Let's make tartar sauce. Slice the hard-boiled egg crosswise with an egg slicer. Remove and slice it lengthwise across the initial slices. Rotate it by 90 degrees and slice it lengthwise again. Put the finely chopped boiled egg into a bowl.
Slice the onion, stack the slices on top of each other and mince well. Put the chopped onion in another bowl and rub with a bit of salt. Rinse the onion with cold water and drain with a mesh strainer. Squeeze out the water, put them on a paper towel and remove the excess moisture. Add the onion to the chopped egg.
Pinch the parsley, chop into fine pieces and add it to the egg. Slice the pickled cucumber, stack them on top of each other and chop into fine pieces. Add it to the egg mixture. Add the mayonnaise and salt to the mixture.
Cut the lemon in half. Slice the lemon half into wedges. Squeeze the other half and add the lemon juice to the mixture. Mix evenly and the tartar sauce is ready to serve.
Let's prepare the side vegetables. Use a vegetable slicer and shred the cabbage into ice water. Let it sit in the water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the cabbage shreds with a salad spinner. Serve it on a plate. Garnish with the parsley, small tomamos and lemon wedges. Put the tartar sauce in a small cup and place it on the plate.
Let's prepare the black tiger prawns. Remove the sharp pointed shell from the tails. Peel the prawns but leave the last sections of the shell above the tails. Pierce the back of the prawns with a bamboo skewer and remove the sand veins.
Put the prawns in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt, potato starch and a little water to it. Gently rub the prawns with the salt and starch. Take the bowl to the sink and rinse them with running water to remove the dirt and fishy smell.
Place the prawns on a paper towel. Cover with another paper towel and press them to remove the excess moisture.
Cut the tips off the tails with a kitchen shears and remove the moist inside. Make cuts diagonally along the prawn stomachs. Press the prawns on their back and break the stringy parts. This process will prevent the prawns from curling up when heated. Finally, lightly sprinkle on salt.
Let's coat the prawns with batter. Crack the egg into a bowl. Add some water and beat the egg thoroughly with a whisk. First, dip the prawns into flour. Lightly coat and dust off the excess flour.
Second, dip them into the beaten egg.
Finally, coat the prawns with moist breadcrumbs. If they appear patchy, dip them into the egg again and reapply the breadcrumbs.
Let's deep-fry the prawns. Drop the breadcrumbs in the heated oil to check the oil temperature is around 175 °C (347 °F). Less than 2cm (0.8") depth of frying oil is good enough for this recipe. Dust off the breadcrumbs from the tails. Hold the prawn tails and gently put them into the oil one by one.
Let the prawns sit still in the oil for few seconds. Flip them over as the surface gets crispy. When the surface gets golden brown, place them on a paper towel and let them drain out the excess oil.
Serve the ebi fry on the plate along with the side vegetables and tartar sauce.
If the soft breadcrumbs are not available, mist dried breadcrumbs with water so that the ebi fry become crispy.
This tartar sauce uses less amount of mayonnaise. Adding extra mayo or a bit of mustard to the sauce also brings out the flavor.
Let’s make the sushi vinegar. Combine the rice vinegar, salt and sugar. Stir to dissolve well.
Next, cut the shiso leaves in half lengthwise and remove the stalks. Stack the leaves and cut them into thin strips. Cut the beni shoga, thin strips of pickled ginger into fine pieces.
Place the fresh steamed rice into a bowl. Pour the sushi vinegar over the rice. With a rice paddle, toss to coat using a slashing motion to avoid crushing the grains.
When the vinegar is distributed evenly, slightly cool the rice with a fan. Flip the rice over and continue to cool the rice. This will help give the rice a glossy texture and remove the excess moisture.
Add the toasted white sesame seeds, shiso leaves and beni shoga. Combine all the ingredients evenly.
Place the shime saba, Japanese marinated mackerel on a baking sheet and sear the skin thoroughly with the kitchen torch. To make shime saba, fresh mackerel fillets are covered with salt and then, after removing the salt, the fillets are marinated in vinegar. Lightly cool the shime saba with a fan.
Cover a bento box with a plastic wrap and place in the shime saba with the skin side facing down.
Add a small amount of vinegar to a bowl of water and wet a rice paddle with it. Place the sushi rice onto the shime saba and distribute.
Add in the tororo kombu, thin long flakes of dried kombu seaweed softened in vinegar before shaving.
Cover with a plastic wrap. And thoroughly press the rice using a divider attached with the bento box.
Wet the paddle and place the rice into the bento box again. Distribute evenly. Cover and press it again. Let the sushi sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes, allowing the ingredients to firmly attach together.
