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HAPPOSAI (Babaocai): JAPANESE-CHINESE MIX VEGETABLE STIR-FRY

Babaocai is a typical Chinese stir-fry dish with various vegetables, seafood, and others. The dish is called "HAPPOSAI" (which is known for the manga character in RANMA) in Japan, and "HAPPO" means eight treasures. Although the dish is called eight treasures, it refers to "various" or 'many" so you can throw lots of vegetables. Typically, in Japan, thinly sliced pork belly, seafood includes squid or shrimp Napa cabbage, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushroom, carrots, quail eggs are commonly used in HAPPOSAI. Also, the dish that Happosai served on rice is called "CHUKA-DON" (which means Chinese rice bowl) and is popular menu in Japanese-Chinese restaurants. HAPPOSAI sauce is thicken with slurry made with potato starch and water. This dish is packed with umami flavor from various vegetables, pork belly, and seafood. The vegetable choice is totally up to you. Adjust the amount of slurry dpends on the water comes out cooked vegetables.
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[RECIPE ONLY] EASY QUICK SIDE DISH: JAPANESE MAYO CALESLOW

This easy Coleslaw Recipe with crisp cabbage, cucumber, apples and sesame seeds. Creamy, crunchy, crispy coleslaw with savory Japanese mayo dressing. It'll be taken for less than 1 hour includes marinating time. Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for potlucks, parties and meal prep.
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JAPANESE CHUNKY TARTAR SAUCE: KEWPIE MAYO, BOILED EGGS, YORGURT, PICKLES

This easy homemade Japanese tartar sauce is better than anything (especially you're hungry) you can buy at the store. It’s creamy, refreshing, kicking, filling, and perfect for serving next to your favorite deep-fried dishes and sandwiches. Mayonnaise provides the whole balance of flavor in this tartar sauce. For the best tartar sauce, (and this recipe is made with Japanese mayo,) you've gotta try Japanese mayonnaise. Pickles add crunch and flavor to the sauce. You can use dill pickles, but I recommend switching to pickled jalapeno instead of common pickles. Japanese ginger pickles also give you a unique sweet flavor.
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Classic Japanese GYOZA Dumpling AND Gyoza Sauce Recipe

Iconic golden crispy on the bottom, pretty pleats on the top, moreover, savory juicy inside. This classic Japanese pan-fried dumplings called Gyoza recipe serves up a popular weekend meal as well as a great appetizer for the party! No way you can compare homemade gyoza dumplings with take-out Gyoza from Japanese-like oriental restaurants or frozen chicken potstickers!
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[INSTANT POT/PRESSURE COOKER] MAKE JAPANESE KAKUNI DISH WITH PORK NECKS

This pork neck recipe is inspired by a Japanese simmered pork belly dish called "BUTA NO KAKUNI". Well, it's too much saying "inspired"...it is almost the same recipe when you make BUTA NO KAKUNI. Pork necks are not so popular ingredients in Japan, (but, it is the popular menu in Japanese BBQ restaurants,) I like pork necks in this recipe because they are not as fatty as pork belly and hardly beomce dry. It's super-easy to make, and the pulled meat goes well with ramen, tacos, and sandwiches!
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[RECIPE ONLY] MIX VEGETABLE STIR-FRY IN KETCHUP OYSTER SAUCE

Napolitan spaghetti, chicken rice...In Japanese cooking, we often use tomato ketchup to add sweet and tangy sour flavor. This Japanese-inspired veggie stir-fry is super easy to make and quick. No need to make a stir-fry sauce! Clean up your fridge to make this sweet savory vegetable stir fry. You can change ingredients whatever you have.
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Japanese Meal Prep Recipe: MISO-FLAVORED GROUND MEAT CALLED “NIKUMISO”

