Welcome to chippyCOOKS

Hello there, thank you for visiting my page - chippyeats! My name is Chippy and I love everything food.  I've always had a deep appreciation for dishes that excite the taste buds and many of my dishes are inspired by the food I had at home, which is a mix of Japanese and Chinese cuisine. My dad (aka the chef of our family) grew up in Japan, so most of the meals we ate for dinner were from Japanese cuisine. I've been lucky to grow up in cities where food has been a defining part of their cultures and I would love to share my love for cooking & eating with you!

Explore some of my dishes below - I am always cooking up new things and adding in recipes (click on any underlined ones), so keep checking this page for updates! 

Any dishes you want to see on here? Want to talk about food? Feel free to email me at chippyeats@gmail.com!

Japanese Dishes

A beautiful spread of miso-marinated salmon, tamagoyaki (egg omelette), miso soup, pickled cucumber, kinpara renkon (lotus root), gomoku rice

"Shabu shabu" is onomatopoeic, representing the sound of stirring the assorted vegetables and meat in the umami-packed dashi broth

Crispy & juicy pork cutlet deep-fried to golden-brown perfection, served with a homemade curry made from scratch

Spicy Shoyu Ramen スパイシー醤油ラメーン

A classic bowl of ramen with a soy sauce-based broth and toppings: marinated soft boiled egg, chashu, menma, narutomaki, wood ear mushroom and scallions 

Tired of your boring old curry rice? Bring it to the next level by having a cute bear bathe in the delicious curry!

Tori Kurozu-An (Ootoya’s Sweet and Sour Chicken) 大戸屋鶏と野菜の黒酢あん

A copycat recipe of the beloved Japanese diner Ootoya, featuring sweet and sour chicken with a variety of vegetables!

Butadon (Pork Rice Bowl)  豚丼

A simple weekday go-to meal featuring a generous portion of grilled pork in a sweet and savory sauce

Soothing, heartwarming, and highly nutritious, there's nothing I crave more than this miso hot pot during a cold winter day

A unique combination of beef and enoki mushroom served with a classic Japanese savory sauce that makes a perfect side dish

Omurice (Omelette Rice) オムライス

A classic homemade "yōshoku" (western-influenced) dish, featuring a chicken ketchup rice topped with a tornado-style egg crepe

A fool-proof, never-dry way of making juicy hamburger steak served with a decadent velvety red wine reduction sauce 

Curry Udon カレーうどん

Bouncy & chewy udon noodles enveloped in a rich curry broth topped off with some thinly sliced pork belly

A creamy mashed potato & meat filling with a crispy & crunchy golden brown crust

Chilled buckwheat noodles served with tsuyu dipping sauce and a variety of toppings, including my favorite one - nagaimo (mountain yam)

Pork belly cooked in a flavorful savory soy sauce, complemented with sweetness from chopped leek and spiciness from grated ginger

Seasoned ground chicken and scrambled eggs make for a quick & delicious weekday lunch

A delicious mix of vegetables, yaki tofu, enoki and shiitake mushrooms, marbled beef & shirataki noodles simmered in a flavorful broth

Known as Nobu's signature dish, this buttery, velvety, and delicate fish is soaked in a miso marinade to create a dish with incredible flavor and mouthfeel

Miso Ramen 味噌ラーメン

There's nothing more satisfying than a hot steaming bowl of noodles served in a pork miso broth with a variety of toppings

A beautiful variety of colors, textures and food groups packed in a lunchbox for a delicious, well-balanced meal!

Taking the classic grilled eel rice bowl and elevating it - ikura, shredded egg crepe, shiso leaf, nori & sesame seeds to add vibrant colors & flavors

Spicy cod roe mixed with a buttery creamy sauce topped with a julienned shiso leaf garnish

These triangular shaped rice balls make a perfect portable snack and are commonly found in Japanese convenience stores

A common Japanese street food featuring stir-fried noodles, shiitake mushrooms, onions, carrots and cabbage topped with aonori and beni-shoga

A dish featuring the most nutrient dense organ meat, liver, complemented with crunchy bean sprouts and garlic chives

The iconic sizzling beef pepper lunch from the popular Japanese "fast-steak" restaurant franchise

Low fat, low calorie, low mercury, high in vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids - these grilled smelt fish are both healthy and delicious

Salmon Burger サーモンバーグ

Beef burger, chicken burger, impossible burger... why not try a salmon burger? Served with a homemade avocado tartar!

