By her: marinated chicken & cucumber

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Recipe adapted from Just One Cookbook

Ingredients

1 cucumber

3 chicken thigh with/without skin

For seasoning A

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp sake

1 tsp salt

For seasoning B

1/4 cup soy sauce

4 1/2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp mirin

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sake

Instructions

1. Discard both ends of the cucumbers and peel the skin, leaving some part unpeeled for the look.

2. Cut the cucumbers in “rangiri style”, making long, thin diagonal cuts while rotating one-quarter between every cut.

3. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

4. Place the chicken in a frying pan skin side down and add Seasoning A.

5. Cover and start cooking over medium heat. Simmer for 2 minutes, then turn the chicken over and continue simmering covered for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.

6. Continue cooking with the remaining heat and make sure the chicken is cooked through.

7. Combine Seasoning B in a large air tight container.

8. Remove the warm chicken from the pan and add in the container.

9. Add the cucumber and mix well. Let marinate for at least 10 minutes. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Serve cool or at room temperature.

Serves 2.

By her: teriyaki chicken & rice

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Recipe from 8 days

Ingredients

4 tbsp soy sauce

4 tbsp mirin

1 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp sake

2 chicken thigh fillets

1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 cup cooked white rice

Instructions

1. Place soy sauce, miring, sugar and sake in a bowl. Mix and marinade for at least 20 minutes or overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

3. Line a baking tray with foil.

4. Remove chicken thigh fillets and brush with oil. Pour the marinade over the chicken.

5. Place fillets on the foil-lined tray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Tip: to determine if the chicken is cooked, prick it with a fork. The juice should run clear.

6. Serve on top of steamed white rice.

Serves 2.

 

 

By her: unagi & cucumber sushi // seaweeed // cucumber with furikake

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Recipe for grilled unagi
Ingredient
1 fillet of whole unagi (eel)
Instructions
1. Line baking tray with aluminium foil. Place unagi on top.
2. Without preheating, put the baking tray  in the middle rack of the oven, and broil on high for 7 minutes (no need to flip).
3. After 7 minutes or so, take it out

By him: okonomiyaki

Recipe adapted from i-weekly
Ingredients
For batter
150g flour
250ml water
1 egg white (beaten until foamy)
 
For filling
2 cups shredded cabbage
enoki mushroom
1 white onion (diced)
2 eggs
2 tbsp oil
 
For sauce
barbeque sauce
mayonaise sauce
 
Instructions
1. To make the batter, combine the flour, water and egg white in a large mixing bowl, then divide the batter into 2 medium bowls.
2. To make the filling, put half the cabbage, mushroom and onion into each bowl. Make a well in the centre and break an egg into the well. Lightly mix the egg and filling of one bowl together until just blended.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet, about 45 seconds. Pour the entire batter into the skillet to make one pancake for about 3 minutes until the bottom is golden. Flip the pancake then cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Flip the pancake 2 more times, until done.
4. Set the pancake on a plate and drizzle with the sauce.
5. Repeat with the remaining bowl.
 
Makes 2 pancakes.
 
“Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き o-konomi-yaki) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan, but is widely available throughout the country. Toppings and batters tend to vary according to region. Tokyo okonomiyaki is usually smaller than a Hiroshima or Kansai okonomiyaki. 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.”
 

By her: soba salad with honey soy dressing

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Recipe from Just One Cookbook

Ingredients

1 bundle soba

1 green onion and more for garnish

1/8 cup chopped cilantro and more for garnish

1 tbsp. sesame seeds and more for garnish

For dressing

1/2 tbsp. oil (olive oil)

1  1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

1/4 tsp. crushed red peppers

1  1/2 tbsp. honey

1  1/2 tbsp. soy sauce

Instructions:

  1. For the dressing, combine oil, sesame oil and crushed red peppers in a small bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. Set aside to let it cool a bit.
  2. Place honey and so sauce in a medium bowl and mix. Add the oil mixture in the bowl and whisk all together until honey is completely dissolved.
  3. For soba noodles, bring water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package instruction but keep it al dente (you do not need to salt the water for cooking soba). Drain the soba and water into a colander and rinse under the cold running water. Drain well and place it in a large bowl.
  4. Add the dressing, green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds into the soba and toss everything together. Serve on a bowl or plate and sprinkle extra green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds for garnish.

Serves 2.