Chicken Hearts

Posted February 1st, 2017 in Food | No Comments »

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While I was in Japan I used to eat many parts of chicken including hearts, liver, and gizzards, especially at yakiniku and yakitori restaurants.  I love chicken hearts and gizzards as they have texture when biting.  Chicken hearts used to come with chicken livers when I shopped at a butcher near my house back in Japan.  Although I don’t hate livers, I used to pick only hearts to eat as they are chewy, and my family used to complain about it.

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When cooking livers and hearts we normally cook them with only ginger, soy sauce and mirin.  Ginger helps to remove any distinct smell that meat may have (though hearts don’t really have any gutsy smell), and the sauces give teriyaki-style sweet and salty flavour to the dish.  It really goes well with steamed rice!

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And here in Perth, I found chicken hearts and chicken gizzards at local Woolworths.  I had to buy those. (and they’re super cheap)

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How to cook… you will need:

  • Chicken Heart … 500g
  • Grated Ginger … 1 teaspoon
  • Soy Sauce … 1/8cup
  • mirin … 1/8cup

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  1. Place a frying pan over high heat and spray oil.  Cook hearts (out from the package) for 3 minutes.
  2. Add ginger, soy sauce and mirin to the pan.  Cook over medium heat until the sauce reduces and get caramelised.  Turn off the heat.
  3. Serve with steamed rice!

Silver Sushi in Palmyra

Posted January 30th, 2017 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food - | No Comments »

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Since we’re in Chinese NY weeks and I didn’t want to go to crowded Chinese restaurants last weekend, I decided to try a Japanese restaurant in Palmyra.  We found a coupon (scroll down↓↓) for free sushi rolls there so it was a bonus. 🙂

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I know this place used to be many different restaurants in the past, but the inside seemed to be the same with just different wall decors.  This place is not fancy but good for casual dining and getting take away.

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On their menu you could chose Donburi style or Bento Box style for some dishes.  They also had Izakaya type food that some other Japanese restaurants don’t have, such as grilled mackerel, grilled squid and some tsumami (something like tapas) menu.

We ordered Chicken Katsu Don, Teriyaki Fish Don and Teriyaki Chicken Don, and a free 5-pieces-sushi rolls. (bit boring, I know!)

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The pricing was ok.  Oh my, the size of the donburi was biiiiggg.  And the taste, I must admit I really enjoyed it.  They tasted different to those you get from other Japanese restaurants.  The teriyaki chicken had flame-grilled flavour, and the teriyaki fish was so crispy and meaty! !

With that pricing, I will be definitely coming back!!

Oh, for a free 5-pieces sushi roll, open shopadocket website on your phone and show to the restaurant staff. 🙂

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Remember, this offer is till 07 March 2017!

 

Silver Sushi
Unit 6, 369 canning highway, palmyra, Bicton, Perth, WA
0451 898 859

Open Wed – Mon for lunch and dinner


Mochi Ice Cream

Posted January 29th, 2017 in Food | No Comments »

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If you love Japanese snacks you may have tried Yukimidaifuku – ice cream covered with thin mochi skin.  I used to eat it while I was in Japan, especially in winter.  “Yuki-Mi” literally means “watching snow”, and this ice cream used to be on the shelves at the shops during the winter.  Now you can find it through a year.

I haven’t seen Yukimidaifuku around Perth for awhile, but today I bought a similar product from Spudshed in Jandakot.

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They are in the ice cream isle, and few kinds of flavours’re available.  Vanilla, green tea, black sesame, coconut… I forgot to take a photo. :p

Black sesame and coconut flavours were on sale and it was around $3.90, so I bought a box of black sesame. I couldn’t leave vanilla so I bought a box of those too.

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There are 5 individually packed mochi ice cream inside a box.  The original price was around $5 so they are bit pricy, but if you love mochi and ice cream I’d say you should try one.


Pepper Lunch 🍴

Posted January 7th, 2017 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food - | No Comments »

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As you may know, Pepper Lunch has been one of popular Japanese eat-out place across the world.  Its “DIY” concept makes this place unique, where you get served your rice and meat/seafood on a hot plate and you cook while you eat at the table.

Luckily, we also have 4 Pepper Lunch restaurants in Perth WA now, and this restaurant has been one of my favourite place to eat out.  Your clothes may get smelly after dining, so be prepared!

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My favourite is sizzling Japanese curry with hamburg and chicken, and kimuchi pepper rice.  I normally order a meal that comes with drink and one side of your choice (I always go for a salad).  The food (especially the curry) on the hotplate (teppan) get little salty at the end as it keeps cooking on the hot plate, but it can be a fun part..

One down side is that there’s no kids menu.  Hope they make one someday!


