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About Namiko Chen

Someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen and share Japanese home cooking recipes. Author of
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Thyme

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Thyme From the original site: My friend had recommended this recipe to me but I tweaked a little bit from the original recipe by adding fresh thyme, and changing the portion of seasonings. It was really easy to make and very delicious. In addition Brussels sprout contains lots of good […]

“Japanese style” Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Make spaghetti meat sauce recipe from scratch. It takes some effort but the taste is way better than sauce from a jar. From the original site: Japanese style Spaghetti Meat Sauce was my favorite food since childhood and I always “had to” order it whenever we went to Western-style restaurant in Japan. I would even […]

Tonkatsu – Fried Pork Cutlet

Tonkatsu – breaded pork cutlet fried and served with tonkatsu sauce. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. From the original site: Tonkatsu is one of my husband’s favorite Japanese food (which includes yakitori, sushi, shabushabu, and Japanese steak). Whenever we go to Japan, we always make a mandatory stop at Wako or […]

Red Bean Ice Cream (Home made)

Azuki Ice cream – home made red bean ice cream drizzled with black sesame seeds From the original site: Red bean is by far the most popular ingredient or flavor in traditional Japanese sweets. Its prominence in Japanese sweets is similar to chocolate for western desserts. Even after living in the states for many years, […]

Fried lotus root with pork

Delicious fried lotus root appetizer, seasoned ground pork sandwiched between two slices of fried lotus root. From the original site: Today, I’ll share a lotus root recipe. If you have spent quite a bit of time in Asia, then you are probably familiar with lotus root as an ingredient. I found out that lotus root […]

Mango Ice Cream

Homemade mango ice cream recipe – easy mango ice cream recipe. Takes only a few prep and you can enjoy fresh mango ice cream at home. Ice cream maker required. From the original site: So today, I’d like to share a Mango Ice Cream recipe. For the last month or so, I visited quite a […]

Japanese Tuna and Mushroom Pasta

Japanese style spaghetti pasta prepared with tuna and 3 different kinds of Japanese mushrooms. Garnished with sliced Nori and Shiso. From the original site: What is Japanese pasta?? You might ask. Yes, not Ramen, no Udon, not Soba, but pasta. Japanese pasta is simply Italian pasta prepared with Japanese ingredients and flavors.   

Cherry Clafoutis

Simple baked French dessert made with fresh cherries. It’s a family favorite! No pie crust necessary. From the original site: After we got fresh cherries from the orchard we visited, I baked this dessert using fresh cherries. Her instructions were very easy and I pretty much followed her recipe except for the amount of vanilla […]

Ginger Pork Shogayaki

Classic Japanese home cooking dish, pan fried thinly sliced pork marinated in ginger soy seasoning. Goes great on top of rice for a quick meal. From the original site: Today I want share Ginger Pork, one of the most common pork dishes we make at home and commonly offered in Japanese restaurants in the US. […]

Tako Su (Octopus Salad)

Octopus sashimi slices marinated in a soy vinaigrette. Garnished with white sesame and seaweed. From the original site: As you know Japan is an island nation surrounded by bodies of water. With this abundance of water, the Japanese have learned to enjoy many seafood that are not typically served in other cultures. One of those […]

Mini Fruit Puff with Lemon Glaze

Delicious Mini Fruit Puffs drizzled with Lemon Glaze, made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets From the original site: Today’s recipe is oven-baked sweets. If you are a regular here, you know this is pretty rare. I made these together with my children and we had lots of fun making them. 

Salad with fresh strawberry dressing

Strawberry are in season now and it’s the perfect time to make fresh strawberry dressing. My children absolutely loved it. From the original site: Today I’d like to share a delicious strawberry salad dressing before the strawberry season is over. I know it not quite time yet but we should all enjoy strawberries while they […]

Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi tofu literally translates to fried tofu in dashi broth. The tofu is gently fried and served in a soy based sauce. Classic Japanese appetizer, great vegetarian recipe. From the original site: A couple months ago I shared my non-traditional Agedashi Tofu. Instead of deep fried tofu served in the traditional dashi broth, it was […]

Creme Caramel (purin)

Creme Caramel aka Purin in Japan is a very popular dessert. The word purin came from pudding but it’s very different from the pudding you find in the US grocery stores. Purin is very similar to flan with just a slight different in texture and taste. I want to share this easy purin recipe and […]