Tempura Soba (Prawn & Vegetable Tempura)

Posted January 10th, 2016 in Food | No 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 | No 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 :D
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 :D

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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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Bibimbap

Posted September 30th, 2015 in Food | No Comments »

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Surviving school holiday?  I put my 4-year-old to a school swim program but going to a pool everyday with a 1-year-old is starting to give me a headache :-{  My 4-year-old can’t swim yet and 1-year-old wants to dip in the water too, so I have to be in the water splashing around with 2 boys.  After a quick shower we head home and have lunch, and surprisingly they don’t sleep at all at home so it’s been full-day-with-2-boys this week.  I need some stamina to keep up…!

Bibimbap was one of the food that came to my mind.  I just wanted to mix up the meat, veggies, rice & gochujang chilli and eat all up with a glass of chilled green tea.  Sounds nice in a hot day doesn’t it.

“Bibimbap -  it’s a Korean dish where meat, assorted vegetables and fried egg are placed over steamed rice.  You mix everything up as you eat, and though it looks messy that’s how it’s supposed to be eaten.  Usually gochujang (Korean chilli paste) and/or sesame oil is added, but I serve this dish to my kid without any extra sauce.”

I wrote a recipe for bibimbap here before, and I’d say that is more standard way to eat bibimbap as it has kimuche on it.  I love kimuche, especially in summer.  I crave for spicy food in hot days!

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There are so many kinds of bibimbap and you can make endless variations to this dish depending on your preference and dietary requirements.  I must say this is my favorite Korean dish and I often order one at yakiniku restaurant in Japan. :)  I love the one with tobiko (frying fish roe) in a hot stone bowl (ishiyaki-bibimbap) but when I make at home I make everything simple.

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On this recipe I didn’t use kimuche (simply because I didn’t have it in my house) but it turned out to be a family friendly dish.  Extra gochujang chilli for adults.

 

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Beat the heat with chilli!

<Bibimbap>  serves 1

  • 1 cup of Steamed Rice
  • 1/2 cup of Beef mince
  • 1/2 cup of Bean-shoot & carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup of Broccoli
  • 1/4 cup of Green beans, shredded
  • 1 Egg
  • minced garlic, sesame oil, gochujang chilli paste, soy sauce, sake

 

  1. Beef mince :  Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, and cook beef mince over high heat with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Add 1 teaspoon of Sake and 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce, and cook until the meat is done.  Drizzle sesame oil.
  2. Bean-shoot : Blanch bean-shoot & shredded carrot.  Drain well.  Mix with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and drizzle with sesame oil.  Season with salt.
  3. Broccoli : Blanch broccoli florets.  Drain well.
  4. Green beans : Blanch beans.  Drain well.  Shred.
  5. Egg : Fry an egg to your liking.
  6. Serve : Place steamed rice in a serving bowl.  Top with beef, bean-shoot&carrot, broccoli and beans.  Place fried egg on top.
  7. <optional> Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with gochujang chilli paste.

 

 


Melville Matsuri 2015

Posted September 27th, 2015 in Food, Perth WA | 4 Comments »

I need some opinions please!!

 

Melville Matsuri is happening very soon and we are getting busy to sort things out. Food seems to be the high interest for people, as I received several questions about food.

What food do you expect to see at the Japan-themed festival?

So far, we have Takoyaki, Japanese curry, Japanese-style sausage sizzle, Rice balls, Rice burgers, Japanese cakes, Japanese sweets Wagashi, and Kakigouri (shaved ice).  Do you think they’d be enough?

In Japan, people expect to see Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Okonomiyaki, Crape, Grilled squid (Yakiika), Grilled corn (Yaki-toumorokoshi), Kakigouri … so on…   I wish there is a stall selling Yakisoba at Matsuri but so far no Yakisoba.

Anyway I hope the event will be a successful one!

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Japanese Grocery Shop in Perth 2015

Posted September 14th, 2015 in Japanese Stores in Perth, Perth WA | 3 Comments »

 

There are few posts that I wrote about Japanese grocery shops in Perth, and they are getting very old!  So here is an update …

 

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Fuji Mart in Subiaco
A new Japanese grocery shop.  Easy access from Woolworths car park (90minutes free parking)!

Shop 13-14, 29 Station Street, Subiaco WA 6008
Tel : (08) 6162 8608

Mon-Fri 9:30 ~ 18:00
Sat 9:00 ~ 17:00
Sun 11:00 ~ 17:00
Public holidays closed

 

Nippon Food

Nippon Food Supplies in Subiaco
Suppling unique Japanese food to people in Perth for more than 10 years!

