Simmered Snapper in Soy Sauce (鯛の煮付け)

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煮付け/ni-tsuke is a popular Japanese cooking method by simmering main ingredient in soy sauce. 煮 means cook, and 付け means infuse/soak (rough translation), so ingredient should be cooked and infused before serving.

Ni-tsuke dishes are great with steamed rice, especially this tai (snapper) ni-tsuke is packed with collagen. I always kept the extra sauce in the refrigerator, for jelled sauce as appetizer the next day. Mr hubby loves the chilled and jelled sauce very much, with sake of course.
Tai-no-nitsuke among four recipes I submitted to Y3K Recipes and published in current issue (no. 80), Seafood theme. I will share other recipes in next few posts, stay tuned if you like snapper fish too.
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鯛の煮付け[Print Recipe]
Ingredients (2 servings):
  • 2 cut red snapper fillet (about 100g each)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp cooking sake
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 slices ginger, shredded
  • 1 red chilli (cut into rings) - optional
  • Green onion for garnish

Method:
  1. Heat a non-stick pan, grease with 1-2 drops of oil then put in fillet skin side down. Pan-fry till browned slightly.
  2. Turn the skin side up, add in all other ingredients EXCEPT green onion, bring to a boil then cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. Pour sauce over the fish constantly.
  3. Turn the heat off, let it stay in the pan/sauce for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer serving plates, pour some sauce over the fish and garnish with green onion. 

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Yesterday, we celebrated Otsukimi (お月見) in Japan. Moon appreciation with some store-bought sweets (mochi) and tea. And, it was also Mid-Autumn Festival for Chinese. Well, same celebration actually but with different type of festive food.

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Tamago Miso-shiru [卵みそ汁]

Tamago Miso-shiru
A simple yet nutritious home-cooked style miso soup that I cooked for breakfast sometimes, when we had Japanese style breakfast. Our breakfast of the day was egg-miso soup, natto, steamed rice, and small amount of pickled vegetable. Was not it healthy? Japanese eating culture, whenever rice is served it should be served together with any kind of pickle(s).

准备日式早餐时我不时会煮这个简单但营养满分的家庭式鸡蛋味噌汤。我们的是日早餐有味噌汤,纳豆,饭,和一小碟的醃渍菜。是不是很健康呢?日本人的饮食文化,凡是吃饭一定配上醃渍小菜。

Mr hubby often reminded me to prepared Japanese breakfast, too bad that his wife loves Malaysian style breakfast so much. Roti bakar (toast), fried noodles with shiningly greasy sambal, and nasi lemak are my favorites. If only nasi lemak contains low cholesterol I would have it for breakfast daily, with a cup of hot coffee. Well, as a Malaysian, I am proud of scrumptious Malaysian food and language ability of Malaysian-Chinese.

老爷不时都会提醒我准备日式早餐,没办法谁叫他娶了个超爱马来西亚早餐的老婆每天不是roti bakar,就是炒米粉面类的加油油亮亮的sambal。要是nasi lemak没那么琐碎费时也没那么高胆固醇,我可以每天来盘nasi lemak 和一杯热腾腾的kopi。身为马来西亚的一份子,最让我感到自豪的是马来西亚美食和华裔的语言能力。

Tamago Miso shiru [Print Recipe
Ingredients (4 servings):
  • 800ml water 
  • 1 tsp dashi stock granules/powder
  • 2 tbsp mixed miso (awase miso), dissolved in 2-3 tbsp hot soup
  • 1 pack of shimeji mushroom
  • 1 small onion, slice thinly
  • 4 no. small eggs 
  • Chopped spring onion for garnish

Method:
  1. In a pot, bring water to a boil. Add in vegetables and cook until they are well cooked.
  2. Add in dashi stock, followed by miso paste.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer, crack an egg into a small bowl then drop it in the pot gently. Repeat for the other 3 eggs, remember to drop them in apart from each other.
  4. Do not stir, cook for about 4 minutes with lowest heat.
  5. Transfer eggs into serving bowls, then fill each bowl with miso soup. Garnish with spring onion and serve warm.

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Special Sour-Spicy Shiitake [特色酸辣冬菇]

Sour and Spicy Shiitake

After a long long break from blogging, it is time to have a date with my laptop. For the past few months, I was on half holiday mood as both my boys attending primary school and kindergarten. Theoretically, I should had more time for blogging but I really enjoyed "me" time after being a 24hrs guardian for more than 5 years.

Me time, I enjoy doing things alone or do nothing at all. At least one a week, I enjoyed groceries shopping ALONE , slowly, and without having have to worry about boy(s) gone missing while I shop or repeating "no, you cannot buy this". Taste of the freedom again after boys came along, something I longed for. And, date with hubby resumed. SAHMs, you need such freedom too. Right?

Well, half day kids free does not mean off from house chores. Chores never ended, and there are always empty stomachs to feed. So, here come a really simple and appertizing recipe I created. It is featured on Y3K issue no. 72, along with 3 other vegetarian recipes.

Special Sour-Spicy Shiitake [Print Recipe]

Ingredients:
6 medium size fresh shiitake mushroom
1 tbsp Thai chili sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp chili oil (辣油)
Salt to taste

Method:
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except mushroom, set aside.
  2. Cut shiitake into bite size, cook without oil until mushroom is softened.
  3. Transfer mushroom into (1), while it is still hot.
  4. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, serve in room temperature. 

Y3K  Issue72 


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