Category Archives: Easy Cooking

Recipe: Okonomiyaki [Japanese savoury pancake]

Okonomiyaki is a japanese savoury pancake famously popular in Osaka [in Hiroshima too. Both regions fight over who came up with it] People from these regions esp Osaka are known to eat it very often at home.
Though i am from Tokyo, i eat it from time to time as well. Its quick, easy and super cheap!
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Ingredients
Okonomiyaki Flour* – 70g
Cabbage (1/2 a head of cabbage or 1/4 of a large one) shredded finely – 300g
Spring onion diced finely – 2 stalks
Thinly sliced pork or bacon – 100g
Tempura Bits** – 50g
water – 50ml
2 medium eggs

For garnish
Mayonnaise, Okonomiyaki sauce ,Aonori (Seaweed Flakes), Katsuobushi (Bonito Flakes)

*japanese supermarkets carry okonomiyaki flour. If you cant find any, you can substitute it with adding some yam flour or starch powder or rice flour to all purpose flour.

**tempura bits are the little bits left over from frying tempura. They are sold in japanese supermarkets and are labelled as tenkasu. However if you can, get the ika [squid] flavored tenkasu. I love the added flavor. Else just add anything crunchy. Even rice krispies work!

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Steps
1. Mix flour and water till a thick mixture
2. Add spring onion, cabbage, egg and tempura bits. Mix evenly.
3. Heat up non stick frying pan. Put 1/3 of the mix in the pan. Add 1/3 of the bacon or pork in one fine layer on top of the cabbage mix.
4. After 3mins when the bottom has cooked, flip the mixture
5. Cover the pan to let it steam and cook the pork/bacon for 5 mins.
6. Garnish as you like. ENJOY!

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You can add whatever you like! Seafood, mochi, cheese are all good additions!
Let me know how you go
XOXO Yumeko

Recipe: Spicy Kimchi Seafood Soup

I posted this pic on my instagram a while back and many of you asked for the recipe so here it is!

Spicy Kimchi Seafood Soup
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Ingredients
Oden mix [fish cake, fish paste etc]
Crab [cut into chunks]
Sliced fish
1 hard boiled egg
150g of tofu
Kimchi 300g
1 tbs sake
1 tbs gochujang
1 tsp of garlic
1 diced green onion

How-to
Saute garlic in a little oil, add other ingredients.
Then add water.
Simmer on low heat! Doesnt get any easier.

Have it with a bowl of rice!
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Wonderful on a cold day!

Enjoy!
XOXO Yumeko

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
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The wooden plate is not included in the box but sold separately.

Contents
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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]
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Arrange it as best as you can on the plate
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After 6 minutes [500W]
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Perfectly crispy and the cleanup was a breeze [did not stick]
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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

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