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Simmered Tofu, Shimeji, and Oyster Mushroom

Simmered Tofu, Shimeji, and Oyster Mushroom

This is based on a nameko (simmered mushroom) recipe, but I tweaked it a bit to include deep fried tofu (aburage), and using two kinds of mushrooms, shimeji and…

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Mizu Yokan - Red Bean Kanten (Agar)

Mizu Yokan - Red Bean Kanten (Agar)

Japanese mizu yokan is one of the simplest and most elegant desserts. The ingredients are minimal: azuki an (red bean paste), kanten powder (agar powder),…

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Tori Katsu - Deep Fried Chicken Cutlets

Tori Katsu - Deep Fried Chicken Cutlets

Everyone loves a katsu every now and then, and making one at home is a super easy affair. Of course, speaking of katsu, the one that immediately leaps in mind…

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Tonjiru - Pork and Vegetables in Miso Soup

Tonjiru - Pork and Vegetables in Miso Soup

Miso soup is great anytime of the year, but in colder seasons, I like to make something heavier and heartier, like adding more vegetables and sliced of pork and…

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Namasu - Daikon and Carrot Salad

Namasu - Daikon and Carrot Salad

Japanese fast food joints in Indonesia commonly serve namasu (daikon and carrot salad) along with the entree, especially in deep fried items like ton katsu,…

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Sarada No Gomae - Salad with Sesame Dressing

Sarada No Gomae - Salad with Sesame Dressing

I am not a big fan of salad, but I do have a soft spot for Japanese salad, mainly due to the lovely sesame dressing. The nuttiness and aroma of freshly toasted…

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Niku Jaga - Braised Beef and Potato

Niku Jaga - Braised Beef and Potato

Niku Jaga is a Japanese winter dish consists of potatoes, meat (typically thinly sliced beef), onion, and ito konnyaku stewed in soy sauce, mirin, sake, and…

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Yakitori - Grilled Chicken Skewer

Yakitori - Grilled Chicken Skewer

Japanese are fond of communal beer drinking, especially as a form of relaxation after works. In such occasion, kushiyaki (grilled food) is the default food. One…

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Ichigo Daifuku - Strawberry and Red Bean Mochi

Ichigo Daifuku - Strawberry and Red Bean Mochi

I am on a roll and having fun with my home made azuki an (Japanese sweet red bean paste). After turning some into delicious red bean and strawberry jelly, I…

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Red Bean and Strawberry Jelly

Red Bean and Strawberry Jelly

I just finished making a batch of azuki an (Japanese sweet red bean paste) and was itching for some azuki an based desserts. I was toying with the idea of…

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Oyako Don - Chicken and Egg on Rice

Oyako Don - Chicken and Egg on Rice

The literal meaning of oyako don is parent and child rice bowl. The name reflects the fact that both chicken (the parent) and egg (the child) are simmered…

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Ginger Pork Sauté - Butaniku no Shoga-yaki

Ginger Pork Sauté - Butaniku no Shoga-yaki

Imagine thinly sliced pork, cooked in sweet ginger soy sauce until the meat is extra tender and the sauce turns into a glace. Sounds lovely no? And the best…

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