Gourmet Mushrooms

Posted November 17th, 2010 in Food | 2 Comments »

Mushroom has always been one of my favorite food.  Enoki, Shimeji, Maitake….  I just love them all!  Love the flavor, texture and the fact that they are very healthy : low in calories (almost zero) and also helps reducing the cholesterol level in your body.

In Japan I used to enjoy variety of mushrooms, including cheap ones such as shiitake, shimeji, enoki, and the expensive one such as matsutake mushroom.  Mushrooms go with any cooking method, either you are grilling, stir-frying, deep-frying, stewing, or steaming, mushrooms always turn out delicious.

I’ve been eating mushrooms quite often lately and I thought I’d post a list of major mushrooms eaten across the world 🙂


Known as “king of mushroom”.  They have brown slightly convex fleshy caps with tan gills. Rich and hearty flavor with a meaty texture, and distinctive aroma.

Oyster Mushroom:

The flavor is delicate and subtle, and the flesh is succulent.  They rapidly absorb other flavors during cooking.  Best to be cooked quickly.

Golden Oyster Mushroom:

Bright yellow to golden clusters.  It has a strong nutty flavor, and is best when thoroughly cooked (though some color will be lost).

Enoki Mushroom:

They have a mild yet delightful flavor with a pleasantly crunchy texture.  Traditionally, they are lightly cooked, and served in soups or in stir-fries.

King Oyster Mushroom:

It is the best tasting and textured of oyster mushrooms species.  It has a thick, meaty white stem and a small cap.  When cooked, it has typical mushroom umami flavors with a textures similar to that of abalone.

Black Fungus:

Also known as Wook Ear or Tree Ear, as a result of its appearance.  It is an edible jelly fungus, which has a gelatinous, almost rubbery and crunchy texture.  It can be added to salads, soups, or stir-fries.


Also known as Beech Mushrooms, they grow in clusters and produce tender beige caps.  Firm textured and having a delicate, mildly sweet nutty flavor, they can be incorporated into a wide range of recipes from soups, sauces to stir-fries.

Matsutake Mushroom:

Matsutake mushrooms are said to be the king of all because of the great aroma and flavor. Matsutake grow in red pine forests in the autumn, and theyare specialautumn delicacy in Japan. Fresh matsutake harvested in Japan are very pricey, so imported matsutake are commonly purchased.

(I wrote about Matsutake mushroom here)

Maitake Mushroom:

Maitake is an edible and medicinal mushroom grows in the northern part of the Temperate Zone in the Northern Hemisphere found in Japan, China, Europe and North America.  One of the mushrooms often eaten in Japan, stir-fried, in soup or steamboat.  Wild Maitake has a good taste, a crisp texture, and an excellent aroma. It is considered the first-rank edible mushroom.


(^-^)  Check out the recipes using mushrooms →

Salmon ZosuiJapanese Style Hamburg SteakYaki Udon /

Tofu Broth / Nabe / Tomato Curry


Interesting sites related to mushrooms →





Cot and Moon

Posted November 16th, 2010 in Ume's Pregnancy | 2 Comments »

I haven’t been cooking lately: just eating in-law’s food at home (^^)  Eating Indonesian/Chinese food everyday does make my stomach upset sometimes.  In that case I just make salad or eat fruits.  I don’t have a big appetite at night anyway..

Last night was shumai – … well, it doesn’t look like the normal shumai we eat at dim sum restaurants, but it’s how they (my in-laws) call this dish.  In Indonesia, shumai can be like this steamed meatballs with spicy peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce.  In-law attaches the meatballs with boiled eggs, tofu and potatoes and steam together.  The photo looks very messy, but that how you are supposed to eat (^^;).  Pour sauce, and mix all together!

After a cot arrived, our “spare room” started to look more like a nursery room.  I got this cot from an online shop on a 1-day-free-shipping-sale.  This walnut coloured cot can adjust the height, and has hidden drop sides and is convertible to a toddler day-bed.  The thing I appreciate the most is the removable casters.  This cot is pretty heavy, but I can easily move it around thanks to the lockable wheels.

The mattress and IKEA changing table is from in-law.  We’ve got some nappies, baby wipes, wraps, pacifiers, cot cover, sheet, clothes, etc etc, but need to buy more things – a cushion for the changing table, mattress protector (as this mattress is not mine), bottles, etc etc.

We bought some junks too.

This remote controlled Moon In My Room shows 12 lunar phases of the moon automatically/manually, lights up when it’s dark, and shuts off automatically.  It certainly is not a toy for a baby, it’s just for us to enjoy..

