Spice Up Your Life With a Taste of Japan

*Fun Bento Box**Cute and Natural Food From California*


Ganmo burger

Ganmo is a fried tofu fritter made with vegetables.
You can find at any Japanese grocery store listed on the right.

Use the ganmo as buns! Put anything you want between the ganmos cut in half.

How to cook ganmo.

1 cup water
2 tablespoon soy source
2 tablespoon sugar

Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
Add ganmos and cook about for 10 minutes.


Sweet Potato & Rice Potage

Rice makes soup thicker so you don't need to use creme, which makes the soup healthier.

1 large sweet potato
2 tablespoon rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 baby leaf
2 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat and add the peeled and cut sweet potato. Cook until tender.
2. Add the rice, water, baby leaf and sugar. Bring to a boil until rice is tender.
3. Blend the soup with a blender and return to the pot.
4. Add soy milk and bring to a boil.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.


eel flavor chikuwa bowl

chikuwa is one of popular Japanese fish cakes.

Sweet source
2tablespoon sake
2tablespoon soy source
2tablespoon sugar
1tablespoon potato starch

Cut a chikuwa in half and sprinkle potato starch.
Grill with a skillet.
Mix the ingredient of the sweet source and add on chikuwa in a skillet.

Gyoza skin mini pizza

Put 2 slices of gyoza skin together using tomato ketchup as glue.
Spread tomato ketchup and arrange cheese,ham and your favorite toppings.
Grill it until cheese is melted.


Tofu hamburg steak

Cute mini tofu hamburg steak is good for making your lunch box cute!

1/2 firm tofu
1 egg
2tablespoon potato starch
1/2 onion
2pieces shiitake mushroom
10 walnuts
3tablespoon katsu source
Salt&pepper to taste

Mix all well using a blender and cook! That's it.

★how to make lacy cheese★
Cut a straw in half and make a half circle.
Cut a cheese with it.


Healthy Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake)

Okonomiyaki + a ham rose + mayo creme = A okonomiyaki cake!
This is the cake you can eat with your chopsticks:P

Easy, Simple and Helathy Okonomiyaki
1/2pack firm tofu
4 tablespoon potato starch
1/4 cabbage
Yakisoba(Fried noodle)
Katsu source

1. Mix tofu, eggs, cabbage in a bowl.
2. Add Yakisoba in a skillet and cook.
3. Pour 1 on the yakisoba and cook then turn over and cook.
4. Pour katsu source on the surface of okonomiyaki.

To make it look like a piece of a cake, cut okonomiyaki in 4 and put 2 pieces together.(make yakisoba inside). Decorate it with mayonnase.
Will post how to make a ham rose later!


Green tea french toast

Merry Christmas!
Made tree with green tea french toast and santa with strawberries.
I used Nijiya market original "Tofu bread" for the toast. It's easier to color if the bread is more white.
Use green tea soymilk to make french toast instead of regular milk.
Cut the toast with different sizes of star shaped cookie cutters.



Omu-rice is a popular Japanese dish consisting of an omelet with fried ketchup rice.

★Unique thin omelet sheet
Make an thin omelet sheet with 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk.
When it's cooked, make holes of desired shapes using cookie cutters.
Then, pour egg white into the holes and cook.



Monkey Curry (Sardine Curry)

Something is getting very popular in Japan...Yes, "kyara-ben"(Character Bento)!
It’s a lunch box which features food decorated to look like characters from popular media. Japanese people like to decorate not only beto, but also other dishes like curry!

Found monkey shaped curry on cookpad the other day and fell in love with it! so made it with sardine curry.

Choushi city in Chiba is noted for sardine and mackerel curry.
You can find canned curry of those there!

3chili pequin
1baby leaf
1or2 onions
1canned sardine in olive oil
1canned tomato source with garlic (and basil)
3cups boiled water
1tablespoon vinegar
3tablespoon curry powder
2tablespoon soy source
2tablespoon miso
1tablespoon umeboshi paste if you have
1cup yogurt
salt and pepper

1.Heat olive oil(in canned sardine) in a skillet. Saute onion, chili, a baby leaf, cloves until onion get lightly browned.

2.Add canned tomato, sardine, curry powder,vinegar, soy source, miso and umeboshi paste. Then pour boiled water. Simmer for about an hour.

3. Add yogurt, salt and pepper and simmer.

Make monkey's face with seaweed and ears with eggs!