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Yakisoba Recipe

Yakisoba is Japanese stir fried noodles. It is served with Yakisoba sauce, similar to Tonkatsu or Okonomiyaki sauce.  Yakisoba is usually fried with sliced pork and vegetables like cabbage and bean sprouts.  It is a very popular casual food (or snack) everyone likes in Japan.  You can find Yakisoba at many places like Okonomiyaki restaurants, festivals, supermarket delis, and of course, home.

Yakisoba is a great light or quick meal.  Kids stop at a little shop for Yakisoba after school,  and people stop for it at a food court in a mall during shopping.  One of the best Yakisoba can be found at summer night festivals. Street vendors cook Yakisoba on a big grill.  I don’t know what they do to it, but they make superb Yakisoba.  If you are making your own Yakisoba, you can put your favorite meat and vegetables; chicken, beef, or even squid.  The must-have toppings are Aonori andBenishoga.  The fragrance of Aonori and spicy Benishoga accentuate the flavor of Yakisoba so well.  Even when your Yakisoba is mediocre, they can upgrade the dish for you.

We use Chuka Men, Chinese style noodles, in Yakisoba, but the dish is not Chinese at all.  It is actually very Japanese, and nothing like Chow Mein other than they are both noodle dishes. Yakisoba sauce is very similar to Okonomiyaki sauce (you can even substitute Okonomiyaki sauce for Yakisoba sauce), though it is a little bit more like Worcester sauce and thinner.  We made the Yakisoba sauce using Tonkatsu sauce and Worcester sauce which are in our pantry.  You can of course purchase Yakisoba sauce if available, but this may be a good alternative.

Chuka Men for Yakisoba is usually sold as packages of fresh noodles in the refrigerated section at Japanese or some Asian markets.  Each package of noodles (square) is for one serving, and sometimes comes with Yakisoba seasoning powder.  The seasoning powder is a convenient thing and doesn’t taste bad, I admit, so you may opt to use that as your Yakisoba sauce.  For people who do not have access to any Asian markets at all,  dried spaghetti can be used instead of Chuka Men.  Similar to what we did in Ramen, boil dried spaghetti in boiling water (2L) with baking soda (2Tbsp), and cook according to the package.   You may not want to use fresh pasta because it may be too soft to stir fry after boiling.  We know it is not exactly the same as Chuka Men, but it can be a pretty good substitution for those who cannot get Chuka Men.Get all the ingredients ready, fry them together, and enjoy your own Yakisoba!

(We recommend using a non-stick pan to make Yakisoba to avoid noodles getting stuck on the pan.)

Yakisoba Recipe

Yield: 2

Ingredients

    • 1/3 lb (150g) pork, thinly sliced
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 C cabbage, cut into about 2″ squares
    • 2 C bean sprouts
    • 1/2 small carrot
    • 1/4 green bell pepper
    • 1 Tbsp oil
    • Aonori
    • Benishoga
    • 2 packages Chuka Men (Chinese style noodles)
    • salt and pepper
Yakisoba Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Tonkatsu sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mirin

Instructions

  1. Cut sliced pork into bite size pieces. Prepare the vegetables: slice onion, carrot, and bell pepper thinly; cut cabbage into 2″squares; wash and strain bean sprouts. Mix all the ingredients for Yakisoba Sauce.
  2. In a large frying pan, add oil and heat at medium high heat. Cook meat first until browned. Add onion, carrot, and bell pepper and cook about 1-2 minutes. Then add cabbage and bean sprouts, and cook until vegetables are wilted. Once water seeps out from vegetables, add Chuka Men, stir under the vegetables, lower heat and cover, and cook about 2 minutes until noodles soften.
  3. When noodles get loose and soft, keep stirring to mix with vegetables, then add sauce and coat the whole thing for a couple of minutes. (Season with salt and pepper to taste.)
  4. Place Yakisoba on the plate; sprinkle with Aonori and put Benishoga on top.

