How to Make Shogayaki 豚肉の生姜焼き

How to Make Shogayaki 豚肉の生姜焼き

Pork Shogayaki 豚肉の生姜焼きis a popular Japanese dish that is very easy to make at home.  It is rank number 2 among pork recipes in Japan, behind Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet).  Buta means pork, shoga means ginger and yaki is to fry or grill thus the name panfried ginger-flavored pork.  If you ever traveled to Japan, you will see this dish at many locals and chain restaurants like Ootoya 大戸屋.  Ootoya is one of my favorite chains to eat beside Pepper Lunch, Mos Burger, CoCo Ichiban, Yoshida, Sukiya and Mutsuya all of which have their own tastes and specific food categories with the exception of Yoshida, Sukiya and Mutsuya which they served similar food but I like them all.   Of course, I also eat out at local Mom and Pop restaurants as well Izakaya (Japanese Pub) with friends.

Pork Shogayaki, the meat can either be thin or thick depending on how you like your meat.  If it is thin, the meat will cook very fast, less than 1 min 30 seconds of cooking and anything more than that the meat will turn hard ==>Read More

How to Make Spicy Cucumber Salad

How to Make Spicy Cucumber Salad

This spicy cucumber salad recipe is my twist to the simple Japanese Cucumber salad by adding a little bit of Chinese Hot Chili Oil and one chili pepper. In Japanese cuisine, spicy food plays a very limited role due to the lack of trade between other countries other than China and Korea until the late 1800s when Japan first opened Read More==>

How to Make Chinese Red Chili Oil(红油)

Chinese Red Chili Oil (红油)

This chili oil is a spicy oil infusion made by adding dried chili flakes to a hot oil (neutral oil).  It is often used as a condiment, especially in Sichuan cuisine, and it can also be used as the base for a sauce or sautéed dish as well as cold dish such as cucumber salad for example.

When used as a condiment, chili oil generally enhances the spiciness of a dish it is used on.  When used as a base, this oil will greatly enhance the spiciness of a dish, since the temperature of cooking will bring out the heat.  Many grocery stores carry this oil, especially in Asian supermarket or the specialty foods aisle.

Recently, there has been many new varieties of this chili oil, for example, in Japan there is a new product called “taberu rayu (食べるラー油 or -辣油, literally, “rāyu for eating“).  This has become a trend in 2010; this variety is known for reduced spiciness and less aromatic but more savory as it includes chunks of food such as fried garlic Read More==>