Easy Japanese Recipes


Daifuku 大福

Daifuku Mochi | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Daifuku (大福) or Daifuku Mochi (大福餅) is a type of wagashi (和菓子), Japanese sweets.  It’s a small round mochi stuffed with anko (sweetened red bean paste) made from azuki beans.  Daifuku is a popular Japanese snack and usually served with green tea.

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How To Make Healthy Smoothies

How To Make A Smoothie | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

With all the different fruits and veggie combinations you can mix together to make healthy smoothie recipes,  the options are simply endless!  For me, I was able to reduce my consumption of coffee and tea and quit snacking during the day, and replaced them with healthy smoothies instead.  I feel great when I enjoy my healthy smoothies as my snack and stopped feeling guilty like before.

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Cold Tanuki Udon 冷やしたぬきうどん

Cold Tanuki Udon Noodles | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com
When the weather gets too hot, 1) your appetite goes down, 2) you don’t want to cook, 3) all you want to eat is something cold and cool down, like Green Tea Shaved Ice.  Sure, I have skipped a meal and enjoy cold treats for lunch when I wasn’t a mom.  But with my children around, I have to think of QUICK and EASY (and cold!) dishes for our lunch, and of course it should be delicious as well.  Cold Tanuki Udon (冷やしたぬきうどん) is a perfect lunch on those hot days.

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Ujikintoki (Green Tea Shaved Ice) 宇治金時

Green Tea Shaved Ice (Ujikintoki) 宇治金時かき氷 | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

There was an unusual heat wave in San Francisco bay area last week with the temperature soaring above 90F almost everyday.  The hot weather came at a perfect time as I could make one of the summer desserts I love eating in Japan, and that is Green Tea Shaved Ice or we call it Ujikintoki (宇治金時).

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Visiting Asakusa | Japan Travel Blog

Asakusa | Japan Travel Blog | Just One Cookbook

I often get asked by readers, “Nami, I am planning to go to Tokyo soon, can you suggest an itinerary for me?”  To be honest, I have a really tough time answering that question.  Nearby Tokyo, there are

1) Touristy places like Disneyland, Tokyo TowerOoedo Onsen Monogatari, Tokyo Skytree,

2) Historic/Museum locations like Imperial Palace, Meiji Jingu, Asakusa,

3) Scenic locations such as Yoyogi ParkHappoen Garden, Ueno Park,

4) Shopping!  In Shibuya, Roppongi Hills, Omotesando, etc.

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Ochazuke お茶漬け

Ochazuke (Green Tea Over Rice) | Easy Japanese Recipe at JustOneCookbook.com Ochazuke (お茶漬け) is a simple rice dish which combines green tea (ocha), steamed rice, and an assortment of savory ingredients (zuke means “submerged”).  The Japanese enjoy this dish more as quick meal or a dish at the end of the meal to fill up instead of proper meal time food.

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Broccolini Gomaae | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

When I plan out the meals for the week, usually I can choose the main dishes fairly quickly but the challenging part for me seems to be always side dishes.  If you are stuck with making the same the side dishes too often, I hope you’ll try this easy and appetizing Broccolini Gomaae (ブロッコリーニの胡麻和え).

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Pickled Cucumber きゅうりの漬物

Pickled Cucumber | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Tsukemono (漬物) or Japanese pickles are an essential part of the Japanese diet and typically with a meal, they are served along with rice and miso soup.  Pickles are used as a garnish, relish, or digestive and also considered as a palate cleansing side dish or we call Hashi Yasume (箸休め), literally meaning “chopstick rest” in Japanese.

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap in Korean) is quick, easy, and inexpensive to make, yet this humble meal tastes simply marvelous.  Kimchi is made of fermented vegetables (napa cabbage, radish, scallion, and cucumber are used) and it’s a staple in the Korean diet.  It tastes spicy and sour, and has a pungent smell. 

If you have never had kimchi before, or don’t like eating kimchi by itself, try this fried rice recipe because once kimchi is cooked, it loses its pungent taste and leaves just delightful spicy, refreshing, tangy flavors.

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Berry Smoothie Recipe

Berry Smoothie Recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Do you like berries?  My children loves all sorts of berries and especially blueberry.  Both fresh and frozen berries disappears very quickly in my house as we couldn’t resist eating them.  For me, I try to find as many excuse to eat them as possible so after my workouts each morning, I like to quench my thirst and cool down with my Berry Smoothie.

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Yakiniku Sauce 焼肉のタレ

Yakiniku Sauce (Japanese BBQ Sauce) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

It’s summer and that means time to BBQ!  In Japan, Japanese style BBQ is called Yakiniku (焼肉) and literary means grilled meat in Japanese.  It’s a popular dish originated from Korea.  Each Yakiniku restaurant in Japan offers their own dipping sauce and it’s called Yakiniku no Tare (焼肉のタレ), or simply tare (タレ).  Tare is the key seasoning for Japanese BBQ as we do not typically marinade the meat prior to grilling.

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