Jun 6
2019

Carrot Chip Onigiri

I had a bit of an epiphany recently.  I have said for years that my favorite food was sushi.  But when I was making a batch of onigiri for the kids last month I realized that although I do love sushi, there is another food that is my true favorite—onigiri.  The first thing I ate when we moved to Japan the first time was an onigiri and it’s one of the things I always want to eat first when we go back for a visit.  Onigiri, the humble Japanese rice ball, is total comfort food, loved across Japan by those of all ages.  It’s versatile, portable, and easy to make.  bare Snacks sent me a box of their fruit and vegetable chips to try out and I was brainstorming fun ways to use them (besides snarfing them down, which was happening quickly) when it occurred to me (duh!) that they would make fantastic additions to an onigiri.   [Read More…]

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May 8
2019

Japanese Vegan Spaghetti Napolitan

When I studied abroad in Paris, the mom of the family that I lived with made a simple lunch of spaghetti sauced with ketchup on several occasions.  The first time when I sat down to a bowl of it I think my eyebrows were somewhere up in my hairline.  Ketchup had never been anything more than a condiment in my world and here my host mom was treating it like a sauce?  The second time she served it I eagerly tucked in.

When Mr. Fuji and I lived in Japan I discovered a dish in a cafe that served yoshoku dishes (basically Japanified western dishes) called Spaghetti Napolitan—spaghetti in a ketchup or tomato-based sauce with sauteed onions and green bell peppers and sometimes mushrooms, as well as some sort of meat (often mini Japanese sausages).  I couldn’t believe my eyes!  It was a fancier version of the dish that my host-mom had served me.  These were my people!  This dish is believed to have been invented post-World Ward II at a hotel in Yokohama to suit the tastes of American GIs, but quickly became a Japanese favorite. [Read More…]

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Vegan Fuji “Chicken” Noodle Soup

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Chicken noodle soup has been an important part of Mr. Fuji and my collective family history since we were little.  About a year after I began eating a plant-based diet, Mr. Fuji started throwing out little hints that he would love it if I veganized our chicken noodle soup recipe.  I let some ideas bounce […]

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Vegan Gyoza (Japanese Potstickers)

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We are huge dumpling lovers at our house, so my recipe for gyoza (Japanese dumplings) has been on my list to veganize for quite a long time now.  Gyoza was one of the first Japanese dishes I learned to cook from my sweet neighbor, Miki, in her kitchen in Yokohama, Japan, 16 1/2 years ago, […]

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To-fish No Misoni (Tofu Simmered in Miso Sauce)

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In January, on an Instagram post, I asked what peoples’ favorite Japanese dishes were.  It was really fun to see the responses.  One of the responses was from @sandrajapandra who said that saba no misoni was her favorite.  Saba no misoni is a very traditional Japanese fish dish of mackerel that is simmered in a […]

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Vegan Yakisoba—Japanese Stir-Fried Noodles

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. I have been finding some pretty strange things in the trash lately: silverware, cups, a My Little Pony, some magnets […]

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Melon Pan Toast

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*This post is brought to you by Little Northern Bakehouse. Tomorrow is National Toast Day!  A few weeks ago Little Northern Bakehouse reached out to me about collaborating on a toast project to celebrate National Toast Day.  Their bread is gluten-free and vegan (woohoo!), a hard combo to come by, so I thought it would […]

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Vegan Japanese Curry Rice + 12 Year Blogiversary

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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. Today is my 12th blogiversary.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for that long!  When I started my […]

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Vegan Mapo Nasu (Japanese Eggplant Stir Fry)

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I’ve already extolled the virtues of mapo tofu in the recent past, but did you know that there are variations on mapo tofu?  Although my favorite will always be the classic mapo tofu, the version made with eggplant, called mapo nasu, is seriously delicious!  Eggplant replaces the tofu in this version of the Japanified Chinese […]

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Roasted Root Vegetable Ramen

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January is a cold month in northern Utah.  Looking out my office window right now, seeing the blanket of white on our front lawn, and the icy patches on the road, I am perfectly happy to stay inside where it’s warm and dry.  Can you tell that I don’t love the cold?  One thing I do love […]

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