Welcome to COCO's Kitchen!

Anyone who has been to a Japanese restaurant might think that the Japanese cuisine is "so different" from what they are familiar with. Traditional dishes, such as sashimi or sushi, might be too adventurous, may seem to be too difficult to prepare. It is not easy if you are not living in Japan where every supermarket carries extremely fresh raw fish prepared by professionals. I myself am always careful to choose a store to pick up fish.

And I must tell you that we don't go for these traditional dishes everyday. Our diet is more varied than ever, having been influenced by Western, Chinese, Korean, Indian, and other styles of food which are particularly popular among younger generations and families with children.

What I would like to introduce in this blog are just some simple-everyday-recipes served at dinner table in an ordinary Japanese household, using ingredients you can find at your local stores. Some call it "fusion" Japanese.

Simply add some soy sauce when you marinate your chicken. You will be surprised how much this exotic liquid goes with western cooking ingredients, such as wine, olive oil and more! Make your own Teriyaki sauce with red wine! Sounds crazy? Well, I'll tell you the secret...

COCO's Buttered Rice

Don't have a rice cooker? Well, don't worry about it!
This is a recipe that I learned from my mom.

I love to serve it with stewed beef!

Before you try any of the recipes posted in this blog site, please click here and read the introduction.

< Ingredients >
1 cup of Japanese Rice
20 g Butter
1 & 1/3 cup Chicken Soup Stock
1/4 tsp Soy Sauce
Salt and Pepper to season

< Preparations >
To wash the rice, place it in a big bowl and run water over it, then swirl the rice with your hands to stir it up. Pour out the milky water carefully and cover the rice with more water; repeat. Do this until the water runs clear.
Although we traditionally wash rice purify the flavor, skip this step if you don't want to bother.
Drain and dry the rice in a drainer for 1 hour.
Prepare a thick heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid

< Directions >
1. In a thick heavy pot, melt the butter with medium heat, add the rice and stir fry until the rice is well coated with butter.
2. Add the liquid ingredients and cover. Reduce the heat to the minimum heat and cook for 15 minutes without removing the lid off.
3. Remove from the heat and stand for 15 minutes. Do not leave the pot on the stove. Make sure to have the lid on all the time!
4. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve hot.

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