(The actual colour is more whitish)

When I browse nursery rooms online, they look so cute and most of them have the theme –  yellow, blue, princess, ocean, etc.  Our room looks like just a room!


One Hour Work at Domino Pizza Japan AUD$31K

Posted November 15th, 2010 in Ume's Interests | No Comments »

Domino Pizza Japan is hiring a lucky person for an hourly wage of AUD$31K.

No, this is not a joke.  It is REAL.  Domino is celebrating its 25th birthday in Japan by offering ¥2500,000 (just under AUD$31,000.00) for 1 hour work at a Domino Pizza shop in Japan.  Yes, the job is just for 1 hour (super short work), and the wage is $31K.

They haven’t revealed all the details in the public yet, but the person has to be over 18 years old who lives in Japan and can work in December 2010.  No experience/education is needed.

The applicants have to apply by writing first: with the details of their profile, interests and the reason why they want to work at Domino Pizza.  The successful applicants will receive further details about this job and then proceed to the interview with 4 judges.

The 4 judges are actually Japanese celebrities (2 of them are comedians) whom I often see on tv.  So, the lucky person who is chosen will go on tv, magazine and newspaper (I assume).

The normal wage at Domino Pizza Japan is ¥950 ~ ¥1150, and this is just for 1 hour work!  I’m sure many people is applying for the position right now.

The name of the department where you send an application to is “Please, Please Let Me Do The Casual Job”.


パースでの妊娠 Part 2

Posted November 13th, 2010 in にほんご | No Comments »


今、ちょうど妊娠4ヶ月目に入ったところです。下の情報は、Private Hospital(私立病院)で出産する私の体験によるものです。:)

(Part 1 はコチラ)




私はもともとかなりの低血圧で、毎回血圧検査をする度に「very good」とコメントされます。高血圧よりもずっと安心なんだそうです。でも、妊娠中は心拍が上がったりしてただでさえ疲れ易いのに、この低血圧のおかげでいつも以上に体がダルい毎日です。特に夜は何もする気が無く、ソファでグッタリしてすぐに眠くなります。

私の最初の血液検査では鉄分が少ないと出て、GPから鉄分のサプリを数週間摂る様言われました。それとプラスして、Blackmoresの Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold Pregnancy Supplementを妊娠発覚時から飲んでます。もともとサプリに頼るタイプでは無いけど、やっぱり毎日の食事だけじゃ必要な栄養素が補えないと思います。特に初期の頃は赤ちゃんの体の重要な部分が形成される時期なので。




「Everything looks normal」というobstetricianの言葉を聞いて、ホッと安心しました。



この次の週に、SKGという超音波検査をする施設にて二度目の超音波検査をしました。これは、ダウン症を調べるものです(nuchal scan)。


obstetricianとの二度目の診察時。この時に、nuchal scanと血液検査からの、ダウン症に対してのリスクがあるか無いかを知らされました。


obstetricianの所に行くと、通常通り体重測定と血圧検査。私が待ちきれずに「nuchal scanと血液検査の結果はもう出ました?」と聞くと、「ああ、出たよ。Low Riskだよ」とあっさり。





Icey Ice Snow Ice

Posted November 12th, 2010 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »

After a little shopping and printing a photo of father-in-low with the Indonesian Comedy Singer at OfficeWorks, we took a dessert break at Icey Ice in Northbridge.  It was a slightly hot day and I was little thirsty, and I was craving for the cold snow ice to chill my throat.

When D and I arrived the shop, the sweet delicious smell hit my nose and I wasn’t sure if I wanted snow ice or sweet crape anymore.  In the end, we ordered 2 crapes and 1 bubble tea (there was a deal of “buy 1 Icey Ice crape and get 1 bubble tea with one filling for $2.00”)  

Their crispy crape is pretty huge, and I realized that ordering bubble tea was a mistake!!  Super sweet….  Besides, I was eating Icey Ice green tea crape, and D was eating condensed milk and white choco bits!  The sweetest crape ever…

Their crape is different from normal soft crape and is certainly different from those you get in the crape shops or summer festival stalls in Japan.  I’m not talking about only the crape skin, but also the contents.  Banana & Peanut Butter, Nutella & Rainbow Sprinkle,  Condensed Milk & Crushed Oreo…  They might be a good snack for a sweet fix though.  

I’m also curious about the eel crape, by the way.  Has anyone tried the grilled eel crape?   



Massage and Hair Cut

Posted November 11th, 2010 in Perth WA | 6 Comments »

My craving for this week is laksa noodle!  I had laksa last week, and I just can’t stop thinking about the creamy spicy soup…  I think I will get takeaway tonight.

