Month: January 2016

How to Make Ebi Tempura Udon | Japanese Comfort Food

Udon noodle soup is widely popular because of the minimalist taste of its nature – the secret of this scrumptious Japanese cuisine is actually in its dashi. Dashi is a Japanese stock, and it is a fundamental ingredient in many Japanese dishes. The most common combination to make a basic dashi is Kombu (dried kelp) and Katsuobushi (dried bonito fish flakes). In this udon recipe, the dashi stock includes 4 main ingredients such as dried shiitake mushrooms, niboshi (dried baby sardines/anchovies), kombu and katusobushi to bring out the rich umami flavor. Like many Japanese noodles, udon noodles are usually served chilled in the summer and hot in the winter. Toppings are chosen to reflect the seasons. Most toppings are added without much cooking, although some are deep-fried like tempura shrimps and vegetables. INGREDIENTS serves 3 600g fresh udon noodles 1 cup shimeji mushrooms 1/2 cup chopped scallions or spring onions 1 to 2 cups pea shoots 8 tbsp mirin 8 tbsp soy sauce a pinch of sugar 6 cups dashi*  6 ebi tempura* shichimi tōgarashi / …

Classic Pavlova

Pavlova is a classic Australian dessert that involves baking a large meringue that is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and then covering it with cream and fresh fruits. INGREDIENTS serves 8 225 ml egg whites 330g sugar 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar 375 ml heavy cream 1 cup fresh raspberries 2 cup cherries, stems intact powdered sugar for dusting DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.  Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting 30 seconds between each addition. Once all the sugar has been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and whisk for a further 6 minutes or until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Add the vinegar and whisk for 4 minutes or until glossy and combined. 2. Pile spoonfuls of the meringue onto a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and using a spatula, shape to form a 20 cm mound. …