Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teriyaki Salmon

Today we're making Salmon Teriyaki and it's definitely one of our favorite ways to eat salmon. This version is a little sweeter than the traditional Japanese way of making teriyaki, but since most of our friends outside of Japan like their teriyaki sweeter, we made one that's somewhere in between.

Our version of teriyaki sauce is neither too sweet nor too salty, but we think....just right! In fact, this sauce is so good, it can be used for teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, on burgers and more! 



INGREDIENTS:


3 tbsp mirin
3 tbsp sake
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 stub ginger, sliced

1 salmon fillet
salt
pepper

DIRECTIONS:

To make the teriyaki sauce, combine mirin, sake, soy sauce, sugar and ginger and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower heat and simmer until sauce is thickened. Set aside.

Season salmon with salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Line baking pan with parchment paper and put salmon fillet on top. Bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Brush sauce on salmon and bake for another 5 minutes. Repeat basting with teriyaki sauce for 15-20 minutes. 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How to Make Sukiyaki (Japanese Beef Hot Pot)


Sukiyaki is one of the most popular dishes in Japan and possibly the dish that everyone knows or has heard about. It's very simple to make, but there are certain things to remember for the best results. Sukiyaki is all about the sauce. Make sure to get the measurements right and you'll always come up with the perfect sukiyaki sauce.

Beef is the second most important thing in a good sukiyaki. They must be thinly sliced and have enough marbling on them for this dish. Find well-marbled meat so that the fat of the meat becomes tender when you eat it. Otherwise, You'll ened up with chewy pieces of meat. 

The thickness of the meats are paper thin. Japanese supermarkets sell these paper-thin meat in packages.




INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup sake
1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp sugar
1 package shirataki
1 bunch shungiku
1 stalk negi
6 shiitake mushrooms
1 block grilled tofu
very thin slices of beef 

raw eggs

DIRECTIONS:

To make the sukiyaki sauce, combine sake and mirin in a saucepan. Bring to a boil until the alcohol has evaporated. Add in soy sauce and sugar and mix until sugar has dissolved. If you have instant konbu dashi, add a pinch to it for additional umami flavor. Set the sauce to the side.

Now it's time to prepare the ingredients for the sukiyaki. First let's boil the shirataki for a couple of minutes to get rid of any smell. Drain well and cut into bite-sized pieces. Next cut the Shungiku into 2-3 inches. Next, slice the negi diagonally into 2 inch pieces. Cut off the stems of the shiitake mushrooms and cut into the top. This not only makes it look beautiful, but it also helps the shiitake cook faster. Cut grilled tofu into small blocks. 

Crack a fresh egg into a small bowl and whisk well. 

Grease your sukiyaki pan ( or skillet ) and cook two pieces of green onion until fragrant. Take them out and cook a couple of slices of beef. Add in a little bit of sukiyaki sauce and cook until the beef is just done. Dip the beef in the raw egg and enjoy. 

Next, add in a couple of more slices of beef and the rest of the ingredients along with more sukiyaki sauce. You never want to overcook the beef, so add in the beef slices only when you want to eat the beef. 


A great way to end the meal is with udon noodles. Once you're done with the sukiyaki, dump store-bought udon noodles into the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. 



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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chocolate Butter Mochi

When I was growing up in Hawaii, my mother sometimes took me to the local candy shop around the corner. They had all sorts of goodies. And because it was in Hawaii, the offerings were like an international buffet of sorts. Li Hing Mui (Chinese preserved plums), dried cuttlefish (Japanese) and other yummy treats were always on display at the counter. I love all these things for sure, but one thing I couldn't resist was something called Butter Mochi.

I have no idea where this originated from, but it was delicious! I mean imagine a buttery square that looks sort of like a blondie, but made with mochiko flour so that it has the consistency of mochi. If you've never tried this before, please do yourself a favor and try it out! Better yet, cook it at home because it's one of the easiest desserts to make.

Since we already made Butter Mochi before, we decided to make a chocolate version today. Here's our recipe for this outrageously delicious treat.

