Fiber-Rich Dessert Recipe: Ichigo no kanten yose (Fruity Strawberry Jelly with Agar)

Ever since I learnt the importance of dietary fiber (watch my interview with Michael Lustgarten, PhD here), I’ve been trying to increase my daily intake of both soluble and insoluble fibers. It’s not easy, though; even root vegetables like burdock, often considered one of the richest sources for fibers, contain merely six grams per 100Continue reading “Fiber-Rich Dessert Recipe: Ichigo no kanten yose (Fruity Strawberry Jelly with Agar)”

Longevity recipe: Buta no kakuni rafute fu (Okinawan-inspired braised pork)

One of the world’s seven Blue Zones, Okinawa fascinates longevity researchers, biohackers and alike who want to find the islanders’ secret recipe (pun intended) for longevity and health. It perhaps surprises many of us that traditionally, Okinawans consume a high amount of pork, especially fatty bits like pork belly and libs. The key to makingContinue reading “Longevity recipe: Buta no kakuni rafute fu (Okinawan-inspired braised pork)”

Healthy Japanese recipe: Gobou no suupu (Creamy Burdock Root Soup)

Burdock root is a much-underappreciated hero in the Japanese kitchen. Its earth-covered and long appearance may not strike as a superstar ingredient for a sophisticated dinner, but this gorgeous creamy soup will surely change your mind. In the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the burdock seeds are used to treat various symptoms of infection and inflammation.Continue reading “Healthy Japanese recipe: Gobou no suupu (Creamy Burdock Root Soup)”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Shiitake iri Yasai no Grill (Grilled vegetables with shiitake mushroom on raspberry balsamic sauce)

A quintessential ingredient in the Japanese cuisine, shiitake is found in a wide variety of dishes – soups, stir-fries, rice dishes, and others. Both fresh and dried shitakes are available, and the latter is used to make broths. Lovers of health eating will find many reasons to enjoy these delicious mushrooms often; eritadenine, a compoundContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Shiitake iri Yasai no Grill (Grilled vegetables with shiitake mushroom on raspberry balsamic sauce)”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Gomokugohan (Cooked rice with vegetables, mushroom, and chicken)

Cooked rice with different toppings, gomokugohan in Japanese, (means “rice with five toppings”) is a delicious way to incorporate different medicinal mushrooms in your diet. Like other mushrooms shimejis are high in fibre and contain both water-soluble and water-insoluble fibres. The former forms gel-like substance in the gut and helps to regulate bowl movements. ThereContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Gomokugohan (Cooked rice with vegetables, mushroom, and chicken)”

Healthy Japanese Recipe: Kabocha to Ingen no Syoyu Bataa Itame (Kabocha and green beans sautéed in soy sauce & butter)

There are many kinds of pumpkins, and the kind you will find in Japan is called kabocha. Kabocha is sweet and has a firm texture, making it a favourite ingredient for baking and desserts. Its naturally sweet taste also renders itself to nice sweet-savory dishes, like this one! Kabocha is rich in many vitamins andContinue reading “Healthy Japanese Recipe: Kabocha to Ingen no Syoyu Bataa Itame (Kabocha and green beans sautéed in soy sauce & butter)”