Flip the bento box and remove the pressed sushi. Wet the blade of a knife thoroughly. Make a cut in the plastic wrap and then slice off the oshizushi. You should clean the blade each time you cut off a slice. If the blade is coated with rice, it will be difficult to make clean cuts.
Now, remove the plastic wrap. Arrange the oshizushi onto a plate. Finally, garnish with the autumn colored leaves.
Packaged shime saba is widely available in Japan and it is enjoyed as sashimi or sushi. Alternatively, you can use grilled mackerel seasoned with salt or smoked salmon.
Searing the skin of shime saba is optional but the nice and crispy outside will definitely stimulate your appetite.
If the shiso leaves are not available, you can use cucumber instead. Let salted cucumber slices sit for a while and tightly squeeze out the excess liquid before adding.
Let's prepare the sauce. Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake and grated garlic. Stir to mix.
Add the olive oil to a pan. Put in the coarsely chopped garlic clove. Turn on the burner and saute it on low heat. You can tilt the pan to submerge the garlic in the oil. When the garlic is golden brown, remove and set it aside.
Let's prepare the meat. Make numerous shallow cuts along the bottom of the steak. Then, make cuts perpendicular to the initial cuts, creating a grid pattern. Lightly season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. You want to start with the meat at room temperature so take it out of the fridge 20 to 30 minutes prior to cooking.
Heat the pan on high heat. Remove the remaining garlic oil, leaving 1 teaspoon in the pan. Place the steak onto the pan. Cook the top side first so that you can present the beautifully browned side when served.
Brown the steak on high heat for about 1 minute and flip it over. Cook the bottom side on high heat for 10 seconds. Then, reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 10 seconds. Remove and place onto a cooling rack.
Place the hot pan onto a dampened towel to slightly cool. If there are any burnt pieces, wipe them away with a paper towel. Then cover the steak with aluminum foil. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and allow the meat to reabsorb the juices.
Add the sauce to the pan. Reheat the pan and bring it to a boil. Stir to mix and reduce the garlic sauce until slightly thickened. Pour the sauce into a bowl.
Now, the steak has re-absorbed the juices. Cut the steak into smaller pieces. Allowing the meat to reabsorb the juices is important because it will help avoid losing the precious juices when cut.
Place the steak onto a plate along with the baby spinach and boiled mixed vegetables. Sprinkle on the fried garlic bits. Pour on the sauce and enjoy the delicious steak!
We used a cut from the bottom round but you can also use beef tenderloin or sirloin in this recipe.
Making the cuts on the bottom in a grid pattern will make the meat extra tender so everyone can enjoy the steak.
Let's prepare the ingredients. Cut the onion in half lengthwise and then slice into 1cm (0.4") slices across the grain. Slice the carrot into 4cm (1.6") slices and cut into 2mm (0.1") strips. Tear the shimeji mushrooms into small pieces. And slice the long green onion into 2cm (0.8") pieces.
Let's make the curry sauce for udon noodles. Add a small amount of vegetable oil to a pot and turn on the burner. Add in the white part of the long green onion sliced diagonally. Saute the onion to make it sweet and tender. When the onion is deliciously browned, remove and save it on a plate.
Add the vegetable oil again and reheat the pot. Add the onion, carrot and shimeji mushrooms. Lightly cook the ingredients. When the oil is distributed evenly, add in the beef slices. Continue to saute the ingredients.
When the redness in the meat has disappeared, reduce the heat to low. Then, add the curry powder. Stir-fry and bring out the aroma. The curry powder will easily burn so turn the heat off or maintain the lowest possible heat.
Now, pour the dashi stock into the pot. The curry has a strong flavor so you should use a relatively rich and savory broth to compensate. Add the sugar and usukuchi soy sauce. Combine the sauce. The usukuchi soy sauce helps to retain the presentable color of curry sauce but you can also use regular soy sauce.
Bring it to a boil on medium heat. Then, remove the foam. When the vegetables soften, reduce the heat to low. Thoroughly stir the diluted potato starch and add it to the broth a little at a time. If the heat is too strong, the starch will instantly clump up before it can be distributed.
Now, the sauce slightly thickens. Bring it to a boil on medium heat. Then, add the long green onion. Now, the curry sauce is ready.
Let's make the curry udon. Place the frozen udon noodles into a pot of boiling water. Loosen up the noodles. Then, boil for 30 seconds.
Remove the pot and quickly place the udon into a mesh strainer. Remove the excess water thoroughly and place the noodles into a bowl.
