Let’s make the mango pudding. Heat the water in a pot. When small bubbles begin to form around the entire bottom surface, remove the pot.
Add the sugar and mix to dissolve. The sweetness depends on the type of mango so adjust the amount of sugar accordingly.
Add the gelatin powder and completely dissolve it. There are many types of gelatin powder so be sure to follow the instructions on the package.
Add the gelatin mixture to the bowl with the mango puree and mix. Add the heavy cream also. Combine the mixture thoroughly.
Add the lemon juice to taste. If your mango puree is very sour, you should skip the lemon juice.
Pour the mixture into 5 small cups. Chill them in the fridge for over 2 hours. If you are in a rush, place them in the freezer for 40 to 50 minutes.
Now, the mango pudding is firmed up. Spoon the lightly whipped heavy cream onto the pudding.
Slice off the mango along the flat seed and make cuts in the flesh in a grid pattern. Be sure not to cut the skin. By the way, this mango is from Miyazaki Prefecture. It is sweet and juicy but also expensive so we only used it for the topping.
Cut the mango in half lengthwise and peel off the skin. Looks so delicious!
Place the diced ripe mango onto the pudding. Finally, garnish with the mint leaves.
The type of gelatin we used is widely available in Japan and you can directly add it to hot water approximately 80 degrees Celsius. Make sure to follow the instructions for your gelatin powder.
To get the most out of the appetizing mango color, we didn’t add any milk at all and minimized the use of heavy cream.
We used a minimal amount of gelatin so it has a puru-puru, jelly-like texture.
Let's drain the firm tofu. Remove the tofu from the package. Wrap the tofu with a thick paper towel. Use a dish as a weight and let the tofu sit for 20 minutes. If the room temperature is high, let the tofu sit in a fridge.
Let's cut the vegetables. Remove the root end of the garlic clove. Crush the garlic clove with the flat side of a knife. Remove the skin and chop the garlic into fine pieces.
Slice the ginger thinly. Stack the slices on top of each other and cut them into fine strips. Turn the strips and chop across the ginger.
Remove the root ends of the garlic chives. Cut the chives in half and chop them into half inch pieces.
Here is the Chinese-style chicken stock powder. Pour hot water in the heatproof measuring cup. Stir and dissolve the chicken stock well.
Dissolve the potato starch in twice its volume of water.
After 20 minutes of draining, gently remove the paper towel from the tofu. Be careful not to break it. First, slice the tofu horizontally and divide into 2 blocks. Next, cut vertically across the tofu. Finally, dice up the tofu into 3/4 inch cubes.
Let's make Mapo Tofu. Heat up the pan and pour in the sesame oil. Swirl the pan to coat it with oil. Stir-fry the ground pork at hight heat while breaking it into small pieces.
When the pork is thoroughly cooked and the color of pork fat becomes clear, add chopped garlic and ginger and reduce the heat to medium. Stir-fry until aromatic.
Move the pork to one side and make an extra space on the pan. Put the doubanjiang and tian mian jiang directly on the heated surface and fry at low heat to increase the flavor. Stir constantly to avoid burning.
Mix the condiments and pork together and stir-fry until evenly browned. Add the sake and stir until the moisture is gone.
Add the chicken stock, soy sauce and sake to the mixture and stir lightly.
Put in the tofu cubes and gently spread them in the pan. Bring the sauce to a boil at high heat. When it boils, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for two to three minutes. The tofu's moisture gets reduced and it will absorb the flavor of the sauce. This process will reduce the tofu's moisture and let the tofu absorb the flavour of the sauce.
Add in the garlic chives and gently stir with the wooden spatula. Mix and dissolve the potato starch evenly before adding it to the Mapo Tofu. Lift the pan from the burner and pour in the potato starch while swirling the pan.
Gently mix the content by sliding the spatula away from you, otherwise the tofu easily breaks into pieces. Heat over high heat for around 30 seconds and it's ready to serve.
Turn off the burner and serve the Mapo Tofu in the bowl. Sprinkle on Sichuan pepper if you like the unique aroma and flavor.
After adding the potato starch, heat the Mapo Tofu well until thickened, otherwise it will get runny when served.
You can also serve the Mapo Tofu on a rice bowl, making it Mapo Tofu donburi.
Doubanjiang, Tian Mian Jiang and Sichuan Pepper are found in the Chinese food section of most major grocery stores.
Let's prepare the ingredients for gyoza. Cut the cabbage leaf into strips. Chop them into 2~3mm (1/8") pieces.
Slice the onion wedge but leave the root part attached. Chop the onion into 2~3mm (1/8") pieces.
Chop the garlic chive stems first. Cut the leaf parts in half and chop them into fine pieces. Grate the garlic clove and ginger root.
Let's make the gyoza filling. Knead the ground pork in a bowl until a bit gooey. Add the soy sauce, sugar, pepper, sake, sesame oil, potato starch, grated garlic, grated ginger and oyster sauce to the ground pork.
Knead the mixture thoroughly. The thickness shown in the video is ideal to give the filing a juicy texture when cooked.
Add the chopped cabbage, onion and garlic chives to the mixture. Lightly stir until evenly mixed.
Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap. Keep the mixture in a fridge for 30 minutes to make the pork and vegetables blend well together.
Let's wrap the filling with gyoza wrappers. Sprinkle some flour on a baking sheet to keep the gyoza from sticking. This will also give the gyoza an extra crispiness.
