Posted June 17th, 2015 in Food | No Comments »
One of the things I used to do on my free-time was standing in the kitchen alone wondering what I can cook, and making whatever came to my mind. But these days I’m finding it’s hard to spot my “free” time and I can hardly stay in the kitchen alone with two little ones nagging for food or play. It really stresses me out sometimes, because I want to cook something for them which is nutritious and with variety of ingredients, but on the other hand if preparation takes long then they will start drag me out from the kitchen.
Here is one of my life-saving recipe. Maze-gohan is seasoned rice with variety of ingredients. Different from takikomi-gohan, maze-gohan is plain steamed rice mixed with cooked ingredients (where takikomi-gohan is cooked rice with ingredients and seasonings).
Maze-gohan … plain steamed rice + cooked & seasoned ingredients
Takikomi-gohan … uncooked rice + raw ingredients + seasonings cooked together
This maze-gohan with salmon is a hit for my 1-year-old too. The dish is done in 10 minutes.
<Maze-Gohan with Tinned Salmon> serves 3~4 kids
- 95g Tinned Pink Salmon in springwater, drained
- 1 portion of Frozen Chopped Spinach, defrosted
- 1 Egg
- 2 bowls of Steamed Rice
- 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
- White Sesame Seeds to sprinkle
- Heat a frying pan, and spray oil.
- Cook salmon and spinach, stirring, for 1~2 minutes.
- Beat egg in a small bowl, and pour into the frying pan. Stir using chopsticks or wooden spatula to scramble.
- Drizzle sesame oil, and season with soy sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds and turn off the heat.
- Mix with steamed rice.
You can add small amount of oyster sauce or more soy sauce if you like. I use leftover cooked rice from day before; warm up the rice in the microwave before mixing with salmon. You can cook this salmon first (while your kids are taking nap or watching tv) and keep in the fridge. When they are hungry, just mix with warm rice and done!
Posted June 6th, 2015 in Perth WA | 4 Comments »
It’s been awhile since I wrote about grocery stores in Perth where you can buy Japanese products. Nowadays most Asian grocery shops sell Japanese food, and even supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths sell some Japanese food on the international isle. - But they are always the same products : soy sauce, wasabi, nori sheets, mayonnaise, sauces, seasonings… some basic things only. So for Japanese people who live in Perth and want something more “Japanese”, they’d go to Nippon Food in Subiaco where they can buy more variety of Japanese food and goods.
Now, however, there is a new Japanese grocery shop recently opened in Subiaco (same suburb as Nippon Food!) - Fuji Mart.
Fuji Mart is a newly opened shop which caters variety of Japanese products including food and also some home wares. They did a big opening ceremony at the shop few weeks ago which I missed – everything in store was 20% OFF!
The shop is conveniently located on Station Street in Subiaco, just above Woolworths car park (which you’ll pay $0 for 90minutes parking). You’ll find this store in front of the escalator from/to the car park.
Inside the shop resemble a Japanese convenience store or supermarket. Products are displayed neatly and everything is easy to see. The store manager at this store has worked at Fuji Mart in Eastern State for a decade, and I can see he has some skill to display a retail shop – WELL DONE!
And, at Fuji Mart, you will find much cheaper price compared to elsewhere. Some items are cheapest here to my knowledge!
You can also buy some “100 yen goods” here at Fuji Mart in Subiaco at $2.50.
I was quite amazed by the variety of goods sold here. You can even find a kit for Japanese calligraphy, magonote (back scratcher), and takoyaki-making plate!!!
I definitely recommend this store to anyone. If you haven’t been here, just come! The products are selling super fast so you may find some empty shelves, but they are ordering stocks and hopefully once the store starts rolling on track you can shop everything you need for a Japanese feast!
Shop 13-14, 29 Station Street, Subiaco WA
Tel : (08) 6162 8608
Mon-Fri 9:30 ~ 18:00
Sat 9:00 ~ 17:00
Sun 11:00 ~ 17:00
Public holidays closed
Posted May 28th, 2015 in Food | No Comments »
Since I met my husband, I became a chilli eater. I like spicy food now and love eating KFC chicken with chili sauce & rice. It sounds weird, but it’s Indonesian style I think! When it comes to chilli, my husband loves anything including chili sauce, wasabi, chilli powder and Jalapeño.
