Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Make Harihari-Ni (Simmered Crunchy Daikon Radish) - Video Recipe

Harihari came from the crunchy texture of Daikon radish. This dish goes great with white rice! Not really for bento box because it smells :P hehe

You can simmer Japanese amberjack with leftover cooking liquid to make Buri Teriyaki. I will show you how in the end of this video.

This is another recipe which my Oba-chan (grandma) taught me on the day we made Ikanago no Kugini.

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Harihari-Ni (Simmered Crunchy Daikon Radish)

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 2hrs + overnight
Number of servings: N/A

1.5kg (3.3lb) Daikon radish (unpeeled)
1.5 large ginger (thinly sliced)
* 4 Umeboshi (pickled plums)
* 300g (10.6oz.) Sanontou (soft brown sugar)
* 150ml soy sauce
* 75ml vinegar (cereal or rice)

1. Slice Daikon radish into quarter-rounds. Toss with salt (make sure it is not too salty but tasty). About 1 tsp. of salt was enough. Then leave for few hours (or overnight) until wilted.
2. Put A in a pot and bring to a boil.
3. Squeeze out the water (with your hands) from Daikon radish. Place the Daikon and sliced ginger alternately in the pot, then simmer for 5-6 minutes. Remove the foam if necessary.
4. Drain with a strainer.
5. Place the cooking liquid back into the pot, then simmer down to half the amount.
6. Place back the Daikon radish, mix, then stop the heat.
7. Leave for an hour until cool. Drain with a strainer to separate the Daikon radish and the cooking liquid to finish.

You can save the cooking liquid to make Buri (Japanese amberjack) Teriyaki or any other dishes :)

You can keep it in a large container for about few months BUT I recommend to store it in small quantity (in a Ziploc bag is okay), since it can easily get bad if you open and close the container frequently.


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

How to Make Hot Cross Spiced Brownies for Easter - Video Recipe

I didn't feeling like eating buns, so I made brownies instead =D
It turned out pretty good♥

I hope you give it a try!!!

Hot Cross Spiced Brownies

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1 hour
Number of servings: 16 pieces

Necessary Equipment:
15cm (6inch) square cake pan

150g (5.3oz.) milk chocolate
100g (3.5oz.) butter
2 eggs
50g (1.8oz.) sugar (or brown sugar)
* 100g (3.5oz.) cake flour (I think all purpose flour is ok)
* 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
* 1/2 tsp. baking powder
* 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
* 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg powder
100g (3.5oz.) mixed dried fruit (you can soak in 2 tbsp. of rum overnight if you like)
50g (1.8oz.) walnuts
40g (1.4oz.) white chocolate

1. Line the cake pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 170C (338F).
2. Place butter and chocolate (broken into pieces) in a bowl. Melt them in a double boiler over hot water (60C/140F). Leave to cool slightly but not harden.
3. In a different bowl, beat eggs, add sugar, and mix well.
4. Add the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture little by little and mix well.
5. Sift in A and gently mix with a wire whisk or a spatula until combined.
6. Add mixed dried fruit and walnuts, then fold in with a spatula.
7. Pour and spread the batter into the cake pan. Drop the pan lightly on the counter to raise the air bubbles out of the batter. Bake at 170C (338F) for 25-30 minutes.
8. Place the cake pan on a wire rack until you can handle it. Then remove the cake from the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.
9. Cut the brownie into 16 squares. Melt white chocolate in a pastry bag. Snip off the end, then draw the crosses on the brownies.


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