Monday, December 17, 2012

Amazake (甘酒) 

Amazake ( Pureed type)

Amazake is a Japanese traditional sweet non-alcohol drink which is served as a snack or dessert. Usually popular in winter, but nowadays it's also available in summer. Amazake is made from Sake Lees which is left over from making Japanese Sake (Pureed type). There are also another types of Amazake which is made from Koji - Malted rice (Transparent with rice type). It is said that Amazake contains many vitamins and nutrition. In winter, there are ready made canned Amazake available at the supermarket and also vendors at a temple and shrine. When you are in Japan be sure to try it. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shrimp Dim Sum

Shrimp Dim Sum or Siu Mai or Shumai (焼売)is traditional Chinese dumpling which is popular all over the world. I believe everyone loves it including me. I would not mind having it for breakfast everyday. I have never thought of making Dim Sum at home before. It sounds difficult to make a fresh and delicious Dim Sum at home. However I wanted to challenge something new for breakfast so I tried this. The recipe is adapted from cooking program and it turned out so perfect. Let's try.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea with Honey.

Ginger Tea is a delicious beverage with nice aroma and very refreshing. Beside, Ginger Tea also contains many nutritional and health benefits. Ginger helps to prevent from catching a cold, digestive problems, improve inflammation, improve blood circulation, relieve menstrual cramp  and many more. Recent research says that ginger also  effective in weight loss. In Japan, ginger tea is very popular among women for warming up, and diet purpose. Keep warm with a refreshing ginger tea.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chicken Hot Pot or Mizutaki

Chicken Hot Pot or Mizutaki is Japanese easy homemade hot pot. There is nothing better than gathering at the table  eating hot pot on a cold winter day. Winter comfort food which is hearty, healthy, tasty and easy to prepare. It's commonly eaten with ponzu sauce, grated ginger, grated sesame and finely chopped onion. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Japanese Sweet Potato

Japanese Sweet Potato is a popular sweet as its name made from pureed sweet potato. a dessert or snack that can be easily prepared at home. Late Autumn to Winter is a season of sweet potato here in Japan. They are naturally sweet and very suitable to make them for dessert or just simply steam or grill them and eat as it is. 

Sardine in Tomato Sauce

Sardine in Tomato Sauce is a curry that goes well with rice. It's simple to prepare yet very delicious and comforting food. Sardine is very rich in nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids which are good for health and many more. Especially as its very cheap and available all year round. But if you are sensitive to the odor, add ginger will definitely remove the odor. Use canned Sardine as an  alternative.


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