Scoop the filling and spread it onto the wrapper.
Wet the edges of the wrapper.
Fold the wrapper in half and begin forming pleats only on one side. This is one example of how to wrap the fillings and you can arrange it as you like.
Place Gyozas on the baking sheet.
Let's make gyoza sauce. Put the black vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl. Stir lightly.
Let's cook the gyoza. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Arrange the half of the gyoza in the pan. Make a little space between each Gyoza so that they don't stick together.
Pour over boiling water until they are half submerged.
Put a lid on and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 to 6 minutes.
When the water has evaporated and gyoza start to sizzle, remove the lid. Add some more sesame oil to the gaps of gyoza and replace the lid. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.
When the bottom becomes golden brown, turn off the burner and remove the gyoza with a spatula.
Place the gyoza onto a plate with the bottom side up. You can add rayu (hot chili oil) or sesame oil to the gyoza sauce to your taste.
The uncooked filling will easily go bad even if stored in the fridge so cook it as soon as possible.
This recipe can be a great side dish for ramen noodles.
First, make a space in the center of the sticky rice flour and add the sugar to the spot. Pour in about half of the water and dissolve the sugar.
Mix in the flour from the center to the outside while gradually pouring in the rest of the water. If the dough is too soft or too firm, it’ll be difficult to wrap the filling so add the water a little at a time. Mix until all the flour is moistened.
Rub your hands with a small amount of sesame oil and remove the dough. Roll it into a cylindrical shape. And cut the dough into 5 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.
Press the center of each dough ball, making an indention. Enlarge the hole until the anko ball fits.
Add the anko, sweet bean paste and spread the dough around it.
Make sure that the dough has an even thickness and shape it into a ball. Repeat the process for the rest of the anko balls.
Slightly dampen each dango. And coat it with sesame seeds.
Gently press the dango and the sesame seeds together. If the dough is relatively soft, wetting might not be necessary. Repeat the process and you’ll have 5 goma dango.
Let’s deep-fry the dango. Heat the oil to 140~150 °C (284~302°F) and place the dango into a pot. With kitchen chopsticks, rotate the balls while cooking. This will help the dango to rise evenly, giving them a round shape and even color.
Treat the goma dango gently like your first date so the sesame coating does not fall off. Cook the dango for a total of 4 to 5 minutes and then turn the heat to hight.
A tip to making crispy goma dango is to deep-fry at relatively low temperature and then bring up the heat at the end. If the oil temperature is too high, the sesame seeds will burn before the dough cooks.
When the surface is deliciously browned, they are ready. Remove and drain the excess oil.
The anko mixed with walnuts or ground sesame seeds is also delicious so you should definitely try it out.
You can also use pumpkin or sweet potato paste instead of the bean paste.
The freshly-made gooey dango are delicious but the sweet bean paste inside is piping hot so be careful not to burn your tongue.
Drain the rinsed sweet rice with a mesh strainer for 30 minutes. As for the dried shrimp, soak them in 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water for 30 minutes. Add the shrimp liquid to a measuring cup. Fill with water to equal 180ml (6.1 fl oz).
Place the sweet rice into the inner bowl of a rice cooker. Pour in the shrimp stock. Then, cook the rice in sweet rice mode on the rice cooker. If your rice cooker doesn't have a sweet rice mode, select the white rice mode instead.
Meanwhile, let's prepare the ingredients. Coarsely chop the rehydrated shrimp into smaller pieces. As for the shimeji mushrooms, remove the stem ends and tear them into individual pieces.
Let's make the seasoning. Combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sake, sugar, pepper and water. Mix thoroughly.
Cut the pork shoulder into 1cm (0.4") cubes and pour the sake and soy sauce over it. Thoroughly rub the pork with the seasoning until all the liquid is absorbed.
Next, heat a small amount of vegetable oil in a pan. Place the pork in the pan. The diced pork cubes are visually appealing but you can also use ground pork. Brown the pork cubes and flip them over.
When both sides of the pork turn golden brown, place onto a tray. You don't need to cook the pork completely at this stage.
Clean the pan with a paper towel. Add the vegetable oil again and reheat the pan. Add the minced ginger root and rehydrated shrimp. Stir-fry the ingredients.
When the aroma grows stronger, add the shimeji mushrooms. Distribute the oil and stir-fry until the mushrooms are slightly softened. Stir the seasoning and add it to the ingredients. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Then, add the shelled amaguri chestnuts. Now, add the pork shoulder. Continue to stir-fry and reduce the seasoning until most of the liquid is reduced.
Finally, add a small amount of sesame oil and distribute. This will help to bring out the aroma and the flavor. Turn off the burner and the ingredients are ready.
When the sweet rice is ready, lightly loosen up the rice with a rice paddle. Then, add the seasoned ingredients to the inner bowl. Using the steaming hot rice will make it easy to combine the ingredients.
Distribute the ingredients evenly but be careful not to crush the rice grains. Close the rice cooker and let it sit for 5 minutes to even out the flavor.
Now, the Chuka Okowa is ready. Place the mixed rice into a bowl. Finally, garnish with the chopped spring onion leaves to taste.
This recipe doesn't require soaking the sweet rice in water or steaming the rice so you can easily make Chuka Okowa.
This is a great bento ingredient since sweet rice is tender even when cold.
You can also make onigiri rice balls and keep them in the freezer on standby.