Harumi Kurihara writes Japanese cookbooks with simple, homey recipes.

Here is a recipe adapted from her book, Harumi's Home Cooking, that is easy and surprising and we love it: it is soy sauce + balsamic vinegar + basil. It's a nice winter/spring sort of dish.


2 T soy sauce
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, sliced


take 1lb boneless chicken thighs, skin on, cut into bite size pieces. Add to marinade, let sit 15–30 min.

meanwhile, roughly chop up half a green cabbage (or a couple handfuls brussels sprouts work well, too), set aside.

fry up chicken with a little vegetable oil until nice and brown, set aside.

in a new pan* with some butter, sautee cabbage. season with salt and pepper.

place cabbage in serving dish, top with chicken and some fresh basil. serve with Japanese rice.

*after the chicken is cooked and set aside we often use the same pan for the cabbage — it tastes good, just doesn't look as nice —and the cabbage soaks up the remainder of the cooked marinade.

Some more recipes from Harumi

Stir fried tofu with bok choy
Crisp salad with grated carrots and ponzu soy dressing
Salmon Battera pressed sushi