How to Make Perfect Banga Rice

As far as Nigerian cuisine goes, you’ve probably heard the word ‘Banga’ being thrown around. Banga soup is hugely popular in Nigeria and throughout its neighbouring countries. So what is Banga? Banga is actually a tasty juice made from the Palm Nut, which is then used to make various dishes. We’re going to focus on Banga rice, because it is a fantastic way of making various delicacies such as stews and seafood-paella type dishes, and is a scrumptious addition to basically any dish that requires rice. Traditionally, Banga rice is actually a seafood dish, filled with those fresh ocean delights that make for a hearty, unforgettable meal. If you want to learn how to make the perfect Banga rice – follow the steps below.

Step 1:

If you’re using fresh palm kernels, wash and then boil the palm nut until it is extremely soft. This will take between an hour and an hour and a half. Using a mortar and pestle, pound your boiled palm nut until the skin begins separating from the nut. Using a strainer or cheese cloth, squeeze the juice from the mixture.

Step 2:

Scoop all the pounded nut pieces and place them in a bowl, add water and massage the mixture firmly. Use the sieve to strain the juice and then finally rinse with hot water.

Note: If you are using canned palm nut sauce, simply pour it into a large pot or wok, add two cups of water and boil for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

Step 3:

Wash your rice in hot water and add in the palm nut sauce. Stir all until evenly mixed together and then cook for about 15 minutes until the rice is ready to your liking.

Step 4:

Once the rice is strained, you can season it to taste with a mix of salt, pepper and various other mixed spices. If you have Banga spice, now is the time to add a good few teaspoons and then stir all the seasonings through thoroughly.

Step 5:

In a separate pot, cook or fry some seafood of your choice. Shrimps, dried fish and other seafood pieces will work well. You can fry up your seafood and some fresh chillies in a dash of coconut oil for added flavour.

Step 6:

Throw your Banga rice back into the pot, mix together with all your cooked seafood and then serve immediately.

There you have it, a delicious, almost fool-proof recipe for some scrumptious Banga rice! Seafood lovers and lovers of Nigerian-cuisine alike will be impressed by this dish. Not only this, but as far as fish recipes go, this is a fish stew to die for!

Recipes For Chinese Food Fried Rice

Learn Some of the Best Chinese Food Recipes Now

Over the last few decades, Chinese food has become a staple in the diet of many Americans. It is thought that more than a quarter of the world’s population eats Chinese food every single day! A Chinese restaurant or Chinese takeout place can be seen on most main streets in the United States. The great news is that you do not have to go to a restaurant anymore to feed your cravings. The goal of this website is to offer you the best recipes for Chinese food that you can enjoy anytime from your own home absolutely free. We wish to share our favorite Chinese food recipes with you so that you can experience the benefits of these delicious delicacies whenever your heart desires.

All of the recipes on our website are easy to follow and include ingredients that can be cheaply purchased from any grocery store and stored safely at home. Chinese food goes far beyond the tremendous tastes and flavors that you have tried at your local restaurant though! We are going to offer Chinese food recipes from the following cultures: American, Canadian, Japanese, Korean, and of course Chinese! You are in for a great experience as each of these recipes will give you a whole new level of appreciation for the variety of different flavors that Chinese food offers. We will also offer some healthy Chinese food recipes that taste just as great.

Some of the common ingredients that you will be cooking with include white or brown rice, soy sauce, oil, Chinese red wine, garlic, mushrooms, onions, and bean sprouts. More personal ingredients include chicken, pork, egg, and corn. However, some of the recipes that we offer will sometimes require additional ingredients. We will make sure not to include any type of product that is too difficult to find. These ingredients will come together to build recipes for some of your favorite Chinese food dishes. A few of these dishes include chicken with broccoli, egg rolls, chow Mein, orange chicken, sweet and sour chicken, and our personal favorite, General Tso’s chicken.

