Posted November 21st, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »
I had a craving for beef the other day, so I run to an Asian supermarket near my house and bought a pack of thinly sliced beef. This recipe is very easy and quick to make, and so delicious!
Thinly sliced meat are available at Asian supermarkets or Asian butchers, and it’s often used in Asian cuisine, including Japanese. (eg: sukiyaki, shabu shabu, yakiniku, beef bowl, etc) Usually the thinly sliced meat is either pork or beef.
At the Asian supermarket I saw some thinly sliced beef tongue too! I love beef tongue… it might sound gross, but it really tastes great if you lightly grill (yakiniku) with seasoning (salt&pepper) and eat with lemon juice. I will buy it next time
<Beef Yakiniku Donburi>
- 200g thinly sliced beef
- steamed rice
- 1 clove garlic – minced
- 2.5 tbs soy sauce
- 1.5 tbs sugar
- 1 tbs sake (cooking wine)
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- Mix all the ingredients from <a>.
- Marinade beef in <1> for 10 mins.
- Remove the beef from the marinade and sear in a lightly oiled hot pan for a few minutes on each side or until done to your likeness.
- Arrange beef and steamed rice in a bowl, and enjoy !
Posted July 12th, 2009 in Food | 4 Comments »
I don’t eat meat so often. It’s not that I don’t like or can not eat, I just don’t feel like eating them. For me, hearty vegetable soup or grilled seafood make me more excited than bacon or saucy steak. … lots of people must be thinking that i’m so weird :p
However, my partner can’t survive without meat, so I need to cook meat often at home. Now, thanks to him, I eat steak quite often. I actually like Australian beef than Japanese beef. Japanese beef usually is fat marbled, which means that it contains various amounts of intramuscular fat and has an appearance similar to a marble pattern. This marbled meat gives tender texture and it melts on the tongue, and it is considered as high quality meat in Japan and usually expensive. But, I like tough red meat here. Australian beef is called “oz beef” in Japan and quite well-known there too.
When I was a kid I liked eating hamburg, and my mum sometimes put boiled egg in the middle. (or cheese) This is kind of my childhood food, and I make it here too for myself (and partner :p)
Using a pound cake mold…
- 600g beef mince
- 1/2 onion
- 1 egg
- 2 tbs breadcrumbs
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbs tomato sauce
- 4 boiled eggs
* Preheat oven to 200
- Mix all the ingredients, except boiled eggs, in a bowl until the mixture become sticky. Season well.
- Cove the bottom and sides of a pound cake mold with mince mixture, and place boiled eggs. Top up the mold with the rest of mince. Pad the top lightly to make sure there is no gap or hollow inside.
- Spread another 1 tbs of tomato sauce on the top, and cook in the oven.
Any left over can be used to make a gourmet beef burger. Toast 2 slices of bread (or a roll) and sandwich sliced scotch egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato and any sauce. Easy meal, no waste of food!
Posted June 24th, 2009 in Food | 2 Comments »
You don’t need to go out for a delicious Japanese curry. You can simply cook it at home.
- 1 pack Japanese curry roux
- 500g casserole beef
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 potato
- steamed rice to serve
- Cut beef into cubes. Dice onion, carrot and potato into chunky pieces.
Place potato in a bowl and cover with cold water to stop discoloration.
- Heat 1 tbs of oil in a sauce pan. Seal beef over medium high heat, and add onion and carrot. Stir, and saute over medium to low heat.
- Once onion start to look transparent, add 5 and 1/4 cups of water. Add potato and turn the heat up to bring to boil.
- Turn down the heat to very low, and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
* You can simmer curry over very low heat longer than 30 minutes. It makes curry taster if you stew awhile.
In Japan, we even cook curry the day before eating. Longer you rest curry, deeper the flavor develops.
Posted June 21st, 2009 in Food | No Comments »
Great items for luch, and tapas party! They are small enough for kids to grab and eat too.
- 500g beef mince
- 1/2 onion
- 1 tbs bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- chopped herbs
- salt & pepper
- Chop onion fine.
- Place mince, chopped onion, bread crumbs, egg and chopped herbs in a bowl. Season. Using a hand, mix it through until the mixture become little sticky. Move hand as if you are squeezing a wet sponge.
- Shape the mixture into little balls.
- Heat little amount of oil in a frying pan, and grill meatballs.
- Enjoy with your favorite dipping.
You can simply use pasta sauce for dipping sauce, or make home made tomato sauce for your guests ♪
Posted March 7th, 2009 in Food | 6 Comments »
I try to eat red meat often as I have very law blood pressure and need to eat iron rich food. I seldom ate beef when I was in Japan, but now I eat them a lot as they are pretty cheap in Australia (oz beef) and healthy. (Japanese beef got marbled fat, so they are high in calorie and fat) Some people say that red meat is very dry and tough, but I actually like it. When you eat tough food, you need to chew and it strengthen your jaw. You can cook meat medium or medium-rare if you like it moist.
If you go to Japanese restaurant here you might find a menu “teriyaki beef”. As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is no such food “teriyaki beef” in Japan. In Japan we’d call it “steak” or “yakiniku”, maybe. Japanese steak is often eaten with steamed rice. The sauce is soy sauce based, and most of the time it’s flavored with garlic.
It’s very easy to cook. Well, it’s a steak: you basically just need to grill the meat. What you can do to make it Japanese style (wafu) is the sauce. It’s also easy to make too.
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs sake (cooking wine)
- 1 clove garlic
If you are cooking the steak in a frying-pan
- Slice garlic. Place 1 tsp of oil in a pan and sliced garlic. Turn on the heat and cook them till crisp and lightly brown. Take the garlic chips out from the pan and set aside.
- Season the meat, and grill in the same pan. Arrange the cooked steak on a serving plate.
- Pour soy sauce and sake into the pan and bring to boil. Add garlic chips, and turn off the heat. Pour the sauce over steak.
If you are grilling the meat using grill plate/BBQ
You can make the sauce separately. Cook garlic chips in a frying-pan, and take them out from the pan. Add soy sauce and sake to the pan and bring to boil. Add garlic chips to the sauce.