Yaki Onigiri

These yaki onigiri are delicious plain, since the rice is already seasoned, and the crispy crunchy rice bits are the stars anyways. #japanese #asian #rice

these yaki onigiri, or crispy pan-fried japanese rice balls, are so tasty that you (almost) don’t need to eat them with anything else. this post (originally posted in march 2016) was refreshed with new pictures. are you obsessed with dolsot bibimbap (the korean dish with crispy rice, sesame-flavored veggies and toppings, and spicy/sweet gochujang sauce)? […]

Jasmine Tea Ochazuke

Use your favorite toppings for ochazuke (tea rice!). I've used bacon, pickled daikon and sauteed zucchini here. #japanese #asian #tea #rice

this ochazuke (aka rice with tea) is a jasmine tea ochazuke. it’s just as delicious in the summer at room temp as it is in the winter steaming hot! i’ve been feeling a little antsy recently. maybe because some of my close friends have been travelling a lot, maybe because i’m remembering how much i […]

Yaki Manju

This flaky Japanese pastry known as yaki manju can be filled with sweet red bean, lima bean, sweet potato, etc. #japanese #hawaiian #yakimanju #manju #redbean

this post for yaki manju was originally posted in jan 2014! it’s been updated with some new pictures and new recipe copy. yaki manju is one of those desserts that might be an acquired taste for some. it has beans, and yes, it’s a dessert. however, it’s still pretty tame, and i’d recommend it for anyone […]

Somen Salad

Somen salad is one of those things that's perfect if you make a few hours ahead. The noodles start to soak up some of the salty/sweet/nutty dressing, and get super flavorful. #somensalad #pastasalad #fishcake #potluck

i think of somen salad as the hawaiian x japanese version of pasta salad. it’s hawaiian in some ways too, but mac salad screams hawaiian more than somen salad. anyways, i tend to associate pasta salad with summers (and leftovers lol), so it felt like a good time to give this post, originally published in […]

Hurricane Popcorn

Try hurricane popcorn, a Hawaiian snack with Japanese seaweed and rice crackers. It's the perfect snack for those who love something a little crispy, a little crunchy. #furikake #popcorn #snackideas #hawaiian

hurricane popcorn is a hawaiian popcorn snack, full of crunchy arare (japanese rice crackers) and furikake (japanese seaweed seasoning). it’s crunchy and crispy and buttery and nutty and so addictive that you could polish off a batch by yourself! i’m normally not a movie person; i tend towards youtube videos (hi, dance videos) like the […]