Seems like teriyaki chicken is a very popular Japanese dish here in the United States.
I never really grew up eating it, but I've learnt to love it. It's just so simple and easy. A simple stir fry is all you need sometimes.
Here's a super simple recipe I use. All you need is:
Heat the chicken, add the veggies and add the sauce! That's it :)
I usually serve this dish with Japanese rice and miso soup. Perfect!
Recipe: The best and most simple way to cook fish in Japan, "ni-tu-ke". Fish boiled in savoury Japanese sauce. It only takes 10 minutes!
"Ni-tu-ke" (煮付け) is a way of cooking in Japan which involves boiling the ingredient in soy sauce and sugar. Fish is very expensive in the US compared to Japan but I've found that Trader Joe's sells cheap tilapia (around $6 for 3 generous pieces). It may not be the best fish but it's a wonderful alternative for those on a budget.
Grilling or baking the fish in butter may sound easy but sometimes could end up being burnt and tough. This recipe involves boiling the fish in a simple savoury sauce. It's easy, takes only 10 minutes and you'll end up with a tasty traditional Japanese dish. Better than going to a Japanese restaurant! Serve with white rice, miso soup and veggies, like always.
Here, I'll also be introducing a new technique called "otoshi-buta" (落とし蓋) which means to put a lid directly onto the food or deep into the pan.
Sauce (start with this, add more or less depending on how sweet/savoury you like your sauce)
Recipe: Japanese pork and veggie "ita-me-ni", a dish which is stir fried then boiled.
San Francisco's Japan Town's Nijiya has a special 20%-off-all-meat-day on the 29th of every month a.k.a. Meat day. "2-9" can also be read "ni-ku" which means "meat" in Japanese.
On this day last month, I went a little crazy purchasing thin sliced pork and beef. Enough to last us a month. Today's dish uses thin sliced pork and any of your favourite vegetables. I used Japanese daikon, zucchini and onions since it's been in season at SF's farmers markets.
This dish is a "ita-me-ni" (炒め煮) which means to stir fry and boil in liquid. In this case, we boil the ingredients in Japanese soy sauce, ginger, sugar, mirin and sake; a typical teriyaki type sauce. A typical Japanese dish which goes perfectly with rice and miso soup. With every bite, I was reminded of home.
A similar dish I've posted earlier is the "Shoga-yaki"; pork ginger stir fry. Also a must try if you have thin sliced pork in your fridge.
P.S. Heart of the City Farmers Market
I just wanted to add a note about the wonderful experiences I've been having at one of San Francisco's Farmer's Markets. I go to Heart of the City Farmers Market in Civic Center every Sunday to get fresh vegetables and fruits. Today, I got 2 eggplants, 4 apricots, a bag of cucumbers, a bag of large green peppers, kabocha, strawberries, black berries and mini tomatoes for just......$10!
Not only can you get fresh vegetables and fruits from farmers markets. You can also speak with the people who are responsible for the products and get advice from them; how to pick the best kinds and such. Highly recommended!
Little food stands and trucks can be hidden gems as well.
Best seasoning I've discovered for stir frying vegetables. Easiest Japanese dish you could probably prepare using any veggie you want.
With all the amazing vegetables in season and my visits to the farmers markets here in San Francisco, I've been needing to find a way to consume the vegetables but in an easy manner; especially for those weekday dinners at home after work. I've discovered the simplest Japanese vegetable stir fry recipe!
Ingredients (for 2 people):
Simply stir fry the veggies your pan until they are cooked through, then add the Hondashi, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Heat until water is evaporated.
It's delicious and makes your dish taste like a true Japanese dish despite its simplicity and ease! Please give it a try!
It goes well as a side dish with grilled chicken, grilled fish and even my favourite natto!
Eggplants are in season! Make this super simple Japanese stir fry. Sort of like Teriyaki sauce. So tasty that my chopsticks just would not stop reaching for it.
One of my favourite destination in San Francisco so far are the Farmers Markets! There are so many around the city all throughout the week and the quality of vegetables and fruits you get there are outstanding. My favourite so far is the "Heart of the City Farmers Market" in Civic Center. If you follow my Instagram, you should already know that I got 2 large daikons, 4 apricots/peaches, bitter melon and zucchinis, all for $3. I also got a bag full of delicious onions and zucchinis for $1 each last week. You get fruits and veggies in season directly from the farmers, how amazing is that?!
