Chicken Donburi

Chicken donburiFor a healthy weeknight meal, you can rely on this Japanese donburi with soy sauce, sushi rice, tender chicken and sliced green onion.

1 1/2 cups SunRice Japanese Style Sushi Rice
1 sachet (2 teaspoons) dashi soup stock (see related article)
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 medium brown onions, halved, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
600g chicken breast fillets, trimmed, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
6 eggs, lightly beaten
thinly sliced green onion, to serve

Crispy Seafood With Wasabi And Soy Dipping Sauce

Crispy seafood with wasabi and soy dipping sauceFor a gourmet starter to your Japanese fine dining menu, you can't go wrong with this decadent seafood platter.

200g cleaned baby octopus
12 Pacific oysters
1L (4 cups) vegetable oil, for deep-frying
250g boneless white fish (such as ling or flake), cut into thin strips
8 green king prawns, peeled, deveined, tails intact
Mixed salad leaves, to serve
225g (1 1/2 cups) plain flour
2 egg yolks
375ml (1 1/2 cups) iced water
wasabi & soy dipping sauce
1 quantity basic mayonnaise
3-4 teaspoons wasabi paste
1 tablespoon mirin
2 teaspoons salt-reduced soy sauce
1 teaspoon boiling water

Rice-cake Soup Is A Traditional New Year’s Treat In All Households

Rice-cake soup is a traditional New Year’s treat in all householdsThe recipe to start the new year off right for this cooking column is for a traditional staple that is enjoyed and cherished in households in Japan during the New Year’s celebration.
“It has to be ‘o-zoni.’ The spirit of New Year’s is fused in the bowl. If you have rice cakes, you are ready for the new year,” says cooking expert Yoshiharu Doi, speaking of the festive soup with rice cakes.

Miso Bowl

Miso bowlThis healthy vegetarian dish is filled with crunchy pine nuts, creamy ricotta and flavoursome miso paste.

1 1/2 tablespoons miso paste
1 tablespoon warm water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
600g sweet potato, peeled, cut into cubes
2 large parsnips, peeled, cut into wedges
120g baby spinach
200g ricotta
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons pepitas
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Think Outside The Box And Stay Healthy With Miso Soup

Think outside the box and stay healthy with miso soupAn infinite world of flavor and texture can be found in a bowl of seemingly simple miso soup.
Cooking expert Yoshiharu Doi suggests going beyond the popular ingredients for miso soup, including tofu, “wakame” seaweed, daikon and “aburaage” (thin slice of deep-fried tofu).

Soft Osechi Meals Brighten New Year’s For Elderly

Soft osechi meals brighten New Year’s for elderlyPeople who find it hard to chew or swallow food, or are on restricted diets due to illness, also want to celebrate the New Year season with a traditional feast of osechi foods.
Thanks to a mix of advanced technologies and creative cooking skills, a wide variety of osechi meals that cater to the elderly are now available, providing box sets of soft foods that are easier to eat.

Salad Of Grilled Seasonal Veggies In Colors Across The Spectrum

Salad of grilled seasonal veggies in colors across the spectrumToyoo Tamamura knows the importance of healthy living and a good diet. In his early 40s, the essayist suffered from health problems caused by overwork and stress. He threw up blood and was also afflicted by transfusion-associated hepatitis.
While he was recuperating in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, where he had moved from Tokyo, he visited a friend’s apple orchard with his wife and was struck by the view from the farm of undulating mountains and the expanse of fields.

Osechi Dishes Are Symbolic, Tasty

Osechi dishes are symbolic, tastyOsechi is the traditional Japanese New Year meal. It’s very special and important. It’s also probably one of the most difficult meals to try if you’re a tourist because most people spend New Year’s Day only with family or close relatives at home, just like Christmas in the West.

Recreate Greece’s Authentic Taste With Flavorsome Moussaka

Recreate Greece’s authentic taste with flavorsome MoussakaLike many who travel overseas, Toyoo Tamamura tries to recreate dishes he has enjoyed abroad on his return home. One such dish that he perfected through trial and error is the Greek classic Moussaka.

Tamamura, a 71-year-old essayist known for his insights into travel and food culture, is also an avid cook with a long-time interest in international cuisine.

Pork And Cabbage Gyozas

Pork and cabbage gyozasIngredients
250g minced pork
2 cups finely shredded wombok
1/2 cup finely chopped garlic chives, plus extra to serve
2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon tamari
2 teaspoons sesame oil
275g pkt (30) gow gee wrappers
2 teaspoons peanut oil
1/2 cup (125ml) water