MARCH 22, 2012
When I first came to the US as a foreign student, I didn’t have a car for the first few months because I lived in a dormitory and my parents assumed that I would eat at the cafeteria at school, and I did…for a few months.
Then I got bored with the cafeteria’s menus, got my first driver’s license and car, and moved into an apartment. I started to cook on my own mainly because I missed my mom’s food. The closest Japanese supermarket was miles away and I was still scared of driving on the high speed American freeways back then. Luckily, American supermarkets in the area carried some Asian products so I could get some basic ingredients there, which saved the cost of flying back home to ease my craving for my mom’s home cooked meals.
Today I’m guest blogging at The Three Little Piglets, where my blogger friend Jen shares easy,healthy, and budget-friendly recipes. When she asked me if I can make a Japanese dish with a few easy-to-find but essential ingredients, I thought authentic Chicken Teriyaki would be a great first introductory dish for cooking Japanese food.
Just so you know, the “chicken teriyaki sauce” in a bottle does not taste like real teriyaki sauce in Japan. Like I mentioned before in my Beef Teriyaki post, teriyaki is a cooking technique: terimeans “luster” given by the sweet soy sauce marinade and yaki means “cooking/grilling” and it’s not really the name of the sauce.
Please click HERE to check the recipe and say hello to Jen. If you enjoy baking, you will love following her blog. I personally can’t wait to try her Just Like Doubletree Cookies and Orange Cardamom Madeleines. Hmmmmm! Just talking about them make me drool!
So dear readers, when you think of Japanese food, what dish comes to your mind first?