RECIPES - Japanese

With a rich history, there is so much more to Japanese food than the commonly known Sushi rolls, Sashimi and Miso soup. Japanese food includes dishes such as delicious Soba and Udon noodles, crispy Tempura prawns and veggies, smoky Yakitori barbeque and even traditional Japanese Wagashi and Mochi sweets. While it is certainly not a simple task to work your way through that delicious Tonkotsu, it is definitely not a daunting job, either. Asian Inspirations introduces a world of authentic Japanese flavours, dishes and recipes that go far beyond Sushi and Sashimi. Discover tried-and-tested recipes for hotpots and uncover the secret to perfect homemade Ramen. The best and most authentic Japanese recipes await you.
Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage is a popular Japanese fried chicken that is fried to perfection- juicy and crispy when it’s hot, yet still succulent when it’s cold (therefore it’s great in the bento box). Potato starch gives a better crunch, but if you can’t find it, corn starch will do. We recommend double frying the chicken for extra crispiness.

Saikoro Steak

Saikoro Steak

If you fancy having rice with your steaks, the Japanese has just the right dish to suit your taste. Saikoro steak are bite sized beef cubes that have all the chewy texture of a thick cut of beef, with a smooth and sweet flavour, while being small enough to be easily picked up with a chopstick.

Salmon Sushi Rolls

Salmon Sushi Rolls

Packed with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, these salmon sushi rolls are easy to make can be packed into the lunchbox. Sushi rolls are really versatile; you can fill or add other ingredients instead of salmon. Avocado, cucumber, egg, crab meat, chicken and tuna are some ideas to vary your sushi rolls. Follow these simple steps in making your sushi at home and have fun creating your own fillings.

SHIITAKE NIGIRI (MUSHROOM SUSHI)

SHIITAKE NIGIRI (MUSHROOM SUSHI)

This simple sushi recipe is for mushroom lovers. Shiitake mushrooms have a distinctive taste, inexpensive and is a blessed addition to any dish - especially vegans. Pack these morsels of goodness in your bento (lunchbox) for a wholesome lunch!

Takoyaki (Grilled Octopus Balls)

Takoyaki (Grilled Octopus Balls)

Takoyaki is a popular Japanese street food and is believed to have originated from Osaka. These rounded snacks are shaped slightly smaller than a ping pong ball. It is made of batter that comprises of flour, dashi, egg and yamaimo (Japanese mountain yam). Tako means octopus in Japanese and it forms the main part of the ingredient list. Topped with bonito flakes, seaweed, mayonnaise and yakitori sauce, it’s no wonder it’s a popular street food in Japan.

Mabo Don (Mabo Tofu Japanese Style)

Mabo Don (Mabo Tofu Japanese Style)

The origins of mabo don traces back to the Sichuan province in China where they are known to produce fiery hot dishes that is tongue-numbing. In the last century, many Chinese restaurants mushroomed all over Japan and mabo don soon became a popular dish on the menu. The Japanese adaptation of mabo don is less spicy, sweeter and milder in taste.

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Onigiri is one of Japan’s favourite snacks. It is so popular in Japan that it is sold in the convenience stores and in specialty stores for takeaway in Japan. Onigiri are balls of rice filled with delicious fillings and wrapped with seaweed. It is easy to make for a snack or a light meal which can also be packed into lunchboxes. Visually pleasing and tasty, they are a fun and filling alternative to sandwiches for lunch. They are also commonly included in bento boxes.

Ochazuke (Japanese Green Tea Rice)

Ochazuke (Japanese Green Tea Rice)

Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese dish in which hot green tea is poured over rice topped with a few simple ingredients. It is simple yet extremely tasty that is beloved by Japanese. Ochazuke can be enjoyed as a light meal or as a snack at any time of the day.

Sesame Rice Cakes

Sesame Rice Cakes

Give a little twist to your rice and try this fried sesame rice cake. They are so easy to prepare and make. Serve these rice cakes with teriyaki chicken or Japanese curry. It may also be served as a snack with Japanese mayonnaise, wasabi or sweet chilli sauce.

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

This is a refreshing cold noodle salad well-balanced with a medley of nutritious vegetables and organic soba, topped with delicious sesame dressing. So easy to make such a healthy dish, this would be perfect for Spring and Summer!

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