Sunday, August 20, 2017

Japanese Cooking With Masako

Masako's first full day with us was spent with her showering us with gifts from Japan. She brought the girls these cute little sushi and sweets that fit perfectly with their little critter toys.

I asked her if I could keep her sushi rice instructions since they are so cute:

She made decorative sushi. Of course Japan's artistic talents are evident in anything they make with their hands. The sushi designs were pretty incredible. Some when cut open would be flower designed revealed. This pink mixture is sugar, to add to the coloring and taste.

She brought a powdered vinegar for sushi rice. We used it up and I bought Japanese vinegar at HEB and it work fine.

Masako loved showing the girls how she lived to make sushi. She added ingredients we have used before, but added egg (for yellow decoration for flowers) and it added a nice taste, consistency and protein.

Most were devoured before I could take photos.

This dish translated as Three Colors. It was very good. Ceci ground chicken in our never before use meat grinder, egg, snow peas over rice.

As you can see, my google translator was not good for recipes. 

Pork stir fry with udon noodles. We made this dish many times with different meats, most often finely chopped pork or beef.

Note - for my taste buds, I prefer the low sodium soy sauce or tamari. Masako did not like it at all. I also cut back the soy sauce to tone down the soy sauce flavor.

Her recipe was smudged, but this is best I remember it:

Masako's Udon Stir Fry
Serves 8 people
1 pound beef, pork or chikuwa ( Japanese fish food product sliced in small strips
4 packets of Udon noodles (international isle), soaked in water during preparation
1/2 white or yellow onion, cut in 1" strips
2 carrots, peeled, cut in 1" strips
1 bunch green onion, cut in 1 " strips
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced, optional
Mix together well: 1 cup soy sauce (she lied original only, no low sodium)
1 cup oyster sauce

For saute:
4 TBSP veg. oil

Saute meat with white onion
Once slightly browned, add carrots, mushrooms and green onions
Drain noodles, break up or apart if needed.
Add noodles to saute once carrots have cooked.
Add sauce mixture and stir well.
Add black pepper to you preference
and enjoy!

Who doesn't LOVE pan fried dumplings?

She had wanted a square pan to let this egg mixture cook up like a loaf, but instead we had it as omelettes. It was delicious.
Meat and potatos
We did have confusion with words, ingredients and translations which all worked out. She is so good tempered and patient with us when she asked for black pepper but Euly thought black paper, Masako started giggling for five minutes without stopping. It was a running joke from then on.

The big cup item below stands for tablespoon.
Her drawings are adorable; art is her favorite subject at school. Initially we communicated quite a bit through drawings. She won at Pictionary every time we played.

SHe used chjopsticks for cooking and gave us lessons on the correct way to hold them.