Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Cook Chicken Tsukune - Japanese Chicken Meatballs

       Last week, I cooked chicken tsukune (鶏のつくね), Japanese chicken meat balls. I cooked two kinds of chicken tsukune dishes, chicken tsukune with teriyaki sauce and chicken tsukune soup. They turned out so delicious! It was pretty easy to make chicken tsukune mixture with using a food processor, and you can saute, grill, deep-fry or boil the mixture for your favorite tsukune dish. :)

Saute the tsukune mixture for teriyaki tsukune (テリヤキつくね).
Grill the tsukune mixture for tsukune yakitori (つくねの焼き鳥). 
Deep-fry the tsukune mixture for tsukune age (つくね揚げ).
Boil the tsukune mixture for tukune nabe (つくねの鍋) or tsukune soup (つくねスープ).

 Today, I'm going to share with you how to cook chicken tsukune with you.

How to Cook Chicken Tsukune with Teriyaki Sauce

Ingredients
1/2 Gobo, Burdock Roots (You can also add your favorite vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms or lotus roots.)
1/2 Onion
1 Inch Piece of Ginger
2 Brunches of Nira, Chinese Chives (Optional)
1 lb of Chicken
2 Eggs
Nip of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Katakuriko, Japanese Potato Starch
4 Tablespoons of Oil
4 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Mirin
4 Tablespoons of Sugar
6 Tablespoons of Water


1. Chop gobo, onion, ginger and nira in a food processor. Take them out of it. Mince chicken in the food processor. Mix minced chicken, eggs, salt, katakuriko and chopped vegetables in the food processor.


2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Scoop the mixture with a spoon and put it in a pan. Saute them until both sides browned. Take out the chicken.



3. Put soy sauce, mirin, sugar and water into a pan. Simmer it over low heat until sugar is dissolved.

4. Add tsukune into a pan. Simmer it over low heat for 3 minutes. 

5. Serve and enjoy! They will have stronger taste of teriyaki sauce and be more delicious next day.




How to Cook Chicken Tsukune Soup
You can also cook delicious soup with the tsukune mixture. 

Ingredients (4 Servings)
20 fl oz (600ml) of Water
1 Teaspoon of Somi Shantan Deluxe
1 Tablespoon of Shredded Gobo or Your Favorite Vegetables (chopped Chinese cabbage, carrots, green onions, mushrooms and etc)
8 Scoops of Tsukune Mixture
1 Tablespoon of Green Onion
Shichimi Peppers (Optional) 



1. Put water, Somi Shantan Deluxe and gobo into a sauce pan, and bring it to a boil.

2.  Take the tsukune mixture out of the food processor, and add it to a sauce pan. Simmer it over medium heat for 5 minutes.



3. Serve and enjoy!

   Sprinkle green onions and Shichimi pepper if you like. 




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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Whale Watching Trip in Dana Point

      It has been three years since my husband and I enjoyed Newport Beach whale watching tour last time. This month, I purchased two tickets for Dana Point 2-hour whale watching tour for about $20 from Groupon. Today, we finally went to Dana Point for the whale watching!

 


     I took a lot of pictures and recorded videos today. I'll share them with you next time. :)


Dana Wharf Whale Watching
34675 Street of the Golden Lantern, 
Dana Point, CA 92629



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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trader Joe's 50th Anniversary - 50¢ Sales

      Trader Joe's is having 50th anniversary sales this weekend. Some items are just 50 cents! I'm going to share what are on sale with you.


      Their 50th anniversary limited edition reusable bags are 50 cents each!


      The organic French baguettes are 50 cents each!

       Their canned whole kernel corns are 50 cents each!


   Their spaghetti is 50 cents!


     1 dozen large eggs are also 50 cents, but they were already sold out at my local Trader Joe's today.



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Friday, August 18, 2017

4 Okinawa Limited Edition Lululun Facial Sheet Masks

      As I mentioned in my previous entry, The Most Popular Facial Sheet Masks in Japan, Lululun facial sheet mask series have been very popular in Japan. As you might know some of their facial masks are only released locally.


    If you travel Okinawa (沖縄) in Japan, you can find Lululun Okinawa exclusive facial masks at souvenir shops including hotels and Naha Airport. You can also purchase them at MINIPLA and Tokyu Hands branches located in Okinawa. You might also find them at a few drugstores and supermarkets there.

