Chicken Cheese Katsu

One of my favorite Japanese dishes (washoku), chicken-cheese katsu has a crispy fried panko exterior encasing a juicy chicken interior that’s filled with rich, gooey cheese.

Wafu Pork Belly Skewers

The pork belly on these skewers is succulently tender, coated in a sweet and salty sauce. This a simple but memorable meal that makes my fiancé nostalgic for good times in Japanese yakiniku restaurants.

Into Something Rich and Strange IV: Three Takes on Umami-Rich Seafood Stocks

Seafood stock, like bone broth, is a unique mix of of seemingly strange ingredients, a devotion to wasting nothing, and a rich result. Packed with umami, seafood stocks are fast to make, use few ingredients, and those ingredients are ones that are not only cheap, but would normally be thrown away or disregarded by our modern Western food culture.

Clementine Karaage (Japanese-Style Orange Chicken)

Check out this recipe for crave-worthy, Japanese-style fried chicken (karaage) in a clementine sauce. Crispy bites of luscious chicken thigh, coated in sweet and sour citrus. Better than restaurant-quality, orange chicken, and for a fraction of the cost!

Kabocha-Ham Croquettes

I dreamed this up when I wanted to combine ham and kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) to make something hot, hearty, and slightly self-indulgent to help get me through a particularly cold and dreary day. The croquettes are crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside, and brightened up with yuzu ponzu.