Shop 26, Crossways Shopping Center
180Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, WA 6008
Tel : (08) 9380 6783
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Mon-Fri 10:00 – 18:00
Sat 9:00 – 17:00
Sun 11:00 – 17:00
Public holidays closed

 

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Yee Seng Oriental Supermarket
They occasionally sell new Japanese items.  The shop is located in Hulm Court, surrounded by some nice shops including Sundays Everyday, Ohnamiya, Perth Kimuchi, and UTOPIA.

36 Hulme Ct, Myaree WA 6154
Tel : (08) 9330 9096

Mon-Sun 9:00 ~ 19:00

 

Lion Oriental

Lion Oriental Food Co.
They sells variety of Japanese liquor as well as grocery.

13 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge Perth 6003

Tel: (08) 9228 9898
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MCQ at Coventry Village
“Farmer Jacks” inside Coventry Village in Morley.  Some items are much cheaper than other shops, such as Koshihikari rice, konnyaku, furikake rice seasonings and nori seaweed.  They sell a variety of frozen food and this is where I buy all the ingredients for oden in winter!

243-253 Walter Road, Morley WA 6062

 

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And, nowadays Coles and Woolworths sell Japanese items on international isle.  They normally stock up basic stuff only such as nori seaweed, sushi vinegar and Japanese curry roux,  but some store sell unique one e.g. QP wasabi mayonnaise!  And sometimes you find a bargain – few weeks ago at local Coles, I got a pack of Japanese panko for $2.  Now I’m thinking to make delicious katsu :)

 


Potato Mochi

Posted September 1st, 2015 in Food | No Comments »

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Fun of chewy mochi-like food?  I am!  That’s why I do Bagel business, haha.

I made this for my 1 year old son, but it’s a great snack, really.  I just couldn’t stop munching!

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The key to make it chewy is mixing the potato mixture very well until it’s sticky.

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<Potato Mochi> makes 20~30 small ones

  • 2 Potatoes (about 300g)
  • 1/2cup Grated tasty cheese
  • 2tablespoons Corn flour
  • 2tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise
  • few drops of Tomato sauce

 

  1. Peel the skin of potato, and boil until soft.  Drain, and mash while hot.  Add cheese.
  2. Mix well.  Add corn flour, mayonnaise and tomato sauce.  Mix very well!  Season with salt to taste if needed.
  3. Heat a frying pan and spray oil.
  4. Shape the potato mixture into small flat coin shape, and grill in the pan over low heat.  When the bottom is coloured, flip over and cook another side.  Repeat with the rest.

 

 


Melville Matsuri 2015

Posted August 27th, 2015 in Perth WA | No Comments »

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Finally, a flyer for Melville Matsuri is ready !

Melville Matsuri is a community event for all ages to experience all aspects of Japan.  I’m very happy with how this event is forming – lots of activities !

There will be food & Japanese drink stalls, Japanese grocery stalls, yukata (Japanese casual summer garment) for sale, lots of demonstrations and workshops, and kids activities for all ages.  The best thing is that part of profit goes to local playgroups. :)

 

Check out our Facebook pages, and don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE with friends!

 

 


Chicken Teriyaki Mayo Donburi

Posted August 24th, 2015 in Food | No Comments »

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This has been one of my regular dinner menu at home.  My family loves it, and it’s always a pleasure to see empty bowls after meal.

I’ve written few teriyaki recipes here, including spicy chilli version, salmon teriyaki, teriyaki spam onigiri, and teriyaki squid, but I realised I haven’t written the basic recipe for chicken teriyaki!  It’s so easy to make – and serving as donburi means less clean-up as everything is placed in a bowl ;)

After eating this, mayonnaise will be your best buddy whenever eating teriyaki chicken!

 

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<Chicken Teriyaki Mayo Donburi> serves 3~4

  • 4fillets (about 500g) Chicken thigh (recommend skin-on)
  • 3tablespoons Mirin
  • 1tablespoon Sugar (I used raw sugar)
  • 1tablespoon Sake
  • 3tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 Egg, boiled
  • 1cup Bean shoot (←optional)
  • 1cup blanched Spinach to garnish
  • steamed rice & Japanese mayonnaise to serve

 

  1. Heat a frying pan, and spray oil.  Grill chicken over high heat to colour both sides.
  2. Wipe any excess oil from the pan using kitchen paper.  Add bean shoots to the pan, and stir-fry.
  3. Meanwhile, place mirin, sugar, sake, and soy sauce in a small pan, and bring to gentle boil.  Simmer until it thickens slightly.
  4. Serve rice in donburi bowls.
  5. Place bean shoots over rice, using a tong.
  6. Place chicken into the sauce, and then place over the rice.  Drizzle extra sauce if required.
  7. Garnish with halved boiled egg and spinach.  Sprinkle sesame seeds.
  8. Enjoy with Japanese mayonnaise!