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Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice – Kimchi chahan is getting popular in Japan. Kimchi is already popular and had been it about 20 years. It is spicy but delicious fried rice this time, I put Natto. You don’t need to put Natto, maybe for Japanese cooking beginner, you should cook without Natto first.

KimChee fried rice


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This video is not Kimchee ingredients but the cooking method is similar.

Cooked rice ————————————-1lb
egg ———————————————3
Pork (thin sliced small cut) or bacon ————–1/4lb
Ginger ——————————————1
Garlic ——————————————-1 clove
Soy sauce  ————————————–1tbs
Sesame oil ————————————–2tbs
Salt and pepper ———————————pinch
Natto ——————————————–1/3cup (natto is option)

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Cook Egg first, Heat wok or frying pan very hot and make almost smoking oil in the pan. Put beaten eggs and make scramble eggs. Do not over cook, and take out from the pan.

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Put bacon (if you use pork, put oil on the pan again) and cook it. Put Kimchi, grainded ginger and garlic and star fry them. (If you think need to put oil here, add a tbs of oil)

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Add rice (if it worm rice, it is easly break out) star fried it and add Natto here.
You star fry them all then put egg lastely. Mix all together and salt and pepper and soy sauce on them.

KimChee fried rice


5 Ways to Cook Japanese Inspired Dishes with Tofu

Tofu originated 2000 years back in some part of ancient China. It is one of the favorite ingredients used in east and south east cuisines. Tofu has an enormous amount of health benefits, like large amounts of proteins and iron. It has relatively low calories and fats which makes it eminently suitable for heart patients. Tofu has a unique taste and sweet smell and can be used in many dishes, including savory as well as sweet dishes.

Tofu kaiseki, Fu 麩
In China and Japan, tofu is cooked in various forms including in stew, in its raw form, in soups, and in stuffing. In Japan, many scrumptious dishes are cooked with tofu.

Here are five ways to cook Japanese inspired dishes with tofu.

1 Hiyayakko

In Japan, this is a common lunch delicacy in the summer season. It is also known as cold tofu. It is made up of chilled tofu with various toppings. It is the easiest recipe which cooks in just 10 minutes.

Cut chilled tofu in square shaped blocks and put these in a bowl. Add grated ginger, bonito flakes, sesame seeds, sliced okra, and chopped green onions on top. Pour mustard paste, soy sauce, and plum paste to make it even more delicious.

2 Agedashi-dofu

agedashi tofu

It is another famous Japanese dish made of tofu. It is deep fried tofu with some sizzling sauce.

Take a piece of tofu and press it hard to drain excessive water from it. Now make dashi stock. Fry tofu in peanut oil until light brown, and put it in a bowl. Serve with grated daikon radish and add dashi stock to the top.

3 Mapo Tofu

This is one of the best known dishes in Japan. It originated from China but boomed into Japan in the last century. It is cooked in Japanese style now to give it an authentic Japanese touch.

First, make a sauce adding one third cup sake, oyster sauce, red miso, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, potato starch, and tobanjan. Add pork chunks to the sauce and cook it. Now, add tofu to the mixture and coat it well. Keep cooking until it becomes thick. Serve with steamed rice.

4 Stir Fried Tofu

Stir fried tofu is used as a wrap, in salads, or in different sandwiches. It gives a unique taste of Japanese origin.

Marinate tofu with white miso paste, Ponzu sauce, dark brown sugar, honey, rice vinegar, wasabi paste, and ginger garlic paste. Put it aside for 24 to 48 hours. Pour vegetable oil in a pan and gently fry marinated tofu until nicely brown.

5 Silk Tofu with Soy Sauce and Carrot

In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and ginger root until the sugar is fully dissolved. Finely grate some carrot. Put tofu in a bowl and serve with grated carrot and soy sauce mixture.

shira ae 白和え

 Andrew is a food blogger with a strong passion for Asian and more specifically Japanese. Being a sushi maker distributor, Andrew had the chance to visit some of the best restaurants in Japan.