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JapanEasy: Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to (Actually) Cook at Home by Tim Anderson

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  • Mixed salad with sweet onion and ginger dressing

    • Yildiz100 on April 21, 2018

      Really delicious on spring mix but a tiny bit salty. Might be worth swapping out half of the soy for low sodium or just go easy on the amount of dressing used on the greens. Makes a lot and time will tell how well it keeps (onion can get funky) so next time make a half batch.

    • Yildiz100 on June 03, 2018

      Update: This kept in the fridge very well for over a week, and the onion didn't get that funky unpleasant taste it sometimes does in certain preparations. Still, I didn't manage to finish the dressing, so make a half recipe next time.

  • Cabbage with sweet ginger vinegar

    • Yildiz100 on March 15, 2018

      Subbed okonomiyaki sauce for the tonkatsu sauce since they are very similar. This was fine but not quite as exciting as the author promised. More like something you'd use as a garnish. I have lots of leftover dressing so I will be making it again. Next time I might try adding another vegetable (shredded carrots? Scallions? ) to add interest.

  • Tomato salad with spicy ponzu

    • Yildiz100 on March 15, 2018

      I enjoyed the way the dressing tasted on its own but somehow thought it clashed with the tomatoes. It was like I became unpleasantly aware of the sesame oil everytime I bit into tomato and I love sesame so that shouldn't have happened. I also didn't think it was at all spicy (sriracha was my hot sauce of choice.) Maybe a bit more of a kick would have balanced it out. Double sriracha next time.

    • Foodycat on November 02, 2017

      The dressing for this salad is so good I could drink it. I will make this again and a again.

  • Pan-roasted mushrooms with soy-garlic butter

    • Yildiz100 on March 15, 2018

      I treated this more like a cooking technique than a recipe since I wasn't up for using 1 stick of butter. Pretty good. I am sure it is great if you go all out with the butter. I might like to try roasting the mushrooms for a different texture (Small victories roasting technique maybe) while I make the garlic soy butter stove top.

    • Foodycat on October 09, 2017

      SO delicious! I think I will be making these mushrooms a lot. I used a mixture of oyster, king oyster, enoki and shimejii mushrooms and it was absolutely wonderful. We had it as a side with steak, but I think tossed through some noodles would be a wonderful meal too.

    • Sandiegolemons on March 12, 2018

      This is a good mushroom dish but holy cow, one stick of butter for 1 pound of mushrooms. This is one of those once a year dishes. Instead of truffle oil, I used ground truffle shavings and they worked out great. I also used regular button mushrooms as well. Next time will half the butter to see the results so I don’t stress about the cholesterol.

  • Japanese carbonara

    • Yildiz100 on June 26, 2018

      Really delicious. Just be aware the portion size is quite large, which is often the case with this book. We nearly halved the recipe (9 ounces/255 grams spaghetti, halved the sauce ingredients ) and found it made a nice main dish portion for three with a light side salad. Will try this with bacon in the future.

    • clcorbi on May 23, 2018

      Excellent fusion dish; the flavor is awesome and so umami-rich. The garnishes really make this one; the parmesan goes so well with all the Japanese flavors, and the scallions add an extra bright crunch. I will be making this dish again. Also, I almost omitted the few tablespoons of sake, but I'm glad I didn't; the flavor really came through.

  • Soy-braised turkey mince rice (Shichimencho kashiwa meshi)

    • Yildiz100 on April 21, 2018

      The author noted this was more traditionally made with shredded chicken so I decided to go with that, since I prefer it to mince anyway. Used a rotisserie and just added the chicken after adding the sauce ingredients, then cook to heat through. Quite good, would repeat.

  • Cold udon or soba with hot dipping sauce

    • Yildiz100 on May 21, 2018

      The dipping broth was tasty and easy. It is the first recipe of its kind I have tried, however so I can't say if it is any better or easier than other recipes. I really didn't care for the cold/hot combo though, as the cold noodles made the dipping sauce cold after a few bites. (This is just a personal preference though.)

