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bento for the little one (salmon rice – 20 jan 16)

main dish of the day: one of the little one’s favorite dishes, grilled salmon mixed in rice

menu: grilled salmon flakes mixed in rice with sesame & nori seaweed seasoning, cooked pumpkin in dashi broth, cherry tomato, omelet with spinach

mikan (similar to mandarine orange) for dessert



in Japan we eat a lot of grilled fish. some everyday even for breakfast, others maybe every other day. we have a fish grill embedded in our kitchen stove, which is common here and very handy.

this morning i grilled salmon filet (marinated with salt beforehand) while preparing for breakfast, and once done, mixed its flakes into a bowl of rice and a pinch of salt to taste. it’s always nice to sprinkle some seasoning on top for presentation.
fish grill in our kitchen. look at the cute little fish sign above the dial at far right

bento for the little one (hijiki – 18 jan 16)

new year’s resolution: post bento images as much as possible.

today’s menu: hijiki (cooked hijiki sea weed with chicken & carrots), tamago (omelet), cherry tomatoes, broccoli & rice with sesame seasoning

homemade apple mousse and diced banana for dessert



hijiki is full in mineral and iron. Very good for kids.

hijiki

ingredients:

dried hijiki – fistful (lightly rinse, soak in water for 15 min, drained)

1 small carrot (sliced in julienne)

100g chicen thigh (cut into small pieces)

1 tbsp oil

2 tbsp sake

2 – 5 tbsp water

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

directions:

1.in a medium sized frying pan, put oil and stir fry chicken and carrots in medium heat for 3 minutes or so

2. add sake and fry further until carrots are soft

3. add hijiki, stir fry further. add water as required so the hijiki keeps moist

4. once hijiki is tender, add soy sauce and sugar, stir a bit and turn off the heat.

temaki sushi (hand-roll sushi) party – how to make delicious sushi rice

temaki sushi is a type of sushi we eat at home, usually in a special occasion when a group of people gather together. “te” means “hand” + “maki” means “roll” = hand-roll sushi – in my family we call it “temaki” for short.

all you have to do is to prepare sushi rice, a pile of seaweed (called “nori“), fresh fish (assorted sashimi) and other sushi ingredients (tamago (japanese omelet), herb, some veggies, etc.) and make your own sushi rolls at the table as you eat. it is easy & quick to prepare, entertaining & fun for your guests, and most importantly very delicious. when you eat, you place your rice on top of the nori, place the topping to your liking, roll it all together and dip it into the soy sauce – and boom! you will experience the taste of japanese culinary delights.

here are some images from the sushi party we had the other day with some friends:


the trick to make temaki-sushi taste authentic is to cook the sushi rice right. it’s not hard as long as you have the right ingredients and follow the steps properly.

sushi rice recipe: (serves 3 – 4 ppl)

– 3 cups of rice, freshly cooked with a 5cm dried kelp seaweed
(ideally use japanese rice, which is sticker and juicier than basemati/jasmin rice for example. i usually cook japanese rice in rice cooker with water filed to the designated measurement or 3 cups of water. you don’t want to make it too dry nor too wet)

– 80ml of rice vinegar
– 50g of sugar (i use brown sugar which gives a bit more depth to the taste)
– 15g of salt

* the amount of sugar seems a lot, but it is the right measurement. just stick to the numbers above, and you’ll be successful!
** this is the rice vinegar i use – it is the most typical kind in the market i think. you should be able to find it in a local japanese/asian grocery store

directions:

1. as mentioned above, cook rice with a dried kelp seaweed

2. in a small bowl, mix the vinegar, sugar, salt, and stir

3. once the rice is cooked, pour it into a big wooden bowl

4. take out the kelp, and quickly mix the rice with a spatula (mix it as if “slicing” or “cutting” the rice – don’t “knead” as it damages the rice)

5. once the rice is evenly divided in the bowl, pour in the sushi vinegar mixture while the rice is still hot, and toss the rice while waving the steam off using a fan until the mixture is well-incorporated (again, slicing/cutting it so as to avoid damaging the grains of rice)

this is it!

*** by using the fan to wave the steam off, the sushi rice becomes shiny yet not too sticky. you can serve it when it is still warm, or leave it aside until it gets a little cooler. i wouldn’t recommend it to put into the fridge, as it makes the texture of rice harder than desired for sushi.

enjoy your temaki with whatever ingredients you like!

(one of the super easy ingredients is a can of tuna mixed with mayonnaise – you can eat it with cucumber sticks in the roll. believe me, it is surprisingly yummy)