Monday, December 17, 2012

Amazake (甘酒) 

Amazake ( Pureed type)

Amazake is a Japanese traditional sweet non-alcohol drink which is served as a snack or dessert. Usually popular in winter, but nowadays it's also available in summer. Amazake is made from Sake Lees which is left over from making Japanese Sake (Pureed type). There are also another types of Amazake which is made from Koji - Malted rice (Transparent with rice type). It is said that Amazake contains many vitamins and nutrition. In winter, there are ready made canned Amazake available at the supermarket and also vendors at a temple and shrine. When you are in Japan be sure to try it. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shrimp Dim Sum

Shrimp Dim Sum or Siu Mai or Shumai (焼売)is traditional Chinese dumpling which is popular all over the world. I believe everyone loves it including me. I would not mind having it for breakfast everyday. I have never thought of making Dim Sum at home before. It sounds difficult to make a fresh and delicious Dim Sum at home. However I wanted to challenge something new for breakfast so I tried this. The recipe is adapted from cooking program and it turned out so perfect. Let's try.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea with Honey.

Ginger Tea is a delicious beverage with nice aroma and very refreshing. Beside, Ginger Tea also contains many nutritional and health benefits. Ginger helps to prevent from catching a cold, digestive problems, improve inflammation, improve blood circulation, relieve menstrual cramp  and many more. Recent research says that ginger also  effective in weight loss. In Japan, ginger tea is very popular among women for warming up, and diet purpose. Keep warm with a refreshing ginger tea.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chicken Hot Pot or Mizutaki

Chicken Hot Pot or Mizutaki is Japanese easy homemade hot pot. There is nothing better than gathering at the table  eating hot pot on a cold winter day. Winter comfort food which is hearty, healthy, tasty and easy to prepare. It's commonly eaten with ponzu sauce, grated ginger, grated sesame and finely chopped onion. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Japanese Sweet Potato

Japanese Sweet Potato is a popular sweet as its name made from pureed sweet potato. a dessert or snack that can be easily prepared at home. Late Autumn to Winter is a season of sweet potato here in Japan. They are naturally sweet and very suitable to make them for dessert or just simply steam or grill them and eat as it is. 

Sardine in Tomato Sauce

Sardine in Tomato Sauce is a curry that goes well with rice. It's simple to prepare yet very delicious and comforting food. Sardine is very rich in nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids which are good for health and many more. Especially as its very cheap and available all year round. But if you are sensitive to the odor, add ginger will definitely remove the odor. Use canned Sardine as an  alternative.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Salt Grilled Pacific Saury - Yaki Sanma

Autumn is the best season to enjoy Yaki Sanmma. It's simply fresh, easy to prepare, plentiful of omega-3, flavor and of course very yummy. Shio Yaki or Salt Grilled is a common way to cook and enjoy the flavor of the fish. It commonly serves with grated radish and Sudachi which is Japanese citrus.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mackerel braised in Miso sauce ( Saba No Miso-Ni)

Mackerel braised in Miso sauce or Saba No Miso-Ni is a Japanese popular home cooked simmered dishes. Miso is used in a variety of cooking from soup, simmered dish, sauce etc. The method of cooking recipe is extremely easy, simply simmer the mackerel in a Miso sauce until becoming full flavored.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Deep Fried Oyster with Tartar Sauce

Deep fried oyster or Kaki fry is a very popular Winter dish in Japan. The cooking process is very simple and easy yet full with flavor. This fried oyster is crispy outside and tender inside goes very with salad and tartar sauce.  Serve as a side dish or main dish with rice. In Japan, serving with hot rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage, and some pickles is very common. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hokkaido Cream Stew

Hokkaido Cream Stew is a Japanese style chicken and vegetables stew simmer in a natural cream and cheese. This stew is an ultimate comfort food on a cold day which will keep you warm from inside out. Extremely easy to prepare because there are many ready-made Roux available in the market. Choose one of your favorite to prepare, I prepare this brand as the ingredients are 100 % Hokkaido's product.  Serving this hearty stew with a bowl of rice or bread.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Asian Kebab

