Sunday, 10 August 2008

Easy tempura

This tempura is quick and easy. It's great when you have so many other dishes to be prepared.

Very cold sparkling water
(ice cubes = optional)
Salt and Pepper


Put the flour into a bowl, beat in the egg. Pour the water (and ice cube) and mix. The batter should have the consistency of single cream.
Do not over mix the batter.

Dip the prawns/vegetables in the batter and fry them in hot oil.

Serve with Japanese soy sauce and wasabi.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Inari Sushi

Another kind of sushi. It's delicious, healthy and suitable for vegetarian. Very good for pack lunch too.


8 fried bean curd pouches (abura-age)
1 tsp toasted black sesame seeds (I used white ones)
130g Lebanese cucumber, halved seeded, diced finely (I used 1 grated carrot)
1 ½ cups prepared sushi rice
8 strips seasoned gourd/kampyo (I didn’t use it)

Carefully cut open pouches on one side.

Reserve a few of the sesame seeds for garnish, fold remaining seeds and cucumber/carrot through rice.

Fill the pouch with the rice mixture. Be careful not to overfill or tear pouch.

If you use gourd:

Fold one side of pouch down over rice, fold the other side over the first and turn the pouch over so the join is underneath.

Tie a strip of gourd around pouch with loose knot on top. Garnish with a little red pickled ginger and reserved sesame seeds.

Repeat with remaining ingredients.