Ways to Cook the Best Japanese Snacks Ever

Daigakuimo

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes, 1 pound
  • Water, 2 tbsp.
  • Sesame seeds, 1 tsp.
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sugar, ⅓ cup
  • Soy sauce, 1 tsp.

Preparation

First, cut the sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Then fry them in oil at 350 °F. Once they turn brown, mix the water, sugar, and soy sauce in a pan placed over low heat. Once this liquid turns slightly sticky, remove the pan from the heat. Add the fried sweet potatoes to this preparation. Once it blends well, sprinkle the sesame seeds over these coated sweet potatoes.

Potato Korokke

Ingredients

  • Potato, 1 lb
  • Ground beef, ¼ lb
  • Onion, ½
  • Egg, 1
  • Salt, ½ tsp.
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flour
  • Panko (crumbs)

Preparation

First peel the potatoes and cut them into medium-sized pieces. Boil these pieces to soften them and mash them later. Once done, chop the onion and cook it in the frypan. Now, add the ground beef to the pan, and let it cook completely. Then, take a bowl and mix the mashed potatoes, onion, and the beef together. Use some salt and pepper as seasoning. Make oval shapes out of this preparation. Coat each piece with some flour, dip these in the beaten egg mixture, coat them with the panko, and fry them in the oil till they turn a shade of golden brown.

Green Tea with Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • Milk, ¾ cup
  • Egg yolks, 2
  • Sugar, 5 tbsp.
  • Heavy cream, ¾ cup
  • Green tea powder, 1 tbsp.
  • Hot water, 3 tbsp.

Preparation

First, mix the green tea powder with some hot water in a bowl; set aside. Whisk the egg yolks with some sugar, and transfer them to a pan, placed over low heat. Gradually add in the milk, and stir properly.

Once the mixture thickens, take off the pan from the heat, and place it in some ice-cold water. This will help you cool the preparation. Add the green tea to the mixture and ensure that you stir it carefully. Add in the whipped cream at the end. Once done, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze it. Enjoy your ice-cold green tea once it sets well.

Popular Japanese Snacks

Edamame – This is a dish that consists of soybeans in the pods. The name has been given due to the short stem that is attached to the pod.

Pocky – This is a biscuit that is coated with chocolate. It is available in a wide range of flavors.

Koala’s March – The Lotte group of Japan popularized this snack. It is a cookie which has a sweet filling inside. Available in many flavors, the chocolate and the strawberry rank high in popularity.

Ajigonomi – This snack consists of a variety of rice crackers. It is combined with peanut and dried fish.

Korokke – The Korokke was originally made with deep-fried fish. Here, meat is combined with mashed potatoes and can be used as a sandwich when placed in between bread slices.

Anmitsu – This is a dessert and consists of small cubes of agar. Agar is a kind of jelly that is made from seaweed. This is served with boiled peas, fruits, beans, anko, etc.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast Tips

Breakfast is a noteworthy dinner for the Japanese. A conventional breakfast comprises of rice (which is the fundamental part of a course in lunch and supper), miso soup, omelet roll, barbecued, or cooked fish, tsukemono (blended vegetables) pickles, natto (matured soy beans) and toasted nori (dried ocean growth). There are particular gear for cooking Japanese dinners. In any case, they can be attempted with typical cooking dishes as well.

Traditional Japanese Rolled Omelet (Tamagoyaki)

Tamagoyaki is a rolled Japanese omelet and is sweet to taste. A rectangular pan is the best to make this omelet; however, you can also use the normal non-stick pan.

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons, sugar
  • 2 tablespoons, mirin (similar to sake, but contains less alcohol content)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 3 tablespoons, dashi soup stock
  • 1 teaspoon, soy salt
  • vegetable oil

Preparation

Take a large mixing bowl and beat the eggs in it. Add sugar, mirin, soy sauce, salt, and dashi soup stock and mix till it blends well. Heat the pan with little oil and pour a part of the egg mixture into the pan. When it starts setting, roll it, and shift it to one side of the pan. Again, pour a part of the egg mixture in the remaining part of the pan and let it spread under the first roll. When this is half-cooked, roll it over the first one. Continue doing this until all the egg mixture is used. After the omelet is fully cooked, take it from the pan and cut it into pieces. If you are using a normal frying pan, place the rolled omelet onto a bamboo sheet and cut the edges that comes out.

Traditional Miso Soup

Miso soup is one of the common dishes that is served with steamed rice for breakfast. Miso is a soy bean paste that is used in many Japanese dishes. The type of miso and the type of ingredients used in the soup will change the way it tastes. Here is a recipe of miso soup made with tofu.

