Chorizo no Okonomiyaki (Japanese Omelette/Pancake with Chorizo)

Before I start talking about the dish you see above, I owe an apology to all my dear readers for the considerable break in my posting schedule due to long and busy holidays in Tokyo. As usually, my plans to write posts in advance simply didn’t work and this second trip to Japan being at…Continue Reading “Chorizo no Okonomiyaki (Japanese Omelette/Pancake with Chorizo)”

Tamagoyaki/Dashimaki Tamago with Mitsuba (Japanese Rolled Omelette with Herbs)

Dear Japanese friends and all the experienced tamagoyaki makers, please be indulgent. What you see above is only my second attempt at the delicate task of preparing the Japanese omelette. The first time I tried making it, the result was tragical, so I expected a long series of failures. Surprisingly, this second omelette didn’t fall…Continue Reading “Tamagoyaki/Dashimaki Tamago with Mitsuba (Japanese Rolled Omelette with Herbs)”

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savoury Pancake) with Bok Choy and Chicken

If you don’t know okonomiyaki yet (I have written about it here and here), I will repeat what I have said in one of my posts: this messy-looking dish is one of the most brilliant inventions of the Japanese cuisine. Easy, quick, versatile and full of flavours, it is a dish one falls in love with…Continue Reading “Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savoury Pancake) with Bok Choy and Chicken”

Chicken and Myoga Skewers with Wasabi

Myoga will always have a special place in my heart because I fell under its spell during the first meal I had in Japan. Actually I ordered it accidentally in Morimoto, a fabulous Tokyo izakaya (a pub where food is served) specialising in skewers. I absolutely wanted to taste there the famous Japanese rare chicken…Continue Reading “Chicken and Myoga Skewers with Wasabi”

Chicken and Aubergine in Garlic Miso Sauce

Miso has made me fall in love with the aubergine. For long years I used to associate the aubergine with, certainly good, but fat dripping and soaked in oil dishes. Then I started to explore the Japanese cuisine, discovering miso /see below/ and pairing it with the aubergine. The first time I tasted this combination,…Continue Reading “Chicken and Aubergine in Garlic Miso Sauce”

Teriyaki Pork Rolls with Sweet Pepper, Shiso and Gochujang

  First I saw Hiroyuki’s Pork and Radish Rolls, then Kelly posted her Sticky Pork Ribs… Not only have I started to crave pork, but most of all, I realised it has been ages since I wrote about a pork dish. As you might have noticed I am a big pork fan. Most of the…Continue Reading “Teriyaki Pork Rolls with Sweet Pepper, Shiso and Gochujang”

Tama Konnyaku and Asparagus Skewers

In spite of what some of you might think the white balls you see above are not gnocchi or any other floury dumplings, but tama konnyaku, a wonderful, healthy, almost zero calorie Japanese product made with a plant called konnyaku  (Amorphophallus konjac). Often called devil’s tongue, yam or konjac this plant is transformed into flour and…Continue Reading “Tama Konnyaku and Asparagus Skewers”

Japanese Chicken Pancake, or Tori no Okonomiyaki (鶏の お好み焼き)

Okonomiyaki is one of the most brilliant inventions of the Japanese cuisine. Easy, quick, versatile and full of flavours, it is a dish one falls in love with at first bite and becomes instantly addicted to. I wrote here about my first impressions a couple of months ago and have never got tired of it since then….Continue Reading “Japanese Chicken Pancake, or Tori no Okonomiyaki (鶏の お好み焼き)”

Japanese Chicken and Leek Skewers (Negima 葱鮪)

Looking for some new Japanese dish ideas in Izakaya: the Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson, I stumbled upon some luscious skewers photographs, and among them grilled chicken skewers (yakitori) with negi 葱 (one of the Japanese cousins of the leek and spring onion). I must have seen a similar combination hundreds of times in books and on the…Continue Reading “Japanese Chicken and Leek Skewers (Negima 葱鮪)”

Okonomiyaki お好み焼き, or Japanese Pancake with Eringi Mushrooms and Bacon

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き ) can be translated roughly as “grill what you like” (“okonomi” means “what you like/want” and  “yaki” means here “grilled”). This thick savoury pancake with an impressive variety ingredients might look weird, messy, not very appetising and definitely not photogenic, but I can assure you it is one of the most palatable dishes…Continue Reading “Okonomiyaki お好み焼き, or Japanese Pancake with Eringi Mushrooms and Bacon”