All posts tagged: Starter

5 easy steps to cook fresh Edamame

Forget about the frozen ones, at least from now till August!  Fresh Edamame 枝豆 are in season! Even for us living in Japan, this is the only time we get to eat them fresh. You often seen them at Japanese restaurants, this salted starter dish is a little bundle of nutrients. High in soya protein, eating Edamame can help to reduce insulin resistance, kidney damage, and fatty liver in people with diabetes.

Creamy Japanese potato salad

I must have been so used to the way how Japanese make their potato salad, I haven’t tried making others for a while. How do you like your potato salad to be done? In crunchy chunks, the smooth fluffy mashed ones or something in between? Japanese potato salad, poteto-sarada ポテトサラダ is that something in between – slightly dense but smooth and creamy.

Carrot & tuna salad

All done at the snap of a finger! Okay, maybe not a snap. But all you need is 5-8 minutes to make this Carrot & tuna salad にんじんとツナサラダ.  It’s a quick-to-fix starter recipe that comes in handy whenever I need to prepare a meal within 30 minutes or less. Anything with vinegar always gets an appetising tingle in the taste buds. This is no exception. Eat together with your main course or go simple, just with a slice of crusty bread, cream cheese and some marinated green olives. Yum!

Kinpira Gobo sauté

“昔ながらのお母さんのおかず” – our mother’s old-fashioned side dish. Kinpira Gobo  金平ごぼう  is definitely one of them. This traditional yet simple recipe is passed down by mothers from generation to generation. Japanese children are, of course, no stranger to it, they grew up eating Kinpira and I hope my kids too. One main ingredient used is Gobo ごぼう, also known as burdock root. This rugged-looking long stem obviously doesn’t look appealing in any way, but it is a hidden gem with many great nutrients. It has excellent anti-aging power and helps to improve allergy problems.

Veggie stew with Hijiki

Never belittles these “black little thingy”. Yes, black little thingy – my children would call whenever they see them on the dinning table. Indeed to children,  “black food” aren’t very inviting, especially picky eaters like mine. Hijiki 芽ひじき is actually seaweed which is well-known for its good nutrients. They are rich  in fibre and other essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium.