do you know of any recipes/dishes for someone who would like to start cooking japanese food but isn't sure where to start?
Hi Anon! It depends on how much other cooking experience you have, honestly! Japanese food is so wide and varied that it would just depend on what you feel like trying and what you have available to you tools and ingredients-wise. I actually don’t have too many specific recipes in my repetoire; most of the time when I’m cooking Japanese food it’s because I’ve had something in a restaurant I like/heard about it from media/video games/anime and I want to learn how to make it, so I google around until I find a recipe that seems authentic and tasty. (I’d be lying if I tried to tell you P4 wasn’t the reason I learned how to make ganmodoki, for example…)
If you’re looking for some basic dishes to try, tamagoyaki doesn’t use many ingredients but requires some practice to make. Yaki-onigiri is also pretty simple and tasty. Some of my go-to sites are NoRecipes (I used his Hamburg steak recipe recently and YEAHHHH that was good shit good shit etc) and JustOneCookbook. If you learn better from videos, I very very highly recommend Cooking with Dog, it’s the actual cutest goddamn thing I’ve ever seen and also really educational! RunnyRunny999 is also a great channel.
This is just too freaking cute! who knew that giving rice balls hair bows could look this lovely? And it’s easy to do too!
balls of rice in the picture are seasoned with Furikake (which you can
either make or buy) and decorated with ham, onigiri and nori. For those
who are not very good with scissors (like me), I would suggest food
cutters to create the flower shapes).
The little cheese
flower is really easy to make and great for decorating bentos! It’s
usually done with ham, but it works just as well with cheese. Please
visit the wonderful youtube channel of bento4kinds for a tutorial on how to make ham (or cheese) flowers.
This lovely bento was created by the very talented Chika
“Thing is, it’s always tricky to explain something with such a blunt construct, where the appeal of it all relies almost entirely on the quality of the main simple ingredient – rice. You could have walked through this life eating and thinking that onigiri is none but a ball of rice, big deal, until you’ve had a real onigiri and realized what it’s actually about – a ball of really good rice. It makes all the difference.”