  • Candied sweet potato wedges (Daigaku imo)

    • KarinaFrancis on January 03, 2018

      A really great side dish, we made it to go with some Kara-age chicken. Made the recipe as written but should have read Foodycats note, I think baking them would be simpler with no loss of flavour

    • Foodycat on November 02, 2017

      I baked the sweet potato wedges instead of shallow frying, and they were excellent.

    • Lesliehauser on January 27, 2018

      We found these too sweet

  • Sweet miso-glazed aubergine (Nasu dengaku)

    • Foodycat on October 23, 2017

      I only had white miso, which wouldn't have been my choice for this but it was still really luscious and deep-flavoured. One of the easier recipes for this dish that I have tried but with no loss of flavour. I thought I had sesame seeds but I didn't so they went by the wayside.

    • JLDuck on December 16, 2017

      I found this recipe very tasty but rather rich. Also I BBQed the aubergine rather than fried. It worked a treat.

  • Sweet miso-grilled cod

    • Foodycat on November 02, 2017

      Would have been better with red miso - the white miso I used wasn't oomphy enough. But very simple and good.

    • Sandiegolemons on January 06, 2018

      Well, I can’t say I would do this again and definitely wouldn’t plan a dinner party around it. I did grill the fish on a bbq grill, which was a mistake. It needs to bathe in the sweet miso while it cooks up. I just hate the idea of broiling anything in aluminum foil and still hesitant to put my good pans under a broiler for eight minutes or so. I did marinate it with white miso for 8 hours, but still wasn't really wow’d. Easy? - yes, Japanese? - yes. Worth it?...with regular cod? - no....black cod? - maybe. I also did an Ono filet with it and the Ono turned out better with the sweet miso than the cod. Ono loves miso though.

  • Japanese rice gratin of shellfish (Kairui no doria)

    • Foodycat on November 20, 2017

      Rich as anything but absolutely gorgeous. The miso and wine give the sauce an incredible rich flavour. I didn't have any chives, and I just used gruyere rather than gruyere, cheddar and parmesan. Of course, it looks like hell as soon as you dunk a spoon into it, so I think if I were making it for a special occasion I'd do individual portions.

  • Sweet miso sauce

    • Foodycat on October 23, 2017

      Very good (made it for the nasu dengaku) and very easy. And, unlike some of the recipes for similar sauces that I have made before, is vegan.

  • Surprisingly awesome one-hour spicy miso ramen

    • lena_london on December 28, 2017

      Really lovely, surprising depth of flavour. A little fiddly but worth it

  • Simmered green vegetables with sesame dressing

    • JLDuck on November 17, 2017

      The dressing is delicious and goes very well with grilled vegetables. I tried asparagus and it worked a treat.

    • Lesliehauser on January 27, 2018

      Perfect on steamed spinach or broccoli

  • Japanese potato salad

    • JLDuck on November 17, 2017

      It is not easier than my usual potato salad. However it is rather nice. Would not add the carrot and cucumber in future. Quail eggs are fabulous and I will consider using them in standard potato salad.

  • Japanese fried chicken (Chicken karaage)

    • JLDuck on November 17, 2017

      Stunningly gorgeous. I did a 48 hour marinade.

  • Chicken patty yakitori (Tsukune)

    • JLDuck on December 16, 2017

      Again I was unable to get the meat to stay on the skewers so we had large flat patties instead. It was delicious. I minced my own chicken fillets so was happy with the texture.

  • Japanese steak haché (Hambagu)

    • JLDuck on December 16, 2017

      A delicious Japanese style hamburger. An excellent use of that mince languishing in the freezer.

  • Chicken and egg rice bowl (Oyakodon)

    • JLDuck on July 05, 2018

      Very easy and delicious. The Shichimi Togarashi gave the dish a lift and worth adding. I halved the recipe. Found it was ok for two people. Maybe we were hungry (see previous comments).

    • clcorbi on March 19, 2018

      This is a very nice, comforting dish that I really enjoyed. However--the recipe makes WAY more than four servings! Which is certainly not a bad thing, but you really need to have quite a large skillet or wok in order to stir-fry this much food. Next time I'd probably halve the recipe since my skillet isn't large enough. Also, I found the amount of liquid added to be too high--I had to allow everything to reduce for around 15 minutes before I could add in the eggs. Other than adjusting the liquid, I'd definitely repeat this dish.

