Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Which come first, the chicken or the egg?

Fusion dinner: Creamy pumpkin soup with Oyakodon

My inspiration meal from Japan trip.....Oyakodon.  "Oya" literally translated means "Parent"  and "Ko" means child.
So in this dish, Oya is the Chicken and Ko  is the egg. 

Donburi refers to the typical Japanese rice bowl dish covered with any kind of meat, vegetables or fish. 
Donburi became popular during the Meiji era (1868-1912) in Japan where the first popular donburi dish was unagi don(eel).   Nowadays, there are many variations of Donburi besides the Una-Don:-
 Ten-Don (Rice Bowl with Tempura)
Oyako-don (Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)
Gyu-Don (sliced beef and onion rice bowl) 
Katsu-Don   (deep fried pork cutlet with rice) and also the Kare-don (with curry sauce) and Kaisen-Don where fresh seafood are served with rice bowl).

Recipe adapted from: JustOneCookbook. 
Instead of dashi stock, I use chicken stock (1 cup)
Pour 3 tbsp of mirin and 1 tbsp sake in saucepan. Combine 1 cup dashi stock with  2 tbsp soy sauce; 1 tbsp sugar and add to the mirin sauce.  Add 1 sliced onion and bring to boil till soften. Add sliced chicken (I used boneless chicken thighs) and cover and cook over medium heat around 10 minutes.  Slowly drizzle 2 eggs (lightly beaten) over the chicken and just cook till eggs slightly set. Dish over cooked rice and this dish is normally top with "mitsuba" (Japanese flat leave parsley).  Since I do not have any, I sprinkle some Furikake (Japanese seasoning).  This donburi is best served hot/warm. Comforting and wholesome food and also fast and easy to make as well. The correct Japanese way to eat it is from the bottom up, so that you will always get a bit of topping with the rice.

Baking on Sunday.... 

The secret ingredient used in baking the brownies according to "Korean Food made Simple" AFC is a sachet of coffee mix.   

The crusty top and 

inside fudgy and chocolate oozing.. for me its too sweet but the sprinkling of sea salt does help to mellow out the sweetness..  

Must grease and flour your madeleine pan well.. green tea madeleines.

It's no ugly hump but that's what we are happy to see!  

Lastly Green Tea Egg Tarts.. 


  1. So smart! One visit to Japan and you could cook yummy dishes. I love your desserts, so drooling at this hour.

  2. Hi Elaine, your are very creative and innovative. The dishes and desserts look delightful.

    Have a nice day, regards.

  3. Unique title for the blog post....

    The nom nom also very creatively leh