Foodwhirl Page for Namiko Chen

About Namiko Chen

Someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen and share Japanese home cooking recipes. Author of
Temari Sushi

Temari Sushi – the casual sushi anyone can make at home. Be creative and develop your own special temari sushi. From the original site: Temari Sushi is a casual sushi that we can make at home. You don’t need sushi chef’s skill to make these cute delicious little balls of sushi. Temari (“hand ball” in […]

Kakiage Don

Deep fried golden vegetables with shrimp, crunchy veggie tempura with carrot, sweet potato, and gobo with homemade sauce over rice. From the original site: Kankana is currently on vacation spending time with her family in India so I accepted the honor of guest blogging on her site. Thank you Kankana for inviting me! I prepared […]

Japanese Sesame Dressing

Homemade Japanese sesame dressing – healthy full flavored salad dressing and only takes minutes to make. From the original site: Since my son loves Japanese sesame dressing, I keep making different versions and this particular dressing is actually my husband’s favorite. I wrote down the recipe so that I can make it again, but usually […]

Salmon and Ikura Donburi

Salmon sashimi and fresh salmon roe served over shiso leaves and rice, garnished with thinly sliced nori . Easy meal that can be prepared in 5 minutes. From the original site: First of all, this is my children’s favorite donburi. They are really crazy about salmon sashimi and ikura and it’s interesting because these two […]

Grilled Eggplant (Yaki Nasu)

Fire roasted eggplant with ponzu and yuzu pepper sauce, garnished with green onion and bonito flakes. From the original site: If you are familiar with the Japanese cuisine, you are probably aware already that we place more emphasis on the natural flavor of the food instead of adding spices or seasonings. Japanese Grilled Eggplant is […]

Momofuku Fried Chicken

David Chang’s momofuku fried chicken (baked), it is finger licking good. From the original site: If you are not familiar with “Momofuku”, it’s a restaurant group in New York City owned by Chef David Chang. I’ve been hearing about Momofuku’s fried chicken from friends for a while so when I saw Chicken Wings with Momofuku […]

Black Cod with Miso

Black cod, or sablefish, is known sometimes as “butterfish” as they are silky rich in omega-3 fats. This creamy white flesh pairs extremely well with sweet miso paste that is a tiny bit salty, and I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with this recipe. From the original site: Black Cod with Miso is […]

Tandoori Chicken Puffs

Tandoori chicken pastry pull – delicious flakey puff with tandoori chicken From the original site: While growing up in Japan, I didn’t really eat food that contained spices. If you have been to Japan or are acquainted with Japanese cuisine, you probably agree with me that the Japanese do not use many spices in our […]

Shishamo Wrap

Shishamo (Japanese smelt) is one of Japan’s delicacies and popular appetizer. Usually grilled or fried whole. From the original site: While growing up I didn’t like Shishamo that much at all. My mom told me I had to eat at least one fish because they are good source for calcium. Now I’m a mother of […]

Kabocha Pork Stir Fry

Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) pork stir fry with garlic soy sauce. From the original site: It’s the beginning of fall and various pumpkin recipes are starting to appear on websites and magazines. It made me think of sharing this easy and quick Kobocha recipe today. Kabocha is sometimes referred to as Japanese pumpkin or Kabocha squash […]

Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball)

Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) with broiled salmon and shiso leaves. Great as a meal on the go. From the original site: Most of the time my children devour any broiled fish we serve, but once in a while there is leftover. I usually make Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball) using the leftover. Shiso adds nice flavor […]

Chicken & Tofu Burger Steak

Japanese-style steak made from chicken and tofu, healthy alternative to beef steak. From the original site: In Japan this dish is called Tofu Hambagu, however my husband pointed out that people may misunderstand it as “vegetarian” dish, so I changed the name since it contains ground chicken. If you are not a big tofu fan, […]

Potato Salad Pork Roll

Japanese cooking uses thinly sliced beef and pork for many dishes. One of the most common way to utilize these thin slices of meat is to roll something with it. For this recipe, I rolled Japanese potato side with thinly sliced pork. From the original site: Using sliced meat allows us to be very creative […]

Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce

Pan fried eggplant served in a tasty ponzu dressing. Easy to prepare and serve chilled. From the original site: Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce is one of my favorite eggplant recipe as it’s very easy to make! The combination of eggplant, shiso leaves, and the ponzu sauce is simply amazing. If you are having a […]

Japanese Potato Salad

What is Japanese Potato Salad? The main difference between Japanese and American potato salad is that Japanese potato salad always use mash potatoes. The rest of ingredients include ham, cucumber, carrot, egg, and sometimes corn or thinly sliced onion. It requires Japanese mayonnaise which is made with egg yolks instead of whole eggs, and apple […]

Chawanmushi (Savory Steamed Egg Custard)

Silky soft steamed egg custard – class Japanese appetizer. Garnish with ikura (salmon roe). From the original site: Chawanmushi is a Japanese egg custard appetizer which consists of ginkgo nuts, shiitake mushrooms, kamaboko (Japanese fish cake), and an egg mixture flavored with dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. The egg custard is steamed in a cup […]

Pork Curry Donburi

As I mentioned in my Japanese Beef Curry post (, curry rice is one of Japanese kids’ favorite meals. I always looked forward to the day when my mom was making curry rice for dinner. We have a lot of curry rice specialty restaurants in Japan and it wouldn’t be incorrect to say it’s one […]

Lemon Chicken

Easy and delicious lemon chicken – recipe from Bee Yinn Low’s cookbook (Easy Chinese Recipes) From the original site: First of all, I have always wanted to cook delicious Chinese food for my husband. Most of you probably know that my husband is Chinese (precisely Taiwanese American), and I know how to cook a few […]

Eggplant Parmesan with Meat Sauce

Taste of crispy eggplants and cheese with the tartness of the tomato blended perfectly. From the original site: I’ve never cooked Eggplant Parmesan before but I love eggplants, tomato sauce, and pasta, and her pictures made me super hungry. However, I had one problem: my husband wants meat (or any kind of seafood) with all […]

Green Tea Ice Cream

Home made green tea ice cream, authentic green tea flavor with macha powder. From the original site: When I tasted this ice cream, I was surprised how authentic the taste was and it brought me right back to Japan!! If you know what I’m talking about and miss authentic Japanese green tea ice cream, then […]

Shrimp & Pork Wonton

Simple Japanese wonton recipe – traditional Chinese comfort food with a Japanese twist. From the original site: I will probably cook this soon as wontons are my kids’ favorite. Wontons are served differently in various part of China. For example, in the Canton area, it’s famous for wontons to be served with noodle and enjoyed […]

Zaru Soba (Cold Soba Noodles)

Zaru Soba – Japanese buckwheat noodle dipped in dashi soy sauce. From the original site: Summer in Japan can be really hot and humid, and Zaru Soba was one of my favorite lunch menu when I was growing up. As you see in the picture, cold soba noodles are typically served in zaru, which means […]

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage – Japanese appetizer, deep fried seasoned boneless chicken. Drizzle with lemon. From the original site: Today I’m sharing my Chicken Karaage (鶏の唐揚げ) recipe at Cuisine Paradise. Ellena, the author of the website, is based in Singapore and she has been nominated for Singapore Blog Awards 2011.

California Roll

Homemade California roll, delicious crab in Japanese mayo dressing and avocado, garnished with tobiko and ikura roe. From the original site: Avocado: peel and cut avocado into quarter-inch slices (How To Cut Avocado). You can squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the cut avocados to prevent them from turning brown (optional).

Garlic Miso Chicken Wings

Broiled chicken drumettes marinated in a soy miso sauce. My kids loves these wings! From the original site: My kids love chicken wings. I usually use drumettes for them so they can easily enjoy these mini-drumsticks. This recipe was originally from my Japanese friend who used to live in San Francisco because of her husband’s […]