Okinawan Limited Edition Lululun Facial Sheet Masks
     Today, I'm going to share four Lululun Okinawa exclusive facial masks with you. If you are planning on traveling Okinawa, you should check these unique facial masks. :)




1.  Okinawa Premium Lululun - Shikuwasa Scent (沖縄のプレミアム ルルルン - シークワーサーの香り)
Okinawa Premium Lululun - Shikuwasa Scent
      When you travel Okinawa, you will see many beautiful hibiscus flowers there. This Okinawan Lululun Premium Sheet Mask has hibiscus extract, which improves your skin conditions.
Hibiscus

       Shikuwasa is citrus fruit native to Okinawa. Shikuwasa is rich in vitamin and nobiletin, which improve your skin elasticity and brighten your skin.
Shikuwasa, Citrus Depressa

Okinawa Premium Lululun - Shikuwasa Scent
・7-Sheet x 5 for 1500yen
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
・Use daily.

     It has five packs of Lululun facial mask, and each pack has seven sheets of facial masks. Just like their original Lululun facial mask, this Okinawa Premium Lululun Shikuwasa Scent facial sheet mask is pretty affordable and can be applied daily. 





2. Okinawa Premium Lululun - Acerola Scent (沖縄のプレミアム ルルルン - アセロラの香り)

Okinawa Premium Lululun - Acerola Scent
       Acerola fruits are grown in Motobu-cho, Okinawa. According to Lululun, women who grow acerola in Motobu-cho has younger skin than women in Tokyo. Acerola is rich in vitamins and anthocyanin, which brightens your skin.
Acerola


     Goya is commonly eaten in Okinawa. It has vitamin C, which protects your skin from UV rays, and momordicin, which you can expect antioxidative effect from.
Goya, Bitter Melon

Okinawa Premium Lululun - Acerola Scent

・7-Sheet x 5 for 1500yen
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
・Use daily.

     It has five packs of Lululun facial mask, and each pack has seven sheets of facial masks. Just like their original Lululun facial mask, this Okinawa Premium Lululun Acerola Scent facial sheet mask is pretty affordable and can be applied daily.





3. Okinawa Premium Lululun - Hibiscus Scent (沖縄のプレミアム ルルルン - ハイビスカスの香り)
Okinawa Premium Lululun - Hibiscus Scent
      Okinawa Premium Lululun Hibiscus Scent Facial Sheet Mask is superior one which has high quality rich beauty serum. People in Okinawa have been using getto (月桃), shell ginger, in skin care. Getto leaves are higher in polyphenol than red wine.
      This facial mask also has extract of Okinawan medicine herb, orthosiphon aristatus, which improves your skin elasticity and brightens your skin.
Okinawa Premium Lululun - Hibiscus Scent
・1-Sheet x 5 for 1000yen
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 10 minutes.
・Use once a week.

    Okinawa Premium Lululun Hibiscus Scent Facial Sheet Mask has five packs of a sheet mask. Each pack has one sheet mask. Compared to Okinawa shikuwasa and acerola ones, this one is more expensive, but it's high quality and you can apply it only once a week.





4. Okinawa Premium Lululun - Citrus Scent (沖縄のプレミアム ルルルン - シトラスの香り)

Okinawa Premium Lululun - Citrus Scent
       This Okinawa Premium Lululun Citrus Scent Facial Sheet Mask has extract of aloe vera leaves grown on Miyako Island, Okinawa.  Aloe vera extract moisturizes your skin well.

         This facial sheet mask also has extract of Miyako Island's hechima, which has been commonly used in Japanese keshosui as moisturizing ingredients.
Okinawa Premium Lululun - Citrus Scent
・1-Sheet x 5 for 1000yen
・Apply on dry skin, after cleansing.
・Leave on for 10 minutes.
・Use once a week.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Japanese Foods and Sake - Wakako Zake

     Today, my husband purchased this sake, bara chirashizushi and edamame at a Japanese supermarket on his way back home from work.  We don't usually drink alcohol, and I think that the last time I had sake was about 10 years ago, and frankly, I didn't really like taste of sake.

      The reason why he purchased sake today was this animation movie, Wakako Zake (ワカコ酒), which I found a few days ago. In this video, Wkako Murasaki enjoys eating out at Japanese restaurants (mostly izakaya restaurants), after work. She expresses how delicious Japanese foods are and which alcohol is perfect with the food. I thought that I wanted to eat Japanese chicken karaage and uni kureson! Actually, I want to eat all Japanese foods she eats in this video. I also thought that I don't usually drink alcohol, but... "Does sake taste so good?" I asked him, "She says that Japanese fish dishes are perfect with Japanese sake. Is that so?" That's why he purchased sake and sushi today. 


