Easy Japanese Recipes


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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Robataya New York Restaurant Review

Robataya NY | Restaurant Review | Just One Cookbook

As you walk up and down streets lined with restaurants in Japan, there are assortments of choices to pick from. From wafu style pasta to tonkatsu to shabu shabu, the choices are simply endless. Of all the restaurants types, one of my favorite is robatayaki (炉端焼き) style cooking. There is something magical about delicious fresh ingredients being grilled on top of charcoal that makes it tastes amazing.

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Dream Kitchen Design with Nate Berkus

These days I spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  Between preparing meals for my family, recipe development, and shooting photos of recipes for my blog, I feel like I spend half of my awake- time in there.  If a fairy godmother suddenly appeared in front of me and granted me a wish, guess what my wish would be? If you guessed a brand new kitchen, then you’re right!

My current kitchen is practical and perfect for home use, but with video equipment, lights, cameras, and mixing bowls and plates of all sizes for taste testing, it does feel cramped.  I also don’t get natural sunlight so it has to be lit with lights.  My wish list goes go on and on, but a girl’s got to dream right?  Do you also dream about a perfect kitchen? Now I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately so here is how I imagined my dream kitchen:

  • Kitchen countertop – white in color, man-made and non-reflective so it doesn’t get stained from the food.

Basket of brown eggs on countertop with bowls on shelf in white

  • Gas cook top on an island, facing away from the walls so I can face the cameras as I prep and cook the food.

LG Studio Lifestyle

  • Sink and prep space next to the cook top, so I can cook the food right after washing and cutting.

Kitchen island with sink

  • 2 fridges, one for home use and one for photos and videos (I can’t show my home fridge, it’s stuffed with produce!)

LG Studio Refrigerator

  • Large windows to let in natural light.

Bright Kitchen

  • Rustic table & bench large enough for the family to enjoy a good meal.

Artichoke on Table

  •  Lastly, smart & elegant appliances that help you store, prepare, and complete delicious meals.

I’ve created a Pinterest board with kitchen layouts that I love.  Check them out! Speaking of appliances, I was recently introduced to the LG Studio product line and I fell in love with it! They’ve partnered with Nate Berkus to design amazing looking appliances with state of the art technology.  Product details below:

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From built-in mega-capacity refrigerator-freezers to cooking appliances and dishwashers, LG Studio’s signature style includes premium stainless steel, distinctive door handles and knobs, LCD touch screen control panels, as well as radiant interior LED lighting – all helping to achieve a refined, sophisticated look. LG Studio appliances are among the handful of elements in any kitchen that are of the utmost importance, and Nate Berkus understands this. That’s why he recommends LG Studio as a key ingredient in designing a signature kitchen that reflects homeowners taste as well as lifestyle through the years. Learn more about the LG Studio Collection here.

LG Studio & Nate Berkus LG Studio announced its partnership with renowned decorator and product designer Nate Berkus for its high-end LG Studio kitchen line earlier this year.  LG Studio chose to partner with Nate as a result of their shared commitment to living with what is well thought out and well designed, without sacrificing personality. His unique skill set complements LG Studio’s plans to continue delivering premium appliances built with sophistication and functional elegance in mind.

Timeless sophistication is the signature of the LG Studio Collection, a beautiful complement to the advanced technology that elevates the entire series. As the artistic advisor to the LG Studio Collection, Nate brings his celebrated style to LG’s premium appliances. His sophisticated yet accessible style resonates strongly with homeowners, and he is recognized amongst them as an inspirational expert on kitchen remodeling and design. Now, what’s the exciting new?  You have a chance to win a Nate designed and remodeled kitchen with LG Studio appliances.  Which is like my dream come true.  See content details below.

LG Studio Signature Kitchen with Nate Berkus  Nate and LG Studio have teamed up to help homeowners create their signature kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, but for many, it’s one of the most difficult rooms to design. His expertise and insight will provide consumers with useful feedback to help them create their most beautiful kitchens.