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INGREDIENTS:


7 oz. milk chocolate
5 tbsp butter
14 oz/400g coconut milk
1/2/120ml cup milk
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups mochiko flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS:


Preheat the oven to 375F/190C. First break the chocolate into small pieces and melt over a double boiler. Once it's melted set it to the side. Melt the butter in the microwave. In a bowl, combine the coconut milk, milk, eggs, melted butter and the melted chocolate and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine mochiko flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder and baking powder. Mix well and make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix until smooth with no lumps. Grease or line your square pan with parchment paper. Pour in the batter and smooth out the top. Bake for 1 hour at 375F/190C. Once it's done, take it out and set it aside until it's cool enough to touch. Cut into individual squares and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beer-Battered Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Many people have asked us to do a recipe for Karaage for the longest time. The only reason I can think of is that there are so many recipes out there for Japanese Fried Chicken, which is probably why we weren't that enthusiastic about putting a recipe out. We already have one version of this popular dish albeit a spicy version.

However we recently decided to experiment with the typical Karaage recipe by adding beer to the mix. Yes that's right. Beer! If you already watch our YouTube channel, you know that Satoshi likes beer. He loves beer. In fact, he NEEDS beer! So one day, he wondered what would happen if he added his favorite drink to a Karaage recipe? It turns out that adding beer actually helps in tenderizing the chicken! We also double-fried the chicken to make it extra crispy.

The recipe turned out so good, we finally decided to share it with you guys! So without further ado, here's Satoshi's recipe for Beer-Battered Karaage.


INGREDIENTS:

2/3 lb/300g chicken thigh
1 large stub ginger, grated (use the juice only)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp beer
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup potato starch

DIRECTIONS:

Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and combined with soy sauce, ginger juice and beer. Marinate for 20 minutes. Drain chicken of excess liquid. Coat with flour and give it a quick massage. Coat with potato starch. Deep-fry in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. Take out and drain on paper towels. Crank up the heat to high and fry the chicken again for 30-60 seconds to make it extra crispy. Drain off excess oil and serve with lemon wedge if desired.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to Make the Perfect Bowl of Miso Soup


Too many times, we encounter a mediocre bowl of miso soup, even at restaurants in Japan. It's one of the simplest things to make, yet too many people don't take great care in making this humble soup. I hate to say this, but even my mother kind of sucks at making miso soup but that's because she's lazy and even she admits it.

Today we're going to show you how to make the perfect bowl of miso soup from scratch. Of course if you follow our tips, you can just use the packaged dashi stock to save lots of time.


INGREDIENTS: 

2-3 sticks of Konbu (dried kelp) 3 inches in length
2 cups water
2 cups bonito flakes
1/2-1/3 block tofu 
2 tsp dried wakame 
2 tbsp miso
green onions, chopped

DIRECTIONS: 

We’ll use 2 to 3 sticks of konbu, 3 inches in length. Wipe the surface with a damp paper towel. Do not wash in water as this will take away the umami that’s necessary for the dashi. Put 2 and ½ cups of water in a saucepan along with the konbu and let it soak for 30 minutes. Turn on the heat and remove just before boiling. Don’t discard the kombu as we’ll use that later. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat. Add in 2 cups of bonito flakes and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.

Set a colander on a bowl and lay a couple of sheets of paper towel on top. Pour the stock into the colander. Do not push or squeeze the bonito flakes. Just let the stock filter naturally. Keep the bonito flakes for later use. We’ll show you what to make with the leftover konbu and bonito flakes at the end of this video. This will make approximately 2 cups of dashi stock. Pour dashi back into the saucepan. If you don’t have time to make dashi stock from scratch, just use a pack of instant dashi. If you do, make sure to add it to water that has been boiled, never before.