        We had a small amount of sake today. It was aromatic and slightly sweet. Actually, it tasted much better than I expected. "I think it's pretty good!" I enjoyed a small cup of sake with sushi today. As Wakako says sake tastes better with fish dishes. :) Yet, I prefer green tea to alcohol though. :)  


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Make Soft Okara Cookies - Plain Butter, Cocoa and Matcha Okara Cookies

     Today, I baked three kinds of soft okara cookies, plain butter, cocoa and matcha cookies! It was very easy to make, and they tasted very good! My husband loved plain butter ones and matcha cookies, and I liked cocoa cookies best. :)
       As I mentioned in my previous entry, okara is tofu byproducts. Tofu lees, soy pulp, is called okara in Japanese. Okara is high nutrient food and is high in protein and fiber. Moreover, okara is very inexpensive. It's usually a few dollars for this 2 lb bag. :)  However, it's pretty hard to find okara at supermarkets because fresh okara spoils pretty quickly, so it only sells for just a short while (Just several days). If you want to get okara, you can find okara at tofu section in Japanese supermarket. If you cannot use up all your okara in a few days or so, just store them in your freezer. It will last 2 to 3 months. :)  Anyway, I'm going to share how to make soft okara cookies with you. :)

Fresh Okara

Ingredients (25 Cookies)
200g (7 oz) of Fresh Okara
4 Tablespoons of Sugar
40g (1.4 oz) of Butter (Melted)
2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon of Matcha Powder




1. Mix fresh okara and sugar in a bowl.





2. Add melted butter and mix them.





3. Knead a dough with a hand.





4. Divide the dough into three for plain butter cookies, cocoa cookies and matcha cookies.

    Add cocoa powder into the dough for cocoa cookies. Knead a dough with a hand.

    Add matcha powder into the dough for matcha cookies. Knead a dough with a hand.




5. Make small flat round shaped cookies and place them over a parchment paper. Bake them in an oven at 180℃ (356℉) for about 20 to 30 minutes. Baking time depends on your oven.



6. Enjoy!



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Cook Tori Meshi - Savory Japanese Rice with Chicken and Gobo

     I purchased gobo, Japanese burdock roots, at an Asian supermarket. Gobo is savory vegetable and has been commonly eaten in Japan. I remembered that many years ago, I watched Japanese TV show that Yoshinori Nagumo (南雲 吉則), a Japanese physician, was sharing his experience of his anti-aging diet. He looked like 30s, but his actual age was 50s at that time. He said that he has been eating gobo on a daily basis because it is a superfood that is high in fiber and polyphenol, so it can detox your body. He recommended to add gobo into your diet and drink gobo tea instead of coffee. Now, gobo tea is known as anti-aging tea in the U.S.  Nonetheless, I don't drink gobo tea because I am a coffee lover, but I really love gobo dishes! :) I love chickuzenni, okowa, gobo tempura, gobo miso soup and etc. I also loved gobo rice crackers my mother-in-law sent from Japan.

      Today, I cooked tori meshi (鶏飯, 鶏めし), savory Japanese rice with chicken and gobo. This time, I used a food processor to shred gobo for my first time just like I did it for carrots previously. Wow! It was super easy! It only took me 10 seconds to shred one long gobo! Why didn't I use my food processor this way? I can cook more gobo dish easily from now on. :) 

      I cooked a large amount of tori meshi and made so many rice balls with extra tori meshi, so I can keep them in freezer and enjoy them later.  Anyway, I'm going to share how to cook tori meshi with you.



Ingredients (18 Servings)
8 Go of White Rice
1400ml (47 fl oz) of Water 
2 Tablespoons of Oil
2 Lb of Chicken Thigh (Cut into 1/2 Sizes)
1 Gobo (Shredded) 
6 Gloves of Garlic (Minced)
4 Tablespoons of Sugar
100ml (3.3 fl oz) f Soy Sauce
50ml (1.6 fl oz) of Sake

Gobo, Burdock Roots



 1. Rinse rice. Put rice and water in a large cast iron pan. Cover the lid. Bring to a boil. Then, simmer it for 15 minutes over medium low heat. Turn off the heat, and wait for another 15 minutes to steam the rice.




2. Heat oil in a large pan over high heat. Stir-fry chicken and gobo for 3 minutes or so. 





3. Add garlic, sugar, soy sauce and sake. Simmer it over medium heat until liquid is reduced.





4. Evenly, place the simmered chicken and gobo over freshly cooked rice. Cover the lid and wait for 15 minutes.





5. Gently, combine steamed rice and simmered chicken and gobo with a rice paddle.




6. Serve and enjoy!




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