Watercress & Gobo Salad

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, side dish, veggies | No Comments »

Salads or very simple dishes like marinated vegetables do the great job during the meal. They are just side dishes, but NOT just side dishes. They help you with fresh eating experience.

I made watercress and gobo salad. Lime flavor gave me good appetite.

[ ingredients for 1 ]
watercress 1 bunch
gobo (thin sliced and cooked in hot water) a little bit
walnuts 10g
olive oil 1Tbs
garlic 1 small clove(grated)
salt pinch
honey 1/5 tsp
lime small size 1/2 (squeeze)

Watercress & Gobo Salad

Watercress & Gobo Salad


[ 材料 一人分 ]
クレソン 1束
ゴボウ ささがきして茹でたもの少々
クルミ 10g
オリーブオイル 大さじ1
にんにくすりおろし 一かけ(小さいもの)
塩 少々
ハチミツ 小さじ 1/5
ライム絞り汁 小さいサイズ1/2コ分

Tataki (Crushed) Gobo with Wine Vinegar Sauce

Posted: August 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, side dish, veggies | No Comments »

Everybody has something like “can’t stop eating!!” stuff.  I have some too.  This is one of my “can’t stop eating” stuff.  Original recipe was from my mother’s and I tweaked it.

These kind of dishes can not be main ones at the table, but they add a touch of color to the meals.  Cooking process is super simple too.  Peel & cut, cook & crush and mix.

[ ingredients ]
gobo 1
white wine 2 Tbs
sushi vinegar 2 Tbs
olive oil 3 Tbs
whole grain mustard 1 Tbs

Tataki Gobo




[ 材料 ]
牛蒡 1本
白ワイン 大さじ2
すし酢 大さじ2
オリーブオイル 大さじ3
粒マスタード 大さじ1

Soy Milk Edamame Pudding

Posted: February 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, side dish | 6 Comments »

No sugar, No cream, No eggs, No chocolate… Break from sweet pudding today.
I still LOVE chocolate pudding though.


Only soy milk & edamame.  Put a little bit of “dashi” soy sauce.  Just like eating tofu.
Eat healthy!!  Well, …sometimes




UPDATE (03/02/10)

soy milk 300ml
gelatin 5g
edamame some

[how to do it]

  1. dissolve gelatin by pouring water(1&2/3 Tbs) and set aside.
  2. put soy milk in the pan over the medium heat. turn off the heat before coming to the boil and add gelatin to it. mix well and make sure the gelatin is melted. add 1/4 tsp of powdered Kombucha 昆布茶 “seaweed tea” if you like.
  3. have 2 bowls (one of them should be bigger). pour cold water (with ice) in the bigger bowl and pour soy milk mix in the smaller bowl and place the smaller bowl on top of bigger bowl. stir slowly until it gets thicker.
  4. pour soy milk mix into cocottes or small pudding pans and drop a couple of edamames. place them in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Fried Tofu Salad

Posted: August 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, side dish | No Comments »

It’s been hot in LA for last couple of days.  My appetite is going down a little.  Less energy for cooking in front of the oven.  Shorter kitchen work is better!!

Here is 3 steps recipe for fried tofu salad.

1. Tofu (1 pkg) – Drain in a colander or strainer.  After a while, cut tofu into 1 bite size and sprinkle with potato starch. Fry with canola oil (2 Tbs).

2. Sauce – Mix the following ingredients in a bowl.  Mayo (2 Tbs), Oyster sauce (1 Tbs), Soy milk (1 Tbs), Cooking sake (1 tsp), Ground sesame seed (1 Tbs)

3. Arrange the fried tofu with your favorite salad green on a plate

Fried Tofu Salad

Easy, decent voluminous plate under $2 for 2.
Let’s survive the hot summer!

Hiya Yakko : Tofu meets Tomato

Posted: August 5th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: cooking, side dish | 2 Comments »

We love tofu and cook in many different ways often.
Tofu can be main dish, side dish and also desert!

It’s been hot recently and I needed something refreshyyyy!!
Hiya yakko (Cold tofu) is a great side dish for hot summer! Standard toppings in Japan are green onion, grated ginger, bonito flakes, etc… I used what I had in the fridge this time.


[ingredients for 2]
Tofu (Soft tofu)  1 pkg
Small ripe tomato 1 (chopped)
Queso Fresco cheese (crumbled) 2 Tbs
Ground sesame seed

[how to do it]
1. Mix the chopped tomato and Queso Fresco
2. Put the tofu(cut in half) in a small bowl and place tomato & cheese on top of it
3. Sprinkle ground sesame seed & tiny bit of soy sauce

That’s it!

I am trying new toppings for tofu recently. I put soy sauce tiny bit this time, but vinegar dressing next time, maybe…and basil leaf.

What’s next??