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Perfect and Easy Japanese Rice (gluten-free/ vegan)

Today I introduce you to “How to cook Japanese rice perfectly and easily”. If you have a rice cooker, you can just follow their directions. But if you don’t have one, this is the easiest recipe for perfect Japanese rice.

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Steamed rice is a staple food in Japanese cuisine. Japanese rice has soft texture and rice grains are shiny when it is cooked! We mostly eat rice two or three times a day. Even when we don’t cook, most super markets and convenience stores have many kinds of rice balls and rice products can be cooked in microwave.

Lately, some people add multi-grain rice to white rice when it is cooked to make the dish healthier but steamed white rice remains perennial favorites.



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Tips for cooking Japanese rice;

  • Find dried short-grain white rice, not “sweet sticky rice”.
  • Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • The heat level is the key. Once it boils, turn down the heat to very low not to get burned.
  • Do not open the lid when it is cooking even if it bubbles over. Wait patiently.
  • Steam the rice for 10 minutes after cooking.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Japanese rice

Tips for storing cooked rice;

Put one portion of cooked rice without cooling down in a glass container with a lid or freezer bag, or wrap with plastic wrap. Store in the freezer and use within 3 weeks. When you eat, put unwrapped frozen rice on a microwave-safe plate  and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes with a cover.

The key to store is to freeze the rice without cooling so it has fresh cooked rice taste even after storing for 3 weeks in the freezer.


Ingredients (4 servings, about 4 cups)

1 ½ cups short-grain white rice (I recommend Koshihikari Rice 4.4 Lb)

1 2/3 cups water


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Japanese rice


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Freeze-dried Tofu (Vegetarian, Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Simmered freeze-dried tofu with egg”. The dish has delicious dashi flavor and is very healthy.

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Freeze-dried tofu is very common preserved food in Japan. It is rich in nutrients and delicious. The tofu has been often used as an ingredient in Buddhist cuisine since 1600s. 

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The taste is very light and doesn’t have tofu aroma which is good for people who don’t like tofu very much. The texture is totally different from regular tofu. We can grill, simmer, bake and pan-fry them. Moreover, this is a great substitute for meat lately in Japan. 

The recipe is very easy.

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Bring the sauce to a boil and add the tofu. Simmer 15 minutes and drizzle with beaten egg.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Freeze Dried Tofu

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{Ingredients (serving 2)}
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1.2-ounce Freeze-dried Tofu

2 cups water

2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

½ Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. Mirin (Sweet Cooking Rice Wine)

1 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

1 tsp. Kombu Dashi Powder with No MSG (Vegetarian Soup Stock) any kind you choosing

2 eggs


 

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Freeze Dried Tofu


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Japanese-style Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato (Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Japanese-style braised chicken thighs with tomato”. 

In the recipe, I use cooking sake, bay leaf, sugar, salt and pepper as seasonings and it is marvelous! The reason to add cooking sake is that it makes chicken soft and juicy and it rids the meat of its smell.

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In Japan, people sometimes season tomato sauce dishes with soy sauce too. This adds great Asian flavor to the dish. 

The dish is very hearty but the recipe is not complicated. You can cook with just one pan.

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Cook chicken in a pan and set aside. With the pan, make tomato sauce. Put chicken back in the sauce and simmer.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Braised Chicken with TomatoIMG_4454_Foodgawker2


Ingredients (servings 2)
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2 chicken thighs

½ tablespoon vegetable oil

½ onion

1 small carrot

A pinch of salt and pepper

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomato (no salt added)

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon Cooking Sake

1 dried bay leaf


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Braised Chicken with Tomato


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Japanese-style oven-fried chicken (Gluten-free)

Japanese-style fried chicken called Karaage in Japanese, is made in a very thin batter so it is very juicy, tender and has great ginger soy sauce and garlic flavor. I am sure once you have a bite, you will not be able to stop eating because it is so yum!

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In the traditional recipe, the chicken is deep-fried in oil but I cook them in the oven that makes the dish healthier, and of course it still tastes divine!! Also I use corn starch and gluten free soy sauce, so the dish is great for people who follow gluten-free diet.

In Japan, there are many kinds of Karaage, such as chicken, chicken gristle, shrimp, calamari, octopus, fish, fish bone and so on. You can use this recipe for those ingredients too.

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The recipe is very quick and easy. There is no need to wait for marinating!!

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Season the chicken and dredge in corn starch. Brush with some oil and bake on a prepared baking sheet in the oven.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Oven-fried chicken


Ingredients (Servings 2)

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3 chicken thigh
5 tablespoons corn starch
1tablespoon Cooking Sake
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1teaspoon grated garlic or garlic powder
Some vegetable oil for brushing

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Oven-fried chicken


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Pan-Fried Tofu with Delicious Sweet-Savory Dashi Sauce (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Pan-Fried Tofu with Delicious Sweet Savory Dashi Sauce”. This dish is typical Japanese homemade dish which is called “Agedashi Tofu” in Japanese.
*When you use my homemade kelp dashi stock, this dish is going to be vegan dish. And if you want it to be gluten free, please use gluten free soy sauce.

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*My Kelp Dashi recipe is here: Kelp Dashi stock

*You can buy vegetarian kelp dashi powder on Amazon:  Kombu Dashi Powder with No MSG (Vegetarian Soup Stock) 

In regular recipe for this dish, tofu is deep-fried but sometimes I feel deep-frying is a little bit too much work so in my recipe I cook tofu in a pan using only 2 Tbsp. of oil. It is easy, healthy and delicious, and also it still has great crunchy texture!

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The recipe outline:

  • Drain tofu in the microwave.
  • Coat the tofu with corn starch and cook in the pan.
  • Cook the sauce and drizzle the tofu with it.

 

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Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Pan-Fried Tofu with Dashi Sauce


Ingredients (Servings 2)
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½ pack (7 oz.) Firm Tofu

1 cups Dashi Stock (any kind)

1 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp. Mirin (Sweet Cooking Rice Wine)

3 Tbsp. Corn Starch

2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

Some chopped Green Onion to taste

Graded Ginger to taste


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Pan-Fried Tofu with Dashi Sauce


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Flavorful Ginger Chicken (Gluten-free)

Today I introduce you to “Homemade Ginger Chicken.” This is an incredibly flavorful dish marinated mainly with ginger and soy sauce.

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As you know, ginger is extremely healthy. When you cook ginger, Gingerol, which is a flavor ingredient, changes chemically to Shogaol. This warms up our body and increases our metabolism. I often use ginger in my meals to make dishes flavorful and healthier!!

In this recipe I use chicken, but you can use pork instead of chicken if you prefer. If you use pork just make sure it is sliced thinly.

The recipe is very easy.
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Marinate cut chicken in a zipper plastic bag. Cook it with sliced onion in a pan.

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Ginger Chicken Thigh


Ingredients (Servings 2)
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2 pieces Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thigh

1 Tbsp. Grated Ginger

4 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

4 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

2 Tbsp. Mirin (Sweet Cooking Rice Wine)

1 Onion

1 Tbsp. Pure Sesame Oil  


Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Ginger Chicken Thigh