This past summer, we took a 3 day trip to Kyoto. Mr. JOC was particularly looking forward to the trip because it’s his favorite city in Japan. Armed with a couple iphones and comfortable shoes, our adventure begins.
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If you are looking for an appetizer dish to make for a party, baked Coconut Shrimp with sweet chili sauce is one of the easiest shrimp recipes I recommend. It takes only 20 minutes of prep time and simply pop it into the oven to finish. Yes, it is BAKED, not deep-fried so it’s a much healthier alternative. The panko/shredded coconut coating has a delicious golden brown appearance, and stays crispy after baking because I used the same “pre-toasted panko” technique as you may have seen in my Baked Tonkatsu, Crispy Baked Chicken, and Crispy Salmon recipes.
It’s back to school time. Discover new ideas and inspirations for packing school lunches!
Chicken Meatball Bento: Get the Recipe
Delicious soft and tender chicken meatball packed with ham flower, fruits, crab salad, egg, and broccoli in a stylish bento box.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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).
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.