Children’s Day? (formerly Boys’ Day), May 5th, is a national holiday that is part of a series of days off called Golden Week, or GW for short. Traditionally, kashiwa-mochi (oak leaf-wrapped mochi rice) and chimaki (a sweet rice dumpling steamed in a leaf) are associated with this holiday. Today, some families celebrate with a favorite meal, even shaping the food into symbols representative of Boys’ Day: flying carp streamers and samurai helmets for bravery, strength, and perseverance.
Here is a list of kid-approved dinner entrées, which are easily made with ingredients found at your local supermarket, to delight kids on May 5th or add to your weekly line-up.
Dry curry is great on rice or on the side. It’s a spin-off from one of the most popular dishes in Japan, curry rice カレーライス. This is a favorite family recipe, shared with us by KA mom, Diane.
Thanks to a makeover by KA mom, Sherilyn, this Sichuan dish is mild enough for the whole family. Using tofu or yummy domestic eggplant, it’s a tasty, soft, saucy dish that compliments white rice perfectly.