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Welcome to “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking”, a cooking class in TOKYO.

Chef and Recipe creator YUCa will guide you through the art of Easy, Simple and Delicious Japanese food to you!

Dorayaki

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How many Japanese sweets can you list up? There are so many sweets here in Japan. Anmitsu (Japanese style parfait), Yohkan (Agar agar jelly made of red bean paste), Mochi (I assume mochi ice cream is popular overseas), Daifuku (Several flavored mochi with normally red bean paste inside), Nerikiri (special sweets usually at tea ceremony which is made of mochi and white bean paste), Taiyaki (fish shape waffle with filling inside), Kudzu mochi, Warabi mochi, Manjyu, Dango, Senbei (Rice crackers) etc. This Dorayaki is one of the famous and traditional sweets that people love! Some of you might know the Japanese cartoon Doraemon. His favorite food is Dorayaki, of course.
The secret of Dorayaki is to use honey. Thanks to honey, the texture of this mini pancake is moist and delicious! Enjoy Japanese cooking!!

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Biwa (Loquat) time has come

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Time to eat the loquat called “Biwa” in Japanese! Thanks to the technology, you can buy most of the fruits all year around here in Japan. But there are some fruits that you can only taste during certain period of the year. And this Biwa is one of them! So, I feel something special for these kind of seasonal fruits.


I made Japanese sweets called “Yokan”. We usually use red bean paste to make Yokan but I found white bean paste in my fridge so I created this sweets!
After mixing water, agar agar and white bean paste to make the 1st layer, I chopped Biwa into small pieces and seasoned with sugar and lemon juice. While marinating it, I prepare another mixture of water, sugar and agar agar. Added Biwa in it and pour the whole mixture on the 1st layer. Move to the fridge to set for an hour! YUMMY

YUCa’s Table : vol.160

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Menu:
– Mixed brown rice with various mushrooms
– Miso soup with tofu, wakame and Japanese spring onion [Recipe]
– Chikuzen-ni (=Simmered veggies and chicken)
– Pickled cucumber and turnips
– Natto *fermented soybeans
– Kiwi 

Happy 4th Birthday, Kengo!

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My son became 4 years old in early June. 🎶
On his birthday, my family went outside for lunch together. After coming back home, he suddenly suggested me to bake his birthday cake together (Yap, it was around 17:00PM 🕔!), so we baked simple sponge cake together. Then, we coated the sponge cake with the coconut milk and maple syrup based whip cream and sprinkled banana and chocolate chips on top🎂.

He made his birthday cake by himself. What a memorable and funny birthday !
Eat well, sleep well and grow healthy…That’s what my husband and I strongly want for him.
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YUCa’s Table : vol.159

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Menu:
– Japanese rice topped with Edamame black sesame seeds
– Sautéed rice noodles with veggies
– Steamed dumpling
– Fried fish
– Eggplant steak with miso sauce [Recipe]
– Nikujaga [Recipe]
– Strawberry

Dog’s Day

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In the 5th month of pregnancy, Japanese people go to the shrine to pray for the safe delivery of the child. It is called “Dog’s Day” in Japan. My pregnancy passed 5 months as well, so I visited local shrine with my family, parents from Fukushima and my sister.
(Photo : My son poses as if he is also pregnant. 😂)


After the purification ceremony, I was given the abdominal band with my name on, two kinds of harms for safe delivery and Japanese sweets. (Yap! Sweets are everywhere here in Japan.)

YUCa’s Table : vol.158

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Menu:
– Miso soup with wakame, spring onion and dried tofu [Recipe]
– Japanese brown rice
– Nikujaga [Recipe]
– Tofu topped with spicy oil and garlic
– Natto (fermented soybeans) with okura
– Apple
– Yogurt

Gyu-don

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Do you like Wagyu (Japanese beef)? I DO! Actually, I am not a big meat eater but I enjoy Gyu-don because I use good quality Japanese beef. As you see, the ingredients of this dish are beef and onion, it’s kinda fast food. Same as western style fast food shops, there are so many gyu-don shops here in Japan. For me, Gyu-don is a comfort and satisfying fast food. The cooking process of this dish is very simple, choose the good quality meat as much as possible and simmer until the sauce and the juice from onion absorb into the meat. To add extra flavor (and happiness!), I usually add soft-boiled or seasoned egg on top. If you are interested in making the seasoned egg, please check here. Enjoy Japanese cooking!

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YUCa’s Table : vol.157

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Menu:
– Inari-zushi (w/Edamame, sakura cherry blossom and white sesame seeds)
– Nikujaga [Recipe]
– Eggplant steak with miso sauce [Recipe]
– Fried Chicken
– Fried potato
– Strawberry

Happy Mother’s Day & Exciting news!

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Happy Mother’s Day from Hawaii.
I am now having a late Golden Week (long national holiday in Japan) here in Oahu island.

So happy to experience the American style Mother’s Day! (There is a special buffet at our hotel. Wow!) I feel grateful to be a mother of my son. I didn’t realize being a mother is so fun, creative and precious! (&also challenging some times…)

Actually, I have one more NEWS today!!!
I will be a mother of one more child this Autumn!!! A bit nervous but more Excited!!!

For more Hawaii & Hawaii food photos, please check my private IG account (@yuca_private) ! See you there!!

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