Asian Kebab is a healthy kebab using minced pork and tofu with a lot of Asian herbs simply goes well with sweet chilly sauce. Good for starter and snack. The recipe is adopted from Kurihara Harumi's recipe. I often cook following her recipe because the recipe is easy and  the taste is perfectly fit my taste.OK let's get started.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Noodle Salad or Nan Gyi Thoke (နန္းၾကီးသုပ္)

Nan Gyi Thoke is a noodle salad mixed in a chicken gravy with many other ingredients which is eaten as a breakfast, lunch or a snack. Nan Gyi simply refers to the thick round noodle and Thoke literally means mixed through. In Myanmar, Noodles come in different sizes and shape like round or flat. You can request small, medium or big size of noodles. Nan Gyi Thoke is commonly served with topping like crispy fritter and boiled egg.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Eggplant and Meat Sauce Gratin

Eggplant and Meat Sauce Grating is an easy, flavorful, and cheesy dish to prepare. If you love cheese I am sure you will definitely love this dish. Tomato meat sauce in a melted cheese with tender eggplant goes very well with french bread. A perfect dish to go with a glass of wine in an Autumn when the temperature starts to cool.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Simmer Fermented Soybean (納豆 トマト煮) ပဲပုတ္ခ်က္

Fermented Soybean or Natto in Japanese is an Asian fermented soybean product which is popular for health benefits. However the strong smell of the soybean makes it difficult for the foreigner to consume it. The research study showed that Natto is a source of protein, enrich with amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, polyamines, carbohydrates, numerous antioxidants, phytosterols, increases the digestibility and assimilation of nutrients in the body. Intake of moderate amount fermented soybean in daily food will enhance well-being.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Edomura Nikko

Edomura or Edo wonderland is an amusement park of Edo period (1603-1868). As soon as stepping into the theme park you will feel you are back to Edo time because of the atmosphere, buildings,  the costume are all set to that of Edo time. All of the staff dress up in Edo-style Kimono , set up their hair style to that time, and walking around. 
Apart from that, various kinds of shows are held throughout the day both in theater and outdoor. In a regular show, Ninjas fighting, Water magic  show, Edo judge system, Oiran show, Oiran parade, comic show, etc.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Vegetables Soup

This vegetable soup is introduced on TV programs for the purpose of weight loss . The recipe is introduced by a popular model Suzanne who previously took this soup for weight loss. According to the show, replace one meal with this soup for a month could reduce up to 7kg! The rest of other two meals can take as liking, of course not a heavy buffet, regular meals would be fine. This detox soup is suitable for a person who does not have time to do exercise or not a fan of work out that much. It will gradually reduce the weight as consuming this soup. The more you consume the more weight you will likely to lose as indicated in the show. But eating the same soup every day can be boring therefore adding some spices like curry powder, garlic, pepper, chilly sauce to the soup is recommended. The benefit of taking this soup is:
  • Fat burning  
  • Weight loss 
  • Improve constipation 
The taste is very similar to minestrone soup because the tomato base soup but much lighter. I usually cook this in a big volume, keep it in a fridge and warm up the serving portion. I sometimes add some additional vegetables that remain in my fridge.

Friday, September 21, 2012



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Burmese sour soup (ခ်ဥ္ရည္ဟင္း)

Burmese sour soup or Chin Yay Hin is a common soup that is eaten with curry. Burmese curry is a bit oily for that reason it is usually served with sour soup, pounded chilies or Napiyay with fresh vegetables and accompany by other types of salad. Using seasonal vegetables such as roselle leaves, radish, mustard green leaves, young tamarind leaves, etc. is very common.
Sometimes mixing available vegetables to make the soup also possible. Today I use Chinese watercress since it's in season now.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Butternut squash pottage

Butternut squash has a natural sweetness and richly flavored hence its best to make a soup or pottage. It also contains vitamin sources like beta carotene, iron, vitamin c, and so on. Starting a day with Butternut squash pottage on a a winter day would be an idea dishes but in summer chilled soup is equally good.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Edamame Soup

Edamame Soup is a hearty soup with full fragrant of green soybean . The soup is extremely healthy too as I use soy milk instead of fresh cream and milk, exclude onion and soup mixes to make the soup a bit lighter. The richness, silky smooth puree and nice fragrant from the soybean really boost the appetite up. Edamame also gave lovely and fresh light green color to the soup which is very beautiful. It can be served hot or chilled. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mustard Green Soup (မုန္ညွင္းဟင္းရည္)

