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Tonkatsu pork cutlets are a standard in modern Japanese teishoku meal sets. In this episode, we'll be making tonkatsu stuffed with cheese as our main dish. We'll also be making two side dishes: for our first, we'll be making clam and daikon radish soup using fresh asari clams, which come into season in spring. We'll also be making a refreshing nori seaweed salad with a dressing made using sesame oil and sushi vinegar, which goes perfectly with fried dishes. We hope you'll enjoy Rika's cheese tonkatsu teishoku meal set as much as we do!

In this episode, Chef Saito makes hand-rolled temaki sushi, a staple of Japanese house parties. Instead of the usual fresh seafood, he fills the sushi with more laid-back items like cheese and ham, for simple sushi that's bound to delight kids and grown-ups alike. In addition to cheese and ham, he makes sushi filled with imitation crab, tuna and mayonnaise, watercress, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, and takuan pickled daikon radish, for a spread that offers a delicious variety of flavors and textures. Chef Saito also makes mizu-yokan, a popular summer treat.

In this episode, chef Rika makes rice with healthy chicken breast and umeboshi pickled plums. She cooks the chicken rare to help it keep its flavor with green shiso leaves and a refreshing ume plum sauce. For a side dish, chef Rika makes egg drop soup using the water that the chicken was cooked in. With the glutamic acid from the kombu kelp and the inosinic acid from the chicken, this soup has plenty of umami for a rich, delicious flavor. She also makes potato salad with green beans.

In this episode, Rika makes rice with healthy chicken breast and umeboshi pickled plums. She cooks the chicken rare to help it keep its flavor with green shiso leaves and a refreshing ume plum sauce. For a side dish, Rika makes egg drop soup, using the water that the chicken was cooked in. With the glutamic acid from kombu kelp and the inosinic acid from the chicken, this soup has plenty of umami for a rich, delicious flavor. She also makes potato salad with green beans. This simple salad is made by lightly boiling the vegetables, then adding a special sauce made with mayonnaise and wasabi.

Our theme this episode is frying. We'll be making a traditional Japanese dish called kuwayaki: pan-fried chicken with a sweet and savory sauce made with soy sauce, mirin, and sake. The sweet and savory combination of soy sauce and mirin is an iconic Japanese flavor. Today, we'll be marinating chicken and frying it to juicy perfection, adding the sauce to coat as we fry. We'll also be making beautiful, delicious shrimp rice.

In this episode, we'll be making a lunch platter featuring a Japanese twist on the quintessential fast food, the hamburger. For the buns, we'll be using grilled onigiri, a beloved Japanese comfort food, with chicken teriyaki as the filling. Teriyaki sauce is easy to prepare, making this a great dish for Japanese cooking beginners. Instead of French fries, we'll be deep-frying thin slices of burdock root and carrot to make simple chips as a side dish, full of the great natural flavor of these vegetables.

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