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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...

Herb Roasted Bonito

Bonito is in the season!
Although Sashimi is the most popular dish here in Japan, I wanted something different for a change.


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

< Ingredients >
1 Large block of Bonito, Sashimi-grade

For Marinade
Rosemary and Thyme
1 1 Garlic Clove, minced
2 tbs Soy Sauce
1tbs Lemon Juice
2 tbs Olive oil

For Dressing Sauce
1/4 Onion, grated
2 tbs Sake
3 tbs Soy Sauce
3 tbs Lemon Juice
80 cc Olive Oil

< Preparations >
1. Combine the ingredients of marinade sauce and mix well. Toss the bonito and the herbs with the marinade sauce, put in a Zip Lock back, push out the air and let it sit in the fridge for two hour.
2. Combine the ingredients of dressing sauce and mix ti well.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

< Directions >
Place the bonito in a bake dish and roast for 6 to 8 minutes.Take care not to over cook you bonito!


< To Serve >
Make sure you cool the fish down. The fish is very easy too flake when it's hot. Using very sharp knife, slice the bonito thinly. Arrange carefully in a plate and pour the dressing sauce over. Garnish with some dills.

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