NIKUMISO is a popular meal-prep item in Japan which is stir-fried ground meat such as pork, chicken, or pork&beef mix with plenty of minced garlic and ginger, and miso paste. Surely, the hint of this popular flavored ground meat is from Chinese dishes. It is added with sugar so that NIKUMISO is a savory sweet miso flavor (also it is addictive), moreover, you can make it spicy while adding chili peppers or chili paste. NIKUMISO is actually a super-versatile item besides delicious, easy to make, and will last for 5 days in a fridge and 2 months in a freezer.
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JAPANESE COOKING 101: AMAZU VINEGAR SAUCE, AMAZU-ZUKE

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PARTY “CHIRASHI” SUSHI RECIPE: EASY & HEALTHY COLORFUL SWEET SUSHI DISH MAEKS KIDS HAPPY

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Become A Ramen Master At Home: Easy Japanese Chushu Pork Belly

Authentic rich Chashu sauce and juicy tender pork belly at home. For the ramen bowl or rice bowl topping! Because you want to skip rolling pork belly, just skip the process in this recipe.
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[RECIPE ONLY] SUNAGIMO AMAKARANI: SIMMERED CHICKEN GIZZARD IN SOY SAUCE

AMAKARANI (甘辛煮) is a traditional cooking method in Japanese cuisine that simmers ingredients in the sauce mainly based on sugar and soy sauce. Chicken gizzards in Japanese are "SUNAGIMO" so this dish is called "SUNAGIMO NO AMAKARANI" and also a popular dish as a nibble for beer, sake, and whiskey highball! Sweet, tangy, and sharp soy sauce flavor with a fresh ginge hint. It can be served right away, yet, the next day is much more delicious.
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EASY PARTY FOOD IDEA: Super Crispy Asian Thin Fried Chicken Breast [PAN-FRIED]

Fried Chicken Breasts - crispy, tender thin-sliced chicken breasts coated in rice flour and potato starch mixture with the secret tip to make them super crunchy and crispy ever. Happy about pan-fry with a little oil.
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[INSTANT POT RECIPE] Become A Ramen Master At Home: Japanese-Style Chashu Pork (made of pork shoulder)

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Easy Crispy “Chahan” Recipe: Japanese Egg Fried Rice With Simple Ingredients

Make this delicious authentic simple Chahan fried rice -Japanese fried rice- for a quick lunch or as a side for dinner. What'll you need is only egg and cold rice. For more ultimate tips to make "crispy" fired rice, read the post on the same page. You can add your choice of protein and other ingredients, but, select the vegetables that have less water content. This is the first step to making the best crispy fried rice, basically, egg rice.
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Tender Japanese-style Pork Shoulder Steak; These Japanese Tips Help Your Pork Steak From Drying Out

This pan-fired pork shoulder steak is a juicy, tender, moist steak that has been marinated in Japanese BBQ sauce often called YAKINIKU sauce! This easy and delicious dinner is perfect for especially weekdays when you don't have much time to make dinner or are not mood for grilling outside! Store the steak marinated in sauce in a freezer, it becomes further easier recipe. Tender, moist, delicious pork shoulder steak is made by marinating the pork in my Japanese BBQ sauce. Cook the steak with a non-stick skillet on the stovetop for an easy quick, less-messy dinner. Cook the steak covered with a lid so that the steak never dries out and is cooked effectively.
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Kinpira 101: Make Easy Quick Vegetable Side In Japanese Home Cooking

Kinpira is a quick stir-fry with Japanese basic (sweet and salty) sauce. The popular comfort side dish for dinner and bento items. It can help add nutritional value to every meal. Stock in the fridge since it'll last for almost a week once you make tons! Besides, add every salad, soup, and sandwich!! You can switch veggies to any root or less-water veggies.
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HOW TO MAKE SUSHI GINGER WITH COMMON GINGER (NOT YOUNG GINGER)

