japanese

Beef and vegetable rolls (Yasai no nikumaki)

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Yasai no nikumaki, or vegetables wrapped in thinly sliced meat, (niku means meat and maki means wrap or roll) is a colorful and delicious standby item for bentos in Japan. This recipe uses a typical American cut of beef, very thinly sliced sirloin or ‘cheesesteak beef’. continue reading...

Bento filler: Parsnip kinpira

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A classic Japanese vegetable side dish made with a very European vegetable. continue reading...

My sister does bentos: charaben (kyaraben) for a girl and boy

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Here are some bentos made by a typical busy Japanese mom - my sister Mayumi - for her two kids. continue reading...

Great bento box makers: Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten in Odate, Akita, Japan

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Last year, I visited the workshop of Shibata Yoshinobu Shoten, one of the most renowned makers of magewappa (bent wood) bento boxes and other items in Japan. Here, finally, is my report. continue reading...

Two approaches to katsu sando, plus more Japanese sandwiches

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About the katsu sando, a very Japanese sandwich, and other sandwiches from Japan. continue reading...