Creamy Prawn Gratin

Posted June 10th, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »

Creamy tasty prawn gratin ♪This is also one of popular yo-shoku dish in Japan.  You can find this “Prawn Gratin” in family restaurants, cafes, and even at convenience stores.

<Prawn Gratin>

  • 15g butter
  • 15g plain flour
  • about 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup prawn
  • 2 tbs macaroni
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tbs white wine
  • grated mozzarella cheese + bread crumble
  1. Slice onion.  Cook macaroni till just before al dente.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan.  (Do not burn)  Add flour and stir.  Add milk little by little,  stir well at each addition of milk.  (using warmed milk is easier than cold milk)  Adjust the consistency with extra milk if needed.
  3. In another pan, heat up olive oil and saute sliced onion.  Add prawn, then pour white wine and burn up the alcohol.
  4. Pour bechamel sauce into 3.  Add macaroni, and stir through.  Season well.
  5. Pour the mixture into a plate, and sprinkle grated cheese and bread crumble on the top.  Bake in the oven (200 ~ 220) until golden colored.  Sprinkle chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Double Cheese x Ham Omelet

Posted June 9th, 2009 in Food | No Comments »

As I mentioned before, I love egg!  Egg is one of my favorite food since I was little.  Egg is very nutritious, and has a good source of energy.  Eating too much eggs might give you high cholesterol, but eating one egg a day is a good diet.

I also like plain omelet, but prefer putting something in the middle.  I put anything: mushroom, spinach, tuna, mixed veggies, potatoes, rice (omelet rice), minced chicken/beef etc…  I will show you my basic omelet recipe here, Double Cheese + Ham.

 

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbs milk or cream
  • 2 slices ham
  • 1 tbs cream cheese
  • 1 tbs shredded cheddar (or Mozzarella) cheese
  • 1/2 small tomato
  • salt, pepper, margarine
   
  1. Briefly beat eggs and milk (cream).  Season.
  2. Dice tomatoes.
  3. Heat up an omelet pan, and drop 1 tsp of margarine.  Pour egg mixture, and scramble as you would lightly cook scrambled eggs.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese over.
  4. Place ham, cream cheese and tomato concasse.  Fold into half.  Let it cook through.
   
As you can see on the photo above, my omelet got little too much color :p  but the bottom of egg should not be colored this much. (><)  Well, it taste same, I enjoyed it anyway…  ♪

3 months to go

Posted June 7th, 2009 in Japan | No Comments »

I can’t believe… it’s already June!  Time passes really quick…

Even though my wedding and trip to Japan is just 3 months away, I haven’t prepared everything yet .. :p  I haven’t paid for my dress, I haven’t chosen flowers (bouquet etc), I haven’t even gone shopping for groom’s wedding ring.  Oh, I need to look for shoes and vail too.

Whole wedding thing is totally new to me (of course) and I don’t know what to start with.  Besides, I’m not a wedding person, so I don’t really know any procedure.  In Japan everything (dress, make-up, cake, flower, photos etc) can be prepared in one place (hotels, restaurants, wedding parks etc) and I wouldn’t need to look for each role individually (flower from this place, photographer from here, etc etc)  Very difficult, I really wanted it to be simple :p  Well, this is what groom’s side family wants, so I gotta do it.

First, I was so surprised how expensive everything can be!  Well, I don’t do any reception or party here (just church ceremony) but still it costs more than I expected.  I simply wanted just a place to get married and dress.  Umm I actually didn’t care about wearing dress either, as long as the cloth is white.  I, however, would love to wear a tiara (cute one).  

Since it’s already June and I only have 3 months to get ready for church ceremony and Japan trip, I need to start thinking about what to bring to Japan too.  My wedding is on Saturday and we are flying to Japan on Tuesday midnight.  I am working on Monday, so I need everything to be packed and ready to go to airport by Sunday night.  Ok, I need to make plan for that…

By the way, every time I go back to Japan I end up spending a lot.  So many nice things to buy and eat in Japan!  This time is going to be same…


Marinated Pan-fried Chicken

Posted June 6th, 2009 in Food | No Comments »

Just marinate and cook.  Very easy to make, and this chicken can be used for lots of things like sushi, salad and sandwiches.

 

  • 1 fillet chicken thigh with skin
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • soy sauce
  • sake
  
  1. Crash garlic, and slice ginger.
  2. In a clean plastic bag, put everything together with sauce.  Close the bag tightly and rub the chicken with sauce over the bag.  Leave in the fridge overnight to marinate.
  3. Remove chicken from the bag.  Using a tip of knife make little cut on chicken.  
  4. Heat up frying pan over medium-high heat, and place chicken -skin side down- and grill until skin is colored and crispy.  Turn the chicken over, and grill over medium-low heat until meat is cooked.  Placing a lid helps chicken get cooked faster and juicier.
  5. Let it stand for 10~ minutes before slicing.
  
As you can see, this recipe contains soy sauce so it’ll taste like Japanese/Asian.  You can shred the meat when it’s cool and mix with carrot + cucumber jullienne, then arrange on lettuce leaf cups.  Or, slice up chicken and enjoy in Temaki Sushi.  Of course you can enjoy it with just a bowl of steamed rice and some salad 🙂

Snack on Bagels

Posted June 3rd, 2009 in Food | No Comments »

This morning was really strange…  very foggy.  Everywhere I looked it was all white.  It reminded me of winter in Japan.  Snow on the ground and snow from the sky, everywhere is all white 🙂

Anyway, it was pretty cold this morning too and I had a nicely toasted bagel for breakfast.

One of the difference between bagels and ordinary bread is the density.  Bagels are pretty heavy, and they’ll keep you feel full longer.  Just one bagel is enough for the entire morning even for a person who has a big stomach like me 😛

I like snacking on flavored bagels like Milky Maccha Green Tea and Cafe Au Lait, but also love eating just plain toasted bagel with cream cheese as breakfast.  I don’t feel hungry until lunch time at all.

This morning I had….

toasted bagel with cream cheese and berries, drizzled with honey.  I love eating fruits in the morning.  It was simply yummy!


Unagi

Posted June 1st, 2009 in Food | No Comments »

I get asked this question often…

“how to heat up vacuumed frozen unagi?” “how to eat frozen unagi?”

Well, frozen unagi which you can buy from Asian grocery shops are either with unagi sauce or without.  If it doesn’t come with the sauce, you’d better buy the sauce separately.  When you make Unagi Donburi  it’s always nice with sufficient amount of sauce.  You can get the sauce from Asian grocery shops too, called “unagi no tare“.

To heat up the frozen unagi, you first defrost the unagi.  (leave in the fridge overnight)  Then, heat up in microwave (take out unagi from plastic package, and place in a plate.  Don’t forget to cover with plastic wrap.), or in hot water bath (boil water in a sauce pan, and place defrosted unagi -in plastic package- and leave it for about 5~10 min until unagi is warmed.)  Don not heat up unagi too much as it will toughen and dry out the surface of the meat.

You shouldn’t heat up in microwave or in hot water when unagi is still frozen.  Remember, unagi meat should be soft and juicy!

Other than unagi donburi, you can try these recipes… ↓↓↓

U-maki … Japanese style egg omelet with unagi

Temaki-Sushi … just another style of sushi.

Fresh Spring Rolls … Vietnamese food in unique ume’s style