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Our theme this episode is frying. We'll be making a traditional Japanese dish called kuwayaki: pan-fried chicken with a sweet and savory sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, and sake. The sweet and savory combination of soy sauce and mirin is an iconic Japanese flavor. Today, we'll be marinating chicken and frying it to juicy perfection, adding the sauce to coat as we fry. We'll also be making beautiful, delicious shrimp rice.

Our theme this episode is grilling. We'll be making chicken miso gratin, for a Japanese take on Western-style ingredients: stir-fried chicken and boiled potatoes, covered with bechamel sauce seasoned with miso, then heated in the toaster oven until browned and delicious. The secrets to this dish's rich flavor are kombu kelp dashi, full of savory umami flavor, and miso - and they go great with bechamel sauce! For our side dish, we'll be making spicy simmered konnyaku and lotus root.

In this episode, we'll be making a lunch platter featuring a Japanese twist on the quintessential fast food, the hamburger. For the buns, we'll be using grilled onigiri, a beloved Japanese comfort food, with chicken teriyaki as the filling. Teriyaki sauce is easy to prepare, making this a great dish for Japanese cooking beginners. Instead of French fries, we'll be deep-frying thin slices of burdock root and carrot to make simple chips as a side dish, full of the great natural flavor of these vegetables.

In the segment Authentic Japanese Cooking, professional chef and Japanese cuisine expert Tatsuo Saito will teach us about the fascinating essence of Japanese cooking. Today's recipes: 1) chikuzen-ni (simmered chicken and root vegetables) , 2) octopus rice. We hope that this look at Japan's food culture will inspire you to try these authentic dishes at home!

In this episode, chef Rika makes chikuzen-ni, a local favorite from her hometown of Fukuoka beloved for the delicious texture of its culinary ingredients. Perfect for family gatherings or even just as a side in a bento lunch, this is an easy-to-make simmered dish once you just memorize the proportions of the seasonings. For the side, they make eggs with tuna and green onions mixed in and cooked until golden brown.

In this episode, they'll be making chikuzen-ni, a local favorite from Rika's hometown of Fukuoka beloved for the delicious texture of its chunky ingredients. Perfect for family gatherings or even just as a side in a bento lunch, this is an easy-to-make simmered dish once you just memorize the proportions of the seasonings. For the side, they'll be making eggs with tuna and green onions mixed in and cooked until golden brown.

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