Looking for an app that offers a variety of Japanese dishes from sushi to tempura? iCooking Japanese Cuisine, developed by Apps of All Nations, LLC, could be just what you are looking for. There is an excellent selection of traditional grilled, stir-fried, battered, vegetarian and raw choices for your cooking pleasure.
The first thing you need to know is how this app is organized. You can view recipes by type – starters; pasta, rice vegetables; meat; fish and eggs; or desserts. There is a photo for each dish so you know how it should look when you are finished. You can look through a list that includes all the recipes. After sorting by type or all recipes, you can select your favorites by tapping the heart at the top right hand corner of the screen. You can also add your own recipes into the app, as well as a photo of the finished product.
Having a source for good recipes is of course the obvious benefit of this app. Added to that is having the ingredient list available all the time. Whenever you get an urge to fix a dish you can see what goes in it and pick up what you need. Another feature that I used regularly is the ability to email recipes to either my friends or myself. I like to print out the recipes so that as I prepare them I can check of the ingredients and the steps – I always seem to have a tendency to leave things (or steps) out.
I really like foods prepared in a Japanese style. There are many dishes in the app that my family has prepared for years. Asian Beef Patties are our normal substitute for the American version of hamburgers. We have a number of dishes that are accompanied by a teriyaki sauce that is similar, if not exactly, like the one used in the app and Soba noodles are a staple in our house. For something different, I decided to try making Cucumber maki. I love sushi but I have never tried to make it myself. I was thrilled to get a recipe for sushi rice – it’s the secret ingredient in sushi. Well, that and wasabi.. The steps were well described and easy to follow. I cannot say my sushi rolls were as pretty as the ones that I order in restaurants, but I am learning. Like many people, I consider the preparation and presentation of sushi as an art form. A couple more attempts at this recipe and I will be dazzling my friends. Now I have the skills to try the other ones like, Futo-maki (Large Maki) or Tekka-Maki (Red Tuna Maki).
I’ve reviewed a number of iCooking apps and I waffle back and forth as to whether it needs a search feature. This time it would have come in handy. I wanted a quick reference of all the sushi recipes and had to go through the full list to find them. I would also like to be able to create a grocery list, but using the ingredient list as a shopping list is acceptable.
iCooking Japanese Cuisine provides you with 51 recipes that offer a decent variety of dishes from beef teriyaki to tofu sushi. There are plenty of options to allow you to try your hand at mastering Japanese cooking. If you are looking to add a little variety to your menus and you enjoy Japanese cuisine then it will be well worth the 99-cent cost. The app easy to navigate and has a range of dishes that will suit everyone from beginner to expert.
iCooking Japanese Cuisine is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.