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Today Recipes Tempura

The crispy Tempura,  is most welcomed Japanese food in Japan. It is normally deep fried with vegetables and seafood. Depend on personal likes, you can actually fried with other ingredients to create your own creative Japanese Tempura Recipes. I love tempura very much and it is also most impressed dishes for me. I had hard time with this Japanese recipe where the taste was not what I expected. After a few trying, it is much more better now :)   And now, I even try to create new recipes such as banana tempura, bitter-melon tempura that cannot find out there in Japanese restaurant.
“Bitter First Before Sweet” — That’s what I believe in! :)

tempuraJapanese Recipes – Tempura

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Japanese Soup Recipes Daikon Spare-ribs

Japanese Daikon Spare-Ribs Recipes

Japanese Daikon Spare-Ribs Recipes

Spare-Ribs Simmered with Daikon Radish

This is another Japanese simmered recipe using daikon radish. I am using spareribs instead of chickens as it will give me the best taste of soups, in addition, I really enjoy the bite on those “soft-bones”.
This is actually an 1 recipe in 2 Dishes where you can enjoy both :

1) Spare-ribs simmered Daikon Soups
2) Spare-ribs and Daikon Misoni
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Osechi Ryori For New Year 2009

happy new year 2009

I Wish you A Very Happy New Year 2009.

kadomatsu

新年、明けましておめでとう御座います。 旧年は大変御世話になりました、本年も宜しくお願いします。m(_)m

Today is the 1st day of year 2009. Let’s talk about the Japanese Osechi-Ryori.

osechiryori

Osechi (御節) originally referred to a season or significant period. New Year’s Day was one of the five seasonal festivals (五節句 gosekku) in the Imperial Court in Kyoto. This custom of celebrating particular days was introduced from China into Japan. These days are called Jinjitsu (人日, January 7), Johshi (上巳, March 3), Tango (端午, May 5), Tanabata (七夕, July 7), and Choyo (重陽, September 9). Japanese celebrated these seasonal festivals (節句) with the special dishes ’Osechi’.

But, nowadays Osechi ryori is taken over as the special New Year cuisine eaten from January 1 through January 7 (Jinjitsu 人日). Osechi are easily recognizable by their special boxes called jÅ«bako, which resemble bentō boxes. Like bentō boxes, jÅ«bako are often kept stacked before and after use. The most common is a stack of three boxes. (more…)

Toshikoshi Soba, Joya No Kane On Ohmisoka

toshikoshi-sobaToshikoshi-soba  (年越しそば)

Today is Ohmisoka(大晦日), last day of the year 2008.
Wondering what is japanese (must) eat dish of the day?

I would like to introduce you the meaningful and healthy Japanese dish for new year eve,  toshikoshi-soba (年越しそば), literally “year-passing” soba.  Japanese eat toshikoshi-soba with the family while listening to the ringing of joya-no-kane (除夜の鐘),  the New Year’s Eve bells which are struck at the same time at every temple throughout the country.

Toshikoshi-soba (年越しそば)

In Japan eating soba as the final item on the New Year’s Eve supper is a wide spread custom. Even people who do not eat soba often are tempted to eat soba during the last days of the year, based on the unique customary thoughts from the ancient times that we cannot finish up the old year without eating soba. There are some reasons why soba but not any other kind of food:

(1) Soba is narrow and long in shape,so it symbolizes a wish for long life.

(2) The oldest story, from the Kamakura period, is that in Hakata, Kyushu, a businessman from China distributed buckwheat dumpling to poor people on the last day of the year and the following year their fortune changed for the better. So eating soba on New Year’s Eve became a tradition.

(3) The most persuasive explanation is that in the Edo era, goldsmiths used to clean factory floors with soba dumplings to pick up any gold dust on the last day of the year. So merchants started to eat toshikoshi-soba to collect ‘money’, as gold or kin in Chinese characters means ‘money’. Eventually ordinary people ate soba wishing for good fortune in money.

In Japanese culture, soba noodles have always symbolized good fortune. On New Year’s Eve, Japanese eat toshikoshi-soba, recalling incidents of the past year and looking forward to the coming year. (more…)

Japanese Beef Sukiyaki Recipe in Christmas

Merry-Christmas

Every year, during December Japanese are busying on celebrating bōnenkai(忘年会). A Japanese year-end parties or  literally “forget the year gathering” is a Japanese drinking party that takes place at the end of the year, and is generally held among groups of co-workers or friends. The purpose of the party, as its name implies, is to forget the woes and troubles of the past year, usually by consumption of large amounts of alcohol.

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Here, I wanna introduce a very simple and easy to prepare Japanese style beef recipe, Japanese beef sukiyaki recipe (すき焼き) that commonly found at bonenkai. Generally, this is a very popular Japanese one-pot dish or nabemono for the colder days of the year. Just add in the thin-sliced beef (you may use other options of chicken or pork slices), vegetables, tofu. Slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. Before being eaten, the ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs.

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This year B’day Recipe

christmas-tree-from-japanese-recipes-blogChristmas Tree

Every year during December it is a cheerful period. The shopping mall is covered with those beautiful Christmas trees decoration, crazy mega sales and season greeting. Christmas Song is spread out in every corner since weeks ago, it telling me that my special day in also around the corner. Ya, Today, 23rd December is my Birthday and I am so proud that Japan Emperor Birthday ( 天皇誕生日) also fall on the same day. :)   So, it is also a public holiday in Japan.

youlin-birthday-cakeHome made birthday cake by PL

This year, we had a gathering at HG’s house. I’ve got a home made cake special made for me. Amazing taste, especially when it’s just out from the fridge, cool and not so sweet..Yum! Yum! Thanks PL for the delicious cake.

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