Posted May 31st, 2009 in Food | No Comments »
The other day I invited friends to enjoy temaki-sushi (hand-rolled sushi). Temaki sushi is popular to eat at home because of its easy preparation. You prepare the materials, and just let people make/eat it themselves.
What type of food to prepare is really up to you. You can add any vegetables you like, or try on sushi.
In my case, I cut carrots and cucumber into jullienne, and arranged lettuce, snowpea sprouts, avocado on a plate. For meat, I cooked chicken thigh (teriyaki style) and sliced. I also prepared tuna (mix tinned tuna with Japanese mayonnaise, drops of soy sauce and wasabi paste). Sliced Unagi (roasted eel) and fresh tuna too.
Cook short grain rice, and season with Sushi Su (sushi vinegar) while the rice is hot. Try not to mix the rice too much, we don’t want the rice to be very sticky and like paste. Let it cool.
Cut Nori Sheet (seaweed sheet) into 1/4, arrange on a plate.
Now, you arrange all the plates on a dining table, and let the party begin.
Posted May 28th, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »
Asian flavored chicken with fragrant rice recipe.
The scent of ginger really whets an appetite. Enjoy with an extra sweet chili sauce on the side.
- 2 cups rice
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 5g fresh ginger
- 300g chicken breast (skin on)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbs sake (cooking wine)
- 3 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- bok choy or Chinese cabbage, spring onion
- sweet chili sauce, if required
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Saute crushed garlic briefly, and place chicken in the pan, skin side down. Grill it until the skin is golden. Turn it over and cook through over low heat. (you may place a lid)
- Wash rice and put in a rice cooker. Pour chicken stock and sliced ginger. Level the surface, and cook.
- Mix sake, soy sauce and sesame oil together.
- Steam bok choy or Chinese cabbage. Chop spring onion.
- Place sliced chicken on a plate and pour the sauce 3. Serve with bok choy / cabbage and top with spring onion. Enjoy with sweet chili sauce if you like.
Posted May 27th, 2009 in Food | No Comments »
In Perth it’s getting really cold, especially at night time. I need a heater and blanket every night…
Why not warm up with this Japanese tofu dish? Enjoy while tofu is hot and crispy ♪
- corn flour
- 1/2 tsp dashi powder
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbs sake (or white wine)
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp grated ginger
- Heat up water and add dashi powder. Turn down the heat, and add sake and soy sauce. Keep warm.
- Cut tofu into about 5cm cubes. Coat with corn flour and shake off any excess flour. Deep fry until nicely crispy.
- Immerse the tofu into the sauce and eat immediately.
Posted May 26th, 2009 in Food | 10 Comments »
Toasted bagel is chewy and crusty. It’s just how I like it ♪
<Bagel with Egg + Bacon>
- 1 bagel
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs vinegar
- 1 strip bacon
- 1/2 tsp pesto
- 1/2 tsp mayonnaise
- Cook bacon over medium-low heat till crispy. (no oil in the pan!)
- Fill up a small sauce pan with water, and heat up until small bubbles come out from the bottom of the pan. Add 1 tsp of vinegar or lemon juice. Carefully break the egg into the water. (you can break egg into a small bowl or plate first, and then slide it into the water) Over low heat, simmer until the white is cooked yet the yolk is still soft. (as you like it)
- Slice bagel and toast. Mix pesto and mayonnaise, and spread onto the bagel.
- Drain egg and arrange on the bagel, top with crispy bacon and freshly cracked black pepper.
Posted May 25th, 2009 in Food | 4 Comments »
I like making cakes. At my house in Japan we didn’t have proper oven, but I was using rice cooker to bake sponge every time. Japanese rice cooker sure is a multi-skilled machine!
One of my favorite cake is strawberry short cake. This cake is very standard yet popular in Japan. That is why, when my friend asked me last week to make a cake for his daughter’s birthday party, I straightaway decided to make a cake similar to the strawberry short cake.
Unfortunately strawberries are out of season and very expensive, so I just used one packet and add other fruits. Because there’re going to be about 25 kids in the party, I made the cake pretty big. Lightly baked vanilla sponge cake layered with fresh cream and fruits inside. I decorated the top with cream and fruits, and “happy birthday” message. The letters on message doesn’t look nice, I think I made the hole little too big for the piping bag with dark chocolate, that’s why it was bit difficult to squeeze into letters when I was piping. :p
Anyway, they were happy with this cake, so I’m glad.