Tips for making a great bowl of ramen at home

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Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish. What exactly goes into a bowl of ramen is something that differs from region to region and from cook to cook so there are endless varieties of ramen. The broth can be brown and transparent (the soy-flavored shoyu ramen), clear and colorless (shio ramen which is seasoned with salt) or light … »

Tips for making good tempura

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I like making tempura using the flour-egg-panko coating -- dredge in flour, dip in egg, roll in panko then fry. Sam prefers the camaron rebosado way -- dip in seasoned starch mixed with iced water then fry. It's simpler and there are less bowls to wash. She's like that. She doesn't like complicating things. So, when we go … »

How to cook: Agedashi tofu

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According to Tastefully Done, age means deep fried and dashi, of course, is the stock made with bonito flakes and kelp. Hence, agedashi tofu. For me, it's the queen of tofu dishes. Squares of fried delicate soft tofu served with a light salty-sweet sauce.Two characteristics make this dish stand out. First, the … »

Oshitashi or goma-ae? Whatever. It’s spinach salad with roasted sesame dressing

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When I first came across this spinach recipe in The New York Times health section, it was labeled as an appetizer. The recipe itself was not all that simple -- the dressing had to be boiled and reduced. Wondering if there were simpler versions, I searched around using "Japanese spinach sesame seeds" as a key phrase. The … »

How to cook: Miso ramen

Miso ramen

A bug hit the house over the past two weeks, maybe two or more kinds of bug even, and knocked us down. First, it was Alex. Then, me (that's why there was no blog post on November 8). Then, Speedy. Not surprisingly, Sam came out unscathed. She's the toughest around here. With Alex, it was mostly a bad cough that wouldn't go … »

How to cook: Cha (green tea) soba with miso sauce

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The flavor that results from the combination of miso and toasted sesame seeds is something I have no words for. I made sesame miso soup once and to describe it as delicious would be an understatement. It is complex yet subtle. Never overpowering but, rather, deep and mysterious. I used the same sesame seeds and miso … »

How to cook: Yakitori, Japanese skewered chicken

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For non-Japanese who say they like Japanese food but still shy away from raw seafood, apart from tempura, yakitori has got to be the most preferred Japanese dish. It's safe and comforting because of its familiarity as it has its counterpart in almost every cuisine.Yakitori is grilled chicken and grilled chicken can be … »

Salmon and tuna sashimi

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Go to a Japanese restaurant, order sashimi and the price always seems disproportionate to the amount of raw seafood that you get. Why is sashimi so expensive? To start with, good quality seafood is expensive. Restaurants also put a premium on the skills of the chefs who prepare the sashimi. Add to that the dining costs and … »