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Japanese Recipes


Japan has long been known for its foods. There are many different Japanese recipes and dishes, which not only can taste great, but often beautifully presented.

Some popular Japanese dishes include:
  • Sashimi - Very fresh raw seafood cut into thing slices. Many Westerners wrongly call this dish "sushi"

  • Sushi - Vinegared rice topped with fish, meat, roe, cooked egg, or vegetables. Many Westerners confuse "sushi" with &sashimi" - in fact, sashimi is simply one possible topping for sushi.

    Sushi

  • Agedashi dofu - A hot broth containing tofu cubes.

  • Champon - Chicken broth with medium yellow noodles.

  • Ramen - Thin noodles in pork or chicken broth.

  • Udon - Noodle soup. It is often topped with fried tofu or tempura (fried battered shrimp or vegetables)

  • Miso - A Japanese recipe for soup, made primarily from miso paste (fermented rice, barley or soy), and often containing tofu, green onions, seaweed, or even shrimp. Miso soup is served with many meals in Japan, including breakfast!

    Miso soup

  • Yaki soba - Fried Chinese noodles.

  • Yaki udon - Fried udon noodles.

  • Zaru soba - Soba (buckwheat) noodles served cold.

  • Shabu-shabu - A hot pot dish made by cooking beef, tofu and vegetables in stock. The dish is prepared at the dinner table, and to eat, pieces of food are removed and then deep in sauce before being consumed.

  • Sukiyaki - Like shabu-shabu, this dish is prepared in a hot pot at the table. The ingredients in the dish include very thinly sliced beef and vegetables. Instead of sauce, portions of food are dipped by dinners into raw egg before being eaten.

  • Kakuni - Pork belly cut into cubes and stewed in a sauce.

  • Nikujaga - Beef and potato stew.

  • Chawan mushi - An egg custard containing chicken, meat or seafood, with vegetables.

  • Teriyaki - Chicken, meat, seafood, or vegetables glazed with sweetened soy sauce, then grilled, or pan-fried.

  • Yakitori - Chicken on a skewer cooked on a barbecue grill.

  • Kushikatsu - Meat, seafood or vegetables bread and deep-fried on a skewer.

  • Tempura - Battered shrimp (Tempura Shrimp), seafood or vegetables. A special light batter is used when preparing the dish. tempura can be eaten over donburi (steamed rice), with soba (buckwheat) noodles, on top of udon (noodle soup), or on its own with a dipping sauce.

  • Korokke - Breaded croquettes containing mashed potato or white wine sauce. Inside eaten croqueete is ground meat, seafood or vegetables.

    Korokke

  • Takoyaki - A battered dumpling containing octopus meat (or a whole baby octopus).

  • Tonkatsu - Deep-fried pork cutlet.

  • Donburi - Steamed rice with a savory topping. There are many different varieties:
    • Chickendon - Steamed rice topped with a deep-fried breaded chicken cutlet.
    • Gyudon - Steamed rice topped with seasoned beef.
    • Oyakodon - Steamed rice topped chicken and egg or occassionally salmon and salmon roe. These two very different dishes share the same name, because the dish's name literally means "parent and child".
    • Tonkatsudon - Steamed rice topped with a deep-fried breaded pork cutlet.
    • Tekkadon - Steamed rice topped with sashimi (thin slices of raw seafood).
    • Tendon - Steamed rice topped with tempura (battered shrimp, seafood, and/or vegetables).
    • Unadon - Steamed rice topped with eel.

  • Hayashi rice - Rice topped with beef stew.

  • Omurice - An omelette filled with chicken fried rice (although sometimes the chicken may be omitted), and flavored with beef stock. is used, and sometimes the dish is flavored with beef stock.

  • Mochi - A glutinous rice cake.

  • Kayu - A rice congee (porridge).

  • Zosui - Rice soup.
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Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond [A Cookbook]

By Tadashi Ono

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2013-11-05
Hardcover (256 pages)

Japanese Soul Cooking: Ramen, Tonkatsu, Tempura, and More from the Streets and Kitchens of Tokyo and Beyond [A Cookbook]
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A collection of more than 100 recipes that introduces Japanese comfort food to American home cooks, exploring new ingredients, techniques, and the surprising origins of popular dishes like gyoza and tempura. 

Move over, sushi. It’s time for gyoza, curry, tonkatsu, and furai. These icons of Japanese comfort food cooking are the hearty, flavor-packed, craveable dishes you’ll find in every kitchen and street corner hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Japan.

