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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...

Marinated Salmon Sashimi

For those who want be just a bit adventurous....


one block (approx; 200g) sashimi grade salmon
3-4 % salt water
half lemon
half onion
salt & pepper to season

■ Marinade sauce
150 cc vinegar
one tea spoon salt
one tea spoon honey


(1)Marinade salmon block in salted water for at least 30 minutes in a fridge. Make sure the salmon is covered with water.Slice one onion and lemon thinly.

(2)Cut the salmon in thin slice.Combine the ingredients of marinade sauce and mix well.

(3)Place the half of onion and lemon, add salmon on top, season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover the salmon with the rest of the vegetable, pour the marinade sauce over to cover the salmon. Replace it in a fridge and marinade for 1/2 to 1 hour.

(4)Remove the marinade sauce, pour olive oil over. Make sure the salmon is well covered and marinade 1 more hour in a fridge. Serve cold with your choice of vegetable.

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