breakfast, lunch, or dinner? yes!


Chicken and Waffles. An American classic.

The dinner that one can eat for breakfast, and vise versa. I had a blast this weekend tinkering with different recipes to make a Japanese version. The result is a sweet, salty, crispy, light version that I think works well. Enjoy!

Chicken Karaage (taken directly from Just Hungry)


20 ounces boneless chicken thigh meat, cut into bite-sized pieces

ginger root, about size of two thumbs, peeled, minced

6 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 Tablespoons sake

1 cup potato starch

vegetable soil for frying


Combine first four ingredients in a bowl to marinate for about 30 minutes. If you plan to marinate overnight, use only 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce, then add soy sauce the next day before frying.

Before frying, dredge each piece in the potato starch then fry until golden brown, which can take several minutes. I fried in batches up to eight pieces at a time. When done, drain pieces on a plate lined with a paper towel.

Umeboshi-Ginger-Maple Syrup


1 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons ginger syrup (If you don’t have this, substitute 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger)

5 umeboshi plums, rinsed, seeds discarded


Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until mixed thoroughly, about 30 seconds.

Black Sesame Belgian Waffles (adapted from this recipe)


2 eggs, separated

2 cups milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup canola oil

3/4 teaspoon sesame oil

4 teaspoons black sesame seeds


Preheat waffle iron. Place all ingredients except egg whites, in a bowl and mix or blend with a whisk or handheld mixer, being careful not to over mix. In separate bowl, using clean whisk, or beaters, blend egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold, one third at a time, into the other ingredients. Pour into waffle iron, per manufacturer’s directions, until golden brown on sides. Remove and serve.


12 responses to “breakfast, lunch, or dinner? yes!”

  1. Breakfast, dinner, lunch, snacks…sounds like a good dish for any time of the day and week. 🙂 Very creative melding of an American classic with Asian flair.


    • Oh thank you! I was surprised how well it came together. I thought for sure I’d have to do numerous adjustments of ingredients and numerous batches of each component, but everything came together quickly. The only thing that flopped was initially I tried to make buckwheat soba noodles into waffles! That did not work very well.


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