Turnip and Meatballs Stew [Hearty Winter Dish]

Kabu to dango no ni

This dish is called 蕪と肉団子の煮 (kabu to nikudango no ni) in Japanese, one of the popular winter vegetable dishes in Japanese home-cooking. Obviously, I am way to outdated now. It is now spring and sakura is seen almost everywhere around my place. It will be great time for hamani next week, hopefully next few rainy days would not do any harm to the blooming sakura before its peak.

Back to the dish, the leaf is usually cooked together in the pot but I used it for making pickle. Turnip leaf can be stir-fried too, as if any other green leafy vegetables. The texture of turnip is softer and finer than daikon, it is also less or not "smelly".

  • 500 g turnip
  • 100 g minced pork or chicken
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp green peas (heap)
  • * 1 tsp cooking sake / 料理清酒
  • * 1/4 tsp salt
  • *1/4 tsp sugar
  • *1 tbsp water
  • *1 tsp katakuriko OR corn starch
500 ml water
10 cm konbu for stock / kelp
2 tbsp sake
Salt to taste

  1. Fill water in a pot, add in konbu and soak it as you prepare turnip and other ingredients.
  2. Put minced meat in a bowl, add in all ingredients marked with *. Mix well in same direction until nothing stick on the side of the bowl and the mixture became sticky. Mix in chopped onion and green peas, mix well and set aside.
  3. Cut off turnip leaves, wash and drain. Then, cut into bite size. Set aside.
  4. Peel turnip and cut into chunks.
  5. Bring (1) to a boil, once it is boiled remove and discard konbu. Add in turnip and simmer till it is cooked.
  6. Push turnip one side of the pot, add in meatballs. Meatball: Use a small spoon to scoop (2) and shape into ball then drop into the pot.
  7. Add sake and salt to taste. Cook till meatballs are well done, add in (3) and cook for few minutes.
  8. Turn the heat off, serve warm.

It was white valentine's day in Kyoto, snowed heavily for 2 days and kids had fun playing with snow for the first time. The last time snowed like this was 18 years ago. Winter Day
J walked to kindergarten in the snow for the first time, and about an hour later the weather warning was announced we had to fetch him home. Winter Day


Roti Canai [Malaysians' Favourite Breakast]


For some reasons, I did not have chance to eat Roti Canai during my recent Chinese New Year trip in Malaysia. Thus, made some myself in less than a week  back to normal life here in Japan. Roti Canai (aka roti Chennai / roti Pratha) is one of the most popular breakfasts in Malaysia, together with a cup of hot teh tarik (foamy milk tea) is a heaven combination. My half-Malaysian 6yo boy asked for teh tarik this morning once he saw his breakfast, and he ate 3 pieces!

Recipe I have called for sweetened condensed milk which I do not have any, so I adjusted it according to my taste by adding sugar and fresh milk. It is necessary to prepare the dough and shape it into small balls the night before making the roti, to rest the dough well so it can be pulled into thin film.


Ingredients (makes 8 to10 pcs):
  • 375 g bread flour
  • 100 ml water
  • 75 ml fresh milk
  • 20 ml cooking oil
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

For coating:
20 g butter or ghee
30 ml Cooking oil in small bowl

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients then knead till its surface is smooth. Divide and shape into 8 to 10 equal size balls.
  2. Coat each ball with butter or ghee, place in a bowl then cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest on the kitchen bench (or in the fridge if your area is warm) for a night.
  3. To make roti, oiled the table top (I covered my dining table with plastic wrap first) slightly and flatten all dough balls then set aside for 5-10 minutes. 
  4. Oil the dough a little, flatten it further with palm then pull gentle to make thin film (as thin as possible). Sprinkle some oil on it, fold into square or desired shape.
  5. Preheat a pan, pan-fry roti 3-4 minutes each side. Transfer roti onto chopping board, whack it side way with both hands to fluffy up. Transfer to serving plate, serve warm with your favourite curry.

I had mine with Malaysian Curry, but mil had it with Japanese Curry as Malaysian curry is too hot for her. Or, you may want to have yours with Dhal Curry?

Ready to eat? Say "aaa...."


Christmas Cake [Christmas is about giving!]


Merry Christmas! This is actually the cake I baked last Christmas just realized it is not on MK YET, hope you would not mind this "leftover" cake. Well, this year Christmas still not finalized most probably it will be something that goes with my mood. Looking forward to it, myself. As mentioned in the title line, Christmas is about giving, please read till the end of this post to find out about the give-away event.

It was Moist Chocolate Cake with ganache filling between layers and chocolate cream frosting. Little chocolate-mushroom on the cake was store-bought it, one of my boys' favourite sweet treats. Final touch with sugar dust really bring out the Christmas feel. Deco still have plenty of rooms for improvement, hope you guys like the idea.

To make a 6" round cake, I did:
  1. Cake: Moist Chocolate Cake - prepared whole recipe, poured in enough batter for a 6" pan (80% full) and the rest in the cupcake cases.
  2. Ganache: Recipe from Joy Of Baking
  3. Chocolate Cream Frosting: Whisked fresh cream (200 ml) +  Ganache, just to get the colour as the cake itself is already chocolatey enough. 
Right, now is about the give-away event. I bought something for the event few months ago but only have the time to write about it now. TAA-DAA! 


TWO (2) sets of assorted western and traditional Japanese "sweets", each set consists of 5 little packets as shown in the photo above. Please note that they are not suitable for children 0 to 3 year-old. [TWO winners]

Anpanman Apron

A M size Anpanman apron, not only suitable for in the kitchen but great for those working with young children. [ONE winner]

To qualify, follow these simple steps:
  1. Like My Kitchen page on Facebook.
  2. Find the post about this give-away event on My Kitchen page, and comment under the post there. NOT HERE. 
  3. Please tell me you would like to participate in this event, sorry that no selection of item is allowed. 
  4. Share is not required but if you share on your wall you earn yourself extra 2 chances to win. 

Other stuff to take note:
  1. In total, there will be THREE (3) winners. Each will get either a set of erasers or an apron. 
  2. Only ONE item for one winner, too bad if your name drawn twice. 
  3. This event is without the boarder, as long as your address/country is able to accept parcel from Japan you are invited to participate.
  4. Closing date: 2013 December 15, 23.59pm Japan time. 
  5. All entries after which will be  disqualified without any prior notice.
  6. Winners will be random pick with the software available online. 
  7.  Last but not least, not appeal will be entertained.



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