Shiitake Miso Soup

It only makes sense to write about miso soup after writing an article about dashi. (After all, that’s one out of the two main ingredients of the soup!) This soup is a staple in the Japanese diet, with an estimated 75% of the Japanese population drinking it at least once a day. It’s a delicious… Continue reading Shiitake Miso Soup

Chashu Pork Belly

You know, there’s a lot more to ramen than the instant packets that so many of us grew up with. This internationally famous noodle dish first caught the hearts of the Japanese public around the turn of the 20th century (although some legends suggest that it was first introduced in the 1600s). While this dish… Continue reading Chashu Pork Belly

Tonkotsu Broth

Tonkotsu literally translates to “pork bone,” and the process for making this bone broth is completely different from any Western soup you’ve ever had. Instead of a gentle, barely-there simmer, tonkotsu is cooked by way of a rolling boil that lasts for hours. This method takes not only the collagen from the bones, but it… Continue reading Tonkotsu Broth

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles have an interesting history… like the fact that they have absolutely nothing at all to do with Singapore. Yep, these crave-worthy curried noodles actually came from Cantonese chefs in Hong Kong in the 1950s. Likely named to give the dish a cosmopolitan flair, Singapore Noodles became an overnight hit with Hong Kong locals.… Continue reading Singapore Noodles

Taco Rice (タコライス)

I know, taco rice might sound like something you’d throw together to eat while cramming for finals week (and honestly, it’s perfect for that!). However, taco rice has a unique history as one of Okinawa’s favorite comfort foods. It’s also a prime example of the fusion nature of modern Okinawan cuisine! When US military bases… Continue reading Taco Rice (タコライス)

Tteokbokki (Spicy Korean Rice Cakes)

This Korean dish is almost as fun to say as it is to eat! Tteokbokki has been a favorite Korean dish since at least the 19th century, when it was included in the historic Siuijeonseo cookbook. Early versions consisted of chewy rice cakes (called tteok) cooked with a savory soy-based sauce, and it routinely involved… Continue reading Tteokbokki (Spicy Korean Rice Cakes)

Slow Cooker Filipino Chicken Adobo

Chicken Adobo is a Filipino dish that I grew up having all the time. Once you try it, you’ll understand why it was so popular with my family! Take a quick sauce that has layers of sweet, savory, salty, and tangy flavors, then add juicy chicken thighs and braise them until they’re unbelievably tender, and… Continue reading Slow Cooker Filipino Chicken Adobo