Japanese Food in America – How to Make

You do not have to be in Japan to enjoy Japanese food. Heck! You can be anywhere and enjoy the sushi or sashimi that you love so much. How? By making them yourself of course!

So right now, you are probably asking yourself how you can manage to do that right? Well, that is what this article is for. Here are some things that you need to know to help you make Japanese food in America.

1. Recipes are conveniently available almost everywhere. You can get Japanese cookbooks at your local bookstore. If you are a novice, get a book that does not only list down the recipes for you. You may want something that can give you a clear background on what Japanese cuisine is all about. However, if you want a cheaper, you can always click on your handy dandy browser and search for them in the Internet.

2. Do not worry about the ingredients. Here’s the thing, sometimes Japanese recipes include some weird – sounding items that seem to be close to impossible to find. But, do not be fooled. Some of them has an American counterpart which you can easily get at your local grocery store. Plus, Japanese specialty stores are sprouting out like mushrooms everywhere. So if you want to save time on looking for some items, go look for a shop near your area.
3. In a rare case scenario, where you cannot find a specific ingredient, substitute. For example, if sushi rice is not available, you can always replace that with any short grain rice. You would just need to adjust the way you cook the substitute to achieve the same texture or consistency of the sushi rice.

4. Lastly, stay away from processed ingredients. Traditional Japanese cooking rarely calls for dried herbs, seafood or processed meat. So as much as possible, stick to freshest vegetables and meat that you can get your hands on.

Two Mouth Watering Japanese Recipes

Chicken Sukiyaki is another popular Japanese cuisine. Sukiyaki is made traditionally with beef but chicken is also popular. I have heard that chicken sukiyaki originated from “Kyoto” (formerly the imperial capital of Japan). When you in are visiting Japan, make sure that you also visit Kyoto and if you like sukiyaki, please consider giving chicken sukiyaki a try.

Here is the recipe for making chicken sukiyaki.

Chicken Sukiyaki ( for two)

Ingredients:

– Two fresh eggs
– 300 grams chicken
– one naga negi sliced 4 cms
– 1/4 hakusai
– One can mushroom
– One pack ito knonnyaku
– One Tofu
– 70 ml. soy sauce
– Three tablespoons of sugar
– One tablespoon of cooking oil

Preparation:

– Wash and slice the vegetables to your preferred size
– Pour cooking oil inside the frying pan and fry chicken until light brown.
– Add vegetables inside the frying pan
– Add soy sauce
– Add Sugar and mix
– When it boils, reduce fire
– When the chicken and vegetables are done, adjust the taste by adding soy sauce and sugar to desired taste.

Break fresh eggs and put into two separate bowls and use as a dip. It goes well with white rice. Best served hot.

Buta no kakuni teriyaki is another popular Japanese cuisine that I love eating. Buta kakuni is more popular as a home dish but is also served by some restaurants. Though it may look simple, it is tasty and can easily be prepared by anyone. The ingredients used are not hard to find and are commonly sold at Japanese groceries or you can get them online. Preparation only takes minutes and can be done easily even if you are in a tight schedule.

Buta no Kakuni Teriyaki (Pork Cubes Teriyaki Style)

Ingredients:

– 500 grams pork sliced in cubes
– 100 ml. soy sauce
– 50ml. mirin
– 4 tablespoons of sugar

Preparation:

– Slice beef to cubes
– Boil pork about ten minutes.
– Add soy sauce, mirin and sugar
– Cook in slow fire
– Turn the pork regularly to get an even cook, mix until sauce becomes thick
– Put in a flat plate, add parsley around plate or other green vegetables that you like and is ready to serve

Best served with white rice and some green salad.

There are other similar ways to prepare these two recipes but these are the ones that I prefer following.

Japanese Dessert Recipe – Dorayaki Cake

Dorayaki cake is a traditional Japanese dessert recipe that is a sweet cake with an anko filling. Anko filling consists of sweet azuki bean paste. It is a delicious addition to any traditional Japanese meal and you will love the texture, taste and flavor.

