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Appetizers, Soups, and Side Dishes

Popular Japanese appetizers include soups, salads, and simmered or deep fried dishes. 
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Gyoza
It's a recipe to make gyoza dumplings.

Fried Wonton
Cheese fillings.

Grilled Aburaage with Natto
A recipe for grilled aburaage with natto filling.

Asparagus Bacon Roll
It's an easy to make appetizer.

Hiyayakko Recipe
It's a simple cold tofu.

Spring Roll
It's a delicious Chinese appetizer and is also popular in Japan. It's a Chinese spring roll recipe from About.com Chinese Food.

Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago)
Japanese soy sauce eggs (shoyu tamago) are hard boiled and seasoned with soy sauce. They are eaten as a snack, appetizer, or meal. It is also commonly found in bento (lunch box) or as a garnish to Japanese dishes.

Easy Ohitashi (Cooked Spinach Salad)
Easy recipe for ohitashi, a Japanese salad of cooked spinach, that is served as an appetizer. It is boiled spinach that is seasoned with soy sauce.

Baked Chicken Karaage
Baked Chicken Karaage is a healthier version of the traditional Japanese fried chicken recipe. The chicken is marinated and then baked.

Soy Sauce Pickled Cucumbers
Shoyuzuke Kyuri is a Japanese side dish of cucumbers marinated in soy sauce and vinegar. This is one type of tsukemono, or pickled vegetable, in Japanese cuisine.

Spinach Tamagoyaki (Egg Roulade)
Spinach tamagoyaki is a Japanese egg roulade (or rolled omelette) mixed with cooked spinach. It is seasoned with dashi (stock), mirin, soy sauce, and sugar.

Mame Gohan (Rice with Green Peas)
Mame gohan is a Japanese side dish of steamed rice mixed with green peas.

Beef and Asparagus Rolls (Aspara Nikumaki)
Beef and Asparagus Rolls (Aspara Nikumaki) with Japanese soy glaze.

Shio Koji Asparagus
Aspragus marinated with Japanese shio koji and sauted


Takenoko no nimono - simmered bamboo shoots.

Ground Beef Wontons
Ground beef and vegetable filled fried wontons. Great appetizer, finger food, lunch, dinner or snack and popular Japanese obon festival food item.

Tempura Squid (Ika)
Tempura squid (ika) is a Japanese dish of battered and deep fried squid.

Spicy Edamame (Soy Beans)
Fiery appetizer of savory and spicy edamame seasoned with garlic, sesame oil, chili oil and Japanese 7-chili pepper spices.

Baked Dynamite
Delicious and rich Japanese restaurant-style dynamite appetizer in individual cups made with mixed seafood and topped with masago (capelin roe) caviar.

Chilled Okra Salad
A simple yet elegant Japanese okra salad, chilled to perfection and garnished with dried bonito flakes and soy sauce. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Myoga Ginger Pickled in Miso
White miso pickled Japanese myoga ginger is a simple yet refreshing summer side dish that is bursting with sweet, savory, and vinegary goodness.

Grilled Japanese Eggplant (Yaki Nasu)
Chilled yaki nasu or grilled Japanese eggplant is a delicious and quick summer dish that can easily be incorporated into your Japanese meal.

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