Most people (especially women) love getting massage, I think.  I actually got two vouchers (one for me, one for husband) from my friend for a massage few months ago.  Around that time I already knew I was pregnant, and I also knew I should avoid getting massage during the first trimester (just to be extra careful).  So, I kept the vouchers until today.

Now, although I can’t lie face down on the massage table anymore, I can still get massage on my neck, shoulders and legs, I think.  My body is really stiff now.  I really need a massage.

I was about to make a booking for the massage.  The massooth is Japanese who does mobile massage in Perth.  When I was about to phone her, my friend told me that she is actually pregnant now!  Oh no… then she can’t do the massage anymore?

I also recently had hair cut by a Japanese lady.  She does mobile hair services in Perth, so I asked her to come over to my house to cut & color my hair.  I could go to her house instead, but I thought it’s better to do it at my house so that I could do all the housework and start roasting the chicken in the oven before she comes.  Then, the chicken would be done when my hair is done!

I cut my hair to medium length, and colored to light brownish color (not too light).

If you are interested in having hair cut by this lady ↓↓

Name: Nao san

Mobile: 0430 927 880

<Price List>

Cut: $20.00
Retouch (3cm from the roots)  $40.00
Short Hair $55.00
Medium Hair (to the shoulder) $60.00
Long Hair $70.00
Straight Perm:
Fringe $30.00
Short Hair or Retouch $130.00
Medium Hair $150.00
Long Hair $200.00
Short Hair $80.00
Medium Hair $100.00
Long Hair $120.00
Treatment: $20.00
She has both Japanese and Australian license, and uses Japanese hair care products.  She lives in Canning Vale, but she does mobile service as well.

Japanese Restaurants in Perth <2>

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food - | 5 Comments »

<<Other Areas>>

Tampopo Japanese Tea House
・ Shop 2/630 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
Sushi Don
・Choice Food Hall, Cnr Walter Rd & Russel St, Morley
Nishiki Sushi
・ 149 Morley Dr, Kiara
Tak’e Sushi
・ Shop 14a, Cnr Alexander Dr & Grand Promenade, Dianella
・ Shop 5/380 Great Eastern Hwy, Woodbridge
・ Shop 4/401 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn
Musashi Fine Japanese Food
・ Unit 7/115 Grand Boulevard, Joondalup
・ Shop 5/377 Scarborough Beach Rd, Innaloo
Yoshi Takaway
・ Shop 1/243 Herbert St, Doubleview
Peko Peko
・ Shop 5/10 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough
・ 1/172 St Brigids Tce, Doubleview
・ 59 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough
Kiri Japanese
・ 142 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park
Kido’s Japanese Cuisine
・ 1/126 Broadway, Nedlands
Sado Island
・55 Bayview Tce, Claremont
Ohnamiya Japanese Takeaway
・34 Kearns Crescent, Applecross
Sundays Everyday
・ 6-43 Hulme Court, Myaree
Sakura Japanese Foods
・ Shop 24, 137 Somerville Blv, Winthrop
・ Shop 5/114-116 Barbican St, Shelly
Kai Japanese
・ Shop 4/110 Parry Ave, Bullcreek
Taku Japanese Kitchen
・ Shop 3-52 Mandurah Tce, Mandurah
Kanta Japanese Kitchen and Sushi Bar
・ 2/76 Langford Ave, Langford
Momiji Japanese Takeaway
・ 6/51 Belvidere St, Belmont
・ Shop 1-3/885 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park
・ 186 Rutland Ave, Carlisle
• Sushi Station Fuji
・ 233 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park 

Japanese Restaurants in Perth<1>

Posted November 9th, 2010 in Eat Out in Perth - Japanese Food - | 2 Comments »

There are many Japanese restaurants/takeaway shops across Perth.  Some of them are operated by Japanese, and some of them are not.  I’m not saying that the Japanese restaurants owned by non-Japanese are not as good as the ones owned by Japanese.  With my experience, however, I personally think that some Japanese restaurants with a Japanese chef serve genuine Japanese food here.

