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On a cold wet night like this, nothing beats a warm bowl of Japanese ramen. Using the sous vide to cook the pork belly last night so tonight’s meal is more just putting stuff together (soft boiled eggs were soaked in the marinade last night). Wednesdays are normally quite hectic because of Ah Lo’s basketball practice. Hence, Wednesday meals are often plan ahead.

Note to self: Should have pork belly in sous vide for longer period of time (perhaps 6-8 hours) to get it more tenderized.

The Japanese ramen broth takes a long time to make and perfect. So on a weeknight, this will have to do:

  1. on a deep wok, heat up 2 teapoons of oil, add 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic, ginger, green scallions (stir for about 1-2 minutes) – optional chili paste
  2. add 2-3 cups of beef broth and 2-3 cups of chicken broth (mine were homemade)
  3. bring to boil, and add 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  4. I cooked the ramen in the soup so it came out very flavorful
  5. Assemble
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Vegetarian day and I’m running out of ideas. Searched online and came up with this yaki soba recipe. The ingredients are like any other stir fried noodles, the difference is the sauce. I’ve searched online on some simple homemade yaki sauce and it consists of: oyster sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, rice vinegar, sugar and some Worcestershire sauce. I pretty much have everything except the last item. I wasn’t gonna go out to get it, so I left it out. I tasted the sauce and it was fine to me. IMG_9893I threw all in the ingredients in, stir fry and pour the sauce over it. Thank goodness for the griddle! Voila, my first time making the yaki soba (without really knowing how it really taste) and it was pretty easy. IMG_9896Ah Lo and Mr. Piggy are not too crazy about the whole wheat noodles, and Dai Bee was too hungry to tell the difference and ate two plates! Personally, I thought it was pretty good and can’t wait to try it again (except using pork next time).IMG_9899

Is summer finally here or we are just experiencing a temporary heat wave in the bay area? So today for dinner, we having a cold dish! Bought the dried shaved noodles (刀削麵) for the first time to go with my homemade Japanese soft boiled eggs (aka ajitsuke tamago). I made the eggs a couple of days (using my lovely instapot!). So putting this all together tonight didn’t take too much time. Since my boys aren’t big fans of boiled eggs, I added zucchini and enoki mushrooms. And yes, they ate the eggs!

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To make the egg, this is the marinade I use:

Egg – Instapot (steam for 4 mins, low pressure). Cold water bath afterwards.

Marinade:

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine vinegar

-1 teaspoon shaoxing wine

-1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

-1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil

-1 teaspoon sugar

-1/2 cup of water

Once remove the eggshells, soak the eggs in the mariande (I left it overnight).

Ok, second attempt to try out the trending Japanese snack/dessert – pull apart bread. I made these last week, and they were so soft and fluffy I wanted to have more.  IMG_7151

The design was better than last time, but still needs lots of work. LOL. If I had more time, I would probably fine tune the details. When you have so little time and so much to do, you’ll have to accept what you get. IMG_7154

Regardless of the look, it still tastes great!IMG_7156

So the latest trend in Japan is the pull apart bread. I’ve been drooling all over every time when I see photos on Instagram. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I found are in Japanese, so I had to play around with it. The boys were eager to try it before I had a chance to decorate it.IMG_7080

By the time I put in the details, one-third of it was gone. Hahaha…IMG_7085

This is what’s supposed to look like. Yes, I know I have lots of work to do.

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Photo from @umi0407 Instagram <- She’s the pro!

Cheap sushi – they usualy don’t go together. But in our house today, we found them, because it was all homemade! Wished I had taken more pictures, but I was too busy rolling and cutting. This whole platter costs less than $20, and good enough to feed 2 adults and 4 kids.

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