Easy Japanese Recipes

Nami

Green Tea Smoothie 抹茶スムージー

Green Tea Smoothie | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite smoothies and it’s Matcha Green Tea Smoothie (抹茶スムージー).  Summer is just around the corner and I thought some of you may be interested in healthier food and drink menus (once in a while, at least?).  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love matcha (green tea powder) and it seems right to start sharing smoothie recipes using matcha. :)

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Harumaki 春巻き

Harumaki (Japanese Egg Roll) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Spring rolls (or often called egg rolls and used interchangeably) is a dish found in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine.  Savory filling wrapped in flour-based pastry sheet and deep fried till the outer shell is crispy and golden brown.  We call this dish “Harumaki (春巻き)” in Japan, direct translation of “spring rolls” in Japanese.  Harumaki were originally introduced to Japan by the Chinese and adapted for Japanese tastes.

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Agedashi Tofu 揚げ出し豆腐

Agedashi Tofu | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Agedashi Tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu which is coated with potato starch and deep fried so that the outer shell is crispy.  It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top.  Then Tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance its flavor.  If you like spicy, you can add shichimi togarashi to spice up the taste.

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Zojirushi Rice Cooker

Zojirushi Rice Cooker Giveaway In my kitchen, I have a collection of small kitchen appliances, such as panini maker, waffle maker, electric takoyaki grill, stand mixer, toaster oven, just to name a few.  Of all the large and small appliances in our kitchen, there’s one appliance that we use almost daily besides our stove.  Can you guess what it is?  You’re right if you guessed “rice cooker”!  I have some good news to share at end of the post, so please keep reading.

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Hijiki Salad ひじきの煮物

Hijiki Salad | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Have you heard of hijiki before?  Yes, I’m talking about this strange looking black ingredient in this dish.  Hijiki seaweed is a type of wild seaweed that grows on rocky coastlines around Japan, Korea, and China.

If you haven’t seen hijiki seaweed before, the first impression might be unappetizing.  While I was hesitant to share this dish on Just One Book because of how it looks, there was someone I met who was passionate about this dish and has been promoting this traditional Japanese ingredient here in San Francisco.

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Coffee Jelly コーヒーゼリー

Coffee Jelly Recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Coffee Jelly (コーヒーゼリー) is a refreshing Japanese dessert which is popular in Japan as well as in some other Asian countries.  It’s usually made of black coffee, gelatin powder, and sugar, but today I used agar agar powder instead of gelatin to make it vegetarian friendly.

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Akazuki Japanese Goods Giveaway (Closed)

Akazuki Shop Giveaway 2014

If you like Japanese tea ware and tableware, bento lunch box, Japanese arts,  stationery, and Japanese sweets, you will enjoy shopping at Akazuki Japanese Goods Shop!  They sell original Japanese goods and items from Japan online at an affordable price and ship everywhere in the world!  What’s the good news?  My friend Fabien who runs Akazuki Shop is giving away 3 prizes to Just One Cookbook readers!

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Yakitori 焼き鳥

Yakitori | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Yakitori (焼き鳥) literally means grilled chicken and also refers to skewered food in general.  Yakitori is commonly made with bite-sized pieces of chicken meat, chicken offal, or other meats and vegetables skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over binchōtan charcoal.  Yakitori are usually available in izakaya restaurants (Japanese tapas) and as well as specialty yakitori restaurants that offers these tasty skewers along with alcoholic beverages.

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Beef Curry ビーフカレー

Beef Curry | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Japanese Curry Rice or Karē Raisu (カレーライス) is extremely popular dish for all ages in Japan and it is considered one of the country’s national dishes along with ramen and gyoza!  This beef curry dish takes a bit of preparation but the end result is super delicious!

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Tuna Tataki キハダ鮪のたたき

Tuna Tataki | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Tuna Tataki (キハダ鮪のたたき) is a yellowfin/ahi tuna lightly seared and serve rare with citrus base soy sauce.  It’s very easy and quick to prepare, and it is a light yet flavorful appetizer to start a meal.

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