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Yaki Soba with Beef and Chinese Broccoli

June 13, 2017

Can’t get enough of noodles!!! Yum, yum… we all love them and I love going to our local Asian grocery store to buy fresh noodles…

  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound skirt steak, sliced against the grain into thin slices
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil plus more
  • 1 orange or red pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 bunch Chinese broccoli, chopped
  • 1 pound yaki soba fresh noodles, cooked according to package directions

Mix the tamari, mirin, oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and sugar in a bowl and mix well.

Transfer the beef slices to a mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce, corn starch and sesame oil to the beef. Mix well and marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the marinated beef strips and sauté on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Take out of pan and add more oil if needed. Reheat the pan and add the pepper and onion. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes and add the Chinese broccoli and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the noodles and the rest of the marinade. Mix well and check for seasonings and serve.

 

 

 

Udon Noodles with Sesame Pork

April 18, 2017
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

Mix the pork, tamari, garlic, ginger and shaoxing wine and marinate for 2 to 3 hours. Keep aside.

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup Asian sesame paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Mix all the ingredients and set aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 to 3 baby bok choy, chopped, whites and greens separated
  • ½ cauliflower head, chopped
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, ground
  • 1 pound Udon noodles, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth

Heat a wok with peanut oil and add the Szechuan peppercorns. Saute for 20 seconds on medium heat and add the ground pork. Cook on high heat stirring and breaking the meat apart with a wooden spoon. Saute for 5 to 6 minutes or till golden brown. Take the meat out and add some more peanut oil and add the mushrooms. Saute on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the bok choy whites and cauliflower and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the meat, noodles, sauce and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and cover on a simmer to cook the cauliflower through. Check for seasonings and garnish with bok choy greens.

 

Udon Noodles with Sausage and Shrimp

March 29, 2017
  • 1 pound udon noodles, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3 sausage links, casings off and crumbled (I used Korean style sausages)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ pound shrimp, deveined and cleaned
  • Salt

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and keep aside.

Heat a wok like saucepan with the peanut oil. Add the crumbled sausage and sauté on medium high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the udon noodles and sauce. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Mix well, cook for another 2 to 3 minutes till the shrimp is cooked through, adjust the seasonings and serve.

 

Soba Noodles with Mushrooms and Red Peppers

February 5, 2017

Meatless Mondays have never been yummier! These easy to make soba noodles are a crowd pleaser- no one will notice how healthy they are! I would eliminate the dashi to make it a 100% vegetarian!

Sauce

  • 1 cup vegetable broth, warm
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dashi
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced, any variety
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 1 pound fresh or dried soba noodles, cooked to package instructions, drained and rinsed with cold water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced on a bias

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the mushrooms, green beans and red peppers and sauté on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cooked and drained noodles and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the sauce and bring to a boil and mix well. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper accordingly. Garnish with green onions and serve.

 

 

Yakisoba Noodles with Mushrooms and Cabbage

August 22, 2016

Make this today… obviously any vegetable in season will do… try your favorites… I served it with roast chicken on top but it is fabulous meatless dish…

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon honey

Mix the ingredients together and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • Pack of shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cabbage, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of soba noodles (cooked according to package instructions)

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the mushrooms and cook on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, green onions and cabbage. Saute for another 3 to 4 minutes and add the cooked noodles. Mix well and add the sauce. Mix well and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Check for seasonings and serve.

Roast Chicken Breast with Miso Gravy

June 15, 2016

Another great way to serve chicken- Japanese style with delicious miso paste… I served it over broccolini fried brown rice…so, good!

  • 2 tablespoons dark miso paste
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons mirin
  • 2 large chicken breast halves on the bone with skin
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together. Loosen the area between the meat and the skin with your fingers and place the miso paste on both pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons dark miso
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat a large frying pan with the oil on medium heat and brown the chicken pieces skin side down for 2 to 3 minutes or till golden brown- be careful not to burn as miso and honey burn easily. Transfer the pieces to a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degrees oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through. Keep aside.

In the meantime, pour any excess fat from the frying pan. Add the green onions and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or till about ½ cup is left. Add the miso paste and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, parsley and basil and serve with chicken.

Miso Ramen with Pork Broth

May 10, 2016

This dish is definitely a labor of love. I love eating a steaming hot bowl of ramen noodles and love to go eat it at Ippudo in NYC. It is the ultimate comfort food for me. Well, I got it in my mind to replicate the dish… it was quite an adventure from going to the Asian store and getting all the ingredients to finding pork bones… I went to three different stores to find the neck bones… it was all worth it as in the end I had a delicious broth and a yummy bowl of ramen. I made extra broth and froze the rest…

Pork Broth

  • 1 to 2 pounds pork neck bones
  •  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, preferably on convection heat.
  • 2 teaspoons instant dashi granules
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 4 tablespoons red miso paste

Transfer the bones to a line cookie sheet and roast in oven for 45 minutes to an hour or till the bones are golden brown. Transfer to a stock pot and cover with water, at least 10 to 12 cups. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 4 hours, adding water as needed. Skim any brown stuff that comes up to the surface. Turn the heat off and take all the bones out and let cool. Strain the broth and return to the stock pot, you should have about 8 cups broth. Bring to a boil and add the dashi granules, tamari and miso. Mix well and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste the broth and keep aside.

Take the meat off all the bones and shred and keep aside.Miso Ramen2

  • 4 eggs

Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with the eggs with water. Bring to a boil and cover with the heat off. Let sit for 5 minutes and take the eggs out and place under cold running water. Un peel and keep aside.

  • 1 bunch Chinese Broccoli, stems chopped off and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the oil. Add the Chinese broccoli and sauté on high heat for minute. Add the garlic and salt and continue sautéing for 5 to 6 minutes. Check for seasonings and keep aside.

  • Dried ramen noodles, enough for 4 people, cooked according to package directions.
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, choppedMiso Ramen1
  • 1 bunch enoki mushrooms, end cut off
  • Nori strips (dried seaweed)

Place the noodles in all four bowls. Top with enough of the very hot broth. Cut the eggs in half and place on top, sprinkle with a bit of salt. Add a bit of pork meat in all. Add the Chinese broccoli, the green onions, cilantro and mushroom in all the bowls. Top with cilantro and serve.