Secret sauce

I wanted to share a trick for making a DELICIOUS sauce that I learned from a Japanese food show. This can go on just about anything! Today, I put in on diced sweet potatoes and tofu. So easy and so good! It might not be something you thought of trying, since it brings together two … Continue reading Secret sauce

Instant Curry

I want to share a family-style dish that you may not think of as Japanese but it is very popular in Japan, especially among young people. It’s the Japanese version of a curry, and you can easily find packaged squares ¬†of curry roux that are really a great little weeknight secret. Just look in the … Continue reading Instant Curry


One thing all Asian cuisines seem to maximize is the taste experience called umami, a Japanese term coined at the beginning of the 20th century. Umami refers to a sort of earthy, savory, or meaty quality that foods can have, and scientists now know that there is a scientific basis to this. It comes from amino acids called glutamates, which occur naturally in a wide variety of foods, but are especially concentrated in meats, mushrooms, tomatoes, aged or cured products, and stocks. Note that this list covers all of the things mentioned in the flavor-building techniques of both Western and Asian cuisines that I listed above. Continue reading UMAMI!