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YUCa’s Diary : Week 24, 2021

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Happy Weekend! My family and I visited Roppongi Hills and had lunch at our new favorite spot. We sit at the terrace seat and enjoyed the food and the sunshine. We had this beautifully sunny day today here in Tokyo. it’s still rainy season and rainy days will be back next week. Have a wonderful weekend & new week, everyone!!!

Recipe : Kayaku Mixed Rice (Takikomi Gohan) Onigiri

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In this recipe video, I will show you how to make Kayaku Mixed Rice (Takikomi Gohan) Onigiri. Kayaku means to add various nutritious ingredients. Takikomi Gohan is a genre of cooking rice and it means to steam and mix rice with various ingredients like veggies, seafood and meat. The umami flavor from shiitake mushroom leftover water and other soup make this dish so flavorful and comfort. Please also don’t forget to check simple Japanese breakfast ideas!
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YUCa’s Diary : Week 23, 2021

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After strawberry, it’s Melon time! Recently, my mother sent us this beautiful Japanese melon. Everyone (except me!) in my family seems to be not good at melons, so I have to create recipes so that they can be eaten deliciously.

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YUCa’s Table : vol.217

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– Onigiri with Yukari, Black sesame seeds and Veggies [Recipe]
– Miso soup with broccoli, tofu and sweet potato [Recipe]
– Hijiki seaweed salad [Recipe]
– Cucumber pickles  [Recipe]
– Stir-fry spinach
– Steamed sweet potato and lemon

Recipe : Teriyaki Chicken (+ Burger & Donburi)

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In this recipe video, I will show you how to make Teriyaki Chicken. After making Teriyaki chicken, I will also introduce Teriyaki Chicken Burger and Teriyaki Chicken Donburi. Donburi means a dish over the rice. Which recipe would you like to try first? I hope these recipes will bring you a wonderful time with your friends and family.

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Yoshoku (Japanese-style Western Food) 洋食

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Yoshoku (洋食)
is western food adapted to the Japanese palate. This style of cuisine started in the Meiji restoration period, 1868-1012, when, after centuries of isolation, Japanese citizens began traveling to  other countries and learning about the cuisine outside of Japan. So, Yoshoku also means uniquely developed Japanese-style western dishes.

The classic Yoshoku dishes includes curry rice, ebi fry (fried shrimp), and Korokke (croquette made with potatoes and meat). Some of these influences are reflected in the popularity in Japan, of sauces such as ketchup or Worcestershire, as well as bread.

Yoshoku has a special appeal of nostalgia to the Japanese. It is an icon of the Showa period, and the never-changing taste of the classic dishes bring back people’s memories. A great place to feel the nostalgia is authentic Koshoku restaurants called “Yoshoku ya” (洋食屋) or “Yoshoku ten” (洋食店).

You can αlso eat Yoshoku dishes in other places, too. Family restaurants called “Famiresu” are casual and inexpensive chain restaurants. Okosama lunch is a popular item at famiresu. It is a plate of selected Koshoku dishes specially made for children. Some of the Japanese-style cafes called “Kissaten” (喫茶店) serve yoshoku dishes too.

Most Yoshoku dishes will be eaten with silverware instead of chopsticks, rice at Yoshoku restaurant is served on a plate instead of in a rice bowl.

Popular Yoshoku menu items:

Furai(フライ)Breaded and deep-fried items such as shrimp, scallops, fish, oysters

Napolitan (ナポリタン ) Spaghetti with ketchup based sauce

Omuraisu(オムライス) An omelet willed with ketchup-flavored rice

Other Yoshoku menu items:

Hamba-gu(ハンバーグ)A meatloaf-like burger served with demi-glace sauce, but without a bun

Kare-raisu (カレーライス) Curry with rice

Korokke (コロッケ) Creamy croquettes, sometimes filled with seafood such as crab

Menchi Katsu(メンチカツ) Breaded and deep-fried hamburger to which chopped onions have been added

Omuretsu(オムレツ) Omelet

Guratan(グラタン)Gratin dishes often macaroni or seafood in cream sauce with cheese

Doria (ドリア) Rice casserole with a white sauce

Hayashi raise (ハヤシライス) Beef stew in a demi-glace sauce

Bi-fu shichu (ビーフシチュー) Beef stew

Bi-fu sute-ki(ビーフステーキ) Beef steak

Roru kyabettsu(ロールキャベツ)Cabbage rolls with tomato sauce

Memo :

1. Are you looking for Japanese cookbooks and kitchenwares etc? Visit YJC store on Amazon!
2. Would you like to cook many more recipes? Download Free recipe app from here! “Recipe by YJC

* Reference of this article : Food Sake Tokyo (The Terroir Guides) , 外国人がいちばん食べたい和食90選

YUCa’s Diary : Week 22, 2021

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Weekend has come! I visited Ariake area with my family and enjoyed the sunny day.
This week, my son will be 6 years old. Wow, 6 years old?! Still can’t believe. Especially, when I watch my YouTube videos, he is still 2 to 4 years old.
Anyway, I am so happy to be his mother and learn, experiment and try new things together everyday. And, I feel thankful that he helps me out and plays with his super energetic little sister Sui-chan. I want him to make various friends and spend fun time at his kindergarten. Oh, one more thing! Eat more veggies!!! 😉

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