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I felt the sign of Autumn recently but it has been hot and humid again like summer since yeaterday. It is hard to adapt to the sudden change in weather and temperature. That makes us vulnerable. We should eat well to beat the summer heat again at very such time.

This recipe is the delicious Japanese home cooking dish. Do you eat pork meat? If you are interested in it, please try it!


Ingredients (about for 4 portions):

Sliced pork loin…400g

A: grated ginger…2 cloves of

A: soy sauce…4Tbsp

A: sweet sake(mirin) or white wine…3Tbsp

A: cooking oil…1Tbsp

Cabbage julienne strips, tomatos, or your favorite vegetables…as you like




How to make:

1, Arrange porl loins on rectangle tray, add A and marine, and leave them for 15min. The time length depends on the thickness of the pork.









2, Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan, and lay the marinade pork and cook. Pour the rest of A over the pan. Turning the meat and heat through and turn in the sauce so they are coated.










3, Arrange pork and vegetables…for example , thinly sliced cabbage into bowls, cut cabbage thinly as it goes well with the pork.






That’s all! Easy, isn’t it?

You can use this recipe in other pork meat!



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Tomato has antioxidative effect. Hot ingredients( especially Szechwan pepper in this recipe!) helps to beat the summer heat!


Szechwan pepper







Ingredients( about 4 portions)

Momen tofu…about 300g

Beef ground with pork meat( just beef grand is also OK)…200g


A:Green onion (chop into small size)….2 Tbsp

A:Garlic (chop into small size)…2 cloves of

A:Ginger (chop into small size)…a clove of

A:Chinese fermented black beans ( chop into small size )…2 tbs

B:Cayenne pepper…1 tbs

B:Chili bean sauce…1 Tbsp

B:Sweetened soybean paste (tianmenjiang)…1 Tbsp

Chicken soup (chicken stock)…180cc( 3/4 cup)

Potato starch( thick stock)…dissolved in water…appropriate

Szechwan pepper…appropriate

Sesame oil…1 Tbsp







How to make:

1, dry tofu, cut into 1.5cm( about 1/2 inch) slices. Mince all A ingredients. Slice tomatoes into wedges.

2, heat sesame oil in a frying pan, add all A and B ingredients, stir fry them to avoid scorching them until there is pleasant aroma.







3, add minced meat, stir fry until browned, pour chicken soup to a pan.

4, when it begin to boil, add tofu, then heat them for about 3minutes.







5, add tomatoes, heat them for about 1minutes, them pour dissolved starch over, toss them.








6, turn the heat up to high, sweat for a while. Place them on a dish, then sprinkle Szechwan pepper ( and green onion as you like ) over them.


That’s all! try it! Itadakimasu ! & Gochisousama!

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Corn silk is chinese medicine herb: it works high water metabolism and lower blood cholesterol levels. Corn kernels and tear grass help digest food and have diuretic effect. By the way, the number of corn silks and the number of the kernels are same! Do you know that? When you buy whole corns, I hope it will be helpful to you!


Ingredient ( about 4 portions)

Ordinary rice…1cup

Corn kernels…if you can get fresh a whole corn, the corn silk is used…1cup

Chicken tenderloin…1

tear grass(job’s grass)…50g

Hot water…about a little more than 2cup

Sake…1 Tbsp( you can use white wine if you cannot get sake)

Olive oil…1 Tbsp


coarsely ground black pepper…a dash of

perilla(Japanese herb like basils)…as you like

How to make:


1. Soak the tear grass in water for 1 night.

2. Cut the corn silk except the brown part into 1 inch length, remove the kernels from the corncob when you get a fresh corn. String the chicken if there are, cut it into bite-size pieces, then sprinkle sake or white wine over the chicken and mix.


3. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat, add the corn silk and kernels, stir fry. When there is pleasant aroma, add rice and stir fry them until the rice color gets like clear.


4. Add chicken, tear grass, and hot water, cook them over medium heat until soften. Put salt into a pan to enhance the flavor.