Mustard green soup is a simple and healthy soup that Shan people enjoy throughout the year. Shan people use a lot of mustard green in cooking recipe such as pickle, stir fry, as a condiment, or simply make a soup. Cooking this soup is quite simple, it only takes time to simmer the broth but it's definitely worth waiting for.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Crispy fermented soybean relish (ရွမ္းပဲပုတ္ေစ့ေၾကာ္)

Crispy fermented soybean relish (Shan Pe Pote Says Kyaw) is a Shan traditional favorite dish. Fermented soy bean is a symbol of Shan dish. There are many kinds of fermented soybean in a paste, dry, and bean types. The way to serve this dish are varied. Simply eat with hot rice and sour soup or eat with Shan tomato rice.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Nagaoka Firework (Photo from blog-imgs-45-origin.fc2)
Hello dear readers,
Summer is the season of holiday in most of the country. Summer starts from early July to August in Japan. The temperature is around 25 C to 37 or so depending on the area. Recently it becomes hotter than before as a result of global warming.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Japanese Seafood Curry

Japanese curry is very easy and tasty dish to prepare. Curry is eaten all year round and popular for all ages in Japan. Spiciness of curry roux usually available  in 3 range; mild sweet (for child), middle hot and hot taste. I usually choose middle spicy one. There are many curry roux mixes blend like Java curry, Vermont curry, Kokumaro curry and so on. In summer adding additional summer vegetables are a way to enjoy healthy curry. Today I am making a seafood curry which is light and delicious. Using fresh seafood really makes the taste better than using frozen one. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Roasted Barley Tea -Mugicha (麦茶)

Roasted Barley Tea- Mugicha is all time favorite tea in Japan. Serve hot in winter and cold in summer. Mugicha is very healthy tea as it's free of caffeine and contains a lot of minerals. The taste is very delicious as well natural sweet and nice aroma of roasted barley. You can easily find a bottle of Mugicha on vending machine or in a convenient store in Japan. But It can be easily prepared at home as the ready made teabag is also available. There are many brands available in the market in a form of teabag or roasted loose grain type. I prefer to buy a teabag type as I do not need to measure each time to simmer it. It's very common that Mugicha is served at Japanese restaurants before a meal or even after meals as a hot one. 

Benefit of drinking this tea is;
  • Reduce stress
  • Control cholesterol
  • Antibacterial
  • Impurities the body
  • Contains vitamin B1, B2 and iron
  • Moistens the skin

Preparation method
1 or 1.5 liter water
1 teabag

Hot brewing:
  1. Bring water to boil, add tea bag and turn heat off.
  2. Leave it for 5 minutes 
  3. Take out the tea bag and leave it cool.
  4. Chill it in the fridge  
 Cold brewing:
  1. Put the tea bag in a cold water jug.
  2. Chill it in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Take teabag out
  4. When it gets chilled it ready to serve.
I personally prefer the hot brewing type as its more robust and tasty. Cold brewing gives a lighter taste but also refreshing  as hot brewing. For hot serving, skip cooling process. Serve immediately after simmering.

Edamame (枝豆)

Edamame is a Japanese  young green soybean that can be eaten fresh. A Summer popular snack that is served throughout the day. The best way is to serve with a jug of cool beer. Edamame is a good nutritious snack which is rich in protein, dietary fiber, manganese, carbohydrate, vitamin A, U1, C , and many more. Apart from snack, it's also popular to make a soup or tofu due to the decent light green color it really turns food into a beautiful color. So far I enjoy as a snack most. The bean has a very nice aroma and decent sweet taste. Adding less salt is the best to enjoy the real taste of the bean.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Egg Curry (ၾကက္ဥဟင္း)

Egg Curry is my all time favorite dish and I believe most of the Burmese people definitely love this curry. This curry is using very simple ingredients, easy to cook and of course very delicious dish that goes well with rice. Using duck egg is even better taste and flavorful but chicken egg is equally good.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Corn Tea

  Corn tea (Oksusu cha ) as its name made from roasted corn kernels. It's originally from South Korea and now getting popular in Japan. The ready made bottle can be found easily in a convenient store. But you can also buy a bag and make at home to enjoy throughout the day.

