I love Asian food. All of it. I was lucky enough to live in Japan for 4 years growing up, and I’m pretty sure it was while living there that I decided I needed to cook all the time and eat everything in sight.
My really healthy parents are so proud.
While I was in college I lived in Japan again, but with a host family in Osaka instead of Tokyo, where I had lived before. My host mother, Keiko, was a fabulous cook and had mad skillz when it came to cooking a few things on Sunday and preparing several meals throughout the week using several ingredients or incarnations of the same thing over and over again while still making each meal different and special. This saved her time and money, which was essential since she worked 12 hours a day and had to feed 3 kids, me, and a rude husband each night!