5 Japanese Recipes for Mother's Day

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5 Japanese Recipes for Mother's Day

Mother's Day falls on May 9th this year, but as much we want to celebrate our moms on their special day with a luxurious trip or a grand party, our choices are quite limited. That doesn't mean we can't make them feel special, though. For one, you can cook up a lovely surprise with something she may not expect—Japanese cuisine. Here are five recipes you can try.

Gluten-Free Matcha Scone with Oatmeal

Matcha Scone with Oatmeal

Brighten up your morning with a delicious matcha and white chocolate scone. The oatmeal in this tasty matcha dessert does not only add texture but also gives you a boost in dietary fiber and iron. The...

Scones are perfect for breakfast! If you prepare them the day before, you can spend a relaxing morning with your mom. Not to mention, matcha-flavored scones are not something you get from your usual bakery. Infused with matcha and topped with white chocolate, these scones hit the right balance between bitter and sweet. The oatmeal adds texture and nutritional value, too.

Rice Flour Gluten Free Castella with 4 Ingredients

Rice Flour Castella Sponge Cake

Did you know that you can bake a fluffy and moist castella with just four ingredients? Not only that, but you can also make it gluten-free by using rice flour. Enjoy this delicious, allergy-free Japan...

Castella is said to be a traditional confectionery that made its way from Portugal to Nagasaki Prefecture, sometime during the 1600s and 1800s. The dessert remains popular to this day and is considered to be among the sweets that represent Japan. In fact, there are many historic stores in the country that specialize in castella, especially in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Castella may look simple, but it has a full flavor profile that embodies the sweetness of sugar and the richness of eggs. And we'll let you in on a little secret: you can make it with only 4 ingredients! How awesome is that?


Sukiyaki - Japanese Beef Hot Pot

Sukiyaki is a hot pot dish in which meat and vegetables simmer in a salty-sweet sauce. ‚ÄčIt is one of the most recognized Japanese dishes among foreigners, as the name "sukiyaki" has spread...

We know that a familiar tune may be playing in your head as you read this, but sukiyaki is more than a catchy song. It's a tasty, filling meal that's a sure hit, even to someone who's not very familiar with Japanese cuisine.

The word "sukiyaki" comes from "suki," the metal part of the farmer's plow, and "yaki," which means to grill. It is said that when farmers got hungry in the middle of work, they used their plows to grill fish or tofu, as opposed to an iron plate.

Nowadays, sukiyaki is often served with beef and vegetables, with beaten eggs as a dipping sauce. In Japan, people often eat it during celebrations, with family members gathered around the pot.

Napolitan Spaghetti with Leftover Vegetables

Japanese Style Tomato Spaghetti

Try this Japanese take on good ol' spaghetti. What makes Napolitan unique is that it uses ketchup instead of tomato sauce. It may sound strange to the uninitiated, but its sweet and salty flavor i...

Pasta may be of Italian origin, but Napolitan is the Japanese take on classic spaghetti. Many Japanese people appreciate it for its somewhat nostalgic taste.

This is because Napolitan has been widely served as part of school lunches. It can also be found on menus of Japanese-style coffee shops called kissaten. The simplicity of the dish also makes it easy to serve as a home-cooked meal.

This Napolitan recipe recommends the use of leftover vegetables, so you can easily whip it up with whatever you have in the fridge. Serve it with salad and soup for a hearty meal.

Have a Memorable Mother's Day with Japanese Food

Make this Mother's Day one to remember by adding a Japanese twist to how you say thank you. You can make these Japanese dishes even more special by pairing them with a bouquet of red carnations—a Japanese custom observed during Mother's Day in Japan. With these, your mom will truly feel appreciated and loved.

Umami Recipe Team

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