A Day of Cooking: Midday Recipes

Every minute, somewhere in the world, a great food moment is happening. Here, we've collected recipes from the best food moments that happen at midday, features in our Special Issue #165: A Day of Cooking.

Mochiko Chicken
Mochiko Chicken with Ponzu Sauce
The chicken for this Japanese homestyle dish is traditionally coated in mochiko, sweet rice flour, before frying, but cooks at Ethel's Grill in Honolulu, Hawaii, use Japanese potato starch to yield an extra-crispy crust. See the recipe for Mochiko Chicken with Ponzu Sauce »James Oseland
Japanese Hamburger Steak
Japanese Hamburger Steak
At Ethel’s Grill on Oahu, Hawaii, juicy pork-and-beef patties are served over salty-sweet ponzu sauce and crisp cabbage, and topped with grated daikon and spicy sprouts.James Oseland
Burmese Eggplant Curry (Khayan Thee Hnut)
Burmese Eggplant Curry (Khayan Thee Hnut)
Eggplant is simmered to melting softness in a fantastically pungent curry fortified by shrimp paste.Ingalls Photography
German Braised Beef Rolls (Rouladen)
German Braised Beef Rolls (Rouladen)
In this version of the German classic, thinly pounded beef is smeared with whole-grain mustard; rolled with bacon, onion, and pickle spears; and then braised until tender. Get the recipe for German Braised Beef Rolls »Landon Nordeman
Braised short ribs with celery root purée
Braised Short Ribs with Celery Root Purée
Cocoa powder enriches these braised beef short ribs from Manhattan-based chef Melissa Muller Daka.Ingalls Photography
Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza
Ham and Caramelized Onion Pizza
Caramelized onions, sweet ham, mozzarella, and fragrant rosemary combine in this flavorful pizza. Get the recipe »Ingalls Photography
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
At Los Angeles’ Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad.Ingalls Photography
Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)
Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)
The Kenyan lunch known as sukuma wiki—a combination of collard greens, chile-flecked ground meat, and tomatoes served with cornmeal or mashed plantain—is such a fortifying part of the workweek that its name means "week pusher".Ingalls Photography
Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula
Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula
These lamb meatballs are simmered in a harissa-spiked tomato sauce, served over peppery arugula, and drizzled with bright yogurt-thickened aïoli and roughly chopped basil leaves.Ingalls Photography
Tagliatelle Bolognese
Tagliatelle Bolognese
At La Trattoria di Oscar in Bevagna, Italy, chef Filippo Artioli uses a beef and chicken stock to cook the pasta for his robust ragù, made with fat-rich beef belly. See the recipe for Tagliatelle Bolognese »David Hagerman
Fried Tempeh in Tomato Sambal
Sambal Goreng Tempe (Fried Tempeh in Tomato Sambal)
In this Balinese lunch dish, tempeh—fermented soybean cake—is fried until golden and then tossed in a fiery tomato-and-chile sauce. See the recipe for Sambal Goreng Tempe (Fried Tempeh in Tomato Sambal) »James Oseland
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Coconut Salad (Ayam Jeruk)
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Coconut Salad (Ayam Jeruk)
For this vibrantly spiced Balinese dish, finely shredded grilled chicken is tossed in an aromatic sambal with lime juice and toasted coconut.Ingalls Photography
Stir-Fried Loofah with Soybeans (Chao Sigua)
Stir-Fried Loofah with Soybeans (Chao Sigua)
The long, tender gourd loofah, often called Chinese okra, is stir-fried with soybeans in chicken stock and finished with soy sauce for this simple but flavorful side dish from the Suzhou province in eastern China.Landon Nordeman
Fu Pi Juan (Steamed Tofu Skin–Wrapped Pork Rolls)
A ground pork and ginger mixture is rolled into thin yuba, or tofu skin, and boiled in a bamboo leaf in the recipe for this snack from the city of Suzhou in eastern China. See the recipe for Fu Pi Juan (Steamed Tofu Skin–Wrapped Pork Rolls) »Ingalls Photography
Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata
Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata
This basil-laced potato and vegetable frittata makes a satisfying lunch.Andre Baranowski
Emirati Grilled Prawns (Rubyan Meshwi)
Emirati Grilled Prawns (Rubyan Meshwi)
At Abu Dhabi's Al Arish restaurant, jumbo prawns are basted in a spicy-sweet ketchup-based sauce before they are grilled.Ingalls Photography
Dragon 88 Mai Tai
Dragon 88 Mai Tai
This rummy tiki drink is adapted from the one served at Dragon 88 in West Boylston, Massachusetts. See the recipe for Dragon 88 Mai Tai »Ingalls Photography