Here is the list of Japanese restaurants owned by Japanese and/or operated by Japanese chef in Perth:

<<Around Perth City>> (Perth, Northbridge, West Perth, Subiaco)

Matsuri Japanese
・1/250 St Georges Tce, Perth (QV1 Building, Ground Floor)
・683-703 Hay St, Perth (ENEX100 Building, 1 Floor)
Taka’s Kitchen

・52 Barrack St, Perth
・Shop 5-6, Murry St, Perth
・Shop 2, Henderson St, Fremantle
Jaws Sushi
・Shop1/726 Hay St, Perth
・323 Hay St, Perth
・Shop 16, Forrest Chase, Perth
・ Shop 48 London Court, Perth
Asaka Japanese Takeaway
・Shop 6, 172 St Georges Tce, Perth
・ 117 Murray Street, Perth
Wasabi Japanese Takeaway
・ Shop 3/240 St Georges Tce, Perth
Restaurant Jun
・ 568 Hay St, Perth
・ Shop 2/182 James St, Northbridge
Nine Fine Food
・ 227-229 Bulwer St, Northbridge
・ 62 Roe St, Northbridge
・ 1286 Hay St, West Perth
・ T5/ 502 Hay St, Subiaco
Toraya Sushi P/L
・ Shop 8/29 Station St, Subiaco
Nippon Fare
・ 479 Hay St, Subiaco
Zen Japanese
・ 2-1 Seddon St, Subiaco
・ Shop 1/50 Subiaco Square, Subiaco

Lunch at Bintang Cafe and Indonesian Comedy Singers

Posted November 7th, 2010 in Eat out in Perth | No Comments »

On the weekend I had lunch with my in-lows at Bintang Cafe in Victoria Park. (my previous post about Bintang Cafe is here)  As we’re a group of 7 people, I didn’t think we could get a table easily (this place is pretty small) especially during lunch time on Saturday.  As I thought there’re packed with people (mostly Asians) and we waited outside for few minutes.

I know their popular dish is Me Ayam Jamur (egg noodle with chicken and mushroom, soup served separately), but I didn’t fell like eating wet stuff.  I ordered Kway Teow Goreng (fried kway teow noodle).  Other people ordered Gado-Gado (Indonesian salad: blanched vegetables with peanut sauce), Me Ayam Jamur with extra wontons, Bihun Goren (fried bihun noodle), Ayam Kway Teow (kway teow noodle with chicken), and omelet-looking tofu dish (my husband doesn’t remember the name of the dish).

I actually wanted to order some Ais Kacang (Malaysian/Singapore/Indonesian dessert with shaved ice with syrup, beans, etc) but I didn’t.  I didn’t really look through the menu, but I don’t think they have it on the menu.  Sister-in-low ordered Soda Gembira – a drink with special syrup, condensed milk and soda water- and it looked nice (and very sweet).  Brother-in-low ordered milk bubble tea with sago.

We ordered Tempe too.  This is a deep-fried soy bean dish and is very good for pregnant women.

Pempek.  Deep-fried fish cake with egg inside, covered with tamarind sauce.  The sauce tastes spicy, sour and sweet.  All these food remind me of Indonesia!

When we were about to finish our food, the outside started to be little noisy.  I had no idea what people were talking about, as they were speaking Indonesian.  Then my husband told me “hey! he is a famous comedian!!”

“Project Pop” is an Indonesian comedy singer group (apparently), and the gathering outside Bintang Cafe there’re one or two of Project Pop members.  I didn’t know which one was which (as I’ve never watched Indonesian tv) but father-in-low took a photo with one of the member, Udjo.

Afterwards we found out that they came to Perth to join an event held at UWA.  Hmm… I hope some Japanese comedians or celebrity come to Perth too…


Marzipan Flower

Posted November 6th, 2010 in Food | No Comments »

Yesterday was my sister-in-low’s birthday, and she requested a pavlova – one of her favourite sweet.  Although meringue is not really my favourite food, I couldn’t eat it anyway because of the soft marshmallow-like centre.  Parents -in-low are also not permitted to have lots of sugar (especially at night), so only her, another sister and my husband finished most of the cake!

here is the recipe of a pavlova I made last Christmas.  When making meringue, some people wonder what they are going to use the yolks for.  I normally add few yolks to the whole eggs when making omelet, or you can use them to make custard cream.  If you are planning to bake some buns, you can use the egg yolk wash to create the intense shine on the bread.  I’m actually going to use the egg yolks (not all of them) to make tsukune (Japanese chicken meat ball) 🙂

Marzipan is one of the option to decorate a cake.  I made a pink flower using homemade marzipan.  This is an instant recipe and there won’t be any left-over or waste when making little amount of marzipan.  You can also make green leaves and some dolls to create a cake with personality!

<Marzipan> about 8cm 1 rose

  • 3g egg white
  • 20g granulated sugar
  • 10g almond meal
  • red coloring
  1. Place sugar and almond meal in a mixing bowl.  Add egg white and coloring, and mix until well blended.
  2. Take a little piece, and flatten.  Roll up to make the core of the rose.  Repeat with the remaining marzipan to create a flower.
* Marzipan become dry easily, so cover with plastic while using or try to make the flower quickly.