Top 5 Ethnic Food Trends for 2015

5th: Southeast Asian cuisine – Vietnamese bánh mì sandwich

4th: Peruvian – Classic ceviche

3rd: Regional ethnic cuisine – Mole poblano enchiladas

2nd: Authentic ethnic – Picanha

1st: Ethnic fusion – Cheeseburger burrito

Source: Nation’s Restaurant News


Japanese-style Crepe with Fusion Ingredients


180 g Shanghai Oil Noodle
1/2 onion, shredded
1/4 carrot, shredded
5 shrimp
1 pita bread
okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise to serve


2 tbsp okonomiyaki sauce
1 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
2 tbsp mirin


  1. Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan, saute onion until fragrant.
  3. Add shrimp and stir-fry until no longer pink. Mix in the oil noodle and the sauce. Toss and cook until the noodles are heated through.
  4. Add carrot and toss to combine.
  5. Put the pita bread on the serving plate. Place the fried noodle mixture on top of the pita bread. Spoon okonomiyaki sauce and mayonnaise on top before serving.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

In Pictures: Character Bento


A High Salt and Potassium Diet May Accelerate Chronic Kidney Disease

A diet high in sodium and potassium can make chronic kidney disease (CKD) worse, a new study claims.

“These data warrant future clinical trials to test the effect of a moderate reduction in dietary sodium and potassium intake on CKD progression in patients with high dietary sodium or potassium intake,” study leader Dr. Jiang He, from Tulane University, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology.

“The findings could ultimately impact dietary recommendations for patients with CKD to slow disease progression,” He added.

It’s estimated that 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and also increases the risk for heart disease and early death, according to the study authors.

For the study, the researchers tested urine samples from almost 4,000 people with chronic kidney disease. They then estimated the daily intake of nutrients from these samples. They wanted to learn how sodium and potassium influence the progression of the disease.

High levels of sodium and potassium in the urine were linked with faster disease progression, the researchers found.

The study’s participants consumed much more sodium than the recommended daily limit of about 2,400 milligrams (mg). On average, they ate 3,700 mg per day. The researchers said their findings could lead to new guidelines for how much sodium and potassium people with chronic kidney disease should have on a daily basis.

Source: HealthDay

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My Recipe

Grilled Chicken Wing (焼き鶏の手羽)


16 pieces chicken drummette
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Chicken Marinade:

4 Tbsp miso
1-1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp Mirin style sweet cooking seasoning
1-1/2 tsp Japanese soy sauce


  1. Add marinade to chicken. Refrigerate for about 12 hours.
  2. Bring refrigerated chicken to room temperature before grilling or broiling.
  3. Preheat broiler on high.
  4. Put chicken on an oiled roasting rack placed over a jellyroll pan lined with foil. Brush the top side of chicken with oil.
  5. Broil for 5 minutes. Rotate pan from back to front. Broil for about 3 minutes. Turn chicken over and brush with oil. Broil for 3 minutes. Rotate pan from back to front. Broil on low for about 3 minutes until golden brown. Remove and squeeze lemon juice over chicken. Serve.

Nutrition value for 2 drumettes:

Calorie 107, Fat 6.0 g, Carbohydrate 7 g, Fibre 0 g, Sugar 3 g, Cholesterol 23 mg, Sodium 436 mg, Protein 7 g.