on 17 December 2012
This was more or less exactly what I was looking for. I'd been to Japan with my young children and wanted to recreate some of the dishes they'd enjoyed.
Above all I was looking for noodle soup recipes. There are only a couple of those in this book and I would have liked more, but they have been a great success and show you the principles of how to do it. They are easy and the children love them.
The book is very well laid out, with clear text and a beautiful picture for each recipe.
I was surprised that dashi does not feature in the recipes themselves (since it is easy to buy packets of dashi stock), but the author does give a recipe for making your own dashi stock at the end of the book. You can use this to replace the chicken stock cubes suggested in the recipes.
I am looking forward to trying the recipes for yakitori and prawn tempura both of which look surprisingly easy.
Some of the recipes include:
Spinach with peanut sauce
Grilled eggplant in sauce
Japanese pork cutlets
Various donburi (things on rice)
Chicken and (spring) onion noodle soup
Chicken and tofu soup