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Dashi Broth|Broth & Stock

How to Make Dashi Broth at Home

Homemade Dashi Broth By Jennifer McGruther A traditional base for soups in Japan, dashi is made from seaweed and bonito flakes, or shaved flakes of dried skipjack tuna, which you can find at many supermarkets and health foods stores as well as Asian markets. Mild in flavor, dashi makes for a clear broth with faint, subtle…  Read More

Morimoto's Dashi Stock|Morimoto's Dashi Stock|Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking by Masaharu Morimoto

How to Make Chef Morimoto’s Dashi Stock

Japan’s Legendary Super Broth By Masaharu Morimoto Japan’s legendary super broth is the key to simple home cooking that has deep, satisfying flavor. It requires just fifteen minutes and two ingredients that last virtually forever in your pantry and are easier than ever to find. I can’t think of a better use of your time…  Read More

Chicken stock||Chicken Stock

How to Make the Best All-Purpose Chicken Stock

An Essential Building Block of Cooking By Andrew Zimmern For my all-purpose chicken stock, I like to use a mixture of raw and roasted chicken bones for the perfect balance between light and dark stock. It’s liquid gold. Once you know how to make chicken stock properly, you can apply that technique to other stocks…  Read More

Dashi-Braised Chicken Thighs

Dashi-Braised Chicken Thighs

Dashi-Braised Chicken Thighs By Jennifer McGruther From time to time, my family sits down to a dinner of these chicken thighs, slowly braised in dashi, sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds and served with bowls of steamed rice and vegetables. Chicken thighs benefit from the long, slow process of braising that cooks them to a…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern's Shellfish Stock

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Shellfish Stock

Homemade Shellfish Stock By Andrew Zimmern Always, always, always save your leftover shells and bones in bags in your freezer to make rich, homemade stocks and broths. It’s an ingredient that is guaranteed to take your cooking to the next level. Today, I’m making a shellfish stock with leftover lobster and shrimp shells for my shrimp…  Read More

Andrew Zimmern's Chicken Thigh and Liver Yakitori

Andrew Zimmern Cooks: Chicken Yakitori

Chicken Thighs & Livers with Yakitori Sauce By Andrew Zimmern The secret to making authentic izakaya-style Japanese chicken skewers is in the fresh ginger juice baste and classic yakitori glaze—a craveable combination of dashi, sake, soy and mirin. I like to cook the skewers on a table top grill with binchotan, a charcoal made of…  Read More

Morimoto's Japanese-style Chicken & Dumpling Soup

Morimoto’s Japanese-Style Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Quintessential Grandmother Cooking at its Best By Masaharu Morimoto This is the Japanese equivalent of Jewish penicillin, also known as chicken noodle soup. Instead of chicken broth, we use smoky dashi, and instead of noodles, we make cool, craggy gnocchi-like dumplings out of just flour and water. Every family throughout the countryside has its own…  Read More

Soba Noodles

Soba Noodles with Shrimp Tempura

The Best Japanese Noodles By Andrew Zimmern Japanese noodle dishes, especially soba noodles, are one of my favorite treats. Here’s my favorite hot noodle recipe, but I also love eating cool and refreshing zaru soba in the warm weather months. Making them requires having a few pantry items like dashi (bonito fish and kombu seaweed…  Read More

5 Questions: Ivan Orkin

For the Love of Ramen Ivan Orkin’s path to culinary greatness is somewhat like folklore. A Jewish guy from Long Island falls in love with Japanese culture and cuisine, marries a Japanese woman and moves to Tokyo. In 2007, he opens a ramen shop as a gaijin (foreigner) in a city where residents are passionately…  Read More


The Story of Houston Food At Houston’s acclaimed Underbelly, chef Chris Shepherd (a 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef) celebrates the city’s ethnic diversity and unique, underutilized local ingredients. His food, which he calls “New American Creole,” is heavily influenced by the Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Korean and Mexican communities that make the city such…  Read More

Lobster-and-Asparagus Salad with Miso-Mustard Vinaigrette

Salty Umami Elegance For 20 years, I’ve made a hot miso sauce by beating egg yolks, miso, sugar, dashi, soy and a few secret ingredients in a double boiler. It’s my go-to sauce for grilled meats and fish—I love the salty umami elegance of it. But why it took me so long to figure out…  Read More

Japanese Yakitori-Style Pan-Roasted Duck Breast

I call this yakitori style because of the sauce — because yaki means chicken and tori means skewered grilling, and this dish is neither! But the simmering nage (broth) that you bathe the duck in reminds me of yakitori bars all over Japan. The cooking technique for the duck can be used to great effect in other recipes too, and the only mistakes…  Read More