Japanese food

Japanese Dry Curry (ドライカレー)

As part of my new podcast, The Onigiri Chronicles, with my friend Noriko, she has been sharing pictures of the lunches that she helps to prepare at the elementary school she works at in Funabashi, Japan.  They are so inspiring.  Though I should warn you, they will make you very jealous because they are so amazing.  The […]

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Eryngii Suimono (Clear Soup with King Oyster Mushrooms)

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This post is a longtime in coming.  I meant to post it last month, but then things got a little crazy with everything happening in the world, thanks to Covid-19.  This week is spring break for my Fujilings and I’m finally getting a moment to breathe, so here I am!  Last month I posted about […]

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Mushroom Ochazuke (Tea and Rice)

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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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