Japanese street food

I'm very lucky to have some wonderful Japanese friends, and I would love to visit the country one day. In the meantime, I try to create some of the dishes that I have had, with the ingredients that I can easily find that are not too expensive. 

One of my favourites is Okonomiyaki, which is a fast food omelette/pizza kind of dish. However it is often drizzled with mayo and I have removed the "dough" element to ensure that it keeps us on track. It might seem strange but it is really tasty and a great alternative to an omelette or frittata. 

Okonomiyaki
Serves 2 

  • 2 handfuls of beansprouts
  • 200g lean minced beef (I use good quality frozen steak mince as it’s easy just to use a small amount & save the rest for another day)
  • 1 sheet of dried seaweed (available in the World Food section of most supermarkets or a packet of itsu seaweed crisps)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pak choy, roughly chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • Small knob of ginger, grated

Sauce:

  • 1 dessert spoon of soy sauce
  • 1 dessert spoon of honey
  • 1/2 clove of crushed garlic
  • A little chilli to taste

Mix them all together to form the consistency of thick salad dressing.  

Method:

  1. Beat the eggs as if to make an omelette. 
  2. Dry fry the lean beef with ginger, add in sliced onion, once browned add in pak choy and add a splash of soy sauce. 
  3. When this has become dry add in mixed eggs. Ensure all the mixture is combined and leave until the base is cooked. Now place under the grill until the top is brown & all the egg is cooked.
  4. Brush over the sauce and sprinkle the seaweed on top.

I love this served with cucumber ribbons & grated carrot.

There are some great street food companies about and it’s so fantastic to be able to try foods from all around the world, I love being able to share this with my family. Pho and Ramen are some other dishes that I love. They are a great way to eat more healthy fish and vegetables in a fresh way. This is my take on the dish, you can always get creative with the protein, adding slices of steak, chicken or tuna but this is a great starting point.

Miso Meal/Ramen
Serves 2

  • 1 salmon or cod fillet per person
  • Brown miso paste & follow hot water to paste ratio as it differs brand to brand
  • 1 pak choy, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 pack of baby sweetcorn
  • 1/2 pack of mangetout
  • 2 handfuls of bean sprouts
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • Fresh coriander & lime to serve (& chilli)
  • Wholemeal noodles (optional)

Method:

  1. Cook the fish in the method of your choice e.g poach or bake 
  2. In the meantime boil the kettle and pour this over the miso paste in saucepan; mixing together. Taste and add more water if desired. 
  3. Add in the veggies and cook until al dente (and noodles if required).
  4. Pour half into each serving bowl and top with the cooked fish.
  5. Add coriander to serve and adjust seasonings to taste. A squeeze of lime can be just perfect.

Miso feels so restorative and I'm sure that this will become one of your go-to meals. I hope that you enjoy trying something new!