Ingredients

  • 1 block tofu
  • 2 green onions
  • 3-4 tablespoons, miso paste
  • 3 cups, dashi soup stock

Preparation

Chop the tofu into cubes and the green onions into small pieces. Take a heavy bottom pan, put in the dashi soup stock and heat it on medium flame. When it starts boiling, lower the flame and add the tofu pieces and let it cook for some time. Take some dashi soup stock in a small bowl and mix it with the miso till it dissolves well in the liquid. Pour this mixture back into the pan and stir it slowly. Put off the flame before it starts boiling and add in the chopped green onions.

Miso soup can be made with other vegetables like Chinese cabbage, Japanese pumpkin, mushrooms, natto, potatoes, and daikon radish. Rolled omelet and miso soup are the main dishes served with rice in a traditional Japanese breakfast. Pickles form an important part of the breakfast menu and the Japanese prefer the very salty ones. They are made from cabbage, cucumber, etc. Also, salmon fish is popularly eaten for breakfast by the Japanese.

Traditional Japanese breakfast is served in a unique way. Japanese food is served in bowls, wherein the bowl of rice is to be placed to the left of the person and the miso soup to his/her right. Westernization has influenced the Japanese cuisine. But, even today, most of the Japanese love to have their breakfast made in a traditional way.

How to make Japanese Desserts

Miso soup is a conventional Japanese soup that is set up from Miso glue and a fish based stock, called ‘dashi’. A staple in Japanese food, this soup solaces both the body and soul. Since Miso glue is set up from matured soybeans, it’s loaded with supplements, and the fish stock essentially builds the wholesome remainder. Making this soup starting with no outside help is simple, as it requires only a modest bunch of fixings. How about we investigate how to set up this sound soup.

Japanese desserts are popular for their mouth-watering taste and nutritious value. Japanese sweets are known as wagashi, which includes numerous categories, such as Yōkan and Kanten (jellies), Namagashi (seasonal cakes), Higashi (dried, hard-packed sweets) and Manjū (filled, steamed dough items such as daifuku). Some of the common ingredients used for making wagashi are azuki (red beans), rice flour, and sugar. They rarely use milk and butter in wagashi. Anko is a typical ingredient used to make the Japanese desserts, and it is used as a filling for dorayaki (pancakes with anko filling), manjū (steamed cake), etc. A nice combination of sweeteners, spices, and an array of beautiful colors is used to make Japanese desserts.

Easy Japanese Desserts

Daigaku Imo with Honey

Ingredients
◆ Sweet potatoes, 2
◆ Honey, 1½ tbsp.
◆ Oil, for frying
◆ Black sesame seeds, 1 tsp.

Preparation
◆ Clean sweet potatoes with water.
◆ Cut them into bite-sized chunks, keeping the skin on. Clean the chunks again and wipe off excess water.
◆ Carefully, deep-fry the potatoes in a skillet over a low heat, until they turn slightly golden.
◆ Mix fried sweet potatoes with honey in a bowl.
◆ Sprinkle black sesame in the potatoes and serve it hot or cold.

Green Tea Chocolate Ball Recipe

Ingredients
◆ Milk, 2 tbsp.
◆ White chocolate, 8 oz. (finely-chopped)
◆ Heavy cream, ¼ cup
◆ Green tea powder, 3-4 tbsp. (for coating)

Preparation
◆ Put finely chopped white chocolate in a medium bowl.
◆ Put 2 tsp. of green tea powder in a small bowl. Warm the milk in microwave oven and pour it over the green tea powder.
◆ Place the heavy cream in a small pan and heat it over a medium heat. Don’t allow the cream to boil.
◆ Add it into the milk and green tea powder mixture.
◆ Pour it over the white chocolate and stir it well until the chocolate melts. Cool this chocolate mixture for about one hour at room temperature.
◆ Scoop the chocolate mixture into about 1½ inch balls and place them on an aluminum foil. Keep them in the refrigerator for about an hour for cooling.
◆ Coat the chocolate balls with green tea powder. Cool these balls until they become firm.