Avocado Broccoli Egg Salad アボカドとブロッコリーの卵サラダ

A creamy deli salad (with avocado, broccoli, cucumber, egg, and shrimp) featuring a perfect balance of textures

Salmon Poke Bowl サーモンのポキ丼

Rice topped with chunks of raw salmon and avocado mixed with a spicy gochujang-based sauce

Shiozake (Salted Salmon) 塩鮭

An easy and extremely versatile salmon recipe that can be used in onigiri (rice ball), bento box, fried rice, sanpeijiru (soup) & more!

Pork with Bean Sprouts and Shungiku 豚バラもやしと春菊

Quick and easy meal featuring a mix of thinly sliced pork, bean sprouts and shungiku (garland chrysanthemum)

An iconic street food, this Osaka-style savory pancake is topped with seaweed flakes, bonito flakes, pickled ginger, Japanese mayo and a sweet savory sauce

A simple stir-fried pork & kimchi dish based on the Korean dish Jeyuk Bokkeum that can be prepared in under five minutes

"Oyako" translates to "parent and child" - a fitting name for a dish that consists of chicken (the parent) and eggs (the child) in a dashi-based broth

Japanese BBQ with homemade yakiniku sauce - a mixture of savory & sweet flavors with bold sesame essence to season the grilled meat

Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) 唐揚げ

Juicy, crispy fried chicken that has been marinated in a soy sauce, sake, garlic and ginger for that extra flavor

Stir-fried udon noodles with mixed vegetables, shiitake mushrooms and sliced pork belly seasoned in homemade mentsuyu sauce

A vegetarian-friendly version of this Japanese seasoned rice dish where the ingredients are cooked along with the rice

Cold ramen dipped in a flavorful hot broth filled with sliced pork belly, shimeji mushroom & shiitake mushroom

Japanese-style steak served with grated daikon, scallions, ponzu and garlic chips

Japanese omelette made by rolling together thin layers of egg mixed with dashi and soy sauce

Sanpeijiru (Salted Salmon Soup) 三平汁

A popular Hokkaido soup cooked in a kombu dashi broth with salted salmon and a variety of root vegetables

Wakame (Seaweed) Soup わかめスープ

A simple and delicious, home-cooked style seaweed soup to nourish the soul

Nourishing & packed with vitamins, fiber and minerals, there's truly nothing better than a warming bowl of pork & vegetable miso  soup

Pickled Cabbage キャベツの浅漬け

A refreshing palate-cleanser that pairs amazingly with rice and fish, this crunchy cabbage is brined in salt, kombu & chili flakes

Take your boring old pancakes to the next level with these fluffy, delicate and delicious soufflé pancakes

Matcha Tiramisu 抹茶ティラミス

Take your classic tiramisu, and make it matcha! This is an alcohol-free recipe with ladyfingers soaked in... matcha (of course)

Yakitori (やきとり)

Negima (Chicken Thigh with Negi) ねぎま

Tebasaki (Chicken Wings) 手羽先

Reba (Liver) レバー

Hatsu (Heart) ハツ

Sunagimo (Gizzard) 砂肝

Shishito Pepper ししとう

Tsukune (Chicken Meatball) つくね

Shishito Tsukune (Shishito Stuffed with Tsukune) ししとうつくね

Shiitake Mushroom しいたけ

Tomato トマト

"A Night Out in Japan"

For this themed dinner party, I chose three quintessential Japanese street food dishes that could all be prepared on my new teppanyaki grill!

Gyoza (Japanese Potstickers) 餃子

Okonomiyaki (Savory Pancake) お好み焼き

Yakisoba (Stir-Fried Noodles) 焼きそば

Dim Sum Parlor Classics

Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf 糯米雞

A go-to Sunday dim sum order - glutinous rice filled with chicken, mushroom and chinese sausage wrapped and steamed in lotus leaf

Siu Mai (Steamed Pork Dumplings with Shrimp) 燒賣

This classic dim sum dumpling features a juicy pork and shrimp filling and an iconic unique open-faced appearance

Har Gow (Steamed Shrimp Dumplings) 蝦餃

A delicate, translucent wrapper encasing a shrimp and bamboo shoot filling, resulting in a perfectly textured bite-sized dumpling

Turnip Cake 蘿蔔糕

Not all cakes are made equal, and this one in particular is a savory, radish-based cake you will commonly find at dim sum parlors

Cantonese Soy Sauce Chow Mein 豉油皇炒麵

Commonly found in dim sum restaurants, these delicious pan-fried supreme soy sauce noodles are also easy to make at home!

Char Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Bun) 叉燒包

A steamed fluffy bun filled with flavorful, sweet BBQ pork - can you imagine a better combination?

Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce 豉汁蒸排骨

Bite-sized marinated spare ribs that are perfectly juicy and tender

Braised Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce and Peanuts 鮑汁鳳爪

As one of my childhood favorites, these chicken feet are tender, flavorful, fun to nibble on, and are packed with collagen

Bean Curd Rolls with Shrimp, Meat and Vegetable 鮮竹卷

A mix of pork, shrimp and a variety of vegetables wrapped in tofu skin, then deep fried and stewed in oyster sauce

Steamed Beef Balls with Bean Curd Skin 陳皮牛肉球

Hand-chopped minced beef, water chestnuts, coriander, and dried tangerine peel create a not-so-ordinary meatball

Baked BBQ Pork Buns 酥皮焗叉燒包

A recreation of Tim Ho Wan's signature dish - a fluffy bun filled with savory BBQ pork topped with a sweet outer crust 

Deep-Fried Vegetable Spring Rolls 蔬菜春卷

The best ever party snack that can please any crowd - these spring rolls are crispy and delicious!

Chinese Dishes

Hainanese Chicken Rice 海南雞飯

Nothing beats tender chicken with three different sauces, aromatic ginger rice and chicken soup

Braised Beef Brisket & Tendon Noodles 牛腩牛筋麵

A Hong Kong specialty featuring beef brisket and tendon stewed in an aromatic broth for hours until tender

Sichuan Spicy Chili Oil Wontons 紅油抄手

Fun to make with friends & family, these wontons are topped off with homemade chili oil for incredible flavor and spice

A highly flavorful braised pork belly rice dish with silky savory sauce - no wonder it is a beloved Taiwanese comfort food

Tomato Beef Noodle Soup 番茄牛肉麵

A little twist to the original Taiwanese beef noodle soup recipe... by adding some nutritious tomatoes and carrots!

Oxtail Stew 烧牛尾

Tender oxtails stewed to perfection with a blend of aromatic spices

Steamed cabbage rolls featuring a dumpling-like minced meat & shiitake mushroom filling - a perfect low-carb dish 

Mouth Watering Chicken 口水鸡

Red hot chili oil infused with an array of Chinese spices and aromatics, coating a tender, juicy de-boned chicken leg

A bowl of fresh noodles coated in a sesame chili sauce and topped with ground pork & preserved mustard green

Classic Tomato & Egg Stir-Fry 番茄炒雞蛋

The staple, the classic, the go-to easy stir-fry dish that is beginner-friendly!

Crispy Pan-Fried Noodles with Seafood 海鮮兩面黃

Pan-fried on both sides, the crispy noodles are topped with a seafood gravy, resulting in incredible contrasting textures

An easy, weekday staple featuring tender chicken and basil and derives its name from three main ingredients: sesame oil, rice wine and soy sauce

Tender, juicy pork belly coated in a glossy, savory & sweet sauce, perfectly paired with a bowl of white rice

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce 魚香茄子

Soft and creamy eggplant covered in a garlic sauce that is sweet, sour, salty and spicy all at once

Stir-fried string beans mixed with a flavor-packed ground pork & preserved mustard greens mixture (and lots of dried chili peppers!)

BBQ Pork with Sauce Over Rice 叉燒飯

Tender and juicy roasted pork with a honey glaze that has been marinated overnight

Chinese Chive Pockets 韭菜盒子

Crispy on the outside with a flavorful egg-, vermicelli- and chive-filled goodness on the inside

Tai Ping Koon's Swiss Chicken Wings 太平館瑞士雞翼

Tai Ping Koon's famous sweet soy sauce-flavored chicken wings, a Cantonese classic since 1860

Steamed Garlic Shrimp with Vermicelli 蒜蓉粉丝蒸虾

If you can get your hands on some fresh shrimp, try these steamed garlic shrimp with very aromatic garlic scallion chili oil

Sichuan Boiled Fish 水煮鱼

My mouth is still tingling from the sichuan peppercorns... if you love spice, this one is the dish for you

A traditional dish that is as delicious as it is simple & easy to make

Twice-Cooked Pork 回锅肉

Pork - simmered, sliced and stir-fried - and lots of leek, mixed with doubanjiang, douchi, and garlic for flavor

Sweet, sticky, glossy goodness - these bite-sized spare ribs make the perfect appetizer and pairs perfectly with rice

Ginger Scallion Tossed Noodles 薑蔥撈麵

Pressed for time but still want to eat something delicious? Try these easy, 5-minute lo mein noodles tossed in ginger scallion oil

