Easy Japanese Recipes

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Takoyaki Recipe たこ焼き

Takoyaki Recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

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Takoyaki (たこ焼き) is a Japanese snack in the shape of little round balls containing pieces of octopus.  It literally translates to “octopus (tako) fried (yaki)” and some may call it “Octopus Balls” or “Octopus Dumplings”.

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Spicy Edamame スパイシー枝豆

Spicy Edamame | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Have you tried edamame before?  Edamame beans are green soybeans and they are sweet, mild and has a slightly “beany” flavor.  In Japan, edamame beans are often boiled in salty water still in their pods and served as an appetizer.  Between sips of beer, you pop the beans out to eat before the main course is served.

Today I’ll show you how you can turn regular edamame into a spicy version, Spicy Edamame.

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Candied Sweet Potatoes 大学芋

Candied Sweet Potatoes (Daigaku Imo) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Fall is here and it’s my favorite season of the year.  I love how leaves turn into beautiful colors and make joyful crackling sounds as you step on them.  And I love these Candied Sweet Potatoes (Daigaku Imo, 大学芋) during this season.

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Green Tea Chiffon Cake 抹茶シフォンケーキ

Green Tea Chiffon Cake | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Making chiffon cake was one of my dream after I started to bake more often starting last year (thanks to your encouragement!).  I always thought it was going to be difficult to make a chiffon cake; however, after lengthy experiments with my Castella recipe (finally success!) this green tea chiffon cake was a piece of cake.  Yes, I just say that. ;)

Of course this green tea lady has to make Green Tea Chiffon Cake first before trying other flavors, right?

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Green Tea Donuts 抹茶ドーナツ

Green Tea Donuts | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Have you seen or tasted Green Tea Donuts before?  They are actually quite pretty popular in Japan.  The Japanese like to make sweets and desserts with matcha (green tea powder, 抹茶) from green tea latte, green tea tiramisu, to green tea KitKat and Pocky!

Well, I’m definitely not an exception; I made cookies, ice cream, Crème Brûlée and steamed cake with matcha on Just One Cookbook so far.  And guess what, more green tea dessert recipes are coming (call me green tea lady!). :)

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A Little Thought on Happiness

women blowing dandelion

Watching the Colorado flood unfolding on the news this past week, it reminds us how fragile our lives can be and things we treasure in life could be gone in a split second.  I typically share little thoughts here and there in my recipe posts but once in a while I like to pull myself away from the digital world and just ponder a bit.

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Saikoro Steak サイコロステーキ

Saikoro Steak | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Saikoro Steak (サイコロステーキ) is a popular izakaya (Japanese tapas style) dish.  The cubes of tenderloin is quickly pan fried on high flame until medium rare and served with grated daikon and seasoned with refreshing citrus soy sauce called Ponzu sauce.

What does “saikoro” mean?  It means “a dice” in Japanese and do you know why this dish got that name?  It’s from the shape of the steak resembling “dice”.

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Castella カステラ

Castella | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com Japanese Castella Cake, or Kasutera (カステラ) in Japanese, is a popular Japanese honey spongecake which was originally introduced by the Portuguese merchants to Nagasaki area in the 16th century.  The name is derived from Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile”.  Castella is made of just 4 basic ingredients: bread flour, eggs, sugar, and honey.

A dark brown top and bottom and creamy yellow sponge cake on sides gives beautiful contrast.  This delicate cake is very moist, smooth, bouncy, and has just enough sweetness with a fragrance of honey.

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Shogayaki (Ginger Pork) Bento 生姜焼き弁当

Ginger Pork Bento | Easy Japanes Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I received very positive feedback on How To Make Bento post from the readers and I just want to say thank you!  It took a bit of effort and many sleepless nights to put together the bento post, but the great feedback from you makes it all worthwhile!  I hope the instructions were clear and helpful.

As I continue my bento series, today I’ll show you the Ginger Pork Bento I had prepared.

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