Yakinasu, Pan Fried Eggplant

I love eggplant, however they tend to soak up lots of oil during cooking. My trick is ‘steaming’ while pan-frying, which really reduces the amount of cooking oil used and still tastes delicious!

Ingredients: 4-6 servings

  •  2 Japanese eggplants (about 1 lb.) also known as Chinese eggplant


  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Mirin
  • 1 ½ tsps. grated fresh ginger
  • oil for frying


  1. Combine all the ingredients for Marinade Sauce in a medium shallow dish until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Slice eggplants diagonally to about 8mm thickness.
  3. Heat one tablespoon oil in a large frying pan. Add some of the sliced eggplant to the pan, being careful that each slice is flat in the pan and none overlap or stack. Fry for 2-3 min. and turn. Scatter 1-2 tablespoons of water over the eggplants and cover and cook until browned and softened.
  4. When each batch of eggplant is done, remove to a separate dish containing the marinade. Repeat with remaining eggplant until finished.
  5. Serve at room temperature.




Fresh turnips and ginger salad

The color of white turnips and pink ginger are so pretty to look at and the salad tastes fresh and delicious!

Turnip & ginger Sunomono Salad   4-6 serving

  • 3-4 fresh white turnips (about 1 lb)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3tbsp of chopped sushi ginger
  • 5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar


  1. Cut the turnips into half length wise or quarter and slice thinly (about 2mm).
  2. Put the turnips slices into a bowl, add salt and coat evenly. Let stand about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile mix the vinegar and sugar together in a bowl. Mix well. Squeeze and discard excess liquid from the mixture of turnips before adding it to the vinegar mixture.
  4. Add the sushi ginger to turnip and serve immediately.


Spinach Goma-ame

This is a classic Japanese side dish. For variety, try green beans or other vegetable in place of spinach.


  • One bunch of spinach washed
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ – 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dashi stock


  1. In a large pot, bring enough water to a boil to cover the spinach.
  2.  Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water and add the spinach. Boil for only 3-4 minutes until still crunchy. Remove the spinach, chill them into very cold water, drain and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, put sesame seeds, soy sauce, sugar and dashi stock and mix well.
  4. Cut the spinach about 1 inche long and mix with the sesame mixture just before serving.
  5. Serve immediately.


If you don’t have dashi stock on hand, you can eliminate it or simply just use a little water instead.




Use ground walnuts instead of sesame seeds.

UBC Farm workshop

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out tonight to our first Japanese cooking workshop at UBC farm. I had a great time with everyone and we were so fortunate to cook amazing and delicious organic vegetables picked right at UBC Farm.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me to kimikos@shaw.ca. I am more than happy to answer any questions you have. Hope you cook some dishes we learned tonight!

Also thank you so much to Seth and Carly to reach out to me and organize this wonderful workshop. A big thank you to Amanda to help me during the workshop!

Thank you again, everyone and hope to see you all soon!