Japanese Comfort Curry

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“Japanese Curry” Cedar Park, 2020

Curry nite? Yes! Always with egg. Sometimes with cheese. And hopefully with cold beer. 😄

Burger Time

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“Burger” Cedar Park, 2020

The family requested burgers and I was happy to oblige! We have a large amount of ground beef in the freezer, so it was good to use some of it up, and today had some beautiful weather so it was really nice to fire up the grill! I usually add a bit of Japanese Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard to the beef, but we ran out of mustard so it was just the sauce, black pepper, and garlic powder mixed with the beef. While grilling, I added the salt. I was pleased that everyone said the burgers turned out great. Yokatta!

Mariko made homemade buns which make a huge difference, and Bay fried up some bacon for those who wanted. If that wasn’t enough, Mariko and Bay both added a fried egg to their bacon-cheeseburgers. Talk about deluxe! Add some scratch-made oven fries and potato salad, and it was a perfect meal (if you like potatoes). 😀

I hope you had a good day!

Asian/Pacific American-Style Breakfast

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“Breakfast” Cedar Park, 2020

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is May, and this breakfast that I made for Bay is a nice representation of that. The bowl on the left is “tamago-gohan”, which is egg (tamago) over rice (gohan). It also has Japanese mayo and shoyu (soy-sauce) on top, but in the photo, those haven’t been added yet. I also add sesame seeds and nori (seaweed) underneath the egg. It’s one of Bay’s favorite breakfasts, and while he was away at school, I hadn’t made it since Koa is not a fan of it. But now Bay is back until the university opens up again so I’ve been making it regularly. 😀

At the top-right of the photo is Portuguese sausage, which is a common breakfast item in Hawai’i. I don’t know where to find it in Texas, but my parents always buy and freeze some for us when they visit Maui, then when we visit them in California, I bring the sausage back to Texas. Anyways, the combo of tamago-gohan and Portuguese sausage is not “a thing”, but this breakfast represents my family’s heritage nicely, since we have a mix of Japanese and Hawaiian blood (and Chinese and English).

I hope you had a nice day!

Don’t Forget the Naan

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“Cheese Naan” Cedar Park, 2020

Last week Mariko made an amazing Indian curry, but there were two problems. Firstly, there wasn’t enough (or maybe we ate too much?), and secondly, we didn’t have any naan to accompany the curry. Both kids mentioned the fact that we didn’t have naan, so I think Mariko needed to rectify this by cooking the same curry again this week, but also making naan. And not only was there just basic naan (which is awesome), but she also made cheese-naan, which was off-the-charts delicious!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/7 sec, ISO320
“Chicken Curry” Cedar Park, 2020

And as a side note, I think she made a larger amount of curry, but it also didn’t last long. 😄

I hope you had a nice day!

Hiroshima-Style Okonomiyaki

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“Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight we enjoyed a homemade Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki. The yakisoba and cabbage give this style of okonomiyaki a different texture than Osaka-style, where the cabbage is mixed with batter. Another thing that makes Hiroshima-style different is the addition of a fried egg… yum! We also had a special sauce which was thinner than the type we have on Osaka-style, but it tasted great. I admit that I prefer Osaka-style, but it’s kind of like comparing a 5-star food to a 4.8-star food – you can’t go wrong with either. 😆

I hope you had a good day!