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5/5 ☼ Easy Beef and Tomato Stew

Easy Beef and Tomato Stew

Cook Time: 30 min.
Calories: 392

The thinner the beef is sliced, the sooner the stew will be done!

☼ 10 oz beef (rib or round)
☼ 1 onion
☼ 3~4 tomatoes
☼ Cooking oil to taste
☼ (A) [2 cups water, 1 can demi glace sauce, 1 cube beef bouillon]
☼ A dash of salt and pepper


(1) Slice beef and onion as thinly as possible.

(2) Chop tomatoes into bite-sized cubes.

(3) Heat oil in a frying pan, sprinkle with salt and lightly brown beef, then transfer to a stew pot.

(4) Add more oil to pan, and stir fry onions. Add to stew pot as well, then add (A) and simmer on medium heat.

(5) When broth thickens, add tomatoes and briefly simmer, stirring gently. Try a spoonful, and add salt and pepper to taste.

4/23 ☼ Tender Breaded Chicken Strips

Tender Breaded Chicken Strips

Cook Time: 20 min.
Calories: 361

Smeared with mayo instead of eggs, and rolled in breadcrumbs

☼ 2 chicken breasts, with skin
☼ 2 Tbs mayonnaise
☼ A dash of salt and pepper
☼ Breadcrumbs to taste (preferably panko*)
☼ Olive oil to taste
☼ Lemon


(1) Trim away the excess fat from the meat and remove any tendons, then use the blunt edge of a kitchen knife to evenly tenderize the meat, and cut each breast into four strips.

(2) Smear with salt and pepper.  Spread mayonnaise on skinless side of strips, and press firmly into breadcrumbs.

(3) Heat a frying pan and add olive oil. Place strips in frying pan with the breadcrumb-coated sides down, and fry over low heat. When breadcrumbs are pleasantly browned, flip over and fry until skin is crispy, then remove from heat.

(4) Arrange on a plate and garnish with lemon.
Chinese-Style Whitefish & Tomato Sauté

Cook Time: 15 min.
Calories: 140

Sweet, fully ripe tomatoes make or break this dish.

☼ 9 oz whitefish (sea bream is recommended if available)
☼ 2 tomatoes
☼ 1 clove of garlic, minced
☼ Green onions to taste
☼ Sesame oil to taste
☼ (A) [2 Tbs sake*, 1 Tbs soy sauce, 1 generous Tbs oyster sauce, a dash of pepper]


(1) Remove bones from fish and cut into bite-sized slices. Chop tomatoes into bite-sized chunks.

(2) Mix sesame oil and garlic in a frying pan and heat until fragrant. Add fish, and sauté until well mixed.

(3) Add tomatoes and (A), increase heat to high and sauté until well mixed, then sprinkle with finely chopped green onions.

4/9 ☼ Cubed Tuna Steak

Cubed Tuna Steak

Cook Time: 15 min.
Calories: 129

Make sure to pat off all the extra juice before frying

☼ 10oz fresh raw tuna
☼ Green onions to taste
☼ Olive oil to taste
☼ Black pepper to taste
☼ (A) [2 Tbs each of sake* and soy sauce; 1 clove of garlic, grated]


(1) Cut tuna into bite-sized cubes, and pat dry with a paper towel.

(2) Heat a frying pan and add olive oil, then arrange tuna in pan and sear until one side of cubes is well-browned.

(3) Mix (A) together thoroughly and add to pan, increase heat to high and quickly stir until tuna is coated. Arrange tuna on a plate, scatter finely-chopped green onions over the top, and sprinkle with pepper.
Rice Bowl With Beef and Green Onions

Cook Time: 10 min.
Calories: 537

Classic hearty staple food, usually served in a huge bowl

☼ 9 oz beef, thinly sliced
☼ (A) [1/2 cup sake*, 1/2 cup mirin*, 1/4 cup soy sauce, a pinch each of salt and pepper]
☼ Green onions to taste
☼ 4 raw egg yolks (optional)
☼ Enough cooked white rice to serve four


(1) Cut beef into bite-sized pieces, and chop up plenty of green onions.

