Japanese Pilaf – Takikomi Gohan


Serving : 4


*2 Cups of Japanese Rice or Sushi Rice or Short Grain Rice ( Please use Rice Cooker’s Cop)

1/2 Carrots – grated

3 Mushrooms (size of about 4-5cm in diameter) – sliced

1/2 Usuage (thin deep-fried tofu curd) – sliced into 4cm long

3 Teaspoon of Dashi Powder ( Fish Stock)

1.5 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce

1/2 Tablespoon of Mirin


1. Put Rice in the Rice Cooker ‘s removable bowl. Wash the Rice.

2. Rest the washed Rice in the bowl for about 20 minutes. **

3. Add Dashi Powder, Soy Sauce and Mirin into the Rice.

4. Add Water up to the line of 2 as marked inside of the bowl. Mix it gently.

5. Add Carrots, Mushrooms and Usuage on top of the Rice.

6. Set the Rice Cooker and cook it as you cook Rice normally.

7. After the Rice Cooker completes cooking, let it sit for about 30 minutes to steam. **


* It is the best to use Japanese Rice if it is available. If not, use Short Grain Rice or Sushi Rice.

** Method 2& 7 will help the Rice to get moist and lovely texture. If you have a Japanese Rice Cooker, this time might have been already included in the cooking time. Please refer to the instruction of your Rice Cooker.



Pickled Cucumber Salad – Kyuri no Sunomono


Serving : 3-4


2 Lebanese Cucumbers or 1 Continental Cucumber – thinly sliced

1 Tablespoon of Dried Wakame (seaweed)

5 Tablespoon of a Rice Vinegar or White Vinegar

1.5 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar

1/3 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce


1. Put the thinly sliced Cucumbers in a strainer. Sprinkle Salt over the Cucumbers and stir them. Let it sit for about 15minutes.

2. Reconstitute Dried Wakame in water. It will take about 5 minutes.

3. Mix Vinegar, Sugar and Soy Sauce in a bowl.

4. Squeeze water from Wakame and add it in the Vinegar mixture.

5. Wash the Cucumbers lightly. Squeeze water from the Cucumbers and add them in the Vinegar mixture.

6. Mix them well. Pickle them at least 30 minutes before serving.


Crispy Skin Salmon with Sweet and Sour Sauce – Salmon no Amazu Ankake


Serving : 2


2 pieces of Salmon Fillet – skin on

1 Onion – sliced

1/2 Red Capsicums – slices

2 Spring Onions – chopped in about 5cm long

80cc of Water

1 Tablespoon of Dashing Powder (Fish Stock)

1.5 Tablespoon of Soy Sauce

1.5 Tablespoon of Mirin

1 Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar

3/4 Tablespoon of Flour


1. Sprinkle Salt over Salmon on the both sides. Wrap it with kitchen paper towel and let it sit at least for 20 minutes. *

2. Make Crispy Skin Salmon. Heat a frying pan on high heat with a teaspoon of oil. When the frying pan gets really hot, put Salmon in the pan with skin side down. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook the Salmon for about 5 minutes or until 1/4 of bottom of the Salmon meat looks cooked. **

3. Turn and cook the Salmon for about 5-8 minutes or until the Salmon is cooked. Remove it from the pan once it is cooked. We use the same frying pan to make Amazu Sauce.

4. Make Amazu Sauce. Mix Water, Dashi Powder, Soy Sauce, Mirin and Balsamic Vinegar well.

5. Heat the pan on medium with a teaspoon of oil.

6. Add Onions, Capsicums and the white part of Spring Onions into the pan. Cook until the Onions become clear.

7. Add the green part of Spring Onions into the pan and stir fry them.

8. Sprinkle Flour over the vegetables. Mix and cook very well until the Flour is not visible.

9. Add 1/3 of Amazu Sauce mixture into the pan. Stir it with vegetables very well. Repeat the same 2 times. Make sure that Flour is dissolved and any ramp of flour is not left in the sauce. Stir it very well very time the mixture is added to make the sauce smooth and shiny.

10. Remove the Crispy Skin from the Salmon meat. Keep the skin somewhere dry to keep the skin crispy.

11. Place the Salmon meat on the serving plate. Put the Amazu Sauce over the Salmon. Put the Crispy Skin on top of it.


* Method 1 helps us to remove unpleasant fishy smell from fish. Water will come out for fish after letting it sit for a while which is the cause of smell. This water will be soaked in and removed by the kitchen pepper tower. Fish can keep its lovely flavour with enough saltiness.

** To make Crispy Skin Salmon, it is important not to touch. When you tough the Salmon is only once; when you turn the Salmon over.