Japanese food

Mushroom Ochazuke (Tea and Rice)

Have you ever heard of ochazuke (“oh-chaw-zoo-kay”)?  If you aren’t super familiar with Japanese cuisine, probably not, which is so sad!  Ochazuke is a simple, comfort food dish made with rice (often as a way to use up leftover rice) with hot tea (or hot water or broth) poured over it and toppings, whether it […]

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Kimchi Yakisoba (Japanese stir-fried noodles with kimchi sauce)

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*This post is brought to you in partnership with Nasoya. I’m a huge fan of fermented vegetables, whether it be dill pickles, sauerkraut, Japanese tsukemono, or Korean kimchi. Since going plant-based, I have had less to choose from in the kimchi department. The classic kimchi recipe includes some sort of salted seafood or fish sauce. […]

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Japanese Spaghetti Napolitan (Ketchup Spaghetti)

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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 […]

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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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Vegan Mapo Tofu

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A recipe for a Japanified Chinese dish may seem like a strange thing to post right before Christmas, but Christmastime always makes me think of the scene in A Christmas Story where the neighbor’s dogs escape and get into the kitchen on Christmas Day and eat their turkey, so the Parker family has to have […]

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Vegan Japanese Potato Salad

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Potato salad is a classic summer food in my mind.  It goes so perfectly with other picnic foods or foods that you might cook on the grill.  My FAVORITE style of potato salad is Japanese potato salad, which I’ve written about before.  

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Vegan Japanese-Style Mayonnaise (Hemp or Cashew . . . You Pick!)

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I have praised the virtues of Japanese mayonnaise before, and Kewpie mayonnaise (a Japanese brand) has been gaining a cult following in the US over recent years.  What makes Japanese mayo unique?  It is super creamy, slightly sweeter than American mayo, uses only egg yolks instead of whole eggs, uses rice vinegar instead of lemon […]

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Shiso Goma Shio Onigiri (Shiso and Sesame Salt Rice Balls)

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Onigiri (Japanese rice balls) are a constant on our weekly menus in the Fuji household.  Whether they are for lunch or a snack, we eat them at least once a week.  But if you’ve been reading La Fuji Mama for very long, you already know that!  I am going to start sharing a new onigiri […]

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