Ingredients for Japanese dessert recipe – Dorayaki Cake:
o 3 eggs
o 2/3 cup of white sugar
o ½ teaspoon of baking soda
o 3 tablespoons of water
o 1 cup of white flour – sifted
o ¾ pound of anko – sweet azuki beans
o Oil for frying

Directions to make Japanese dessert recipe – Dorayaki Cake:
o Put the eggs and the sugar into a bowl and whisk together well
o Dissolve the baking soda into the water
o Add the water into the egg mixture
o Add the sifted flour into the egg mixture gradually
o Heat a skillet or a hot plate and put a little bit of oil into it
o Pour a scoop of the batter into the skillet and form a small pancake
o Turn the pancake over in the pan when bubbles begin to form and appear of the surface of the cake
o Repeat this process to make 8 to 10 pancakes
o Cool the pancakes
o Put a scoop of the anko sweet beans between the pancakes
o This recipe makes about 4 to 5 dorayaki cakes

This Japanese dessert recipe for Dorayaki cake is easy to make and delicious. It is a rich in the Japanese culture. All sweets in Japanese are called wa-gashi and common ingredients that are used in Japanese dessert recipes are rice flour, red beans and sugar. There are very few recipes that actually call for the use of milk or butter. This kind of cooking tends to be much lower in fat that other forms of western dessert cooking.

Anko or the sweet red beans are a typical ingredient that is used in wa-gashi. They are also used as fillers fro manju and taiyaki. Japanese cakes are used and made on a variety of occasions and some are used for formal dinners and meetings while others are used as a common dessert after a meal.

It is best to serve your Dorayaki cake with green tea or other kinds of Japanese tea to get the true authentic flavor and feel of making a Japanese dessert. Japanese Christmas cakes are a favorite among the Japanese culture and are light and fluffy. Most of the cakes and desserts made from Japanese recipes are lower in fat and more healthy than other kinds of dessert recipes. They also require few ingredients and are relatively easy to make and prepare.

Best Places to Find Japanese Recipe Ingredients

Do you love Japanese food and wish that you could create some of those great Japanese dishes like shrimp tempura, katsudon curry, or yakitori, but don’t know where to get some of the necessary ingredients to complete these recipes?

The first thing you might want to try is to visit your local supermarket. Almost every large supermarket contains an aisle of ethnic foods, right? Well, if you live in Hawaii, you might be in luck due to the high concentration of Japanese immigrants to that state over the years; however, for the rest of the country, all you will find in the supermarket are a few packs of Ramen noodles, some bottles of soy sauce, and maybe a bottle of teriyaki sauce if you are lucky.

A step up from the supermarket would be a visit to the local Asian market. While at first this might seem like a good idea, again it depends on what area of the country you live in. Asian markets in Hawaii and California have quite a bit of great Japanese food, condiments, spices, or whatever else you might require. You will find that Asian markets in the rest of the country will be hit or miss.

Most of the Asian markets where I live are run by families from Vietnam or Thailand. Still, these Asian markets will have a better selection of Japanese food than the average supermarket. I have had some success finding Japanese Kewpie brand mayonnaise as well as Vermont Curry roux (despite the name, this curry roux is 100% Japanese), as well as some Japanese snacks like Pocky at these markets.

If you live in a small town with no Asian population to speak of, even an Asian market may be out of your reach. So where do you go when you are trying to find the necessary ingredients to make the perfect Japanese dish?

The internet of course! These days there are many websites where you can buy Japanese food online. They offer everything from Japanese spices, authentic Japanese teas, even Japanese snacks and candy. In fact, you can find even the most obscure ingredients to complete your recipes, like Japanese bread crumbs, and sheets of nori seaweed for those interested in making their own sushi.

Japanese food is not the only thing these online merchants offer! Some offer Japanese cookware, tea sets, bento boxes, even electronic goods such as rice cookers.

When looking for a website to buy Japanese food online, your best bet is to seek out the websites that specialize in Japanese cuisine. These online retailers know what ingredients are necessary for a wide variety of Japanese recipes and will always have these items available for purchase.

Don’t have a recipe for your favorite dish? The best Japanese online grocers will have free recipes available online for almost any Japanese dish you can imagine.

While you are on the internet, why not check out an online Japanese grocer today?