Japan MUST BUY 02 – Mushuda

Posted May 25th, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

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Mushuda – this is basically like mothball.  Hanging or placing this inside your closet or clothes drawers will protect your clothes from insects.  I must buy this every time I go back to Japan, because I can’t find any mothball here in Perth that doesn’t stink!!!  Typical mothballs are stinky and leave your clothes that smell..

In Japan, you can find non-scent or scented mothballs that tell you when they expire.

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Mushuda, Misesuroido, and Tansu-ni-Gon are well-known brands.

I normally chose non-scent, but this time I bought floral aroma for my drawers.  Size of each depends on whether it’s for a walk-in closet, a small closet, or for drawers.  And, when it expires (usually after 12 months), letters shows up saying “please change”.

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By having them inside the closet, I can be sure that my clothes are safe from insects 🙂


Japan MUST BUY 01 – Gekiochi Kun

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in Japan Must Buy | No Comments »

Ok, so from today, I will write about things that I recommend you to buy from Japan.  Some items may be also available in other countries. 🙂
These are the things I thought are useful and I just want to share with you!

Here is the first item I recommend you to buy when you go to Japan:

Gekiochi Kun

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Gekiochi Kun – melamine form sponge that removes stains with water and no detergent required.

There are many sizes and shapes available, but the standard one looks like this.

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White square sponges.  This REALLY removes stain.  REALLY.

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If you’ve never used this before, try this.  With just water, it removes stain very easily.  It’s like using an eraser!

There are other “non-Gekiochi Kun” melamine form sponges sold in Japan, and they also works good to me.  You can even find at 100 yen shops.

This was one of my “Must Buy List” from Japan this year.


Things to Buy in Japan

Posted May 22nd, 2016 in Japan | No Comments »

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I recently came back from my holiday in Japan, and it was sooooo great.  It’d been 2 years since my previous Japan trip, and I had so many things in my head that I wanted to buy, eat and do in Japan.

It was April, and being spring, it’s sakura season in Japan.  This must be the most popular season to visit Japan – there’re so many people at the Kansai airport and my husband had to queue for 2 hours at the immigration :p  I had to wait outside for 2 hours with 2 kids…. and we arrived at Hotel Nikko (only one hotel that’s connected to Kansai airport) past midnight…  It was a tiring start but we had so much fun during our 3-week-stay.

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Our packed 3-week-holiday included visiting castles (national treasure Hikone Castle is 15 minutes drive from my house), Anpanman museum (my kids’ favourite character’s amusement park), and Tokyo Disney Resort.  And, of course lots of eating & buying.  I pre-bought many things online so I didn’t need to shop around while I was there.  On the day we arrived my house, there’re 20 boxes of things I’d bought online.  So most of my “shopping” was done before arriving Japan.  And for the rest we shopped at local shopping centres and mostly at 100 yen shops.

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Now I’m back to Perth Australia, and I want to show people here that what people can/should buy when they go to Japan.  There’re about 30 items and I’m gonna write about them on each post.

stay tuned! :))


NEW Talking Clock from Japan

Posted May 21st, 2016 in Buy from Ume | No Comments »

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I recently came back from my holiday to Japan, and I have these CUTE bilingual alarm clocks for sale!

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Why not wake up every morning with this cute alarm clock that talks Japanese & English?

At a glance it looks like a robot or a cute ornament, but it actually talks and tells you what time it is.  It’s a radio clock (RCC) that is automatically synchronized by a time code, so you can assure that it’s telling the correct time  anytime.

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Pressing its nose once tells you what time it is, and pressing twice tells you the date and day in set language (Japanese or English).

I have white & blue available.

Yuento Talking Alarm Clock
$50.00

New in original packaging.
Yuento brand.

  • Size:W8.5xH9.2xD10 cm
  • Weight :150g
  • Material:ABS
  • 40/60kHz
  • 12hour display
  • Alarm
  • Snooze
  • Talking (Japanese/English)

 

I can post to you (postage will be calculated by weight of the order by Australia post), or if you live in Perth metro area I can arrange a drop-off at some place.  (sorry, no pick-up from my place!)

Please email me at me<at>umeboss.com ~ 🙂

 

 

 

 


NEW Cute Onigiri Lunchbox from Japan

Posted May 20th, 2016 in Buy from Ume | No Comments »

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I recently came back from my holiday to Japan, and I have these CUTE lunch boxes for sale!