5. Sprinkle black pepper and add perilla if you would like…


That’s all!  have a nice day!

Itadakimasu ! & Gochisousama!

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Hi, it is also muggy here japan…how are you all?

I went the tea ceremony in the last weekend. The time that I spend at the ceremony always give me bracing feeling…I hope you can feel this atmosphere someday…

Anyway, the meaning of the hanging scroll is “The ordinary mind is the way”, Zen terminology (Zen word).


In the summer ceremony, a leaf of paper mulberry is sometimes used in place of the formal lid of a water container, for the cool looking.

Today’s confectioneries: shaped morning glory. Also other dried confectioneries; shaped stream of water, shell, and like Japanese rice cracker made from wheat gluten.  Gokigenyo!









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Have you ever eaten japanese confectionery DANGO?

We have many kinds of  tastes in sweet DANGO, but the most popular one is “Mitarashi” flavor…using soy sauce and sugar…it is very japanese taste!

I think Japanese sweets store never use tofu in making the mitarashi  DANGO, but I made it.  This sweet tofu DANGO is as good as normal DANGO, so try it!


Ingredients ( about 24 balls):

gultainous rice flour…120g

rice flour…80g

silken tofu…250-280g

A:soy sauce…30cc( 1oz)



A:sweet sake “mirin”( if you can get it )…1Tbsp

A:potato starch…1Tbsp




How to make:

1, In a bawl, mix the flour and 250g of tofu well until the dough becomes as soft as an earlobe. When it is still hard, add tofu more little by little.







2, divide the dough into small pieces of the same size, and form them into shapes of small balls.






3, heat water in a pan and add the balls when it is at a boil. After adding the balls, stir the pan and wait until they float. When all the balls have floated, boil 2 minutes more to make sure, then remove them from the pan and cool them in cold water in a very short time, and drain them immediately.






4, make sauce( we call it “ mitarashi-sauce” in Japanese); mix all A ingredients in a small pan, heat it on a low heat until a little boiled.






5, pour the sauce over DANGO. If you would like, you should  brown DANGO a little in a frying pan before poring the sauce over them.


1itadakimashu! & gochisousama!

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Have you seen or eaten the turban shell in your life?

I think perhaps most of non-japanese people say “ no”.

However, we some of Japanese love it( unfortunately, some japanese don’t like it, ha-ha), especially when it is grilled with soy sauce, the dish name is “sazaee(turban shell) tsubo-yaki” in Japanese.


We can eat it in all seasons, but eating this seafood meal in summer with beer tastes especially good. It looks a bizarre food? Don’t say that, please try it when you come to Japan!


















This is a raw turban shell…











When the turban shells are grilled near the sea… wow!












inside of it….? What until you actually see it! ha-ha!


itadakimashu! & gochisousama!

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As I have wrote before, Japanese often eat light and plain food like somen nudle in summer for the muggy weather of japan.

About somen, click here!


However, just only somen, we get protein shortage easily, so we need to pay attention to the nutritional balance.

Then, I made this somen; healthy and high nutririon values!

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Ingredients( for 2 portions):

Chicken meat(breast or thigh)…about 150g

Your favorite vegetables( I used eggplant, pumpkin, sweet potato, lotus root, and  perilla( Japanese herb like basils))…total amount about 200g

Salt…a dash of

Sesame oil…1Tbsp

Potato starch…1Tbsp


Noodle soup

Citron fruit…1 fruit

How to make:

1, cut into slivers the meat into bite-size pieces, then lightly salted and sprinkle potato starch. Cut all vegetables except perilla into bite-size pieces( about 5mm thin), submerge in cold water to eliminate bitterness and drain them.Cut the citron fruit in round slices.

2, grille the chicken with sesame oil on medium heat, skin side firstly, then turn over until both sides get brown and cooked completely.

After cooked the chicken, pour off the oil, and while still hot, put them into a sauce container.

3, cook vegetables(except perilla) same as chicken.