One vegetable I've been seeing a lot at these Farmers Market recently are eggplants!
I've already introduced the ginger eggplant stir fry on this blog, but today I'll introduce something more simple and easy. A simple Japanese stir fry, somewhat like a teriyaki sauce!
May I warn you that my boyfriend and I just could not stop eating this. It was so tasty, went perfectly with Japanese rice; just unstoppable.
Tortillas are very expensive here in Japan. I went to a local supermarket (known to provide low prices) and found 10 tortillas for around $6. Ouch. This didn't stop me from sharing the concept of wraps, dips and spreads to my family in Japan. I decided to make my own tortillas instead! I make my own pizza with my boyfriend sometimes so this tortilla making ended up being very similar to that.
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My first homemade tortillas ended up being chewy, soft and on the thicker side. Instead of wrapping things inside, we ended up dipping or placing the spreads and dips on top. After thorough research online about making tortillas, here's what I used:
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Simple Yoghurt Guacamole
Garlic Basil Mayo
Tomato and Basil Marinade
Recipe: Chicken sautéed in sweet soy vinegar sauce. Remains delicious even after cooling.
Number of steps: 4 steps
Time taken: 15 minutes
Approximately 200 per serving (when serving 4)
About This Dish:
Chicken, chicken, chicken. One of my favourite meats, especially for cooking at home. It's versatile and goes great with various Japanese sauces. As you can see on my recipe list, lots of dishes can be made with chicken!
This dish like any other Japanese chicken dish goes perfectly with rice. I found myself pouring the chicken and leftover sauce all over my Japanese brown rice like a "donburi" which is literally a bowl of rice with food on top like this dish with a bed of chicken and eggplant with delicious eel sauce! By using egg white and potato starch, the chicken becomes soft and chewy as well as helps to thicken the delicious vinegar sauce.
Vinegar has various health benefits; given the increase in health consciousness in Japan, vinegar has become popular and have been used greatly in dishes in the recent years. What are the health benefits? The main 5 benefits of vinegar according to this article in Japan is: Recovery, better appetite, increase in ability for the body to take in calcium, reduction in body fat, blood sugar level and blood pressure.
What You Need:
(Makes 3-4 servings)
Recipe: Ahi Tuna Steak cooked in Japanese teriyaki style sauce. A perfect match with rice and veggies.
Number of steps: 4 steps
Time taken: 15 - 20 minutes
Approximately 300kcal per serving
About This Dish:
I love fish, especially when it's cooked in soy sauce! This recipe cooks ahi tuna in a mixture of soy sauce, mirin and sake. It's very similar to teriyaki sauce and I can't tell you how great the fish and sauce goes with rice! The ahi tuna becomes a very Japanese dish. Additionally, you cook the fish and add the sauce until it gets thick so it's very simple to make on a busy night. My only advice is to put the lid on the pan once you throw in the sauce to make sure it seeps through. Enjoy!
What You Need:
(Makes 2 servings)
I have recently started to buy whole grain pasta after reading numerous nutrition blogs. Pasta is my to-go-dish; I often make it when I'm lazy to make anything else. So what do I do when I'm craving for something Japanese and some pasta? Make "Shoyu pasta"! It's so easy and most of all, you can just dump in any left over veggies or meats into it. This time, I put in 1/2 red onion, mushrooms and green onions. It's quick, easy and delicious.
(Used about 300g of dried pasta)
Approximately 260kcal per serving, considering that 1 cup of cooked pasta is 1 serving
I already have posted a wonderful recipe for tofu patties made with ground meat of your choice (I pick turkey) or one using teriyaki sauce and chicken ground meat, but this time I'll introduce a easy demi glace sauce which goes so well with those patties. Keep in mind that you can completely disregard the ground meat and make tofu hamburgs just with tofu! You can use chicken, turkey, pork, beef ground meat. Possibilities are endless.
Now for the sauce, simply mix the ingredients and heat up in a pan until it starts bubbling. Then it's ready to serve!
(Makes about 3-4 servings)
Approximately 60kcal per serving
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