Spicy, sweet, thinly sliced ginger known as "gari" -the pink pickled ginger we associate with sushi. If you are fed up with super-sweet sushi ginger full of artificial color and preservatives, you might need to learn how to make homemade sushi ginger made with all-natural ingredients. Besides, you don't worry about how you can get "young ginger"! I'll tell you absolutely delicious sushi ginger made from a common (general) ginger that you always meet at local grocery stores.
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The Best Way To Use Leftover Chicken: Make Asian Chunky Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Craving for Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps? A quick -less than 30 minutes! easy, and delicious dinner that you can use up roast/ grilled chicken leftovers! I'll share all my cooking tips and make you an Asian cooking chef, better than the beloved dish from local Chinese food. Not greasy at all, has lots of veggies, (actually, half of the ingredients are vegetables!), and so addictive. To make this tasty stir-fry dish, preparation is important. Be sure all set, and combine the sauce before cooking!
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[Instant Pot/ Pressure Cooker/ Stovetop] NIKUJYAGA: Japanese Potato AND Pork Stew?… It’s A Side Dish

"Japanese pork and potato stew" called "Nikujaga" is not the main dish, which is a popular comfort side dish. It is not a dish to enjoy the soup although it is cooked with the Japanese basic broth. Technically, the main ingredient is potatoes. Easy to cook, quick and savory side dish for any occasion such as weeknight and weekend dinners, and gatherings.
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Falling Apart? Try This Rice Buns Recipe Never Happen

To make a beautiful “bun”, the best way is to use a round mold, but, you can still use a round cookie cutter, a plastic container (which I use), or a ramekin. Adding starch to the warm rice is the secret key to how the rice can hold together firmly. Enjoy the crispy light-browned rice buns.
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Shogayaki: Japanese Pork Ginger For Easy Quick Dinner

We always love "easy, juicy, tender, delicious" dishes for weeknight dinners. Shogayaki, one of the popular Japanese home cooking, the recipe is literally "easy, juicy, tender, and delicious"!!! Japanese pork slices are already juicy and tender, but, this dish could be dry and chewy when we buy thin-sliced pork in US grocery stores. I use thinly sliced pork shoulder. Marinating the pork with Salt-koji (aka Shio-koji) can bring the pork ginger tender, juicy, and more delicious if you have time! Pork is good for energizing you and Asian gingery sauce definitely makes you hungry.
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How To Cook Japanese Rice Perfectly Like You’re The Japanese On Stove Top Without A Rice Cooker

Cooking rice on the stovetop is hard to say easy. Although you'll need a little more techniques and experience, follow these steps and make sweet, fluffy, delicious Japanese rice ever. So, how do we, the Japanese, cook rice fluffy, sticky, and delicious? Let's check out the steps. *This recipe is available for especially medium, and short-grain white rice.
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Discover How To Make This Tender Juicy Crispy Boneless Chicken Breast Karaage

Good-bye dry fried chicken breast, with my tender juicy crispy Japanese fried chicken breast recipe! Deliciously seasoned in the traditional marinating sauce then double-frying until golden with mouthwatering crisp edges! Make tender and moist chicken breast in two time-saver methods, and make them full-flavored, without dipping sauce. My simple and easy Karaage chicken breast recipe uses skinless and boneless chicken breasts in the Japanese traditional way. Enjoy this authentic gingery Karaage chicken breast.
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TAKE A PEEK INTO JAPANESE PANTRY: Glass Noodles AND Harusame Salad Recipe