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Onigiri lunchbox KOUME
$15.00 → $10.00

Cute 2-layered lunchbox.  Microwave safe.
90×85×60mm(top: 150ml, bottom: 100ml)

New in original packaging.  Made in Japan.
Hakoya brand.

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Onigiri lunchbox Norio
$15.00 → $10.00

Cute 2-layered lunchbox.  Microwave safe.
110×105×65mm(top: 300ml, bottom: 170ml)

New in original packaging.  Made in Japan.
Hakoya brand.

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I can post to you (postage will be calculated by weight of the order by Australia post), or if you live in Perth metro area I can arrange a drop-off at some place.  (sorry, no pick-up from my place!)

Please email me at me<at>umeboss.com ~ 🙂

 

 


Bento lunch boxes for kids

Posted May 19th, 2016 in Perth WA, Ume's Interests | No Comments »

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I’m sure people are aware of the word “bento” – it’s a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.  Creating unique bento (kyaraben) is not only common in Japan nowadays but people around the world are also giving lots of ideas to create attractive lunch for kids each day.

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Kyaraben is so amazing, and this is the best way to encourage kids to finish up their lunch boxes.  It gives them interests in food too, I think.  I’m wanting to give my kids kyaraben but unfortunately I’m not a creative person… and I don’t have time to google around to get ideas for kyaraben each morning.  (I wish I could!)

For those who are like me, picking up the right bento box could be an easy answer.  There are so many kinds of lunch boxes out there these days, and some of them are really useful and creative.  If you are local living in Perth, check out this shop that sells all kinds of bento items – BabyBento.

Being a mum to two and living in Perth WA, she created this online shop 2 years ago and now she is selling her items at some markets on regular basis.  You can also buy items online and get them sent to your door.

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And this is my favourite.  I just saw her using this lunch box today for her kids, and it looked super cute and tidy!  She put 3 mini pancakes on the left side, and halved banana on right top, then vegetables, fruits and finger cheese sticks in other 3 compartments.  Perfect!

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If you want to have a look at these items, she comes down to Maylands Wanderful Sunday Market on 3rd Sundays every month which is held at Maylands Sport and Recreation Club located at 50 Clarkson Rd, Maylands WA.  

I’m so inspired now and am thinking to make something creative for my son tomorrow 🙂

Baby Bento
http://www.babybento.com.au
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Tempura Soba (Prawn & Vegetable Tempura)

Posted January 10th, 2016 in Food | 2 Comments »

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A summer staple food in Japan – cold soba noodle with dipping sauce.  Great to eat in a hot day!

There are few different types of noodle you can use for this “cold noodle + dipping sauce” dish.  Soba, udon, somen, and chu-ka noodle.  What are the differences?

Soba is made of buckwheat, and is grey-ish colour.  Somen is very thin white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour, less than 1.3 mm in diameter.  Udon is a type of thick wheat flour noodle.  Chu-ka noodle is egg noodle which is often used for ramen.

At my house in Japan I used to eat udon a lot.  I seldom ate soba while I was in Japan (and now still) – I’m not sure why it is, but I guess it’s because people near Kansai in Japan eat more udon than soba noodle for some reason.

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Here in Perth I got some cha-soba noodles from a local Asian shop.  Cha-soba noodles are soba noodles made from buckwheat and wheat flour with the added ingredient of fresh green tea leaves.  You can smell green tea aroma from the noodle and they are really refreshing.

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To accompany cha-soba noodles, I made some kakiage (mixed vegetables tempura) with chopped prawn.   If you have tempura flour it’s super easy to make, but even if you don’t, it’s not that difficult.

Here is the recipe for prawn kakiage:

<Recipe> makes about 10 kakiage

  • prawn (no shells & heads) … 1/2 cup
  • chopped vegetables (I used onion, zucchini) … 1/2 cup
  • plain flour … 3 tablespoons
  • corn flour … 1 tablespoon
  • salt … 1/4 teaspoon
  • water … 50ml (or adjust the constancy)

 

  1. Chop prawns.
  2. Mix flour, salt and water in a mixing bowl. Add the prawns and vegetables and stir.
  3. Heat oil in a shallow frying pan (about 3 – 5cm) to 170℃.
  4. Using two spoons, carefully drop the tempura mixture into the oil.  Fry over medium heat for both sides.
  5. Serve with cooked cold soba noodles.