Korokke

Posted January 4th, 2017 in Food | No Comments »

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Do you have heaps of potatoes in the kitchen?  Do you fancy of crispy fried snack?  Then look no further!  Korokke (croquette) is the dish you are after.  They can be your afternoon snack, light lunch, or even a side dish to accompany steamed rice and miso soup with special Korokke sauce. 🙂

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Korokke are deep-fried potato cake coated with panko (bread crumbs). All the coatings are same as katsu – plain flour, egg wash, and Japanese bread crumbs.

Here are the recipe :

<makes about 10)

  • 3~4 large potatoes
  • 1/2 large brown onion
  • 200g beef mince
  • plain flour to coat
  • 1 or 2 egg
  • panko (Japanese bread crumbs) to coat
  • oil to fry
  • sauce to serve (see below)

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1.

First, peel the potatoes and cut into pieces so they cook quickly.  Place in a large pot with water to cover, then cook over high heat until the potatoes are soft.

Meanwhile, chop the onion, and sauté in a frying pan with 1 table spoon of oil.   Add beef and cook.  Season with salt and pepper.

Drain the water from the pan of potatoes, and place the potatoes back into the pot.  Mash the potatoes and add the onion and beef.  Mix well.  Season to taste.

 

2.

Once the potato mixture is cool enough to handle, shape them into balls then flatten the centre.

Place flour and panko in a separate shallow plate.  Beat egg, and place in another shallow plate.

Coat the potato cakes with flour, shake the excess off, then dip in the egg wash.  Quickly place into the plate of panko to coat.  Repeat with the remaining.

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3.

Heat oil in a deep pan or a frying pan.  Deep-fry the korokke until golden.

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Korokke snowman ….  Just wanted to get a feeling of snow/cold as it’s 41 degrees today here in Perth!!!!

To serve:

Korokke are usually served with tonkatsu sauce, Worcester sauce, or tomato sauce.  Or just as is.  You can make a imitated tonkatsu sauce by just mixing tomato sauce & Worcester sauce (1:1).  Add Japanese mayonaise if you are mayo-lover!


Happy New Year 2017!!

Posted January 1st, 2017 in Ume's Thought | No Comments »

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Another year passed and here is 2017!

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Wish everyone a wonderful year ahead 🙂


Japanese x Italian = Yum!

Posted December 4th, 2016 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »

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Whisk Creamery opened its second shop in Northbridge, and it has been a most-talked-about place by Japanese foodies here in Perth.  It’s not just because this Italian-owned gelato & sweet shop serves freshly made yummy gelato, but also this Northbridge store has unique menu that catches Japanese people’s eyes.

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TAIYAKI soft serve corn….!!!

Who can resist this?  I chose matcha green tea (comes with cooked red beans inside) + fruits/marshmallow topping, but you can customize the flavour of gelato and topping.

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The good size Taiyaki dessert amazed me – the Taiyaki pancake is cooked in store (they may cook the taiyaki in batches in the morning), and it was soft and tasty, especially around the tail part.  I loved the taste of gelato – good strong Matcha flavour & taste!

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The inside of the shop is not huge, but it has friendly atmosphere.  They, of course, do takeout too, and other sweet & drink menu is amazing…  On my second visit I tried Gelato Fritto (A deep fried banana gelato ball, with crunchy batter and hot caramel fudge syringe.).  NICE. (though it was smaller than I was imagining)

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I haven’t tried but I must try Black Sesame (kuro-goma) gelato which is only available at Northbridge store.  They have a trendy sense in creating menu!

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Whisk Creamery Northbridge
246 William Street
website
PH: 08 9227 7041
EMAIL: GELATO@WHISKCREAMERY:COM:AU

OPEN
Sun – Thu: 11AM – 10:30PM
Fri – Sat: 11AM – 11PM

An Dango

Posted November 13th, 2016 in Food | No Comments »

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Here in Perth it’s Spring and the weather has been strange – hot day, then rainy day, then cloudy day then again hot day! Hmmm I know Summer is just around the corner but I am not really looking forward to these scorching hot days..

Today was a hot day, and usually I would take my kids to the park in the early morning or to the swimming pool but we had someone come over to fix the garden today so we stayed home. Staying home with 2 kids means lots of food preparation. To combine the “cooking” and “playing”, I involved them in cooking and this is one of the things we made together – dango.

I love dango – I love the chewy texture! In Japan we normally use “shiratama-ko”  or “joshin-ko ” to made dango, but I do not have neither at home. Instead, I stock up this rice flour from Coles.

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Erawan Glutinous Rice Flour. It has to be this green package! It’s just over $2 a packet and so easy to make sticky dango snack.

The recipe is roughly measured, so please adjust the amount of water. And, I mixed tofu to the mixture this time, but you don’t need tofu if you don’t have. Just water and this flour is fine.

