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VERY Slimy Yamaimo in Okonomi-yaki

Posted on 11:55 AM in Hiroko's Blog

Okonomi-yaki is a stuffed pancake similar to a crepe.  The standard type is filled with lots of cabbage and small portion of protein such as thinly sliced pork or beef, shellfish or both and served with a somewhat sweet sauce.  Various Japanese cities – Tokyo, Osaka and especially Hiroshima – are proud of their versions of this popular fast food that is often sold at food stands on the streets and at festival grounds.  When you go to the okonomi-yaki specialty restaurant in Japan, you sit in front of the heated large griddle, and watch (more…)

Work on to return to Central Market

Posted on 3:20 PM in Hiroko's Blog

Thank you, Julia, for your comment.  I am going to miss you at my Ramen and Gyoza class this coming Saturday.  I will work on to make a return to Central Market and teach additional Japanese classes – pherhaps Ramen and Gyoza – in the near future.  Please come to assist me in the class!  Good luck!  Hiroko

Aebleskiver and laurel leaf

Posted on 6:59 PM in Hiroko's Blog

Maud, thank you very much for your comment.  I googled and found the information about Aebleskiver.  Your pancake look much puffier than your neighbour’s Poffertjes, and reminds me of our Takoyaki.  It says that Aebleskiver is a before-the-Christmas, seasonal delicacy enjoyed with glogg.  When I visited your country 2 years ago I missed the chance to savor it because I was there in the wrong season.  Poffertjes, (more…)

Takoyaki ??? No.2

Posted on 2:42 PM in Hiroko's Blog

During Takoyaki and Poffertjes search I also found the existence of additional Poffertjes-like dish.  It is Indian Paniyaram.  Paniyaram is rounder like Takoyaki but the use of aromatic spices and chutney sauce makes Paniyaram a very distinctive and different cousin of Takoyaki.  You can google Paniyaram and you will find a video in which an Indian guy showing how to cook Paniyaram. (more…)


Posted on 9:19 AM in Hiroko's Blog

This November’s Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Conference is focused on street foods of the world.  As one of the presenters representing Japanese cuisine, I have been researching Japanese street foods.  One of the signature street food is the Takoyaki and I have stumbled on its fascinating history.  Takoyaki is a mini pancake in the shape and size of golf ball.  Crepe like batter (made from flour, egg and dashi, Japanese fish stock) is poured in depressions in the heavy cast iron skillet, and (more…)

Ivan Ramen Part II

Posted on 6:23 AM in Hiroko's Blog

When I arrived at the restaurant I saw a line of people waiting outside for a seat at the small counter that seats about 12 customers.  The customers ranged in age from high school students to 80 year old ladies.  Just outside of the door there is a fun sign board that says “eat here” in English with an red arrow pointing  into the restaurant.   (more…)

Tokyo Ramen Shop Owner-Chef, Ivan: an American in the World of Japanese Ramen

Posted on 6:07 AM in Hiroko's Blog

Ivan Orkin, a New Yorker and graduate of CIA, once worked at the legendary Quilted Giraffe and other popular New York restaurants such as Mesa Grill.  But he was never happy in those positions.  Shortly after his college graduation he went to Japan and fell in love with Japanese ramen and later a Japanese woman, Mariko, now his wife., and he did something no foreigner has ever done.


Over Our Ramen and Gyoza Dinner

Posted on 10:42 AM in Hiroko's Blog

Over our ramen dinner I am planning that we will watch clips from the famous movie, Tampopo, released in Japan in 1985.  The entire plot is based on the ramen culture of Japan.  It is the story of a widow struggling    (more…)

A perfect bowl of ramen noodles! and gyoza, potstickers, at your home

Posted on 5:02 PM in Hiroko's Blog

Mark a calender to join my “Ramen and Gyoza” cooking class at International Culinary Center (www.internationalculinarycenter.com) in French Culinary Institute that will be held on October 24th (Saturday).   Please check the site for further information.  A perfect bowl of ramen to me means that every component in the


How much vegetables in my diet?

Posted on 6:38 PM in Hiroko's Blog, Recipes

I am not a vegetarian, but I do love vegetables and fruits.  So, vegetables and fruits occupy 50% of our diet.  The other 50% is consists of protein and wholesome carbohydrate.  Summer is one of the best time to enjoy an extensive variety of vegetables.  And, the most important tip is that you are not eating just a few kinds of vegetables in your salad.  In your preparations you should employ vegetables from all categories, such as