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[Kitchen 143] Easy Japanese food at home

Michelle Aventajado

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[Kitchen 143] Easy Japanese food at home

Michelle Aventajado

Here's a quick and easy way to make gyudon at home

Being at home for almost two years means that many of us have figured out how to create new dishes in the kitchen. If being in the kitchen is not your thing, then perhaps you picked up a new language, mastered a new skill, or even figured out how to open up a pandemic resilient business in your free time.

In our house, prior to the pandemic, we often would cook and prepare Italian-American favorites, easy European dishes, and of course, our tried and true Filipino soups and stews. Back when dining out was a thing, and #TeamGellibean would crave Japanese, Korean, or even Chinese, food, we would be sure to visit our favorite restaurants to enjoy these Asian cuisines.

One Japanese staple we have always made in our home, with the help of our Tiger Philippines Tacook, is Gyudon.

Gyudon is probably the simplest ulam I can make to satisfy my family’s Japanese craving
Michelle Aventajado

This dish is so simple and so easy that you can pan fry it quickly while your rice is cooking. You will even have time to make a simple salad or a vegetable side dish, because it is that easy. 

Making gyudon at home is simpler than you think

Because we usually serve our food family style, I was so excited to learn how to create a Teishoku meal at home with the help of Yayoi. If you are one of those people who doesn’t really like their food touching each other, (like me) then you must love the art with which Japanese chefs present their food. Everything always looks so clean and in place when you order Teishoku or a Bento Box meal. 

Each time a Teishoku is assembled it has 5 main components
Yayoi Philippines
Nestled on a bed of lettuce, Chicken Namban Teishoku comes with the usual gohan, miso soup, tamago, and pickles
Nino Aventajado

Teishoku, simply put, is a set meal that consists of a main dish or viand, a side dish, rice, miso soup, and pickles. Everything is neatly presented on a tray, all in their own dishes. Because of these 5 components, it is always a balanced meal. 

I had such fun putting this Teishoku together for the last episode of Kitchen 143. It really is the perfect way to serve meals – balanced and delicious.
Nino Aventajado

I may have gone a little overboard when I was preparing this set meal because I added a bit more. Most of the components of this set meal were made at home. It’s safe to say that we have gotten much better in preparing our Japanese meals since March of last year.

Some of the other components I added to this set meal include: store bought seaweed salad, store bought kani sticks, homemade miso soup, homemade Japanese potato salad, and homemade tamago by Diego Aventajado.

Here is the recipe for the potato salad:

And here is a tutorial on how you can make your own tamago at home too!

[Kitchen 143] Easy Japanese food at home

I just love how small Diego is here. Gosh, they grow up so fast. As they grow up, we continue to have fun in the kitchen together, and because of this, we can continue to explore different ways to prepare the Japanese food we know and love. –

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Michelle Aventajado

Michelle Aventajado is a Filipina American striving for an ever-elusive balance in everything she does. Advocating for individuals with IDD through Best Buddies Philippines, sharing her parenting journey with her daughter's extra chromosome through Momma 'N Manila, and churning out love of home and hearth through Kitchen 143 are just some of the things that fuel her passion and serve her God-given purpose.