Sami was craving for pasta in Tokyo and I very reluctantly went into a Japanese-Pasta-Fusion joint, Spajiro. This is a retro-engineered version of the very satisfying dish I had there that makes natto, the infamous fermented soy beans, accessible even for the sceptics. Continue reading Spajiro Spaghetti
Another staple dish of Japanese izakaya “tapas” cuisine. Traditionally, this is made with gobo, a Japanese burdock root but works well with carrots, turnips and salsify. Easy and fast to make. Continue reading Kinpira
Super simple, fast and absolutely wonderful. Miceleaine made this as staff food for the last Essen ohne Grenzen (although we never really got round to eat it, because things got too busy, as always…) Continue reading Miceleaine’s Filipino Chicken Hotpot
Dashi is one of the most essential ingredients in Japanese cuisine for all kinds of soups, sauces and simmering liquids. Instant dashi-powder is an absolute no-go because it is full of artificial stuff and does not taste remotely as good as your own easy to make stock. Continue reading stock science part 1: dashi
An usually hearty and spicy Japanese tsukemono (pickle).
500 g thin long eggplants
2 tsp / 10 grs salt
100 ml water
1 tbsp hot english mustard (Colemans’s)
1,5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin
1 tsp sugar
Cut eggplant into irregular bite-sized pieces wioth the rangiri technique. Mix with salt, add water and weigh down with a plate and weights. Let stand for 4-5 hours until a lot of liquid has been released. Drain and squeeze out moisture. Blend mustard and the rest of the ingredients. Add to the drained eggplant and mix. Serve topped with chopped shiso, shiso seeds or some yukari powder.
From: Tsukemono – Ikuko Hisamatsu
For this dish, the meat is sliced very finely and briefly marinated, this works superbly well with lower grade cuts of pork and beef. A fast and satisfying dish. Continue reading yakiniku pan-fry