Italian-style Oden Hot Pot

Italian-style oden hot potIt's uncommon to find a Japanese household where dishes from around the world are commonly cooked. The number of cooking utensils and steps that differ from traditional Japanese cuisine can certainly be daunting to remember and master.

But there are a few cooks willing to give it a try.

Japanese Omelet Recipe

Japanese omelet recipeThe key to this simple recipe for a “tamagoyaki” (Japanese omelet ) is hanpen, a triangular fish cake made of “surimi” pulverized fish.

Yoko Munakata of the Better Home Association says it is easier than a traditional rolled omelet to master. “Just mix the ingredients and pour into a pan and you get a fluffy dish. It may suit novice cooks better than the traditional rolled omelet,” she says. A 22-cm diameter frying pan will give you an omelet that is 1-cm thick.

4 Restaurants Earn 3-star Ratings In Michelin Guide For Hokkaido

4 restaurants earn 3-star ratings in Michelin Guide for HokkaidoFour restaurants including a sushi bar and French restaurants have earned three-star ratings in Michelin's first restaurant and hotel guide dedicated to Hokkaido, its publisher said Tuesday.

The Michelin Guide 2012 for Hokkaido, which will hit store shelves on April 20, lists around 700 restaurants and hotels, including those without stars, that offer locally popular cuisine such as mutton barbecue and ramen noodles, according to Nihon Michelin Tire Co.

Meatloaf And Japanese Pot-au-feu

Meatloaf and Japanese pot-au-feuMeatloaf served with a Japanese version of the French stew pot-au-feu is an excellent dish for guests, says cook Atsuko Matsumoto.

Start by leaving the ground meat at room temperature for 30 minutes. Both dishes serve four.

Curry Flavored Rice Vermicelli

Curry flavored rice vermicelliSimple and tasty noodles are perennial favorites. Let’s try making a dish using rice vermicelli, known as “bifun” in Japan.

“Above all, the feature of rice vermicelli is its texture,” says chef and restaurant owner Tomoshige Ichikawa.

So the key is to get the right firmness. Another tip is to roast the noodles well. That way, “an aroma similar to roasted riceballs will rise,” he adds. Serves four.

Marinated Onion Salad Recipe

Marinated onion salad recipeThe succulent, porcelain-white "shin tamanegi" (new onion) is in season. It can be turned into spring salad dressings that are mildly sweet and pungent.

Cook Masayo Waki's marinated onion salad with spring cabbage is loved by her family. She uses white and transparent refined sesame oil. "Since the sesame is not roasted, the aroma is not too strong and it gives the dish a light finish," she says.

Smelly Natto May Prevent Skin Conditions In Babies

Smelly natto may prevent skin conditions in babiesBabies born to women who eat the highly nutritious but foul-smelling “natto” fermented soybeans have less chance of developing infantile eczema than those of mothers who have a butter craving, according to Japanese researchers.

A Chiba University study looked at 650 women who gave birth at Chiba University Hospital and elsewhere between 2007 and 2008, and correlated their pre-birth diet with the health of their children at 6 months of age.

Gundam Cafe Scores Red Hot Hit With Spicy Char Curry

Gundam Cafe scores red hot hit with spicy Char curryWhen staff at the Gundam Cafe in Akihabara tried to come up with a recipe that would leave a deep impression on their customers, they sought inspiration from Char Aznable, the dauntless archenemy of pilot Amuro Ray of the Gundam anime series.

They may have achieved that goal. Char Zaku Curry, named after the devil-red mobile suit that the Neo Zeon leader commands, appears to have scored points with customers.

Cod In Breton Style Recipe

Cod in Breton style recipeLet's add a local French specialty to your repertoire of fish dishes. This gratin is low in calories and salt content. Since cod has a high water content, salting it ahead of time will add firmness to the flavor.

"Green onion holds the key. Together with the onion, it gives depth to the flavor," says cooking expert Masayo Waki. For a crispier finish, place dry bread crumbs in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Serves two.

Bamboo-shoot Pilaf

Bamboo-shoot pilafIn Japan, spring is bamboo season. The tender shoots of bamboo may be enjoyed stewed, cooked with seasoned rice or, according to Japanese cuisine expert Tatsuo Saito, as tempura or stir-fry "since it goes well with oil that is rich in flavor." Boiled bamboo shoots may also be grilled with butter or seasoned with soy sauce as "steak."

Ministry Wants Japanese Food Designated A Cultural Asset

Ministry wants Japanese food designated a cultural assetJapan is planning to recommend that traditional Japanese cuisine be recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, although it is still trying to define what it is.

The move to promote "washoku" comes amid global concern about food products coming out of Japan that might have been contaminated by radioactive substances leaked into the atmosphere, soil and groundwater from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

South Sanriku Kira-kira Bowl

South Sanriku Kira-Kira BowlThis is Takano from ariTV.
I introduced South Sanriku Kira-Kira mall in the past story. Not only the mall also "South Sanriku Kira-Kira Bowl" come back from The Tohoku Great Earthquake.

Spicy Chicken With Nuts Recipe

Spicy chicken with nuts recipeChicken fillet is a versatile ingredient and ideal for the spicy Sichuan fare we offer this week. The key is to slice open chicken to get a uniform thickness and make small cuts. “This way the chicken will become soft and hold the flavor well,” says chef and restaurant owner Tomoshige Ichikawa. Instead of cashew nuts, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts or almonds may be used. Serves four.

Spaghetti Alle Vongole In Bianco

Spaghetti alle vongole in biancoA good way to enjoy the savory taste of clams that are fattening up now is to enjoy them with spaghetti, says cooking expert Masayo Waki. Her practical recipe requires just one pan. A key to getting a clear flavor is to wash the shells thoroughly to remove dirt.