(2) Mix ingredients from (A) in a cooking pot or saucepan and bring to a simmer, add beef and simmer briefly (until cooked), then add green onions and remove from heat.

(3) Serve rice out into four bowls and top with (2), pour on as much broth as you like, and top each bowl with a raw egg yolk (optional)*.

* Translator's note: This is a truly Japanese flourish, and adds a wonderful rich flavor to the dish. Use fresh eggs and wash the shells with soap before cracking them if you're feeling daring enough to try it.
Seared Rare Steak Garnished With Daikon

Cook Time: 30 min.
Calories: 201

Marinated in a salty-sweet sauce

☼ 2 5-oz pieces of steak (thick slices of fillet, rump, or similar)
☼ A dash of salt
☼ A dash of olive oil
☼ (A) [3 Tbs soy sauce, 3 Tbs mirin*]
☼ Grated daikon* to taste
☼ Green onions to taste


(1) Let steak return to room temperature and sprinkle with salt.

(2) Heat a frying pan and lightly coat with olive oil, then add (1) and sear until one side is browned and fragrant.

(3) Mix ingredients in (A) together and heat for 1 minute in microwave, then add (2) and marinate for 20 minutes.

(4) Cut steak into bite-sized pieces and arrange nicely on a plate, garnish with grated daikon and sprinkle with chopped green onion, and top with a little of the marinade.
Chinese-Style Calamari and Green Onion Sauté

Cook Time: 15 min.
Calories: 154

Simple and seasoned with ginger

☼ 2 squid ("bodies" only, no legs)
☼ 1 large slice of raw ginger, minced
☼ Green onions, to taste
☼ Sesame oil, to taste
☼ (A) [Salt to taste, 1 Tbs sake*, 1 Tbs mirin*]


(1) Remove skin from squid, lightly score flesh, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Chop up plenty of green onions.

(2) Heat a frying pan and add sesame oil, add squid and ginger and sauté.

(3) Add (A), increase heat to high and stir until coated, then add green onions and mix well.

3/11 ☼ Bean Sprout and Tofu Champloo

Bean Sprout and Tofu Champloo

Cook Time: 15 min.
Calories: 201

Add flavor with the spirits for a real home-cooked feel.

☼ 1 block regular ("soft", not "silken") tofu
☼ 5 oz bean sprouts
☼ 1/2 Chinese chive*
☼ 2 eggs
☼ Lard*, salt and pepper to taste
☼ 2 Tbs shōchū *, or rice brandy if you have it


(1) Drain the tofu well, then cut the block in half lengthwise and slice from end to end into slices about 1/2 inch thick.

(2) Wash the bean sprouts and drain off the water, and cut the Chinese chive into big pieces.

(3) Heat a frying pan and add lard, then add ingredients from (2) and stir fry, adding salt and pepper. Set aside.

(4) Add more lard to the pan, arrange tofu in pan and fry until light brown on all sides, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Return ingredients from (3) to the pan and stir fry until well-mixed. Flavor with spirits, salt, and pepper.

(5) Add beaten eggs with a swirling motion, and stir fry briskly until well-mixed.

3/10 ☼ Fried Rice With Plenty of Greens

Fried Rice With Plenty of Greens

Cook Time: 15 min.
Calories: 308

The key is to sauté the greens thoroughly, until the juice is cooked off!

☼ 5 oz pork, thinly sliced
☼ 1 bunch (about 9 oz) greens (take your pick; mizuna is recommended)
☼ 2 eggs
☼ 3 cups cooked rice
☼ Sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste


(1) Slice pork into thin strips, and chop greens finely.

(2) Heat a frying pan and add sesame oil, then sauté pork thoroughly, sprinkling with salt and pepper.

(3) Add greens to pan, as well as more salt and pepper. When greens release juice, sauté thoroughly until it boils off.

(4) Add more sesame oil, then add beaten eggs and stir-fry until mixed with the rest, then add rice and stir-fry thoroughly. Try a little, and add salt and pepper to taste.