In Japanese Soul Cooking, Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat introduce you to this irresistible, homey style of cooking. As you explore the range of exciting, satisfying fare, you may recognize some familiar favorites, including ramen, soba, udon, and tempura. Other, lesser known Japanese classics, such as wafu pasta (spaghetti with bold, fragrant toppings like miso meat sauce), tatsuta-age (fried chicken marinated in garlic, ginger, and other Japanese seasonings), and savory omelets with crabmeat and shiitake mushrooms will instantly become standards in your kitchen as well. With foolproof instructions and step-by-step photographs, you’ll soon be knocking out chahan fried rice, mentaiko spaghetti, saikoro steak, and more for friends and family.

Ono and Salat’s fascinating exploration of the surprising origins and global influences behind popular dishes is accompanied by rich location photography that captures the energy and essence of this food in everyday life, bringing beloved Japanese comfort food to Western home cooks for the first time.

Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors

By Sonoko Sakai

Roost Books
Released: 2019-11-19
Hardcover (304 pages)

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The essential guide to Japanese home cooking—the ingredients, techniques, and over 100 recipes—for seasoned cooks and beginners who are craving authentic Japanese flavors.

Using high-quality, seasonal ingredients in simple preparations, Sonoko Sakai offers recipes with a gentle voice and a passion for authentic Japanese cooking. Beginning with the pantry, the flavors of this cuisine are explored alongside fundamental recipes, such as dashi and pickles, and traditional techniques, like making noodles and properly cooking rice. Use these building blocks to cook an abundance of everyday recipes with dishes like Grilled Onigiri (rice balls) and Japanese Chicken Curry.

From there, the book expands into an exploration of dishes organized by breakfast; vegetables and grains; meat; fish; noodles, dumplings, and savory pancakes; and sweets and beverages. With classic dishes like Kenchin-jiru (Hearty Vegetable Soup with Sobagaki Buckwheat Dumplings), Temaki Zushi (Sushi Hand Rolls), and Oden (Vegetable, Seafood, and Meat Hot Pot) to more inventive dishes like Mochi Waffles with Tatsuta (Fried Chicken) and Maple Yuzu Kosho, First Garden Soba Salad with Lemon-White Miso Vinaigrette, and Amazake (Fermented Rice Drink) Ice Pops with Pickled Cherry Blossoms this is a rich guide to Japanese home cooking. Featuring stunning photographs by Rick Poon, the book also includes stories of food purveyors in California and Japan. This is a generous and authoritative book that will appeal to home cooks of all levels.

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art

By Shizuo Tsuji

Kodansha International
Released: 2012-02-17
Hardcover (508 pages)

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art
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When it was first published, Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art changed the way the culinary world viewed Japanese cooking, moving it from obscure ethnic food to haute cuisine.


Twenty-five years later, much has changed. Japanese food is a favorite of diners around the world. Not only is sushi as much a part of the Western culinary scene as burgers, bagels and burritos, but some Japanese chefs have become household names. Japanese flavors, ingredients and textures have been fused into dishes from a wide variety of other cuisines. What hasn’t changed over the years, however, are the foundations of Japanese cooking. When he originally wrote Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, Shizuo Tsuji, a scholar who trained under famous European chefs, was so careful and precise in his descriptions of the cuisine and its vital philosophies, and so thoughtful in his choice of dishes and recipes, that his words—and the dishes they help produce—are as fresh today as when they were first written.


The 25th Anniversary edition celebrates Tsuji’s classic work. Building on M. F. K. Fisher’s eloquent introduction, the volume now includes a thought-provoking new Foreword by Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl and a new Preface by the author’s son and Tsuji Culinary Institute Director, Yoshiki Tsuji. Beautifully illustrated with eight pages of new color photos and over 500 drawings, and containing 230 traditional recipes as well as detailed explanations of ingredients, kitchen utensils, techniques and cultural aspects of Japanese cuisine, this edition continues the Tsuji legacy of bringing the Japanese kitchen within the reach of Western cooks.

Tokyo Cult Recipes

By Maori Murota

Harper Design
Released: 2016-04-19
Hardcover (272 pages)

Tokyo Cult Recipes
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Enjoy the best Japanese food at home with more than 100 dishes from the gastronomic megacity, including favorites such as miso, sushi, rice, and sweets.

