This year, I must say, Japanese food has stolen my heart. Or should I say stolen my stomach?
I shared my adventure eating authentic ramen for the first time after a friend of mine invited me to a local ramen house that I was reluctant to try. I have decided that it’s time to venture deeper into the unknown, or at least the never-before-tried. The one thing that I like the most about Japanese food is that it rarely requires a long list of ingredients. If you’re like me, you consider the cost of ingredients when determining the worth of the dish. If I have to buy fourteen new ingredients, I probably will put the recipe on a list for another day. If, however, I only need five new ingredients that I don’t already have stocked at home, I can get all of those from the grocery store as soon as tonight.
In honor of my new found love for Japanese food, I have put together a list of recipes that I have tried and loved or that I plan to take a stab at any day now. I will always have my staple recipes that my family loves but I am hoping that by the end of this, I have a few more to throw in my repertoire.
Japanese Foods To Try
You’re going to love these Japanese pot stickers that only take thirty minutes to make. There are many ways that you can prepare gyoza such as boiled or pan-fried. I looked to Rasa Maaysia for a Gyoza recipe that has a simple, easy to get your hands on, ingredient list that you can keep in your kitchen for future meals.
This is going to be a favorite – trust me. This is a savory Japanese pancake unlike anything that you’ve had before. Curious Nut deserves an award for this one and you can find her Okonomiyaki Pancake recipe here. The batter is topped with Japanese mayo and okonomiyaki sauce that you won’t regret. Of course, it looks like a lot is going on (and there really is) and it’s worth every bite.
Japanese Style Asparagus Fries
If you’re looking for something a little more familiar, this may be your best bet. Use Real Butter’s Japanese Asparagus Fries recipe offers the simplest step-by-step instructions for you to achieve this dish without breaking a sweat. This is a great first step if you or you family doesn’t take to new food too quickly. One bite and they’ll be hooked for more.