Gyoza (Japanese Dumplings) with Wild Garlic/Ramsons

After several trips to Japan I learnt good gyoza aren’t easy to find in Tokyo. Maybe I was unlucky or maybe it’s Tokyo, but I rarely had excellent versions. My homemade gyoza are clumsily shaped and I haven’t mastered yet the Japanese fry & steam cooking method, but since the filling is high quality and…Continue Reading “Gyoza (Japanese Dumplings) with Wild Garlic/Ramsons”

Baked Lamb and Potato Croquettes, Indian/Sri Lankan Style, or the Best Korokke Ever

I still hesitate if I should start my post with the Japanese croquettes (korokke), Sri Lankan “lamb rolls” or South-Indian seasoning… To make the explanations as simple as possible, the lamb rolls I saw in  Sri Lanka. The Cookbook looked to me like European croquettes, which in turn made me think of Japanese korokke and…Continue Reading “Baked Lamb and Potato Croquettes, Indian/Sri Lankan Style, or the Best Korokke Ever”

Korean Mung Bean Pancake with Ground Meat and Kimchi

A very kind friend has recently offered me Our Korean Kitchen, a beautifully illustrated home cookery book written by Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo, an Irish-Korean couple. It’s not my first Korean cookery book, but in this one everything looks appetising and effortless at the same time, so I couldn’t wait more than one day to put it into…Continue Reading “Korean Mung Bean Pancake with Ground Meat and Kimchi”

French Beef and Carrot Stew (Bœuf braisé aux carottes)

Beef and Carrot Stew is one of those pre-nouvelle cuisine era hearty dishes, difficult to find in restaurants and apparently also becoming rare home food. The banality of the name might induce you to think it’s just another boring beef stew, but I can guarantee unique “rustic” French flavours and, anyway, isn’t every stew different? Looking at the photograph above you…Continue Reading “French Beef and Carrot Stew (Bœuf braisé aux carottes)”

Udon and Spring Onion Burger

Most of you probably regularly eat noodles and ground meat (not necessarily together), but would you ever think of combining them in a burger patty? I certainly wouldn’t and was sincerely surprised that such a crazy idea can yield an amazingly luscious burger. A huge amount of green onions – though less surprising – might also contribute to the final taste results,…Continue Reading “Udon and Spring Onion Burger”

Korean Rice Rolls (Gimbap/Kimbap 김밥)

Given my growing interest and experience in Korean cooking, the gimbap – making adventure was inevitable. Especially since last year, when I saw beautiful colourful rice rolls in Tokyo’s Korean district. Unfortunately, I was no longer hungry (easy to understand after a BBQ dinner…) and didn’t have time to go back there before my return to Europe. Finally, after…Continue Reading “Korean Rice Rolls (Gimbap/Kimbap 김밥)”

Filipino “Torta” – Inspired Omelette with Ground Meat

Several years ago, on Wok with Ray, I saw a dish called “torta”. Ground meat in an omelette seemed both an ingenious and appetising idea, so I planned to prepare torta and still wonder why it took me so long… Last weekend, after a previous night’s korokke dinner, I was left with some fried ground beef. When I started to wonder…Continue Reading “Filipino “Torta” – Inspired Omelette with Ground Meat”

Bigos (Polish Sauerkraut and Meat Stew / Hunter’s Stew)

This humble looking stew is in my opinion the most magical Polish dish and one of the most amazing dishes in the world. Simmered for long hours, in excellent company of herbs, spices and meats, sauerkraut is here in its full glory, creating surprising complex flavours, with a definite presence of umami. Even though it…Continue Reading “Bigos (Polish Sauerkraut and Meat Stew / Hunter’s Stew)”

Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Dangmyeon) with Marinated Minced Beef

As you might have noticed, I have been quite lazy in the kitchen during last weeks. Due to my recent frequent trips, I don’t find motivation to cook complicated dishes, not to mention trying new recipes. Last weekend however I felt an urgent need for cooking adventures and decided to prepare my very first bibimbap,…Continue Reading “Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Dangmyeon) with Marinated Minced Beef”