Rich unagi no kabayaki grilled eel becomes a light dish accompanied by cucumber slices. The combination of warm eel and cool cucumber lets you enjoy the rich mouth feel of eel and refreshing cucumber at the same time.
An easy potato dish with simple flavoring of soy sauce and brown sugar. The moist, crumbly texture gives this dish a low profile, allowing it to pair with other dishes very well while still having a strong, satisfying flavor.
A great appetizer – the faint taste and aroma of Earl Grey tea spreads in your mouth as you munch. The flavor and scent of tea intensifies after a few days in the fridge.
A quick fried rice with minimal ingredients. One of my standard lunches when there is leftover plain rice.
A standard deep-fried dish. The ginger in the marinade adds a refreshing note. With a squeeze of lemon, this becomes a great companion for beer in summer.
A chunky kinpira-type dish full of fiber. The contrast between firm gobo and chewy konnyaku makes this dish quite satisfying. A great companion for plain rice or drinks!
Sauteing transforms the humble carrot into a sweet vegetable. With this extra step followed by mashing, carrot adds a pleasant orange hue and mild taste to miso soup.
For me, creamy eggplant has a nostalgic flavor that brings back memories of the table at my grandmother's big old farmhouse. This is a lighter version of what my grandmother used to make.
The sweetness of corn is brought out by sauteing and by the toasty, slightly salty taste of sakura ebi. Lettuce adds a nice crunch to this quick dish.
A standard summer dish of cold flour noodles. These thin noodles are a great choice on scorching hot days when you have little appetite -- they cool you down from the inside.
Tomato, onion and red pepper combine to make a fruity sauce with slightly sweet and faintly sour notes. This sauce goes wonderfully well with white fish or chicken. Here is an example with sauteed lingcod. Freshly baked bread is a great companion for this dish.
The sharp taste of lemon softens after several hours. Finely chop onion for a chunky texture with a straightforward flavor, or grate it for a juicy dressing with a milder taste.
Juicy fresh corn provides a pleasant counterpoint to the crumbly potato while a tiny amount of butter adds a rich note to this miso soup.