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Jan 5, 2012 04:59 PM

Japanese Cooking

I have been getting into Japanese cooking lately and I was wondering what are some traditional dishes that they make in the colder months?I love making different kinds of cuisines because it makes dinner time more interesting..So I was wondering if anyone has any recipes or could direct me in the right direction.

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  1. Is there any recipe in particular you're looking for? Any ingredients you're looking to use? What types of Japanese dishes have you tried and liked? Your request is a little vague. Japanese cuisine encompasses a lot. I have lots of recipes but if you are more specific, I can get you started in the right direction. Many dishes are cooked year round.

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    1. re: ORtastytravels

      I'm open to eating mostly anything except raw seafood.But I have made chicken katsu and chicken dumplings and a couple other things...Hope that helps.

    2. We love to eat oden, kare raisu (Japanese syle curry), yudofu, takikomi gohan and nabes (nabemonos) in the winter. If you can still find fresh chestnuts, kuri gohan is another idea. And one can eat this year round, but we tend to eat more kinpira gobo in the winter. There are a ton of web sites, but you can look to Cooking with Dog on YouTube and for recipes. Gambatte kudasai.

      1. This is a wonderful blog with lots of great Japanese recipes:

        The author has another site about bento and has written a cookbook, "Just Bento".

        1. I like sukiyaki in winter - thinly sliced beef, mushrooms, veggies, tofu, cooked in a soy/mirin sauce. Shabu-shabu is also a good cold weather option, if you have some sort of hot-pot set - various ingredients, cooked in broth.

          Okonomoyaki is easy to make, and a winter favourite for us. It's sort of a cross between a crepe and an omlette, with a thin batter of flour, egg and chicken stock, fried, with various toppings on it - pork and cabbage is a standard. The name means something like "cook what you like". Serve topped with worcestershire sauce and fish flakes (if you want). I've seen it described as Japanese pizza.

          Japanese curry and cream stew are also winter comfort foods. In Japan, you make these with pre-made pastes, but cream stew isn't too hard to do on your own.

          Soup noodles. Hot and tasty, and easily adapted to whatever ingredients you have.

          Stewed pork belly. Very hearty for winter.

          I don't have recipes handy - my husband does the Japanese cooking at home, and I can't read the cookbooks.

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