Inari-zushi

Happy International Sushi Day!  Did you know, today(6/18) is the day to enjoy Sushi world wide!    A lot of people would think about having nigiri or rolls, but did you notice something slipped from your mind: Inari!  Inari is a type of sushi wrapped with thin, fried tofu that is cooked in the sweet…

Vegan Mapo Tofu

Happy National Beverage Day and No Diet Day! Did you know, 5/6 is the day to enjoy refreshing drinks without thinking about diet! So some of you may think that why I’m posting about world famous Chinese dish today…but here is a reason. Mapo tofu is considered as beverage sometimes in Japan, especially from young(around…

Rice Balls

Happy National Rice Ball Day!  Did you know, today 4/19 is the day to enjoy Japanese soul food of rice ball: onigiri!   I grew up with eating them, so I’m one of the expert of rice ball lovers! Anytime I needed lunch box to bring, my mom made a couple of them. When the…

Tanuki Mixed Rice

Before starting to talk about today’s recipe, I have to remind you that I’m not an narcist. The today’s food already had “tanuki” in the name and my name is Tanooki, almost the same pronunciation, but we don’t have any special relationship. Well, except the fact I love tanuki udon or this yummy mixed rice! …

Ginger Radish Rice

Ginger. I love this herb! When I was a kid I didn’t like them because they prick my tongue hard, but a small amount of ginger in noodles or tofu gives a refreshing flavor which no other herbs can give. In my household, mixed rice wasn’t on the dining table in my childhood, but since…

Vegan Chirashi Sushi

March 3rd is the day of Girl’s Day Festival observed in Japan. I usually don’t care about anniversary/celebration/holiday, festivals  except the day someone brings ME a gift, but my dinner buddy cares about festivals for some reason. So why don’t we have a chance to make/eat fancy food to make a reason for that? My…