Dorayaki (Red Bean Pancakes)

Ingredients
◆ Egg white, 1 (whipped)
◆ White flour, 2 cups
◆ Sugar, 4 tsp.
◆ Water, 1 cup
◆ Vegetable oil, as required

Preparation
◆ Prepare a mixture of flour and sugar in a bowl and add water to make a batter. Then, add the egg white and stir well.
◆ Add some vegetable oil in a heated nonstick frying pan.
◆ Drop 2 tablespoons of batter in the pan and allow it to spread by itself. Wait till tiny bubbles appear in the pancake.
◆ When the bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, flip it and fry the uncooked side for about 30 seconds. Then remove it.
◆ Make pancakes from all the batter. Mash the azuki beans and mix with sugar to form a thick sweet paste.
◆ Spread this paste on the pancake and place a topping of another pancake over it.
◆ Dorayaki should be served at room temperature.

Okinawan Sweet Fritters

Ingredients
◆ Eggs, 1 (whipped)
◆ Baking powder, 1 tsp.
◆ Evaporated milk, ½ cup
◆ All-purpose flour, 1 cup
◆ Salt, ⅛ tsp.
◆ Peanut oil or vegetable oil, 6 cups
◆ Light brown sugar, ⅓ cup
◆ Ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp
◆ Sugar, ¼ cup (optional)
◆ Japanese bean paste, ⅓ cup (chunky or smooth)

Preparation
◆ Mix egg and milk in a small bowl.
◆ Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
◆ Add the ‘milk and egg’ mixture to the flour mixture and stir, until it blends well.
◆ Next, add bean paste.
◆ In a shallow pan, heat the oil to 350°F.
◆ Drop a tablespoonful of batter into the heated oil. Fry the fritters for about 3-5 minutes, until they turn to brown.
◆ Cut open one fritter and roll the hot fritters in sugar.
◆ You can also serve them plain.

Woosh! These desserts are surely mouth-watering to even talk about. Here’s wishing you all the best. Hope they turn out well!

Tips to Make Some Pleasantly Delicious Miso Soup

Miso soup is a customary Japanese soup that is set up from Miso glue and a fish based stock, called ‘dashi’. A staple in Japanese food, this soup solaces both the body and soul. Since Miso glue is set up from matured soybeans, it’s loaded with supplements, and the fish stock basically builds the wholesome remainder. Making this soup without any preparation is simple, as it requires only a modest bunch of fixings. How about we investigate how to set up this sound soup.

Miso Soup with Tofu

There are many variations to the same soup. We shall begin by adding tofu to it. This is a very easy-to-make recipe that you can try at home.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dashi soup stock
  • 3-4 tablespoons Miso paste
  • 1 block tofu
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion

Method of Preparation

In a non-stick pan, add the dashi soup stock and bring it to a boil, on a medium flame. Then, cut the tofu into small cubes. Add these small cubes to the boiling soup stock. Allow tofu to simmer for a few minutes on low heat. Take about 1 cup of soup stock from the pan and dissolve the Miso paste in it. Once mixed, you need to add this mixture to the boiling soup. Continue stirring the soup and remove from heat. Now add the chopped green onions to the soup, and your soup is ready to be served.

Tip: Never boil the soup after you’ve added the Miso paste to it.

Miso Soup with Noodles

This soup is perfect for a cold winter night. By adding noodles to the soup, it becomes a meal in itself.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces dried soba noodles
  • 2-4 tablespoons Miso paste
  • 2-3 ounces firm tofu chopped into ⅓ inch cubes
  • Handful of watercress or spinach, washed and stems trimmed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Handful of cilantro
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes

Method of Preparation

Before we begin preparing our soup, we need to cook the soba noodles in salted water. Once cooked, drain out the water and place the noodles under running cold water. Now, add 4 cups of water to a medium sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame and allow the water to simmer. Then remove from heat. In a small bowl add a little bit of hot water and add the Miso paste. Mix it well and pour this water back into the pot. Taste and see if you want more of the Miso paste. You can now add the tofu cubes and turn off the heat. Allow it to stand for a few minutes. Meanwhile, put the noodles into two bowls. Pour the Miso soup and tofu over the noodles. Add the watercress, green onions, cilantro, and red pepper flakes to each bowl. Serve hot and enjoy your soup.

Miso soup has been linked to a plethora of health benefits. It is said that 3 to 4 servings of Miso soup contains antioxidants, vitamin E, fatty acids, etc. It is known to help strengthen the immune system and also protect one from infections. The seaweed added to the soup helps in lowering blood pressure, as well as cholesterol. It is also believed to contain isoflavones that help in preventing breast cancer. You too can try making this soup from scratch. It is very difficult to find Miso paste, until and unless you find it in an Asian market or organic food store. Wakame seaweed is also available in Asian grocery stores, and all you need is about 3 to 4 seaweeds per serving. If you are fortunate enough to find these ingredients in your vicinity, you should definitely try making Miso soup at home.