While many people enjoy an almost cult-like reverence for Japanese cuisine, they’re intimidated to make this exquisite food at home. In this comprehensive cookbook, Maori Murota demystifies Japanese cooking, making it accessible and understood by anyone interested in learning about her native food culture and eating well. Inspired by Murota’s memories of growing up in Tokyo—cooking at home with her mother and dining out in the city’s wonderful restaurants and stands—Tokyo Cult Recipes offers clear and concise information on key basic cooking techniques and provides guidance on key ingredients that home cooks can use to create authentic Japanese food anytime.

Tokyo Cult Recipes is packed with dozens of mouthwatering, easy-to-make recipes for miso, sushi, soba noodles, bentos, rice, Japanese tapas, desserts, cakes, and sweets, accompanied by helpful step-by-step photographs. This fabulous cookbook is also a visual guide to this extraordinary city, bringing it colorfully to life in gorgeous shots of food markets, Tokyo street scenes, Japanese kitchen interiors, and more.

The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider

By Ivan Orkin

Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2019-09-24
Hardcover (256 pages)

The Gaijin Cookbook: Japanese Recipes from a Chef, Father, Eater, and Lifelong Outsider
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The New York Times "Best Cookbooks of Fall 2019"
Bon Appetit's "Fall Cookbooks We've Been Waiting All Summer For"
Epicurious' "Fall 2019 Cookbooks We Can't Wait to Cook From"

Amazon's Picks for "Best Fall Cookbooks 2019"

Ivan Orkin is a self-described gaijin (guy-jin), a Japanese term that means “outsider.” He has been hopelessly in love with the food of Japan since he was a teenager on Long Island. Even after living in Tokyo for decades and running two ramen shops that earned him international renown, he remained a gaijin.
 
Fortunately, being a lifelong outsider has made Orkin a more curious, open, and studious chef. In The Gaijin Cookbook, he condenses his experiences into approachable recipes for every occasion, including weeknights with picky kids, boozy weekends, and celebrations. Everyday dishes like Pork and Miso-Ginger Stew, Stir-Fried Udon, and Japanese Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce are what keep the Orkin family connected to Japan. For more festive dinners, he suggests a Temaki Party, where guests assemble their own sushi from cooked and fresh fillings. And recipes for Bagels with Shiso Gravlax and Tofu Coney Island (fried tofu with mushroom chili) reveal the eclectic spirit of Ivan’s cooking.

Japanese Cooking Made Simple: A Japanese Cookbook with Authentic Recipes for Ramen, Bento, Sushi & More

Salinas Press
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Japanese Cooking Made Simple: A Japanese Cookbook with Authentic Recipes for Ramen, Bento, Sushi & More
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Cooking a wide variety of Japanese meals doesn't have to require a lot of effort, multiple cookbooks, and guesswork. Here's the key to making delicious Japanese food at home tonight.
 
People love Japanese cuisine, but very few prepare it themselves. Japanese Cooking Made Simple provides the basic techniques and recipes that unlock your ability to prepare delicious, authentic Japanese meals to enjoy with friends and family at home - without requiring significant investments in time and money to do so.
 
Japanese Cooking Made Simple contains more than 100 easy-to-follow authentic Japanese recipes with ingredients you can find in your local grocery store. Sushi and bento boxes will become part of your weeknight meals, as will Ramen with Braised Pork Belly, Tempura Soba, Fried Tofu in Broth, California Rolls, Pan-Broiled Salmon with Scallions, Chicken Yakitori, and Green Tea Ice Cream. Step-by-step instructions and illustrations will have you preparing sushi, including norimaki and temaki, with ease. Color photos help you put a beautiful Japanese dish on the plate.
 
In Japanese Cooking Made Simple, Salinas Press has once again created a cookbook that provides home chefs not only with a wide variety of delicious recipes to choose from, but also the simple tools to make it easy. 

Effortless Bento: 300 Japanese Box Lunch Recipes

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Released: 2014-05-27
Paperback (192 pages)

Effortless Bento: 300 Japanese Box Lunch Recipes
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Bento books have been some of the more accessible and popular genres coming out of Japan over the last few years, and Effortless Bento is essentially the bento encyclopedia. Filled with hundreds of full-color photos and numerous recipes this is the essential box lunch book.

Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking [A Cookbook]

By Naoko Takei Moore

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2015-10-27
Hardcover (328 pages)

Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking [A Cookbook]
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A beautiful and lavishly photographed cookbook focused on authentic Japanese clay-pot cooking, showcasing beloved recipes and updates on classics, with background on the origins and history of donabe.

Japanese clay pot (donabe) cooking has been refined over centuries into a versatile and simple method for preparing both dramatic and comforting one-pot meals. In Donabe, Tokyo native and cooking school instructor Naoko Takei Moore and chef Kyle Connaughton offer inspiring Japanese home-style recipes such as Sizzling Tofu and Mushrooms in Miso Sauce and Dashi-Rich Shabu-Shabu, as well as California-inspired dishes including Steam-Fried Black Cod with Crisp Potatoes, Leeks, and Walnut-Nori Pesto or Smoked Duck Breast with Creamy Wasabi–Green Onion Dipping Sauce. All are rich in flavor, simple to prepare, and perfect for a communal dining experience with family and friends. Donabe also features recipes from luminary chefs such as David Kinch, Namae Shinobu, and Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, all of whom use donabe in their own kitchens. Collectible, beautiful, and functional, donabe can easily be an essential part of your cooking repetory.

Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen [A Cookbook]

By Elizabeth Andoh

Ten Speed Press
Released: 2005-10-01
Hardcover (328 pages)

Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen [A Cookbook]
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In 1975,Gourmet magazine published a series on traditional Japanese food —the first of its kind in a major American food magazine — written by a graduate of the prestigious Yanagihara School of classical cuisine in Tokyo. Today, the author of that groundbreaking series, Elizabeth Andoh, is recognized as the leading English-language authority on the subject. She shares her knowledge and passion for the food culture of Japan in WASHOKU, an authoritative, deeply personal tribute to one of the world's most distinctive culinary traditions. Andoh begins by setting forth the ethos of washoku (traditional Japanese food), exploring its nuanced approach to balancing flavor, applying technique, and considering aesthetics hand-in-hand with nutrition. With detailed descriptions of ingredients complemented by stunning full-color photography, the book's comprehensive chapter on the Japanese pantry is practically a book unto itself. The recipes for soups, rice dishes and noodles, meat and poultry, seafood, and desserts are models of clarity and precision, and the rich cultural context and practical notes that Andoh provides help readers master the rhythm and flow of the washoku kitchen. Much more than just a collection of recipes, WASHOKU is a journey through a cuisine that is rich in history and as handsome as it is healthful. Awards2006 IACP Award WinnerReviews“This extensive volume is clearly intended for the cook serious about Japanese food.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune“. . . scholarly, yet inspirational . . . a foodie might just sit back and read for sheer enjoyment and edification.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Japanese Home Cooking with Master Chef Murata: Sixty Quick and Healthy Recipes

By Yoshihiro Murata

Kodansha International
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Japanese Home Cooking with Master Chef Murata: Sixty Quick and Healthy Recipes
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Yoshihiro Murata, one of the most accomplished and respected figures in Japan's culinary world, has combined his expertise and artistry with his enthusiasm for teaching Japanese cooking to create this exciting new book. Japanese Home Cooking with Master Chef Murata presents over sixty healthy home recipes, from classic to modern, ranging from popular restaurant offerings like yakitori, tempura, and shabu shabu to typical home dishes like onigiri (rice balls), miso soup, and tonkatsu fried pork cutlets.


All of the dishes can be made using Western kitchen tools and ordinary ingredients readily available from the supermarket; if a more exotic ingredient is called for, Murata suggests alternatives. And, while he strives to retain the authenticity of a recipe, he also recommends ways for the Western chef to adapt it. For example, in a number of the recipes, he suggests using high-quality store-bought chicken broth, which is also used in Japan, instead of traditional Japanese dashi stock.


Another important aspect of Chef Murata's approach to home cooking is his emphasis on presentation. With vivid color photographs, the book showcases Murata's simple and beautiful ideas for serving and plating the food.


Best known in the U.S. as the owner and chef of the fabulous Kikunoi restaurants, Murata has made it his mission to educate and enlighten food lovers everywhere about his native cuisine, in all its variety. As Chef Murata writes in the Introduction, "So let's begin cooking healthy food at home. I assure you that with this book, you can cook Japanese food quickly and easily, and develop a close feeling for the cuisine. I look forward to helping you, even if only a bit little to lead a healthier life and make yourself and your loved ones happier."


 
 
 

 
 
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