Anticipating Japanese Food

By Sandy Hu
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I’m sure there are some poor cooks in Japan. I just haven’t run into them.

This is a huge generalization, having been to just two cities – Tokyo and Kyoto – and just once, for a two-week vacation. But it seems that everywhere we ate, from the exquisite tempura restaurant, to the casual mom and pop eatery, even to the 7-Eleven, the food was consistently good.

I hope I won’t be proven wrong on my second visit to Japan this week.

In anticipation of my trip, I’ve gathered a collection of 30-minute prep Japanese recipes from the Special Fork database for this week’s post, to get us all in the mood.

This recipe collection is also for #2 son Chris, who will be vacating his own apartment to housesit for us, so he can cook some Japanese dishes in our spacious kitchen while Steve and I are away. Not the same as being there, I know, but we’ll be bringing him lots of goodies, following the Japanese custom of omiyage (gift-giving).

Please follow my trip here on the Special Fork blog, as well as on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

And please try the easy Japanese dishes from the Special Fork database. None should take more than 30 minutes of prep time.

  • Oyako Donburi is one of those great budget dishes –a bowl of hot rice topped with chicken and egg in a soy-based sauce.
  • Tonkatsu features thin pork loin slices in a light and crisp panko crust, sliced and served with bottled tonkatsu sauce for dipping.
  • Miso Salmon requires giving salmon steaks a short dunk in a miso marinade before broiling. It’s simple and delicious.
  • Chichi Dango is a confection that’s baked in the oven, then cut into rectangles.

And of course, for Japanese dishes, you will want rice! If you don’t have a rice cooker (and everyone should have one), here’s a demo showing how to cook rice in a pot, as my mother taught me.

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Posted: Sep 28th by Sandy_Hu