Category Archives: Microwave

Microwave Cooking: Magical Plate 魔法のお皿 Gyoza

Magic plate microwave cooking isnt a new thing. According to many, its been around a long time during the microwave cooking boom.
Its made a comeback in Japan in the last year or so and the prices have dropped greatly this year [it used to be around 4500yen for a plate but now generic brands make it for 1980yen or so]
Here is the one i bought
The wooden plate is not included in the box but sold separately.

They sell plates without the glass lid too [makes it cheaper] but i was afraid of a mess in my microwave so i opted to get one with it.

To test it out, i purchased some store made gyoza [i wasnt going to make it from scratch and have the plate ruin it XD]

Arrange it as best as you can on the plate

After 6 minutes [500W]

Perfectly crispy and the cleanup was a breeze [did not stick]
I expect myself using this plate a lot more soon!

I’m sorry i have neglected this cooking blog!
Do you guys think i should just be posting it in my normal blog and maybe cross post it here for archival purposes?
Regardless! I’m going to get back on track in December so expect more cooking posts then :D

Happy Feasting!
XOXO Yumeko

Microwave Recipe : Easy creamy potatoes and bacon

Have you tried Silicon Steam Cookers?
In the past 2 years, they have become increasingly popular in Japan and i thought since this blog is about cooking in Japan, its time I show a few recipes using them :D

Today i’ll show you a super easy microwave recipe for creamy potatoes and bacon!!
It takes like 10 mins to make them!! Even less time if you have already prepped your potatoes ages ago!

300g of diced potato
White Sauce
4 rashes of cooked bacon, cut into bits with a scissors
Pinch of Salt and Pepper [optional]

- i used frozen potatoes which i had diced and frozen ages ago.
- if you dont have any frozen potatoes, you can just use normal potatoes.
- you can cook the bacon in the microwave too. sandwich between 2 sheets of paper towel and microwave for a min on high.
- i used a packet white sauce to save time but if you dont have any, scroll to bottom of post for recipe.

What you’ll need to do
1. Using a silicon steam cooker, place the frozen or normal diced potatoes in a single layer.
Add pinch of salt and pepper over the top.

2. Pour white sauce over the potato and add bacon over the top.

3. Microwave covered [use the lid to your silicon cooker if there is one] on high [600W] for 10mins.

4. Be careful of the hot steam when you open the lid! Enjoy!!

I served it with some grilled herb chicken and simple salad for dinner.

Recipe for White Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
Add flour and stir until the butter and flour are well combined.
Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens.
Add more milk depending on desired consistency.

Hope you try this out and let me know how it goes? :D

UPDATE: i found out a can of condensed soup works exactly the same way!!! try condensed mushroom soup!!

Recipe: Sesame Spinach [ほうれん草の胡麻和え]

Sesame Spinach is a very standard side dish in Japanese home cooking. You’ll find it in almost every Japanese home.
Its very basic but super yummy!

What you’ll need
1 bunch of spinach
4 tablespoons of ground sesame
4 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of soysauce
Whole sesame seeds to garnish

1. Wash and lay out the spinach in one layer in a microwave safe dish. Add a little water, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2-4mins till wilted.
Alternatively you can just boil your spinach. Whichever you prefer.

2. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking process and drain [check out my hot pink colander XD]

3. Pat dry with paper towel and cut into 2inch sections.

4. Lay out in dish used previously.

5. Sprinkle sesame,sugar and soy sauce mixture over it. Mix throughly.

To store, wrap individual portions in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Or to store for longer periods, you can freeze them and thaw it out as needed in the fridge overnight.
This dish is excellent in bentos as well!

Hope you give it a try! Let me know how you go!
XOXO Yumeko

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