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Yaki Soba with Beef and Chinese Broccoli

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.




Roast Chicken Breast with Miso Gravy

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.

Yaki Udon with Chicken and Tofu

My daughter loves to eat yaki udon whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, she absolutely loves it! I guess what is there not to love about a yummy, steaming bowl of noodles… especially udon noodles. I love how thick and delicious they are! Now that we have the Asian store nearby, I have been buying fresh noodles from there. I got a pack of fresh udon noodles from there. The key to delicious yaki udon are just a few ingredients- mirin, a sweet cooking wine and dashi granules. They give Japanese dishes that particular flavor we all taste in Japanese cuisine.. the rest of the steps and ingredients are easy…

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 1 large chicken breast, sliced thin, sprinkled with salt
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup snow peas, sliced
  • 1 pack firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 16 ounces pack of fresh Udon noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  • 1 ½ teaspoons dashi powder
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Mix the dashi powder, mirin, soy sauce, chicken broth and corn starch in a small bowl and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the oil and add the shallots. Saute on high heat for a minute. Add the chicken breast and sauté on high heat till golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Take out of the pan leaving the shallots in there. Add the carrots and snow peas and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tofu and the cooked noodles. Saute for a minute and add the chicken back and the sauce. Bring to a boil and stir well and cook till chicken slices are cooked through. Taste for seasonings and garnish with green onions.

Miso Udon Noodles with Chicken and Scallops

We love anything with noodles in our house. So, when we visited a Japanese grocery store in Edgewater, NJ, we were thrilled to find fresh Udon noodles in the freezer. I was inspired by the yaki udon my daughter orders at our favorite Japanese restaurant. The key ingredient is to have white miso which is readily available at grocery stores. Try this dish- it is delicious!

  • 1 pack udon noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • ½ pound scallops, cleaned and sliced in half
  • 2 to 3 chicken cutlets, sliced thin
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 10 oz pack Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small bunch of bok choy, chopped, whites and greens separated
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Miso Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium tamari

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

  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Mix the cornstarch into the chicken broth and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the oil. Brown the scallops and chicken slices on high heat, in 2 to 3 batches and keep aside. Add the ginger and mushrooms to the pan and sauté on high heat until the vegetables are golden brown- about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the white parts of the bok choy and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the greens parts, noodles, scallops and chicken. Saute for a minute and add the miso sauce and chicken broth. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cook till the chicken strips are cooked through. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.


Rice Noodles with Broccolini and Sausage

3 cups rice noodles cooked according to package instructions, cooled and rinsed

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 3 sausage links, casings off and crumbled (I used chicken sausage)
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 broccolini bunch, ends chopped off and the rest chopped
  • 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced


  • 4 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Mix the tamari, mirin and vinegar in a small bowl and keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the olive oil on medium heat. Add the sausage and sauté over high heat, stirring constantly for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the broccolini and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and let cool. Add the rice noodles and the sauce. Mix well and taste for seasonings. Serve room temperature.

Roasted Fennel Risotto with Chilean Sea Bass

Roasted Fennel Risotto with Chilean SeabassThis is a delicious and sophisticated dish I came up with. I made this through the week but I think it is very appropriate for a special occasion or a nice Sunday dinner. I have been using fennel a lot these days- raw and roasted. I decided to roast it and cut it up and use it in a risotto- why not, I thought… I also roasted some other aromatic like garlic and shallot. All these ingredients gave the risotto and lovely sweet, nutty flavor.

I bought one of my husband’s favorite fish- Chilean sea bass and marinated it in a miso mixture and simply sautéed it. I also tossed baby arugula with olive oil and lemon juice.

The combination of the risotto and fish with the arugula was unusually delicious… try this dish when you want to impress your family…
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Miso Glazed Cod with Bok Choy

Miso Glazed Cod This is a yummy, yummy dish. I used my daughter’s favorite fish, cod. I did a miso glaze like I usually do with the black cod- which is a very expensive fish. It is my husband’s favorite and do make it once in a while- special occasions or when I feel really generous.

The miso glaze is delicious with any fish. The fish was really tasty and simple. I made bok choy on the side and used the tofu noodles with mushrooms.

Amazing meal- try it…

  • 3 to 4 cod fillets
  • 2 tablespoons mellow white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon mirin

Mix the miso, tamari and mirin in a small bowl. Marinate the fish with the paste and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat the oven to a high broil. Sprinkle the fish fillets with salt, pepper and oil. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness- make sure not to overcook. Serve over bok choy.

  • 4 bunches of baby bok choy, whites and greens separated and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • Salt

Heat a medium frying pan with the oil. Add the bok choy whites and garlic. Saute on medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the greens and salt. Saute for another minute or so and serve hot with the fish.