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Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to Make Goya Chanpuru / Stir-Fried Bitter Melon (Okinawan Cuisine) - Video Recipe

Goya Chanpuru (Stir-Fried Bitter Melon) is a very popular Okinawan dish. The dish is eaten very often in Summer in Japan when Goya (bitter melon/gourd/squash) is in season!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItbgoZxKDzg

By washing or boiling it, you can remove the bitter taste BUT I know some of you still don't like the bitter flavor of Goya. Sure this is the recipe for those who love it ;) hehe



More Goya recipes are coming soon!!!

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Goya Chanpuru / Stir-Fried Bitter Melon

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 25min
Number of servings: 4

Ingredients:
1 (250g=8.8oz.) Goya (bitter melon)
180g (6.4oz.) thinly sliced pork *ham, bacon, or SPAM is okay but you may want to less the amount of soy sauce when you season at the end
400g (14oz.) Shima-dofu (cotton / firm tofu)
2 eggs
A
* salt and pepper
* 2 tsp. corn or potato starch
1/2 tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 tbsp. sesame oil
B
* 1 tbsp. soy sauce
* salt and pepper
1 (5g) package Katsuobushi (bonito flakes)

Directions:
1. Cut both ends of Goya, then cut in half lengthwise. Scrape off the seeds with a spoon and slice into thin half rounds. Put them in a bowl, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of salt, then leave for 5 minutes until tender. Wash and drain well. *in this way you can remove the bitter taste of the Goya.
2. Tear Tofu into bite-size chunks and drain well in a strainer.
3. Cut sliced pork into bite-size pieces if necessary, then season with A.
4. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan and cook Tofu until golden brown. Then set aside.
5. In the same pan, heat sesame oil, then stir-fry the pork and Goya until done. Then add back the Tofu and season with B. *if you are using ham, bacon, or SPAM you may want to less the amount of soy sauce
6. Pour in the beaten egg, wait for 10 seconds until slightly cooked, then toss lightly.
7. Quickly mix in Katsuobushi (bonito flakes) to finish.

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post_26.html
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Make Easy NO BAKE Macaroni Gratin (One-Pot Frying Pan Dish) - Video Recipe

Macaroni Gratin is a very popular home cooked dish in Japan.
What is good about making it at home is you can make it healthier :3


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ogx5IpC5Ao

This recipe is not only healthy but easy and delicious!!! My darling asked me to make it again. Definitely I will!!! haha



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NO BAKE Macaroni Gratin

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 2 (as a main dish)

Ingredients:
250g (8.8oz.) chicken breast *or shrimp/seafood mix if you like
200g (7oz.) potato
100g (3.5oz.) onion
100g (3.5oz.) macaroni *9min cooking time (or more minutes is ok, too)
300ml water
1 consomme cube (or bouillon cube) to make 300ml soup
200ml soy milk
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tbsp. cooking oil
salt and pepper
50g (1.8oz.) pizza cheese
20g (0.7oz.) grated parmesan cheese
parsley flakes

Directions:
1. Toast the grated parmesan cheese in a frying pan until golden brown and set aside.
2. Remove the skin from the chicken if desired. Then cut into small bite-size pieces and season with salt and pepper. Slice the potato into 5mm (0.2 inch) half rounds. Slice the onion.
3. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan and stir-fry (2.) until coated with oil.
4. Add macaroni, water, and consomme cube, then cook on medium for 3 minutes.
5. Add soy milk, when it becomes to a boil, stop the heat. Mix melted butter and flour in a small dish. Add them into the frying pan. Then put on low and simmer until the sauce thickens.
6. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with pizza cheese, cover, and cook on low for about 5 minutes.
7. Taste the macaroni, when it is done, stop the heat, then sprinkle with the toasted parmesan cheese (1.) and parsley flakes to finish.

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post_23.html
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to Make Parmesan Cheese Sablés (Savory Cheesy Crisp Cookies / Biscuits) - Video Recipe

This is the perfect recipe to use up grated parmesan cheese!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yedWOUUm_A

My favorite recipe from my childhood. I used to make this with my mom. Easy and addictive snack X)



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Parmesan Cheese Sablés

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 24~30

Ingredients:
100g (3.5oz.) butter *room temperature
150g (5.3oz.) cake flour
50g (1.8oz.) grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
beaten egg *if you like
grated parmesan cheese *if you like

Directions:
1. Cream the butter in a bowl. Add granulated sugar and mix well until white and fluffy.
2. Add grated parmesan cheese and mix well.
3. Sift in cake flour (you can add black pepper or any other spices if you like), then mix well with a spatula.
4. Roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to 5mm (0.2 inch) thick. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes to set and chill.
5. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Cut the dough into sticks using a bench scraper or a knife. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Brush the dough with beaten egg, and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese if you like.
7. Bake at 180C (350F) for about 15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet or a wire rack.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post_18.html
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