 


NEUGO Japanese Store in Perth

Posted January 2nd, 2016 in Japanese Stores in Perth | 2 Comments »

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There’s a new shop in Coventry Village selling 100yen items from Japan.  Some stores such as Fuji Mart in Subiaco sells 100yen items as well, but this store NEUGO sells Seria brand.

Seria is one of 100yen shops in Japan, just like Daiso and CanDo, and has many shops across Japan.  I love the brand image of Seria and its items as its theme is “natural” “European taste” .   Very cute.  They, of course, also sell some Japanese plates & cups which are made in Japan, as well as some Japanese food & drinks.   I just love their variety.

At NEUGO, the store looks pretty clean and tidy.  All items are arranged according to their categories such as “cleaning”, “kitchen”, and “bathroom”, which is easy for customers to find where items are.

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I haven’t been back to Japan for 1.5 years and it wasn’t difficult for me to find something I want to buy there.  For example, this small scissors with magnet is perfect for the fridge.  Super strong suction-cup hook (comes with 4) looked handy too.

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All items are $2.80 each, and until 31/Jan/2016 they are doing $5.00 off (with a minimum purchase of $20).  You can find this discount voucher inside the store.

With 1500 different products to chose from, anything you need for unique lunchbox making and handy cleaning items, you may find them here.

NEUGO Tokyo Style
Shop 130, Coventry Village, Morley WA
0452 535 528
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Bûche de Noël

Posted December 23rd, 2015 in Food | No Comments »

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It’s that time of the year again!  It’s a time to express our love to family and friends, time to reflect on the past year, a time to set new goals for the upcoming year….  I wish 2015 was a great one for you.  Mine was great 🙂 Not many posting on Umeboss this year though… so it will be one of my goal for 2016 “write more posts for Umeboss”.

This month has been an event-full one for me : lots of cake-making, a family trip to a town of dolphins Bunbury, my son graduating kindergarten and family gatherings.

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After making these 4 huge cakes for my son’s Japanese kindergarten’s Christmas party, I had some leftover of sponge and whipped cream in the fridge.  Then I remembered when I was little I used to make this cake Bûche de Noël for Christmas.

Bûche de Noël  is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log, and is a traditional dessert served near Christmas, especially in France.  It’s fairly easy & fun to make.  I used to just buy a Swiss roll cake from a store, and cover with whipped chocolate cream.  I loved the decorating part – making the pattern resembling skin of log using a folk, and place these “kinoko-no-yama” chocolate on top.

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It was a fun “cooking” as a little girl, and tasted good too 🙂

You may find this chocolate “kinoko-no-yama” in Perth too, (Korean version maybe available as well) but I didn’t even want to go out to buy extra ingredients for the cake – I just wanted to make now!  So here it is;

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Very simple 😀
It actually should have a Holly leaves as a decoration, but I substituted with mint leaves and M&M….   Some “kinoko-no-yama” on top and side of the log would look much nicer, I think.

You used leftover sponge for this, but you can buy a Swiss roll cake from store (like I used to do) and cover with whipped chocolate cream.  Place the cake in the fridge to set the cream (about 15 minutes) then draw a pattern using a folk.  Then, you will have a lovely0looking Christmas cake for yourself.  Please try!

 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


Mini Bagel Pizza

Posted October 3rd, 2015 in Bagelier Bagel | No Comments »

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I just took out some mini bagels from freezer and made bagel pizza.  Easy n quick snack for little people who seem to have endless energy…

Handy mini plain bagels are the must-have item in my home!  I keep them in the freezer all the time.  (check out my bagel shop Bagelier)

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Yes, they are little bit over cooked….  but still worked to fill my boys’ tummies!

Any topping will do, but this time I just used some basic stuff : bacon, onion and olive.
Try adding Japanese mayonnaise to pizza 😀

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<Mini bagel pizza>  makes 4

  • 2 frozen mini plain bagels
  • 1/4 cup Grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped bacon
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped red onion
  • sliced olives, some tomato sauce & Japanese mayonnaise

 

  1. Microwave bagels for 30 seconds.
  2. Slice the bagels in half.
  3. Top halved bagels with cheese, bacon, onion and olives.  Squeeze few drops of tomato sauce & Japanese mayonnaise on top, and grill until golden.

 

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