Pour the hot curry sauce over the udon along with the ingredients. Finally, top with the chopped spring onion leaves.
Usukuchi soy sauce is both saltier and lighter in color than regular soy sauce. It is often used in dishes that feature the colors of ingredients to help keep them from darkening.
Some people may have difficulties to find mirin so we intentionally made this recipe without using it. Hope more people can enjoy this delicious curry udon noodles!
Let's prepare the lotus root. Thoroughly rinse the lotus root and grate it along with the skin. The grated root should make approximately 50g (1.8 oz).
Slice about 100g (3.5 oz) of the lotus root. Then, coarsely chop the slices into small pieces.
Let's make the sauce. Combine the vinegar, sake, sugar and soy sauce. Stir to dissolve.
Let's combine the meatball ingredients. In a large bowl, season the ground pork with the salt and pepper. Add the soy sauce and sake. With your hand, squish the mixture to combine the ingredients. Then, loosely spread your fingers forming a rake shape to thoroughly mix the meat until the mixture becomes sticky. This will make it easier to combine other ingredients later.
Add the chopped ginger root, coarsely chopped long green onion, grated lotus root, and coarsely chopped lotus root. Add in the potato starch and sesame oil. Squeeze the mixture so all ingredients are well incorporated. Even if you use lean meat, adding the grated lotus root will give it a tender texture. The crispy chopped lotus root also adds a pleasant texture to the dish.
When the meat mixture is thoroughly combined, shape them into balls about the size of ping pong balls and place them onto a plate. You'll have about 12 meatballs in total. Now, remove your kitchen glove. Wet your hands with vegetable oil and roll each meatball between your palms to make a smooth surface.
Let's cook the meatballs. Heat the oil in a pot to 170 °C (340 °F) and reduce the heat to low. Gently place the meatballs into the pot. Then, bring to medium heat. Don’t touch the meatballs until the surface firms up. Occasionally shake the pot to keep the bottom of the meatballs from burning.
When the surface firms up, turn the meatballs over. Keep turning them to brown evenly for 5 to 6 minutes. They will turn to a delicious golden brown color. Remove the meatballs and place them onto a cooling rack.
Let's coat the meatballs with the sauce. Heat another pot on medium heat. Stir the sauce and pour it into the pot. Bring it to a boil and reduce the sauce. When the sauce begins to thicken, add the meatballs. Coat the meatballs with the sauce.
Place the meatballs onto a plate along with the sweet and sour sauce.
You can also top with shichimi chili pepper, sansho pepper or a generous amount of chopped seasonal kinome leaves to taste.
The meatballs are great for adding to bentos but be sure to cool them before packing.
Finally, the meatballs can be refrigerated or frozen so you can always keep them on standby.
First, let's make the marinade.
In a plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, black vinegar, ginger juice and grated garlic.
Mix it thoroughly.
Prepare the ribs by rubbing all sides of the meat with half a teaspoon of salt.
Set it aside for 30 minutes.
The salt will help to extract the moisture from the surface.
Thoroughly wipe off the moisture with a paper towel.
This process will help to season the ribs and also remove any unwanted flavor.
Pierce the ribs in numerous places with a fork or bamboo stick.
This will help the meat to absorb the seasoning and also tenderize it.
The ribs can be slippery so be careful not to hurt yourself.
Place the ribs into the bag of the marinade.
Tightly close the bag and cover the ribs with the marinade.
Keep the ribs in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
This will make the meat tender and juicy.
Remove the bag from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Bringing the meat to room temperature first, will help cook the meat thoroughly and prevent undercooking.
Drain the excess marinade and place the ribs onto a wire rack on a tray.
Then, transfer the remaining marinade into a pot.
Sprinkle a generous amount of coarsely ground black pepper on both sides of the spare ribs.
The vinegar, honey and ginger juice will help to tenderize the meat and the black pepper will bring out the flavor.
Place the ribs into the preheated oven along with the wire rack.
Placing the baking sheet covered with aluminum foil underneath the wire rack will make cleaning up much easier.
Bake the ribs at 200°C (392°F) for about a total of 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, let's reduce the marinade to make the sauce.
Bring it to a boil and then remove the foam.
When the sauce slightly thickens, it is ready.
You can pour the sauce over the ribs to taste later.
When the top of the meat is deliciously browned, flip the ribs over.
If the surface begins to burn, cover the ribs with aluminum foil.
Bake until the other side becomes golden brown.
This dish goes great with shiraganegi, the shredded white part of a long green onion. To make the shiraganegi, please check out our yakibuta ramen video.