Quick Japanese Inspired Meal

These two recipes go hand in hand for a date night, light lunch with friends or each in itself a fast and easy meal for one. It’s often tempting to purchase dressings and sauces from the shelves, but trust me, you’ll never go back to store-bought teriyaki sauce after making your own!




– Half a packet of soba / green tea noodles
– 1 shredded carrot (buying pre-shredded packets like I do makes the job much easier)
– 1 cup of raw sugar snap peas, cut diagonally into strips
– as much or as little chopped scallions / cilantro as desired

And for the dressing:
– 1 tbsp of vegetable oil/canola oil/grapeseed oil (any flavorless neutral oil will do)
– 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
– 1/2 tsp of sugar
– a swirl of sesame oil
– 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
– 1/2 clove of grated garlic
– 1/2 tsp of grated ginger


1. Cook noodles according to package instructions, drain and rinse under cold water
2. Mix the ingredients for dressing together till well blended
3. Toss all the remaining ingredients together with noodles




– 3 tbsp of soy sauce
– 3 tbsp of water
– 1/2 clove of grated garlic
– 1/2 tsp of grated ginger
– 1 tbsp of brown sugar
– 1 tbsp of mirin
– cornstarch slurry made from 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch mixed with 1/2 tbsp of water
– 2 salmon fillets
– chopped scallions to dress
1. In a small pot, add soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, sugar and mirin and simmer until the sugar dissolves
2. Turn the heat down and add cornstarch slurry. Stir and allow to thicken. Take the pot off the heat.
3. In a dry frying pan, pan fry the salmon for 2 minutes on one side on medium high heat, then flip over and pour the sauce over, allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until salmon is fully cooked.
4. Serve with or without white/brown rice, dress with chopped scallions.



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