japanese

Who wants curry for dinner?

One of the things the Japanese does well is curry! However, it might be slightly different than the Indian curry you’re used to. Japanese curry is less spicy and reminiscent of thick stew. The usual ingredients for Japanese curry are potatoes, carrots, onions and meat.

When I made this recipe, I used chicken but you can use pork or beef. You can also make it vegetarian by adding other vegetables like celery, peas and bell peppers. Slices of apple may also be added for extra sweetness. Don’t worry Japanese people have also made it easier for home cooks to recreate this dish by offering curry roux cubes instead of buying several different spices.

Without further ado, here’s the quick and easy recipe for Japanese curry! (more…)

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Five Beautiful Japanese Words

Language provides us with the ability to describe human experiences. With over thousands of cultures and even more number of languages, we can’t quite capture our whole understanding of the world with just one language. History, tradition, religion and character are merely examples of the causes that guide languages to invent unique words. You’d be surprised to know how many words there are that cannot be translated directly to your native language. (more…)

Japanese Potato Salad

Potato salad is a staple in every bento “packed lunch”. While you can readily buy it in supermarkets or corner stores, it’s always better homemade. It’s an excellent side dish to karaage “fried chicken” and any barbeque dishes. I like using gold (Yukon) potatoes as it’s more buttery than other varieties. You can still definitely use Russet potatoes if you want. While my recipe is more traditional, you can absolutely add some bacon bits, sliced ham or corn if you’re feeling more adventurous. The dish is better left in the fridge for a few minutes and served cold. (more…)