4, leave them to cool for 10 minutes( add lemon slices to them), then cover it with plastic wrap. Cool it in the refrigerator until right before eating.









5, boil somen and cool it with cold water, drain. Arrange the somen, marinade vegetables in the plate. Arrange perilla on them , Then, pour the marinade sauce over them.

That’s all!

 itadakimashu! & gochisousama! 

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I made Japanese cafe style green tea “matcha” bavarois,  I love this taste! try it!


Ingredients( about 2 portions)

Matcha…10g(about 1/3oz)

Boiled water…3Tbsp

Egg yolk…2

Milk…200cc( a little less than 1cup)

Granulated sugar…60g( 2oz)

Powderd gelatin…5g( 1/5oz)

Whipping cream…150cc( a little more than 2/3cup)




For decolation;

Whipping cream…50cc( about 1/4cup)

Condensed milk…10g(about 2Tbsp)

Your favorite fruits like as strawberries, canned peaches, grapes, marron glace, sweet beans, and so on

How to make;

1. In a bowl, mix and soak the gelatin and water. In another bowl, mix the matcha powder and boiled water until the paste becomes smooth. Set aside.

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2. In a pan, combine the egg yolks, sugar, milk, and mix well.

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3. Heat the pan on low heat, cook and stair until a little thickens, taking care not to let the milk boil as the yolks will harden. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

4. Add the gelatin, matcha paste, and mix well .

5, Strain them with a fine mesh strainer once. Place the pan in a large bowl of iced water to let it cool.

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7. Lightly whip the cream and fold into the mixture. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set.

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8. Serve with your favorite fruit and syrup.

I mixed condensed milk and whipping cream, and whipped them.

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The bavarois will look more attractive if you slightly tilt the glasses when you put them in the refrigerator.

like this…


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I am craving cool and plain food when it is hot like today!

This soy milk tofu is high-protain and healthy.












Pure soy milk…500ml…2 cup


Non-dairy whippable cream…50ml…about a little less than 1/4cup

Powder agar( vegetable gelatin)…8g

Gelatin sheet…5g



Your favorite syrup…suitable amount( Japanese likes brown sugar syrup)

How to make:

1, soak the gelatin in water until you can scoop up the soften gelatin by your finger. Not soak it too long as dissolved completely.







2, boil water in a pan on heat, add sugar, salt and agar, boil and stair well until melting completely.







3, remove the pan from heat, and leave it for 2min.

4, add 1 cup of pure soy milk to the pan, then heating the pan again.

5, boil them on low heat, add the soften gelatin sheet, and boil and stair well again to melt them well.







6, turn off the heat, add the rest of soy milk and whippable cream, stair them well.

7, strain them.







8, pour them into mold, leave and let it cool about for 15minutes, then chill it in the refrigerator.






9. enjoy it! Pour your favorite syrup as you like!

itadakimashu! & gochisousama! 

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salmonmarineThe natural sweetness of the vegetables soften the tartness.

You can use your favorite vegetables!











Ingredients(about for 2 person)

Salted salmon fillet…2

Japanese leak…1/2( when you cannot get it, you can use green onion( spring onion) or Scallion, or, of course just onions!)

Ginger…1 piece

Yellow bell pepper…1/2

A: red hot pepper…1

A: vinegar…about 1/2cup(100ml)

A: salt…1tsp

A: sugar…1Tbsp

A: soy sauce…1tsp

Frying oil…as needed.

How to make:

1, cut the Japanese leak at an angle into thin pieces. Cut the ginger into slices, cut the yellow bell pepper into bite-size, thin diagonal pieces.

2, Soak the red pepper in lukewarm water until soft. Remove the seeds. Then, cut into thin pieces.

3, Combine with rest of the A ingredients , then add the vegetables and mix well.

4, heat oil in a flying pan in high temperature( between to 170-180 degrees), and fry the salmon in hot oil golden brown.

5, Pour off the oil, and while still hot, add the combined A ingredients and left it seep into the salmon.


That’s all!  itadakimashu! & gochisousama! 

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