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Recipes from Traveled Countries

Japanese Recipes

A few fun to cook recipes specially selected from the Japanese culture.


Spicy Edamame






In the world of Japanese summertime foods,, there is nothing so simple and fun to eat as edamame. Whether they are served hot

or cold, these delicious little soy bean pods have a mellow, full-bodied umami flavor that goes well with spicy and savory 


Try this easy recipe for freshly prepared edamame with Japanese shichimi togarashi seven spice.

How To Prepare

  1. To cook frozen pre-cooked edamame, place them in a large bowl and completely cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes, then drain. 

  2. To season sprinkle with shichimi togarashi/Japanese seven spice before serving. 

  3. Serve in a bowl along with another empty bowl to dispose of the pods. Remember you can’t eat the pods.

  4. To eat simply pop the beans out of the pod using either your hands or your mouth.

  Additional Information

- To cook fresh raw edamame cook in a saucepan of boiling water for about 5 minutes and then drain.

Yakisoba Chicken

Japanese buckwheat flour noodles with chicken a delicious meal! Noodles can be purchased at an Asian foods market.


  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons chile paste

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1 onion, sliced lengthwise into eighths

  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, coarsely chopped

  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 8 ounces soba noodles, cooked and drained


  • Prep Time 15 minutes

  • Cook Time 15 minutes

  • Ready In 30 minutes

  1. In a large skillet combine sesame oil, canola oil and chili paste; stir-fry 30 seconds. Add garlic and stir fry an additional 30 seconds. Add chicken and 1/4 cup of the soy sauce and stir fry until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove mixture from pan, set aside, and keep warm.

  2. In the emptied pan combine the onion, cabbage, and carrots. Stir-fry until cabbage begins to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining soy sauce, cooked noodles, and the chicken mixture to pan and mix to blend. Serve and enjoy!

Vegtable Tempua





  • 5 tablespoons flour

  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup sparkling water

  • ice cubes, if needed

  • 1 lb. assorted vegetables

  • 1/2 cup ponzu sauce


In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the club soda and whisk until the batter is smooth. If the batter is too thick, add an ice cube to help thin it out.

Cut the firm vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes into 1/8 inch slices. For softer vegetables, 1/4 inch will do.

Pour enough oil into a medium saucepan to measure about 2 inches. Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the pan and heat the oil to 350F. Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels.

Working in batches, drop a few slices of vegetables into the batter. Stir gently to coat. Using tongs or chopsticks, lift the food from the batter, allowing excess batter to drip back into the bowl. Carefully add a few pieces to the hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Turn vegetables occasionally and fry until lightly golden on all sides, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.   Let temperature heat back up to 350F in between batches. Transfer tempura to paper towels. Season with salt and serve with ponzu sauce.

Serves 4 people.

Fluffy Japanese pancakes

Make these tall Japanese pancakes and watch them bounce and jiggle. Something a little different for your next brunch or weekend breakfast treat.


  • 150g self-raising flour

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

  • eggs

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed, sunflower or grapeseed oil

  • 180ml milk

  • dash of vanilla extract

  • oil spray for cooking or a mild-flavoured cooking oil (whatever you use in the batter)

  • maple syrup,, ice cream, crisp bacon, berries.


  1. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add the sugar. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs and oil. Stir them into the flour then gradually add the milk and use a whisk to beat the liquid in. You can also put the lot in a blender and blitz it. Stir in the vanilla. This batter is best used quickly.

  2. Put a non-stick pan over a low heat and put one or two non-stick crumpet rings (about 3.5 cm high) in the pan. Spray (or brush) the pan lightly with oil and the inside of the rings too. Fill them no more than ¾ full with batter then cover the pan with a lid and cook the pancakes for about 10 mins on a very low heat. By this time the top of the pancake should be covered in little bubbles and look dry around the edges.

  3. Very carefully turn the pancakes over. You can do this by lifting each pancake in its ring onto the lid and then inverting the pan over them before turning the whole thing back over and taking off the lid. Cook for another 1-2 mins. Keep warm while you use up the rest of the batter. Stack and serve with your favourite toppings.


Recipe from,

PREP: 10 Mins.  Cook: 1 Hr, 30 mins. (or approx 12 mins cooking per pancake).

Serves  6 people.

Teriyaki Beef & Lettuce Cup

Add a taste of Asia to your next party with these irresistible, easy-to-pick-up finger food favorites.



  • 350g trimmed sirloin steak

  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce marinade, (we used Kikkoman teriyaki marinade)

  • 1⁄2 cucumber

  • 2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped juice 1⁄2 lime

  • 6 Little Gem lettuces leaves

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced

  • 1⁄2 red onion, thinly sliced




  1. Put the steak between two sheets of cling film and beat with a rolling pin until half its original thickness. Thinly slice the steak, then mix with the teriyaki marinade in a bowl. Leave to marinate for 5-10 mins.

  2. Roughly dice the cucumber and mix with the chopped coriander and lime juice. Season with a little salt.

  3. Heat a frying pan until very hot, then fry the steak slices for 1½-2½ mins for rare to medium, turning the slices halfway through.

  4. Pile the cucumber mixture into the lettuce leaves, then top with the seared teriyaki beef, chilli and red onion.


PREP: 10 Mins. Cook: 5 Mins.

Serves 2 People.

By Good Food

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