Japanese rice seasoned with white asparagus

Dutch people says, "We shouldn't throw away the hot water that is after boiling white asparagus."
I used this water of white asparagus flavored to cook Japanese rice.
It's succeeded. Lekker! Yum Yum.
This brilliant white asparagus flavor makes Japanese rise taste really good.
I used a little bit salt to advantage the flavor of white asparagus.


White asparagus dressed with vinegar and miso

This is the best time of the year for white asparagus. We can use this brilliant vegetable for Japanese dish.

A Japanese cooking method involving dressing food with vinegared miso called sumiso-ae (酢味噌和え) or nuta (ぬた).
Miso is the base of miso soup. In Japan not only soup but we also use miso for seasoning.

”White asparagus no sumiso-ae (ホワイトアスパラガスの酢味噌和え. White asparagus dressed with vinegar and miso)” is easy and gorgeous Japanese dish.

To make "sumiso (vinegar and miso)" is

- Miso: 4 tbsp
- White wine vinegar of sushi vinegar: 2 to 3 tbsp (depends a taste you like)
- Suger: 1 to 2 tbsp (depends a taste you like)

Just mix together all of them. Finished making basic sauce.

Pour this sumiso on boiled white asparagus. Or dressing white asparagus with sumiso.
Sprinkle some white sesame on the top.


Hello Kitty Kyaraben (character bento)

My homemade Kyaraben (character bento) again. 
This is Hello Kitty 2D type version.

Face:goat cheese
Eyes and whiskers: Konbu seaweed
Nose: egg
Rice: fried rice of curry flavor
Decoration:  carrot
Others:  snacks from super market, cherry tomato, broccoli
Nori-omelet, lettuce, sausage

You can use daily ingredients from supermarkets in your neighborhood


Bowl of salmon, cabbage and rice with garlic soy sauce

"Donburi (丼)", or "don" is a Japanese "rice bowl dish" consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients and served over rice. We have many kind of don and new don are generated day by day in Japan.
Today I introduce Sake to Kyabetsu no Ninniku Shoyu Don (鮭とキャベツのにんにく醤油丼, Bowl of salmon, cabbage and rice with garlic soy sauce). This dish became the talk of the cooking site in Japan.

1.Bake salmon and cabbage by sesame oil in a frying pan.
2.Place them on steamed rice.
3.Heat frying pan again, add sesame oil and sliced garlic, bake 2 to 4 minutes.
4.Pour this garlic sesame oil and Japanese soy sauce on a rice bowl.
Mayonnaise is an option if you like,


Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake, or Japanese pizza)

Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is a Japanese savoury pancake. There are a variety of ingredients and toppings for Okonomiyaki. You can make Okonomiyaki if you can make a pancake. Brief recipe is as follows,

- all purpose flour
- Konbu or Shimaya dashi soup stock
- eggs
- finely chopped cabbage,

sliced pork

- ao-nori (dried seaweed powder)
- Japanese brown sauce
- mayonnaise
- katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)
- beni-shoga (pickled red ginger)

Mix batter with finely chopped cabbage.
Heat a frying pan and add some oils in.
Pour the batter into the frying pan and place a slices of meat on it.
Bake for about 6 to 10 minutes.
Flip the okonomiyaki and cook until cooked through.
Place okonomiyaki on the plate and spread sauce on the top.
Sprinkle Aonori, katsuobushi and beni-shoga on it.
Serve with mayonnaise.

Kyaraben (character bento) workshop

Kyaraben, a shortened form of character bento, is a very popular bento style in Japan which features food decorated to look like Anime or Kawaii characters. At the workshop you learn how to make authentic Kyaraben and the result you can take home. More info http://tokyodoll.web.fc2.com/workshop/bentoworkshop.html