Recipe by Chef Nakagawa vol.1

GOZEN Japanese Sake Bistro in West Hollywood offers a modern dining experience infused with traditional Japanese flavors. They feature a diverse selection of sushi, sashimi, robata-grilled dishes, and more, all crafted with the finest ingredients.

In this issue, GOZEN’s executive chef Tomotaka Nakagawa created special and easy recipes for JapanUp! readers using Japanese products/ingredients. He brings a wealth of culinary expertise rooted in the artistry of Japanese cuisine. With a dedication to tradition and a passion for innovation, Chef Nakagawa crafts exquisite dishes that showcase the finest flavors and ingredients of Japan. His mastery of the culinary craft ensures a dining experience that is both authentic and unforgettable, inviting guests to savor the essence of Japanese gastronomy with every bite.

GOZEN -Japanese Sake Bistro-
521 N. La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048-2001
Phone: (213) 308-9393

Scallop Isobe Maki – Roasted Soy Sauce Brings Out the Deliciousness!

Scallop Isobe Maki


□ 1 pc. Scallop
□ 4 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
□ 1 sheet. Nori Seaweed
□ Ichimi or shichimi pepper
(adjust spiciness according to your preference)

Double Fermented Soy Sauce

❶ Cut scallops from the side.
(leave the edge, do not cut all the way)

❷ Lightly soak scallops into a mixture of soy sauce and chili pepper.

❸ Char the scallops over a burner, soak them in the ② sauce again, then cook them once more.

❹ Cut Nori into the size of scallops and wrap a piece of scallop with nori.

Tantanmen Noodles with Savory Sauce – Myojo Ramen Brings You Authentic Flavors with Simple, Easy Steps.


□ 1 serving Ramen (Spicy Tantanmen)
□ 2.5 oz Ground Pork
□ 1 tbsp Oil
□ 1/2 cup Water
□ 1 sheet Lettuce
□ Starch, mixed with water as needed
□ 3 pcs Bok-choy,
boiled for presentation

Premium Ramen
Spicy Tantanmen

❶ Boil water in a pot.  Cook noodles for 1 min 15 sec and drain them in a colander.

❷ In another pot, add oil and
stir-fry ground pork until it changes color. Then add water and a pack of the soup base packet, mixing well.

❸ Add the starch mixture gradually while stirring. When adding the cornstarch mixture, quickly stir over high heat.

❹ Place lettuce and noodles on a plate, pour the ③thickened sauce over it. Serve with bok choy.

Ramen Spring Rolls – Transform Your Instant Ramen into Delicious Spring Rolls.


□ 1 pc. Tonkotsu Ramen
□ 4 pcs. Lettuce (or more)
□ ½ pc. Cucumber
□ 1 sheet Rice Paper
□ Thinly sliced boiled carrots for presentation

Dipping Sauce
□ Soy Sauce
□ Vinegar
□ Chili oil to taste

Tonkotsu Ramen

❶ Wash lettuce and cut cucumber into sticks.

❷ Boil the ramen noodles for 3 min., drain it, and mix it with the accompanying powdered soup.

❸ Wet the rice paper, roll it with noodles and veggies.

❹ Cut into quarters and serve on a dish.

❺ [ Dipping Sauce ] *optional Mix all ingredients.

Instead of making shoyu dipping sauce, you can use your favorite dressing.

Otafuku Steamed Pork – Only this delicious sauce makes all the difference in flavor!


□ 3 pcs. Small Onions
□ 8.8 oz. Pork Shoulder
□ 3 Tbsp. Okonomi Sauce

Okonomi Sauce

❶ Cut onions in half and slice thinly.

❷ Place sliced onions in a pan and put pork on the top.

Place the block of pork shoulder in the pot, and simmer gently over low heat.

❸ Add the Okonomi Sauce,
cover with lid, and simmer for 45 min. to 1 hr.

❹ Place the onions flat on a
plate and serve the sliced pork on top.