  • Stir-fried chicken thigh

    • JLDuck on February 05, 2018

      I agree that this recipe works brilliantly with Ramen noodles etc. Toasted sesame seeds add a tasty crunch which finishes the dish.

    • Lesliehauser on January 27, 2018

      So easy, served with ramen noodles, broccoli and sesame dressing. Would be equally good broiled or on the grill

  • Shichimi togarashi

    • JLDuck on July 05, 2018

      Easy to do and worth it.

  • Stir-fried pork with ginger sauce (Buta shogayaki)

    • clcorbi on June 15, 2018

      Really nice flavor and very fast. The cabbage retains a nice bite when cooked with this method.

  • Beef, onion and sweet soy rice bowl (Gyudon)

    • clcorbi on July 03, 2018

      Really delicious comfort food. Once the sweet soy sauce is ready, the dish itself comes together very quickly. I would never use four onions with this amount of beef, though--that's way too many! I used one large onion and thought it was the perfect amount.

  • Hot udon or soba

    • clcorbi on June 10, 2018

      Really nice! I didn't bother frying the tofu; instead I just sliced it and simmered it in the broth for a few minutes before serving. I also added a sliced leek that I had laying around. The addition of a vegetable was welcome here, and I'd plan on adding some next time I make this, too. The broth is super flavorful and this dish comes together quickly, so it's very doable on a weeknight.

  • Crab cream croquettes (Kani kurimu korokke)

    • Sandiegolemons on February 04, 2018

      Warning! Do not do this recipe. I just wasted 7oz of crab and two hours during the Super Bowl for a choleric artery bomb. No need to elaborate.

  • Multigrain rice (Zakkoku-0mai)

    • lizbot2000 on March 22, 2018

      I looked all over for a recipe for this style of rice, and I've finally found one that's doable! The proportions of the different grains to rice and water were perfect, and the cooking time was right on. I make up a large batch of this to have on hand, and we now use it instead of white rice for pretty much everything. It's a bit of a pain to locate everything, but we eat this so much that ordering the different grains from Amazon ended up being totally worth it.

  • Curry udon (Kare udon)

    • joyosity on November 09, 2017

      I tried this recipe today, but the curry sauce ended up being almost inedible because of the massive amount of curry powder (45 g!). It may be a typo, but looking at the color in the picture, it might not be. It's very rare for me to say this, but I will not be making this again.

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Reviews about this book

  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    Tim Anderson never disappoints. JapanEasy is as innovative and inspiring as Nanbam. Do yourself a favor - buy his books.

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  • ISBN 10 1784881147
  • ISBN 13 9781784881146
  • Published Sep 26 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom, United States
  • Publisher Hardie Grant

Publishers Text

Many people are intimidated at the idea of cooking Japanese food at home. But in JapanEasy, Tim Anderson reveals that many Japanese recipes require no specialist ingredients at all, and can in fact be whipped up with products found at your local supermarket. In fact, there are only seven essential ingredients required for the whole book: soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, dashi, sake, miso and rice. You don't need any special equipment, either. No sushi mat? No problem -- use just cling film and a tea towel!

JapanEasy is designed to be an introduction to the world of Japanese cooking via some of its most accessible (but authentic) dishes. The recipes here do not ‘cheat’ in any way; there are no inadequate substitutions for obscure ingredients: this is the real deal. Tim starts with some basic sauces and marinades that any will easily 'Japanify' any meal, then moves onto favourites such as gyoza, sushi, yakitori, ramen and tempura, and introduces readers to new dishes they will love. Try your hand at a range of croquettas, sukiyaki and a Japanese 'carbonara' that will change your life. Recipes are clearly explained and rated according to difficulty, making them easy to follow and even easier to get right.

If you are looking for fun, simple, relatively quick yet delicious Japanese dishes that you can actually make on a regular basis – the search stops here.

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