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…)


Creamy Tomato Tuna Pasta

People’s comfort food ranges from chicken noodle soup to ice cream. My favorite dish when I’m extremely hungover or just feeling a little sick is this wonderful creamy tomato tuna pasta. You may choose to top it with cheese and pop it in the oven, or serve it with shaved parmesan and garnish with roughly chopped parsley. It’s extremely easy to make, and doesn’t take more that 20 minutes! (more…)

Egg(s) in Purgatory

For today’s dinner, I was debating whether to make pasta or eggs in purgatory. The spicy breakfast dish won! I like the simplicity yet bold flavors of this dish. It’s perfect any time of the day. I like mine chunkier than usual so I choose to cook the sauce separately from the egg. However, you can do the traditional version and poach it in the sauce. You may also try to bake it in the oven topped with your favorite cheese! I usually eat mine as is but most serve it with bread. (more…)

Salmon with Sweet Potato Mash, Apples & Pecan

After taking a bite of the sweet potato mash my brother cooked a week ago, I knew I had to create a dish around it. I immediately thought of all the salmon and mashed potato dishes I’ve eaten before. And while it always goes well together, without its accompanying sauces, it’s always bland. I wanted the dish to be a sweeter and spicier at the same time. That’s when I decided to use sweet potato for the mash, add some apple for tartness and pecans for crunch. I also decided to make a rub for the salmon just so it can have a little kick.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! (more…)

Spicy Chicken Avocado BLT Sandwich

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a burger place with a few of my friends. I’m not really fond of beef patties. The only kind I can stomach is shake shack burgers, and that’s only on very rare occasions. I know, blasphemy.

I ended up order their chicken blt sandwich but decided to ask for their spicy mayo sauce and sliced avocados. It was heaven so I thought about recreating it at home! This time, I’m making the chicken spicy with cayenne pepper and leaving the mayo as is. I did write a short note at the end of this post for those of you who want to make a spicy mayo sauce. (more…)


I have a huge obsession with Chipotle guacamole. However, it’s so expensive and of course, cannot be found in Tokyo so I finally decided to make my own. I experimented with a lot of ingredients until I found my perfect recipe! I like using lemon as opposed to lime because I think it has a sweeter and milder taste. I try to avoid real pepper because I’m not a fan of the taste. I use chili powder instead for the spicy kick. Hope you guys enjoy this too! (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…)