I wonder what most British people do with those leftover veggies in the fridge? Here in Japan – or at least for me – the answer is ton-jiru. If you have even just a little bit of pork, you can mix it with all those bits of veg that are leftover, and make a fabulous pork miso soup – or ton-jiru. In the winter here in Japan, ton-jiru is the staple for outdoor winter events. As a warm-you-up after a winter marathon, or at a New Year mochi-tsuki event, when sticky rice is pounded into “mochi” rice cakes, and so on, there will often be a huge pot of ton-jiru on offer, with everyone puffing the steaming bowls cupped in their hands to cool it. If the event has a small budget sometimes it can have hardly any pork in it but still be just the thing to bring smiles, and warm everyone up. This time I made a ton-jiru with pork, daikon, carrots, potatoes, onions, konyaku, shiitake mushrooms and chinese cabbage, topped off with …
Tsukemono is a type of pickle. There are lots of different ways of pickling in Japan,
This is SO easy, and SO delicious!
Here’s a variation on another classic British dish.
This is probably the most popular salad in every household across Japan.
Japanese egg rolls are made by mixing dashi to beaten eggs.
Scotch eggs – that good old British standard.
When Spring arrives, gifts of vegetables from my neighbours arrive too.
Everyone knows sushi, of course, but there are lots and lots of other rice dishes in Japan.
There’s no need to tell you how to make mashed potato, is there!