Japaneasy: Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to (Actually) Cook at Home

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Japaneasy: Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to (Actually) Cook at Home

Japaneasy: Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to (Actually) Cook at Home

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This is your character encoding. Default value is "UTF-8". You can also select "Shift-JIS", "EUC", "ISO-2022-JP", "ASCII", or "UCS". Broccoli and friends: If you're using normal broccoli, break it into florets that are a little bigger than bite-size; if they're too big, they may still be raw and tough in the middle. Or, you can just use tenderstem or purple sprouting broccoli, which are the perfect size and shape as they are. Cauliflower works well, too, and I especially like romanesco. Asparagus: Asparagus is simply fantastic in tempura; just make sure you discard any woody bits, but also try not to use asparagus that's really thin - it'll become very, very soft.

Tempura is one of the greatest ways to cook vegetables in the world, and that goes for pretty much any vegetable. I mean, deep-frying in batter is always a good idea, but I think it's especially nice with fresh veg - the veg itself is essentially steamed, softening but retaining its flavour, with the light crunch of the batter adding the perfect textural complement. You can tempura-fry just about anything, so instead of putting specific vegetables in the recipe, I've just provided a few different types of vegetables and how to best prepare them for the tempura treatment. General Ingredients If you're not using them immediately, you can keep them wrapped in cling film in the fridge for about 3 days. If a request to a certain has not resolved the promise object within the time specified here, japaneasy will query a different mirror. WWWJDIC mirrors occasionally go down (at the time of this writing, the Austrailia mirror is down), but it's very infrequent that all five are down at the same time.Tomatoes: Maybe this one's obvious, but unless the tomatoes are really firm, they fall apart in the fryer.

Gyoza are fun and easy to make at home, and particularly easy if you can get the wrappers pre-made - they are sold forzen in East Asian supermarkets. Then it's a simple matter of bashing together the filling, assembling and frying. If you can't get the wrappers, it's still not hard, but it will take a little bit more time and effort. Making gyoza is a pleasantly meditative, repetitive task if you make them on your own, but I prefer to make them with a partner. It makes it go faster, and turns it into a fun and sociable experience. At big get-togethers in Japan, it's common to see a group of old ladies sitting around a table, making gyoza and trading gossip. General Ingredients Tokyo is pizza country. Though it might not appear to be the case at first glance, Tokyoites have embraced pizza in much the same way New Yorkers have, devouring everything from the finest authentic Italian-style pie all the way down to the cheapest, dirtiest slice. Pizza in Tokyo ranges from Domino's-esque mass-produced delivery stuff up to some of the most carefully crafted 'za you'll ever encounter, and the world (including, sometimes grudgingly, the Italians) have taken notice. This is because Tokyo pizzaiolos haven't just perfected their craft; they've taken it a step further, imbuing it with a distinctly Japanese ethos, flavour and identity. For example, at Pizza Studio Tamaki in Higashi-Azabu, chef Tsubasa Tamaki uses Japanese cedar chips to infuse his pizzas with a delicate but evocative whiff of peppery smoke. At Serinkan in Kamimeguro, chef Susumu Kakinuma has pioneered pizzacraft using only Japanese ingredients. And at Savoy in Azabu Juban, they've gone full fusion and put tuna sashimi, mayo and sweetcorn on a pizza. If you leave it undefined, Japaneasy will default to a "common word" search, which searches both Japanese and English keys and only queries the most common words in EDICT. This often shows the most pertinent words for a search. Select the default mirror to which japaneasy sends requests. The default value is "usa". Other values include:Valid values are "japanese", "english", or null / undefined. This refers to the language of the text you are querying. Mushrooms: Medium-sized mushrooms, such as shiitake, chestnut (cremini) or oyster, can be cooked with basically no preparation. You will probably have to destem shiitake as they tend to be tough, but otherwise they're good to go. Enoki or shimeji are also lovely - they should be broken up into small clusters, still attached at the bottom. If you're using eringi, they should be cut into very thin slices, as they can often be tough even when fully cooked. How to tell if they're cooked through: give them a little prod on their tops. If they feel firm, they're cooked. And if you've made really beautifully thin wrappers, then you may be able to actually see through them; the meat will go from pink to pale grey when it's cooked). Let the remaining water evaporate from the pan to ensure crispy bottoms. When they're done, carefully lift them from the pan with a spatula, or turn them out directly onto a big, flat plate. Serve with a little bit of soy sauce, vinegar and perhaps (definitely!) chilli oil for dippin'. Heat the oil to 170-180°C (340-350°F). If you don't have a thermometer, simply drip a few drops of the batter into the oil to test it: if the batter sinks, it's too cold; if the batter immediately floats and sizzles, it's too hot. What you want is for the batter to sink just below the surface of the oil, then rise up and start to sizzle.

Hungry for recipes guaranteed to feed the family? Channel your frustrations and unique creative skills into something as delicious as Japanese food! Award-winning chef Tim Anderson is here to save the day - he has carefully selected the following three recipes from across his range of Japanese cookbooks to share with you that are not only fun to make but easy to make for however few or many people you're cooking for. Take it away, Tim! Gyoza Roll the dough out into two chubby logs, about 3cm (1 1/4 in) in diameter. Wrap each log in cling film (plastic wrap) and leave to rest in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. Unwrap the dough and sprinkle a little more cornflour on your work surface, then cut each log into pieces about 1cm (1/2 in) across - you should get about 20 pieces out of each log. Fennel: This may seem like an odd choice for tempura, given that fennel's aniseedy flavour isn't usually found in Japanese cuisine, but most of that aroma steams away during frying, so you're left with a sweet, toothsome vegetable with only a subtle scent. Slice them thinly (about 5mm/. in maximum) before frying. Okra: Okra done as tempura is as addictive as chips. Cut them in half lengthways to maximise crunch.

For the filling, mix the minced pork, leek, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper with your hands until everything is well incorporated. That's it. To Assemble and Cook

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