Mackerel fish in vinegar sauce (Aji Nanbantsuke)

Summer has begun in Japan. The heat up in summer dramatically makes people lose  appetite. Aji Nanbantsuke is the best side dish to serve as the sour taste of vinegar and some chili pepper can really stimulate the appetite.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Burmese Chicken Curry (ၾကက္သားဆီျပန္)

Ready to serve Chicken Curry
Burmese Chicken Curry (Kyat Thar Si Pyan) is an authentic dish that enjoys throughout the year. Si Pyan is a Burmese traditional food literally means 'oil-return'. The curry is simmering on a low heat until the oil return and ready to serve.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed vegetables are probably the most easy way to enjoy seasonal vegetables and most healthy. More importantly, steaming retains the sweetness, nutrition and vitamins of the vegetables. But only eating vegetables alone can be too simple and sometimes easily get bored.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Burmese Shrimp Curry (ပုဇြန္ဟင္း)

Burmese Shrimp Curry is always on my top  favorite. From young day, I remember very well how my grandma cooked us this curry when she got a fresh shrimp from the market. She would be very happy treating us a dinner while removing the shrimp's skin and marinading the curry with the rice for us.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tanabata Festival ( 七夕)

Hi dear readers,
Today is Tanabata, Japanese star festival day. The legend behind this festival is the meeting of lover between Orihime  and Hikoboshi who is good at weaving and cultivated. According to the legend, Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess) is a weaver who waves very beautiful clothes along the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "Heavenly river").

Friday, July 6, 2012

Peony Garden 東公園(ぼたん園)

Peony flower is literally known as Chinese symbol flower as well as the king of flowers. There are many famous poems and paintings about Peony in China. In japan, the flower is called "Botan" (ぼたん). I have never seen it before until recently. Early May to middle here is the Peony season. This year I could find some time and went to the garden. It was very beautiful and impressive. There are 120 kinds of Peony and about 5000 plants. The flower is so big, very sweet fragrant, and very similar to rose fragrant.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spring Roll

This spring roll is to enjoy the combination of fresh young green paprika and cheese. Simple snack that can enjoy throughout the summer day. I prefer making it extra piece and enjoy with chill green tea. 

Chicken Soup Curry

Soup curry is originated from Hokkaido and become very popular all over Japan. The specialty of this curry is probably the mild soup and contained a lot of seasonal vegetables. However the spiciness can be adjusted to the liking. There are many famous chicken soup curry rice out there but it's extremely easy to cook at home too. If you are in Japan you can even find the soup Roux. OK Let's get started.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Vinegar diet drink

Apple vinegar drink
Intake of vinegar is said to be very benefit to health. According to the research, taking vinegar constantly can be result in reducing stress, cold prevention, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, beautiful skin, water retention, hang over and so on. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Stir fry bitter melon (Goya chanpuru)

Goya chanpuru is an Okinawa popular dish consists of bitter melon, sausage or luncheon meat, egg, tofu and vegetables as liking. Stir fry all the ingredients and simply seasoning with soy sauce.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chicken Noodle (က်ိဳင္းတံုရွမ္းေခါက္ဆြဲ)

I believe that everyone loves noodle and have their favorite one. This chicken noodle is love by Keng Tung Shan people. Usually it will be cooking at home on the weekend and we enjoy as a breakfast or lunch . It goes well with fried pork skins and some pickles.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Anti-Aging Tea- Burdock Root Tea (Gobo Cha)

In Japan, apart from regular green tea, there are many kinds of herbal healthy tea available in drug stores. Recently, Burdock Root Tea has become very popular in Japan after broadcasting on TV. Burdock Root contains Inulin which is natural dietary fiber to improve digestion and remedy for skin problems. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yellowtail Teriyaki (Buri Teriyaki)

Yellowtail teriyaki is a winter common dishes where the best fish is available with fatty and tasty. Its popular to eat as Sashimi, on sushi and of course the best way to cook in teriyaki sauce . It pretty goes well with hot rice, miso soup and some pickle.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ribbon Carrot Salad