Please keep a few things in mind when reading our recipes for Chinese food. Remember to use every single ingredient at the listed amount. We have gone through countless tests in order to find the right ratios to make the Chinese food reach its full flavor. While you are welcome to try to add your own style to each recipe, it is not recommended until you have mastered the art of the original recipe. As with cooking anything, preparation is crucial to the process going smoothly. We find that it works best to have all of the ingredients for the dish measured and chopped in an orderly fashion. These recipes often contain very small ingredients which can be overlooked if not properly prepared prior to cooking.

As mentioned before, we are going to offer Chinese food recipes from different cultures. This means that we will offer multiple unique recipes for orange chicken since they are all from different cultures! We love trying different variations of our favorite dishes and believe you will as well. We are going to have a featured recipe that is updated monthly. We will also break up the recipes by culture and offer a healthy Chinese food recipes section. We wish you the best of luck in finding the appropriate recipes for Chinese food for your taste buds!

Preparing fried rice is not an extremely difficult task. The whole process including preparation and cooking takes about twenty minutes to a half hour. Depending on your personal preferences, you may wish to add or subtract some of the ingredients listed which will affect the total time. This should give you a better understanding on how to make fried rice at home.

Ingredients

The first and most important necessary ingredient is rice of course! We recommend 3-4 cups of refrigerated long grain white rice.

The next ingredient is soy sauce. 1.5 to 2 teaspoons is a number that we find works well. Oyster sauce can also be used if that is your personal preference.

4 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1-2 onions based on personal preference

½ to 1 teaspoon pepper

½ to 1 teaspoon of salt

Optional ingredients include:

1-2 eggs

Shredded carrots

Peas

Supplies

Frying pan or wok

Large spoon

Bowl

Preparing the Ingredients

Make sure all of the ingredients are readily accessible. This includes making sure that the rice is precooked, chopping up the onions, beating the eggs and basically making sure that you will not have to search for anything in the middle of the cooking process. This will save you a lot of time in the kitchen. When everything is ready, it is time to begin the cooking process.

Cooking the Fried Rice

The first step is to put the wok or frying pan on the burner and turn the heat to medium high. Allow it to heat a little and add half of the vegetable oil amount that you will be using. When the bottom is coated reduce the heat to medium and add the eggs. Cook until finished and then remove them from the pan. Clean out the residue in the pan and add the rest of the vegetable oil. Add all of the rice. Using the large spoon, stir occasionally for a few minutes. The next step is to add in the oyster or soy sauce. After a minute or so, add in the rest of the ingredients. This includes the finished scrambled eggs. Stir a few more times and allow the ingredients to form a nice mixture. When hot, remove from burner, place in bowl, serve and enjoy!

We hope that you now know how to make fried rice at home.

Kabocha Gohan Recipe

Kabocha, the sweet Japanese squash, is a very versatile vegetable.  You can simmer it in seasoned dashi broth (Kabocha no Nimono), or use it for salads, Tempura, or sweets like cakes and pies.  It is great to know a variety of recipes, because using up a whole Kabocha can be challenging.

Kabocha Gohan is a very easy to make rice dish that you can make in no time.  You don’t even need dashi.  Just plain salt and a bit of sake will enhance the sweet Kabocha flavor, and adds aroma to otherwise plain white rice.

You can make this dish in a rice cooker if you have one.  Mix rice, water, and seasoning and put kabocha on top.  Turn on the rice cooker and that’s all you have to do.  If you are cooking rice in a pot, you may want to watch the steamed rice recipe video first.

Kabocha Gohan (kabocha squash rice) Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice (using 240ml cup)
  • 3 cups water (720ml)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Sake
  • 2 cups Kabocha (peel and cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes)

Instructions

  1. Put rice in a bowl. Wash and pour water out, then repeat 2 more times. Place rice and water in a heavy pot. Let it soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Immediately before cooking, add salt and sake and stir. Add Kabocha and bring it to a boil on high heat without lid. When it reaches the rapid boil, put the lid on and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Let it stand for 10 minutes (don’t open the lid.) Fluff the rice with spatula (kabocha will be so soft that it will be mashed a little bit, but that’s OK.)