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Filipino


  • 8 skinless bone- in chicken thighs
  • 23 Tablespoons neutral oil, divided
  • 1 ½ large spanish onions, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into ½ inch rings
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • ½ cup soy sauce (you can use low sodium if you prefer)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar


  1. Heat a large deep pan or a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil and 4 pieces of chicken. Let the chicken sear undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, until browned. Then flip the chicken and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Place the chicken onto a plate and continue browning the rest of the chicken. Set the plate of chicken aside.
  2. Return the pan back to medium high heat. (There should be enough oil from browning the chicken but if the pan is very dry, add 1 tablespoon of oil). Add the onions.
  3. Stir the onions to separate them and then stir-fry them for 3-4 mins until the onions are starting to soften and brown. Add the chicken back to the pot on top of the onions. Add the bay leaves, garlic, peppercorns, soy sauce, water, vinegar, and light brown sugar to the pot.
  4. Bring the pot to a simmer and then reduce the heat to medium low. Mix the sauce at the bottom to make sure the sugar is mixed in, and partially cover the pot with a lid. Cook for 25-30 until the chicken is cooked through and fork tender .
  5. Remove the chicken and place on a serving dish. 
  6. Skim any excessive oil from the sauce in the pot (a little bit is fine as it will add flavor) and then return the pot to the stove and reduce the sauce over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes. The sauce should be slightly thickened with about a cup and a half of liquid.
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.



* I do not find the sauce particularly salty but if you are watching your sodium intake, feel free to use low sodium soy sauce.

*Some adobo dishes do not add sugar but I find the sauce to be almost too tart to enjoy. You can decrease the amount of sugar and adjust it at the end, once the sauce has reduced, to suit your taste.

*Black peppercorns are vital to this dish. It is not the same to add some ground black pepper as the flavor will be very different. However, if you find yourself stuck, you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.

Keywords: adobo, filipino food, chicken adobo