If you are a salad lover and like nice appearance salad this salad  is a must try. Combination of tuna and carrot match very well and give a rich taste. This salad simply can serve as a starter or as a main as a light lunch.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shan Fish Tomato Rice (ငါးထမင္းခ်ဥ္)

Fish tomato rice is a popular Shan traditional food. The recipe is slightly different from region to region. Today I am making Inle version which includes some fish. Usually in my region Kyaing Tong,  fish will not be added.This dish may take a little time to cook but it worths cooking.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Canned Tuna Salad

Canned Tuna Salad is an Asian casserole style, unique taste of the sauce really gives a comforting taste. Extremely easy and healthy recipe to make. It can be served in wrap lettuce or simply with hot rice topping with half fried egg. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Green Salad

Simple green salad but yet very fresh and healthy with balsamic vinegar dressing. I prefer my salad with light soy sauce or balsamic vinegar rather than heavy type mayonnaise. This salad can go with any kind of dressing as liking. Here is my easy homemade dressing.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Avocado Salad

The inspiration of this salad is from Japanese restaurant in Thailand. Having avocado as a salad was my first time but the taste was so impressed and now it becomes my favorite salad at home. The creamy touch of avocado match very well with soy sauce dressing and give light tastes.

Burmese Dried Shrimp Relish (Ba La Chaung) ဘာလေခ်ာင္ေၾကာ္

Ba La Chaung is a popular Myanmar side dish. In Shan State, the taste is a little different from original taste by adding more tamarind sauce and sometimes a little sugar.There are two types of Ba La Chaung; wet and crispy type. This time I am making a wet type. The taste is sour, spicy and a little salty which is very match with hot rice. Traditionally it serves with sour soup, curry and other vegetable dishes.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a Japanese family all time favorite dishes as similar to westerners mashed potato. Japanese potato salad add some vegetables like carrot, cucumber and onion or sometime bacon to the liking. I prefer my potato salad simple and less creamy. Adjust the taste to your liking. 

Saba Teriyaki

Saba teriyaki is very popular dishes that can be found in any Japanese restaurant. This dish is very easy to cook at home and yet very delicious.  Teriyaki sauce is very aromatic and tasty. It can be cooked with any kind of meat or fish you like. I usually prefer it with Saba fish or chicken.

Spinach Salad with Sesame Dressing (Goma ae)

Japanese spinach seasoning with a sesame dressing commonly serves as a side dish. It tastes a little sweet and have very nice aroma of sesame. I found the original recipe is a little too sweet for me so I prefer making myself less sweet.

Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)

Japanese Pork Cutlet is very well known dishes. Tonkatsu is typically served with rice and miso soup. It is also very popular to serve with curry rice and on a bowl of rice with egg known as Katsudon. Recently it also serves as Tonkatsu Sandwich and popular among young.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bananas in Coconut Milk

Banana in coconut milk dessert (Kluai Buat Chi) is very popular in Thailand and Asian. It can be served hot or chilled depending on liking. Usually serves chilled because of the hot weather. Today I am making a hot version. OK, let's get started.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Shan Saute Tofu (ပဲျပားေၾကာ္)

This tofu dish is a Shan food usually serve as a side dish. Serve with rice accompanying with some meat or fish as a main dish and some vegetable soup.

Green Salad with Orange Dressing

Simple salad with a fresh orange juice dressing.

Ingredients (serve 2)
1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce
100g  Fresh Spinach
1   Orange
2 Tablespoon of  Mayonnaise
2 Hard boiled egg
A dash of pepper and salt

  • Wash the vegetables and set aside. 
  • Keep the vegetables in refrigerator for 30 minute or more for crunchiness.  
  • Prepare the dressing by squeezing the orange juice and mix with the rest of ingredients. 
  • Arrange the vegetables and boiled egg on a plate, pour some dressing and serve chilled. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gyoza (餃子)

Original of Gyoza is from China name Jiǎozi   餃子. Nowadays it widely spreads to Asia, Japan and Western. The ingredient is varied but typically it includes minced meat, chopped cabbage or Chinese cabbage and garlic filled in round wrapper.


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