For the past two days, I was working hard on my blogroll (see under Links tab) and Recipe Index. If you visit my blog often, please let me know you are here so that I can add your website under my Links. I’ll be more than happy to do so.
Building the Recipe Index page took me a long time. I already have categories on the left column under my picture. However I tried to make more detail categories under in Recipe Index. For example, “Main Dish” category is further broken down in Recipe Index, like “Main Dish – Beef.” I also listed all of my recipes By A-Z (alphabetical orders) and all the ingredients. “Chicken” in left-side column can be “Chicken Thigh” in By Ingredient. Something like that.
You probably think I’m really obsessed in terms of organizing things. You are right! I get this uncomfortable feeling when things are not in order. My brain works in hierarchy and putting everything in order makes me feel very comfortable. Oh wait, I’m not done with the Recipe Index yet. I will be adding a small thumbnail next to the recipe so even though you are not familiar with Japanese food, you can get some idea on what kind of dish it is. I hope this sounds good to you and help you find a recipe easily according to your needs.
I realized lately that my blog is already evolving from my original goal. In the beginning this blog was for me to store all my recipes so I can use my iPad in the kitchen to quickly search my recipes (instead of organizing in a binder or printing out a recipe from my computer). I also wanted to keep this blog for my kids so one day they will have a record of all my recipes.
And now, I’m excited to share Japanese recipes with people who are not familiar with Japanese food. Initially I imagined that my blog is for people who already cook Japanese food or want to cook certain Japanese food. But now I see a lot of people who are actually interested in Japanese food but haven’t tried cooking or eating. I’ll be happy if I can introduce some Japanese food to you, so you might try some new food at Japanese restaurants or even try making it yourself at home!
Let’s talk about today’s recipe (phew today I actually talked a lot!). Today’s recipe is actually 2 dishes; you make salad and you get a free soup! If you enjoy eating Shabu Shabu or like Ponzu flavor, I’m sure you’ll like this salad.
Have a wonderful weekend my foodie friends! We are going to the Sierra this weekend with our friends to play in the snow. I haven’t told my kids yet. They’ll be psyched when they find out! See you on Monday…
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- Red leaf lettuce, rinsed
- 5 Shiso leaves, chiffonaded
- Tomatoes (optional)
- English cucumber (optional)
- 1 pkg thinly sliced pork for Shabu Shabu
- 3 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. sake
- 3 Tbsp. Ponzu
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 1 green onions, chopped
- Prepare the salad. Combine all the ingredients for Ponzu Dressing in a small bowl and mix well.
- Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. When boiling, add sake.
- Hold a slice of meat with chopsticks and place it into the boiling water.
- You can cook 2-3 slices of meat at a time.
- When the meat changes color, transfer it to a paper towel to drain water.
- When you finish cooking all the meat, don’t discard the liquid. Keep the stock in the pan for cooking Egg Drop Soup later on.
- Place the cooked meat on top of the lettuce and put Shiso leaves on top. Pour Ponzu Dressing when you are ready to eat.
- The leftover soup from cooking sliced pork above (or 2 cups chicken stock)
- ½ tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes
- 2 eggs, beaten in a small bowl
- 1 green onions, chopped
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. white pepper
- Keep the soup simmering over medium heat and use a sieve to skim off the scum and fat from the soup. To clean the sieve, you can prepare a bowl of water and clean the sieve in the bowl every time you pick up scum.
- When the soup is clean, add Seasonings and tofu and wait till boil again.
- SLOWLY stir in egg, moving the bowl around over the saucepan. If you pour the egg too quickly it’ll become chunky instead of flowery. You will see the fluffy egg start to flow.
- Serve in the soup bowl and garnish with green onions. Serve immediately.
Pork Shabu Salad with Ponzu Dressing – US$7
Egg Drop Soup – US$1