Looking to spice up some of the standard recipes that you make all the time? Here are some classic Western recipes with a slight Japanese twist to give them a unique flavor and add a bit of flair to your everyday cooking.
Soy Milk Chicken Caesar Salad
For a slightly healthier version of the classic chicken Caesar salad, try this fantastic recipe. Simply mix together mayonnaise, plain soy milk, lemon juice, sugar, salt, olive oil and garlic, and blend until creamy. Then cut your chicken into small, bite-sized pieces and grill up in a pan with olive oil. Wash and chop the romaine lettuce, toss with the dressing and top with chicken, croutons, and parmesan cheese.
Japanese Bacon and Spinach Pasta
This tasty pasta is comfort food at its finest, with a unique Japanese flair. Start by cooking your bacon in a saucepan. Once cool, chop it into small pieces. Then separate out the shimeji mushrooms, mince the garlic and chop the spinach. Saute in a small pan with olive oil, red pepper flakes, and bacon bits. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the box, preserving the pasta water. Once the veggies are cooked, add cooked pasta to the pan along with pasta water, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Toss until well mixed, then plate and serve with Parmesan cheese. This is a yummy pasta with a Japanese twist.
Porkchup (Porkchop + Ketchup)
Create a simple and delicious marinade for pork chops by combining onion, garlic, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and sake. Marinate the pork chops for at least 15 minutes, then saute in a pan with oil. Once both sides are browned, add the remainder of the marinade, water and vegetable bouillon to create a thick sauce and cook until done to your desired temperature. Top with salt and pepper and serve with your favorite vegetables.