Let’s prepare the wakame and tofu. Soak 2 teaspoons of dried wakame in water for 5-10 minutes to soften. If you don’t have time, you can simply add it directly into the soup. Depending on the type of wakame, soaking may be necessary to remove excess salt so be sure to read the package. Next let’s add the tofu. You can use ⅓ to ½ of one block of firm or soft tofu, whichever you prefer. Today we’re using soft tofu because I like the smooth texture. Cut the tofu into small thin blocks for easy heating.

Now that the ingredients are ready, bring the dashi stock to a boil one more time. If you’re using ingredients that you need to cook longer like carrots or radish, boil it with the stock at this time. Tofu and wakame is very easy to cook and edible as it is, so I recommend adding them after the miso. Once the dashi comes to a boil, turn off the heat. How much miso to add really depends on the brand, but a good rule of thumb is to add 1 tbsp miso to a cup of dashi stock. You can always add more if necessary.

If you have a misokoshi, a tool specifically used to make miso soup, that’s great. But if you’re like us and don’t own one, just use a ladle and chopsticks. Make sure to dissolve the miso completely or else you’ll get lumps of salty miso in your soup. Once miso is dissolved, heat until just before boiling. You don’t want to boil the stock at this point as this will change the flavor of the miso.

Add in the wakame and tofu at this point. Tofu and wakame is very easy to cook and edible as it is, so I recommend adding them after the miso. If you like your miso soup very hot, heat gently until just before boiling. And your miso soup is done! If you are using the instant dashi, add a pinch of it at this point to add additional aroma and flavor. Pour into individual bowls and add chopped green onions if desired.


So what do you do with the leftover konbu and bonito flakes? Here's a simple recipe for tsukudani, which is best eaten with hot rice and is delicious!


First, cut the konbu thinly. Squeeze the bonito flakes of excess moisture, then roughly chop into smaller pieces. Put them into a saucepan and add a quarter cup of water. Once it has come to a boil, add in 1 tbsp of sugar. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add in 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Simmer over low heat until the liquid has evaporated. This keeps in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for few days and is great on steamed rice! Enjoy!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Incredible Kit Kat Pancakes


Probably the best tasting pancakes ever to be created! At least that's what I thought as soon as I took a bite of these bad boys! Seriously have you seen anything more beautiful?

I'll admit this is more like dessert than a proper breakfast but if you've been good all week long, you deserve a break. Seriously, just go make a batch this weekend. I promise you'll thank me!

Watch our video tutorial here and you'll be drooling by the end!

INGREDIENTS: (makes 4-6 pancakes)

3/4 cup milk
1/2 lemon juice
1 tbsp butter
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/6 tsp salt
1 egg
2 packs kit kats
confectioners's sugar
sliced strawberries
caramel sauce

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the juice of half a lemon with the milk and set aside. Melt the butter in the microwave. Chop your kit kats into small pieces making sure to keep some big pieces for texture. Into a bowl, sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cocoa powder. Mix to combine. Add in your egg, milk/lemon mixture and melted butter and mix to combine. Melt some butter in a heated frying pan. Drop about 4-5 tbsp of pancake batter and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Once bubbles start to appear on the surface and the edges start to dry, flip it over and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until cooked. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Arrange sliced strawberries on top. Sprinkle with confectioners's sugar. Top with whipped cream, more kit kats and caramel sauce.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Mac and Cheese Pies-RECIPE


INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup macaroni
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2/3 cup milk
1 egg yolk
2 slices ham
dried parsley
salt and pepper
3 sheets puff pastry (to make 6 pies)

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk one egg yolk and set aside. Roll out your puff pastry on a floured work surface. Poke holes with a fork to prevent too much puffing up. Cut the puff pastry in half. Repeat with the rest of the pastry to make 6 in total. Cook the macaroni until al dente.

To make the cheese sauce, melt some butter in a frying pan. Add the flour and cook until thickened, stirring continuously. Add the cheese and cook until smooth and the cheese is melted. Add the macaroni, ham, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

Fill the pastry puffs with about 2-3 tbsp of macaroni and cheese. Fold in half. Secure the edges by pressing with a fork. Place the pies onto a baking sheet. Brush them with the egg wash. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.