The absolute go-to for a sick day, nothing beats a warm bowl of congee with tender chicken pieces

Siu Yuk (Crispy Roast Pork Belly) 燒肉

A classic Cantonese roast with juicy meat and signature extra crispy & crunchy skin

Hand-Shredded Chicken with Scallion Oil 葱油手撕鸡

Juicy hand-shredded chicken drumsticks drizzled in an aromatic scallion oil

A fragrant, spiced broth topped with noodles and perfectly tender beef shanks braised for hours

Wonton Noodle Soup 雲吞麵

A simple, comforting, Hong Kong classic noodle soup with chives and pork & shrimp wontons

Smashed Cucumber 拍黄瓜

A refreshing appetizer or side that pairs well with any kind of main dish (particularly with spicy sichuan dishes!)

Claypot Rice 煲仔饭

A Cantonese classic, this extremely flavorful "bo zai fan" is topped with Chinese sausage "lap cheung", shiitake mushroom and marinated chicken

Soy Sauce Chicken 豉油鸡

Simmered in a blend of aromatics & spices - garlic, ginger, scallions, star anise and bay leaves

Watercress Soup 西洋菜湯

A comforting nutritious bowl of classic Cantonese soup featuring watercress, pork, carrots and chestnuts

A simple Sichuan dish with a funny but cute name - does it look like the minced pork (ants) are clinging to the vermicelli noodles (tree branches)?

Ma La Xiang Guo (Spicy Stir-Fry Dry Pot) 麻辣香鍋

A perfect customizable dish for any spice lover who enjoys that numbing sensation 

A classic Sichuan dish consisting of silken tofu and ground pork in a spicy, chili- and bean-based sauce

Korean Dishes

Kimchi-Jjigae (Kimchi Stew) 김치찌개

A warm, spicy, hearty stew made with pork belly, tofu and lots of kimchi!

Succulent short ribs in a rich savory sauce, this one is a real treat for a special occasion

Bibimbap (Mixed Rice) 비빔밥

Totally iconic Korean dish with an incredible balance of vegetables and meat, served with homemade gochujang-based sauce

One of my favorite summer time noodles, this recipe is a "casual" take of the original dish with extra garlic-y flavor and mixed vegetables

A Korean twist on "Sheng Jian Bao", featuring a fluffy bun with a flavor-packed filling: kimchi, pork, garlic, tofu, chives, scallions, bean sprouts and dangmyeon

Jjampong (Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup) 짬뽕

A hot bowl of noodles in a spicy broth filled with a variety of vegetables and seafood... ready in under 30 minutes

Kimchi Bokkeumbap (Kimchi Fried Rice) 김치볶음밥

An easy weekday meal that is perfectly budget-friendly and delicious, nothing beats a simple kimchi fried rice

Gamjatang (Spicy Pork Neck Bone Stew) 감자탕

A warming bowl of spicy stew loaded with tender pork neck meat, potatoes, and vegetables

Janchi Guksu (Korean Noodle Soup) 잔치국수

A popular comfort food featuring thin wheat noodles in a clear anchovy-kelp broth

Doenjang-Jjigae (Soybean Paste Stew) 된장찌개

A traditional Korean stew made with doenjang, a fermented bean paste, that has a very delicious earthy flavor

Dubu Kimchi (Tofu with Stir-Fried Kimchi & Pork) 두부김치

A personal favorite that is delicious, so easy to prepare, and keto-friendly!

Jeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-Fried Pork) 제육볶음

A popular Korean BBQ dish featuring pork marinated in a gochujang-based sauce

Bouncy and chewy sweet potato starch noodles, perfect as a banchan (side dish) or a main dish

Kimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll) 김밥

A perfect snack or picnic item, these rice rolls are filled with a variety of delicious fillings

Bulgogi (BBQ Beef) 불고기

Thinly sliced beef marinated in a sweet and savory sauce grilled to flavor-packed, tender perfection

Jjajangmyeon (Black Bean Noodles) 짜장면

A Chinese-style noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork, and vegetables

Caution: extra hot, spicy, and perfect for anyone who wants a little sweat (but trust me, you will not be able to stop eating the whole plate!)

