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…
Posted April 27th, 2015 in Perth WA | No Comments »
Matcha - finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea – is known as one of traditional Japanese tea and I get to see lots of “matcha” products everywhere in the world such as matcha ice cream, matcha latte (I miss it!!), and matcha cheese cake, just to name a few. However I don’t think many people actually know what matcha really is and how real matcha tastes like, and especially how to prepare and drink matcha. Do you?
Well, guess what. I actually do not know how to prepare matcha (even though I’m Japanese!) in the way it’s supposed to be, and I don’t think many Japanese people do either. So it was not a surprise for me when I was told that some staff at T2, one of Australia’s largest tea shops, did not know what to prepare and drink matcha.
Nowadays you will need to go to some class to learn sadou (茶道 : the traditional etiquette of preparing and drinking tea) if you’d like to learn how to prepare matcha.
Eisetsu-san, a Japanese tea ceremony instructor who lives here in Perth, approached T2 after seeing 2 jugs of matcha green tea at their tasting counter – one was matcha x lemonnade, and another was matcha with some cut fruits in it. Well, you probably can drink matcha like this and it could be an “Australian style” or a new way of drinking matcha, but it was far from matcha’s original method of drinking. Drinking matcha actually involves preparation as well, and Eisetsu-san wanted to introduce Perth people the whole process of matcha making.
Her first matcha demonstration was held on 26th of March this year at T2 in Claremont Quarter, and she served 32 bowls of matcha to guests. Her demonstration brought more people into the store, and now she is having other matcha demonstrations across Perth. Her schedule is listed below;
03/May/2015 Hinata Cafe in Bibra Lake @ 10:00AM~4:00PM
07/May/2015 T2 in Claremont Quarter shopping centre @ 3:00PM
16/May/2015 Green Tea House in Subiaco @ 2:00PM
She is also receiving some offers from high schools and university for demonstration.
If you have interest in sadou (茶道) – Japanese tea ceremony -, please contact her. She runs classes on occasional bases in Perth (which I’d like to join in future).
Posted April 14th, 2015 in Japan, Perth WA | No Comments »
There will be another great Japanese event happening in just few weeks!
This Hinata Cafe, 5th time in Perth, will open at the same location as past years – in Bibra Lake. This is an unique event as the concept of this event is a “temporary open cafe space to exhibit original craft and art, share experience of self expression”. There will be Japanese artists selling their gorgeous hand-made works, as well as food & drink stalls and live music by local and Japanese musicians. If you love going to flea markets, love wondering your Sunday with some live music, or are looking to get some original hand-made items, you’ll love this one!
I’ve only been to this Hinata Cafe once (they didn’t do last year), and I know there will be this artist Naoko Yamada who paints beautiful arts. I’m hoping to find a nice painting of her as well as something pretty for my house.
The event will be on;
(Sunday) 3rd May 2015
10:00 – 16:00
Perth Waldorf School
14 Gwilliam Drive, Bibra Lake
Exotic Japanese sweets and lunches
Creative exhibition of arts
Uniquely hand made items for mother’s day gift
Live music with many talented musicians!!
Please DO NOT park on the main street as it will block the traffic.
There are lots of parking spaces by the lake.
Hinata Cafe Facebook page
Hinata Cafe blog