Bibimbap

Posted September 30th, 2015 in Food | No Comments »

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Surviving school holiday?  I put my 4-year-old to a school swim program but going to a pool everyday with a 1-year-old is starting to give me a headache :-{  My 4-year-old can’t swim yet and 1-year-old wants to dip in the water too, so I have to be in the water splashing around with 2 boys.  After a quick shower we head home and have lunch, and surprisingly they don’t sleep at all at home so it’s been full-day-with-2-boys this week.  I need some stamina to keep up…!

Bibimbap was one of the food that came to my mind.  I just wanted to mix up the meat, veggies, rice & gochujang chilli and eat all up with a glass of chilled green tea.  Sounds nice in a hot day doesn’t it.

“Bibimbap –  it’s a Korean dish where meat, assorted vegetables and fried egg are placed over steamed rice.  You mix everything up as you eat, and though it looks messy that’s how it’s supposed to be eaten.  Usually gochujang (Korean chilli paste) and/or sesame oil is added, but I serve this dish to my kid without any extra sauce.”

I wrote a recipe for bibimbap here before, and I’d say that is more standard way to eat bibimbap as it has kimuche on it.  I love kimuche, especially in summer.  I crave for spicy food in hot days!

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There are so many kinds of bibimbap and you can make endless variations to this dish depending on your preference and dietary requirements.  I must say this is my favorite Korean dish and I often order one at yakiniku restaurant in Japan. 🙂  I love the one with tobiko (frying fish roe) in a hot stone bowl (ishiyaki-bibimbap) but when I make at home I make everything simple.

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On this recipe I didn’t use kimuche (simply because I didn’t have it in my house) but it turned out to be a family friendly dish.  Extra gochujang chilli for adults.

 

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Beat the heat with chilli!

<Bibimbap>  serves 1

  • 1 cup of Steamed Rice
  • 1/2 cup of Beef mince
  • 1/2 cup of Bean-shoot & carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 cup of Broccoli
  • 1/4 cup of Green beans, shredded
  • 1 Egg
  • minced garlic, sesame oil, gochujang chilli paste, soy sauce, sake

 

  1. Beef mince :  Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, and cook beef mince over high heat with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic.  Add 1 teaspoon of Sake and 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce, and cook until the meat is done.  Drizzle sesame oil.
  2. Bean-shoot : Blanch bean-shoot & shredded carrot.  Drain well.  Mix with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and drizzle with sesame oil.  Season with salt.
  3. Broccoli : Blanch broccoli florets.  Drain well.
  4. Green beans : Blanch beans.  Drain well.  Shred.
  5. Egg : Fry an egg to your liking.
  6. Serve : Place steamed rice in a serving bowl.  Top with beef, bean-shoot&carrot, broccoli and beans.  Place fried egg on top.
  7. <optional> Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with gochujang chilli paste.

 

 


Melville Matsuri 2015

Posted September 27th, 2015 in Food, Perth WA | 4 Comments »

I need some opinions please!!

 

Melville Matsuri is happening very soon and we are getting busy to sort things out. Food seems to be the high interest for people, as I received several questions about food.

What food do you expect to see at the Japan-themed festival?

So far, we have Takoyaki, Japanese curry, Japanese-style sausage sizzle, Rice balls, Rice burgers, Japanese cakes, Japanese sweets Wagashi, and Kakigouri (shaved ice).  Do you think they’d be enough?

In Japan, people expect to see Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Okonomiyaki, Crape, Grilled squid (Yakiika), Grilled corn (Yaki-toumorokoshi), Kakigouri … so on…   I wish there is a stall selling Yakisoba at Matsuri but so far no Yakisoba.

Anyway I hope the event will be a successful one!

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Japanese Grocery Shop in Perth 2015

Posted September 14th, 2015 in Japanese Stores in Perth, Perth WA | 3 Comments »

 

There are few posts that I wrote about Japanese grocery shops in Perth, and they are getting very old!  So here is an update …

 

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Fuji Mart in Subiaco
A new Japanese grocery shop.  Easy access from Woolworths car park (90minutes free parking)!

Shop 13-14, 29 Station Street, Subiaco WA 6008
Tel : (08) 6162 8608

Mon-Fri 9:30 ~ 18:00
Sat 9:00 ~ 17:00
Sun 11:00 ~ 17:00
Public holidays closed

 

Nippon Food

Nippon Food Supplies in Subiaco
Suppling unique Japanese food to people in Perth for more than 10 years!

Shop 26, Crossways Shopping Center
180Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, WA 6008
Tel : (08) 9380 6783
website

Mon-Fri 10:00 – 18:00
Sat 9:00 – 17:00
Sun 11:00 – 17:00
Public holidays closed

 

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Yee Seng Oriental Supermarket
They occasionally sell new Japanese items.  The shop is located in Hulm Court, surrounded by some nice shops including Sundays Everyday, Ohnamiya, Perth Kimuchi, and UTOPIA.

36 Hulme Ct, Myaree WA 6154
Tel : (08) 9330 9096

Mon-Sun 9:00 ~ 19:00

 

Lion Oriental

Lion Oriental Food Co.
They sells variety of Japanese liquor as well as grocery.

13 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge Perth 6003

Tel: (08) 9228 9898
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MCQ at Coventry Village
“Farmer Jacks” inside Coventry Village in Morley.  Some items are much cheaper than other shops, such as Koshihikari rice, konnyaku, furikake rice seasonings and nori seaweed.  They sell a variety of frozen food and this is where I buy all the ingredients for oden in winter!

243-253 Walter Road, Morley WA 6062

 

Coles

And, nowadays Coles and Woolworths sell Japanese items on international isle.  They normally stock up basic stuff only such as nori seaweed, sushi vinegar and Japanese curry roux,  but some store sell unique one e.g. QP wasabi mayonnaise!  And sometimes you find a bargain – few weeks ago at local Coles, I got a pack of Japanese panko for $2.  Now I’m thinking to make delicious katsu 🙂

 


Potato Mochi

Posted September 1st, 2015 in Food | No Comments »

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Fun of chewy mochi-like food?  I am!  That’s why I do Bagel business, haha.

I made this for my 1 year old son, but it’s a great snack, really.  I just couldn’t stop munching!

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The key to make it chewy is mixing the potato mixture very well until it’s sticky.

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<Potato Mochi> makes 20~30 small ones

  • 2 Potatoes (about 300g)
  • 1/2cup Grated tasty cheese
  • 2tablespoons Corn flour
  • 2tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise
  • few drops of Tomato sauce

 

  1. Peel the skin of potato, and boil until soft.  Drain, and mash while hot.  Add cheese.
  2. Mix well.  Add corn flour, mayonnaise and tomato sauce.  Mix very well!  Season with salt to taste if needed.
  3. Heat a frying pan and spray oil.
  4. Shape the potato mixture into small flat coin shape, and grill in the pan over low heat.  When the bottom is coloured, flip over and cook another side.  Repeat with the rest.