Soegogi-Muguk (Beef & Radish Soup) 쇠고기무국

An easy, clean, light soup that you can easily drink every day, featuring a natural beef and radish flavor

Miscellaneous Dishes

Steak Fajitas

Hear the sizzle through the photo? Flavorful flank steak served with fajita veggies, jalapeño, pico de gallo, corn salsa and corn tortillas

Korean-Inspired Burger and Air-Fryer Fries

A homemade kimchi coleslaw with Korean BBQ sauce and Asian-marinated beef patty on a pretzel bun served with thick-cut fries and truffle aioli

Spaghetti Carbonara

Creamy, rich, full of a delicious porky flavor, and topped with some freshly ground black pepper

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

The one and only brussel sprouts recipe you'll ever need - complete with bacon and balsamic glaze

Short Rib Ragu

This slow-cooked, red wine-braised short rib ragu is the perfect treat - hearty, rich and full of incredible flavors

Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy. Warm. Soft. These homemade clouds of cinnamon-goodness is topped off with sweet vanilla icing

Made with a homemade dry rub, these ribs have a special ingredient that makes the meat extra tender and fall right off the bones

Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket

Texas-style slow-cooked tender beef brisket with homemade dry rub served with corn and baked beans

Red Wine Braised Oxtail

Featuring one of my favorite cuts of meat - this braised oxtail is fall-off-the-bone tender and arguably the new short rib

Quick and easy stir-fry with a healthy balance of protein and greens

A new favorite go-to fried rice dish with incredible Thai flavors, made with a chili garlic paste and lots of basil!

Not your classic fried rice, but as a salmon lover, I wanted to try something a little different... and the result was omega-3 deliciousness

Avocado Rose Toast

Take a simple avocado, turn it into a beautiful rose, sprinkle your favorite seasoning and enjoy with a golden brown toast

Mozzarella Cheese & Tomato Croissant

Inspired by my go-to breakfast item from Pret-A-Manger, this flaky, cheesy croissant is a must-try

Paella de Marisco (Seafood Paella)

A classic Spanish rice dish made with saffron-infused short-grain rice, vegetables, and seafood cooked and served in one pan

Special Feature: Holiday Feast

My first large cooking project: preparing a full holiday meal for my friends! This was our last get-together of 2020 and I wanted to prepare something special to show my appreciation for everything these girls have done for me. Throughout this crazy year, we've been each other's support - doing virtual workouts, socially-distant runs, potlucks, attempting to start a podcast, and other fun memories -  and so I wanted to host a holiday feast to celebrate how far we've grown together.

To start off, I needed to create a menu. Since it was a festive time of year, I wanted to choose dishes that were holiday classics. Something warm and oven-roasted... roasted brussel sprouts drizzled with balsamic vinegar and bacon for extra tastiness. Something beautifully colorful... roasted rainbow carrots with a maple & miso glaze. Something healthy (but also delicious)... a warm roasted cauliflower kale salad with edamame, red onions, croutons, and a miso tahini dressing. Something that will make a beautiful centerpiece... a whole spatchcock roasted chicken with a garlic-ginger flavor and honey soy glaze. A perfect balance of flavors and colors!

Now to the cooking - the day before, I dry brined the chicken with salt, pepper and herbs for that extra deep flavor and to draw out moisture from the skin (we want that extra golden brown crispiness). On the day, the oven did most of the work. I prepared the various glazes and the dressing, and that was it! No fuss, no mess, just an easy holiday meal. To finish the meal off right, my friend (and incredible baker) made some pear puff pastry tarts with mascarpone. Opening up our Secret Santa presents and listening to Christmas carols in the background, our hearts (and tummies) were full.

Christmas Creations

Tuna Mayo Onigiri (shaped as Santa & snowman)

Smoked Salmon & Avocado Bagel (shaped as wreath)

Recreating the Gyunabe Bento (牛鍋弁当) from Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

As one of my favorite anime movies and the highest grossing film of 2020 (not to mention the highest grossing anime and Japanese film of all time), Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is a must-watch film with insanely masterful animations and music (to save you from Googling: 98% Rotten Tomatoes, 8.7 IMDb, 97% Google users rating - think the whole world has consensus on this one). 

You can probably already guess (and I hope you other anime watchers will relate with me on this one), I think one of the best parts about anime is their FOOD. Something about it just makes your mouth water and crave whatever is on the screen. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is no different - already within the first several minutes of the film, one of the main characters, Kyōjurō Rengoku, is shown scarfing down a delicious beef rice bento box. In the iconic comedic scene, Rengoku repeatedly exclaims "UMAI! うまい!", which means delicious!

Very delicious-looking indeed... and so I couldn't help but try to recreate one of these gyunabe bento boxes for myself! The best part? It takes only 15 minutes to put this together. I think the only thing I love more than a delicious meal is a delicious & quick-to-make meal.

Of course I had to make a side-by-side comparison, so check out the picture for my finished product compared to the actual scene from the movie! I can't help but say... UMAI! うまい!

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