The LG Studio Signature Kitchen with Nate Berkus focuses on a kitchen web series in which Nate responds to kitchen remodeling and design-based questions from his and LG’s social communities in the form of personalized videos, some of which were shot during a live event at the LG Studio Kitchen in Manhattan last week. Nate also filmed five exclusive videos offering insight and expertise on various design trends, including achieving a well-appointed kitchen, summer in the kitchen, layered design, entertaining in the kitchen, and technology in the kitchen. Visit LGStudioKitchen.com to watch Nate in the kitchen sharing his expert design tips and insights!

“My Kitchen Needs Nate” Contest  Beginning June 19 and extending to July 31, consumers are encouraged to enter the “My Kitchen Needs Nate” contest in which the winner will receive a Nate Berkus designed and remodeled kitchen that incorporates LG Studio appliances. Contestants are asked to shoot a video of themselves in their kitchen, noting the personal inspiration point they want Nate to incorporate in his design and why they’re excited about LG Studio’s line of appliances. LG Studio and Nate will choose the winner based on the following criteria: compelling design opportunity, quality of LG Studio appliance-based answer and visibility of kitchen space.

Once the renovation is complete, renovation episodes, tip videos and images capturing the renovation will be posted to LGStudioKitchen.com and shared across LG and Nate’s social properties.  Readers may submit video entries at LGStudioKitchen.com for a chance to win a new kitchen renovation, designed by celebrity designer Nate Berkus and furnished with LG Studio appliances. Does your kitchen need Nate and the LG Studio line of appliances? Send LG Studio a video and tell them all about it. Make sure to include the following:

  • You are the star. Make sure you’re in your kitchen and that LG Studio can see a 360° view of it.
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  • Enter the My Kitchen Needs Nate contest for a chance to win a new kitchen renovation, designed by celebrity designer Nate Berkus and furnished with LG Studio appliances 

Good luck!

Katsu Curry カツカレー

Katsu Curry | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I’d been traveling in Kyoto (京都) for the past 4 days and got to enjoy fabulous food like Kobe Beef, and Kaiseki course.  My Japan adventure continues tomorrow as we head to Hokkaido (北海道), which is known for its fresh seafood, dairy, and vegetable produce.  Follow @justonecookbook on Instagram to see the recent updates!

As some of you may know, Japanese love curry.  I have mentioned in my previous curry posts that Japanese curry is different from Thai or Indian curry.  The sauce is thicker and the spice level is pretty mild because Japanese curry uses curry powder which was introduced by the British.

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How To Make Cute Bento

How To Make Cute Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I’ve been making bento lunch for my children for the past 2 years as they started elementary school.  However I never made cute character bento because I thought they would be too difficult.  Thanks to the wonderful bento cookbook, Bento Delights: Adorable + Stylish Lunches on the Go, written by my friend Syntia of Cooking Gallery, making this cute bento was very easy and fun!

To share this fun experience with you, I’m also giving away five (5) Bento Delights to Just One Cookbook readers and first two winners will also get a $20 voucher to shop at Bento&Co online store courtesy of Cooking Gallery.

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Mochi Ice Cream もちアイス

Mochi Ice Cream | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Mochi Ice Cream is a popular dessert served in some Japanese restaurants in the U.S. and can be purchased in US grocery stores including Trader Joe’s and Costco.  Have you had a chance to try?  This delightful dessert with refreshing cool ice cream inside soft mochi shell is one of my family’s favorite, and not that hard to make at home yourself.

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Chicken Meatball Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Lunch doesn’t end when the school year does.  For many of us, even when the school year is over we are still packing lunch for summer camps, daycare, and work.  To kick off the summer break, I want to introduce my recent favorite lunch box and a menu my children enjoyed throughout this past school year.

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Mango Coconut Smoothie

Mango Coconut Smoothie | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

As the weather gets warmer and we crave to drink something cold to refresh ourselves, I try to make smoothies for my family.  With all the different smoothie we enjoy at home, one of my children’s favorite is the Mango Coconut Smoothie.  It’s a perfect drink to add extra nutrition into our diet and cool down at the same time.

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Tsukune つくね

Japanese Chicken Meatballs (Tsukune) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Tsukune (つくね) is Japanese chicken meatballs that are skewered and typically grilled over charcoal served in yakitori restaurants.  Since I had received great feedback from readers on my oven-broiled yakitori recipe, I couldn’t wait to share this tsukune recipe!  As summer is just around the corner, I highly recommend to bring these skewers out to outdoor grill and enjoy!

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