Japanese Glass Noodle Salad (Harusame Salad) is a simple, vinegary, savory fresh noodle dish that can bring an unusual international side dish to your kitchen. Quick-cooking of glass noodles, which soaking glass noodles in boiled water for 4 minutes, drain, rinse and cut. Add your favorite protein and vegetables. Great served chilled. Glass noodles are a common food in Asian cuisine, and it is called "Harusame" in Japanese. Japanese Harusame noodles are mainly made of potato starch. Harusame salad is also a popular salad menu in Japan- it's refreshing and addictive with sesame oil and soy sauce-based dressing. You can use Mung Bean Thread Vermicelli instead, but not rice noodles if you care about calories.
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Easy Quick Sweet Potato Recipe In Japanese Home Cooking: Lemon Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes simmered with refreshing lemon slices often is served in vegetable side dishes, Obento items, and kaiseki cuisine in Japan. Generally, we use SATSUMAIMO, Japanese sweet potatoes, but, you can use regular sweet potatoes if it’s available. Soak sliced sweet potatoes in cold water after cutting because they’ll quickly turn black when exposed to air. Simmer the sweet potatoes over low heat for the savory sweet! sweet! potato dish. Store in the refrigerator and consume within 4-5 days. Lemon sweet potato leftovers can be turned into other dishes while mashing them to make sweet potato pie or casserole dishes.
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[Instant Pot Recipe] Tender Moist Chicken Breast

This very tender and moist chicken breast recipe is inspired by the Japanese home cooking recipe which is using the low-temperature slow-cooking method (Sous VIde). Marinating with sugar and salt overnight to help the chicken breast tender and moist, I'll tell you two ways to use Instant Pot: "Pressure Cook" and "Sous Vide". Enjoy your perfectly delicious tender moist chicken ever for your weekend salad and Ramen noodles!
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Easy Crispy Japanese Pork Cutlet Recipe: Fried TONKATSU Baked TONKATSU

A crispy Panko breaded fried Japanese pork cutlet. This Pork Tonkatsu recipe is simple, easy, crispy, tender, and delicious! Using Japanese Panko, Crispy on the outside, and juicy and tender inside. Serve with Homemade Tonkatsu sauce or homemade Nagoya-style miso sauce.
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Japanese Potato Croquettes: Japanese-Style Deep-Fried Panko Mashed Potato Cake Is So Delicious

Japanese fried potato cakes aka Korokke. One of the famous comfort food in Japan. A crispy Panko and savory natural sweet filling are delicious and addictive, often served as a main dish (!), Obento item, the filling for a sandwich, and Izakaya nibble.
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Japanese TERIMAYO Shrimp Recipe: Easy, Savory, Creamy! Shrimp Stir-Fry With Teriyaki Mayonnaise

Easy 30 Minute Teriyaki Shrimp made with a homemade AUTHENTIC JAPANESE teriyaki sauce. This teriyaki shrimp stir fry is called TERIMAYO shrimp, an easy and flavorful dish that combines savory teriyaki sauce and creamy rich Japanese mayonnaise. You can change or add the vegetables as you like. It is ready in under 30 minutes (not counting making authentic teriyaki sauce), a super easy meal for a busy weeknight! Serving over rice will be perfect!
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Japanese Potato Salad Cheese Gyoza Dumplings With Square Wonton Wraps

You can't wait for leftover potato salad that's been turned into crispy potato cheese Gyoza dumplings. The options include deep-fry them or pan-frying them. It's exactly as you imagine: crispy potato gyoza dumplings will be the perfect appetizer or snack!
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Simple Japanese Potato Salad: Traditional Japanese Recipe With Kewpie Mayo

Japanese potato salad, chunky mashed potatoes, cucumbers, onions, eggs, aaaaand Japanese Kewpie Mayo. Savory creamy starchy Japanese-style potato salad is so addictive. Throw in it—leftover veggies, frozen corn, or you can skip some of the ingredients—making them perfect for cozy weekday dinners or as a side in a party spread!
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[Instant Pot] How To Make Fluffy Sticky Rice Like You’re The Japanese

Learn how to cook white rice (short, medium, and long grain rice) perfectly every time in easy few steps. It's the absolutely foolproof rice-cooking way and I'll never back to the rice cooker! Fluffy, sweet, delicious, easy, and quick. You can use your instant pot or your pressure cooker. If you've considered buying a rice cooker, get an Instant pot rather than it.
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Umeboshi Plums 101: Health Benefits, How To Eat, How To Make Iconic Japanese TSUKEMONO

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