<recipe> makes around 20

• Erawan Glutinous Rice Flour … 1 cup

• Tofu (silken or momen) … 50g

• Water … around 1-2 tablespoon

Anko (or some alternative shown below)

 

  1. Drain the tofu from water, then wrap with kitchen paper. Microwave for 30 seconds ~ 1 minutes. This drains more water from tofu.
  2. Place flour into a bowl. Add cooled tofu, then smash the tofu and mix well.  Add water bit by bit to adjust the consistency of the mixture. It should be as firm as your earlobes.
  3. Boil water in a deep pan. Shape the mixture into small balls (1.5cm) then press lightly in the centre to flatten a bit. Drop the balls into boiling water.  Once the balls start to float, count 10 seconds then take them out of the water, and then drop them into a bowl of cold water.
  4. Drain the dango. Skewer them onto toothpicks, then place anko on top.
  5. Enjoy ♬

 

I made koshi-an (strained smooth Anko) but you can just buy a can of Anko from Asian grocery store, or you can eat dango with kinako (sweet soybean flour) or sweet soy sauce (Japanese soy sauce + sugar).   It’s all up to you!

 


Miyu Life Store in Carousel Shopping Centre

Posted October 2nd, 2016 in Japanese Stores in Perth | No Comments »

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As I was taking my kids to the free indoor play area in Carousel shopping centre the other day, I noticed this shop Miyu opened right next to the playground.   This is another shop that sells 100yen goods from Japan (exclude cosmetic products), like Fuji Mart and NEUGO.

Miyu’s first store is located on Newcastle street in Northbridge, so I guess this is their second shop in Perth.  I’ve never been to the Northbridge store, and for me with two children it’s much easier to go to this one inside a shopping centre.

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The size of the store is about the same as NEUGO.  I found some goods from Seria and Can-Do (both are popular 100 yen shops in Japan) there.  I thought they have quite good range of products and it was easy to spot items as they display products tidily and according to the category.

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They also sell cosmetics and Japanese-brand nappies.  Cosmetic products are not from Japan though, there’re Chinese written on the packaging.

I just did some online shopping from Japan few weeks ago, and I already own some of the items sold at the store (yes, I always go to 100 yen shops in Japan to buy things for the house), so I didn’t really buy things – except this binoculars.  I’m not sure if $2.80 is cheap for binoculars, but my boys always fight over one pair of binoculars at home and I really needed to get one more.  Plus, I thought I can trust the quality of product sold in Japan.  This binoculars are Can-Do brand (100 yen shop in Japan).

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Looks alright, for being a 100yen item. So now my boys have one each. 🙂

MIYU Life Store in Carousel shopping Centre, Cannington WA.
(in front of indoor play area, near JB Hi Fi and Pumpkin Patch)

MIYU Life Store in Northbridge WA.
47/188 Newcastle street, Perth
(08) 9228 1905


Yoshiko – Japanese Hair Stylist in Northbridge

Posted August 9th, 2016 in Perth WA | No Comments »

*** Yoshiko has moved to another salon since Jan 9, 2017.  Details below. ***

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It’d been a while since my last visit to a hair salon – my hair needed a rescue!

I brought lots of hair-colouring boxes from Japan to dye my hair by myself, but after few boxes I realised I really needed to have my hair colour fixed by a professional.  Sadly I started to have few white hair (by having two boys at home..) and I found it’s difficult to dye these white hair!  And the colour of my hair was really light brown and I knew they’re all damaged.

I was going to go to HairPlus in West Perth, but then I heard about this Japanese hair stylist Yoshiko from my friend so I made a booking for haircut & colouring with her.

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She used to cut people’s hair at home, but now you can see her in Northbridge.  She rents a chair at Eternity Hair Design hair salon on William street just for her customer.  The place is conveniently located in heart of Northbridge.

I think it’s a good idea to rent a chair – she doesn’t work at this hair salon but she just uses a corner of this shop.  Customers need to make bookings in order to meet her as she doesn’t stay at the shop when there’s no booking customer.

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Some Japanese magazines to read + nice tea.

She’d been a hair stylist in Japan for 9 years, and has been in Perth for 7 years now.  All the products she uses at the salon are from Japan.

Hair Cut for Men $25 (inc shampoo)
Hair Cut for Women $25 (shampoo +$10) (for people who has super long hair +$5)

Colour $60~$75

Hair Bonding Perm $150~ $170 (cut +$20)

Treatment $20

Booking essential to 0423288620 (Yoshiko)
Mon ~ Sat 9:30 ~ 18:00

 

I coloured my hair darker, and trimmed the length….

I really love itttttttt!  My hair was really damaged but now it’s much easier to style.  Thanks Yoshiko san, I will definitely be back!

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Yoshiko now works at a salon in Bayswater.  Same as before, she only takes her customers and booking is essential.

Bayswater Hollywood Hair and Nail
19C Beechboro Road S, Bayswater

0423288620 (Yoshiko)

4 minutes walk from Bayswater station, and there’re plenty of street parking.