The culinary mashup you won’t be able to resist – Thai-inspired satay flavours in Japanese ramen, topped with a squidgy egg and that toasty chilli oil… why would you want to eat anything else? Other favourite veg I like to pop in include all kinds of Asian greens – bok choi, pak choi, chinese spinach […]
Want a quick and easy meal that is nutritious too? This Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry is packed with the rainbow of colours and goodness. This is a sensational meal for a busy evening. Put the rice on earlier in the rice cooker and when it’s done, throw the stir fry together. The stir fry […]
Tempura is like the Japanese version of our fish and chips but infinitely better. The batter is so much lighter. Consequently, it won’t leave you with that queasy feeling people often get after eating greasy food. It is not reserved for fish and potatoes either. The Japanese deep fry everything: from green beans, eggplant and […]
Pork Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish. It is traditionally served with shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, rice and miso soup as a set. I recently visited Japan for the first time in ten years and fell in love with Tonkatsu again. I never fully appreciated cabbage until I experienced it in Japan. It is a side for many dishes there and demonstrates that something as simple as shredded cabbage with a sauce can be a delicious accompaniment. It can be a welcome alternative to green salad.
The Tonkatsu set was also very popular with our children in our travels, mostly because of the deep fried crunchy meat, and the sticky rice. It is a good meal to practise using chopsticks for that reason. Whilst Tonkatsu usually uses pork fillets, it is also just as nice with chicken.
If you are a fan of Japanese flavours, this is a simple way to incorporate them into a healthy dish. Better still, you can tailor the amount of miso and soy sauce you use to suit your family’s tastes. This recipe works best with a wok, and using sushi rice adds to the flavour of the dish.