He started eating chicken karaage with Japanese mayonnaise & Sriracha chili sauce ever since he had one at Mr Samurai restaurant on Barrac street in Perth. (the restaurant closed few years ago) I’m not really into this chili sauce and am just happy with Japanese mayonnaise, but this chili sauce is a must when he eats karaage.
One day I was cooking teriyaki chicken and thought of adding something extra. Something different for a change. I added Sriracha.
I actually liked it. Ordinal teriyaki sauce with some kick in it. It went well with Japanese mayonnaise too.
Here is the recipe.
Chilli Teriyaki Chicken
Recipe (serves 2)
- Chicken Thigh Fillet … 2 (appx 350g) with skin
- Sugar … 1 tablespoon
- Sake (cooking wine) … 1 tablespoon
- Soy Sauce … 1.5 tablespoon
- Mirin (sweet wine) … 1/2 tablespoon
- Sriracha Chilli Sauce … 1 teaspoon
- Mix all ingredients except chicken.
- Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a frying pan, and grill chicken thigh over high heat – skin side first. When golden coloured, turn the chicken over and cook on low heat. Add the sauce, and simmer until the sauce thickens.
- Serve with steamed rice and Japanese mayonnaise.
Posted May 16th, 2015 in Perth WA | 2 Comments »
There were Japanese tea ceremony sessions at Green Tea House in Subiaco today, and I headed there to experience my first ever cha-no-yu (tea ceremony in Japanese).
I must say it was a great experience and that 30 minutes gave me a special feeling – surrounded by Japanese instructors and people who have interests in Japan – I felt warm and was reminded what special culture and tradition my home country has.
I didn’t expect to see this many people at the session today. Some people had to stay stand-up for the whole session. Tea ceremony is normally carried out where people sit down, but they used chairs due to the height of counter table in the shop.
It was actually my first time to come down to this shop. There’re many beautiful Japanese tea cups, tea pots, plates, kitchenware and ornaments sold at the shop. They are very well-made (not cheap ones like you get from Daiso) yet the prices are really reasonable.
The tea ceremony started. All the guests were focusing on the host’s movement.
Wagashi (sweet to accompany bitter green tea) was served to each guests.
Tea was served. Made one-by-one.
The wagashi was quite sweet to balance the bitterness of matcha green tea.
I’ve never had matcha green tea prepared in a proper manner like this. I imagined the tea would be very bitter but it wasn’t that much. As I was told by the instructor, I raised the tea bowl (to show appreciation to the host), turned the bowl half way in clockwise, then drank it. I really liked the tea. I was imagining, in old time in Japan, people were drinking tea like this, and tea time was very special moment.
The whole ceremony reminded me of beauty of Japan. As soon as I got home I called my mum and asked if she still have kimono in Japan. I will bring some kimono to Perth next time I fly there!! Kimono is very expensive, and it’s such a waste if not worn !
Posted May 4th, 2015 in Perth WA | No Comments »
Hinata Cafe was held last week with lots of visitors experiencing rich feast of Japanese culture, craft and food. I was bit worried about the weather but it became such a lovely day.
Luckily I could be there from the beginning and could enjoy taiko performance. I loved the food at the cafe – people were so nice and working hard to serve warm healthy Japanese cafe food… My son had sakura-mochi (kashiwa-mochi had been sold out already!) from the cafe. I told him he can eat the sakura leaves too but he peeled the leaves off :p I guess the leaves were too salty for him.
I enjoyed takoyaki and hand-made juice there. I thought the takoyaki was much better than the one I had at Japan Festival in CBD few months ago.
I wish I could shop without my son clinging on me There were nice hand-made things that I wanted to browse around, and also wanted to experience the tea ceremony as well but I couldn’t (*_*) I got their contact details so I will contact them and shop online I guess…