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Gyoza-Stuffed Wings

I was excited to attempt these since we had a similar dish at an izakaya in Tokyo. I definitely haven’t mastered deboning wings, but these still tasted good. I used leftover (frozen) filling from the gyoza I made a few weeks ago.

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Gyoza

A successful Japanese recipe on the books! To be fair, I also made negamaki less successfully – since mine fell apart, I’m going to leave this one off the website, but note for Japanese Challenge tracking purposes.

These gyoza were a big hit with my friend Rachel and her two kids, who love dumplings. They aren’t terribly hard, either – just time consuming, especially to wrap. This is from my Japanese Soul Cooking book.

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Kara-age

This has been something I’ve been excited to make for the Japanese food challenge (it’s one of John’s favorite foods). We had a friend coming over who loves fried chicken and avoids gluten – so this recipe using potato starch is great for her. Beyond involving deep frying, this is a pretty easy recipe. From the “Tokyo Cult Recipes” cookbook.

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Tsukune

Japanese meatballs! I’ve made a Cooking Light recipe of these before, but this time we tried one from Tokyo Cult Recipes and we thought it was excellent. Easy, too, and you don’t even need to grill them.

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Oyakodon

I liked this recipe quite a bit, though I’m not convinced I got the texture of the eggs quite right.

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Tanmen

Totally got Midnight Diner-tastic up in here! This is the recipe they make in the first episode (no noodles for the mysterious cab driver). It’s basically a pork and vegetable stir fry ramen with a very basic broth. I mostly based this off of this video.

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Nikujaga

A hit from the Japanese cooking challenge. Simple, a little sweet, very homey. From my cookbook “Tokyo Cult Recipes.” If we made it again, we’d use shaved beef.

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