Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Our cuisine reigns supreme

Jeff and I decided to attempt making our first Japanese dish at home.... from scratch. We are big fans of the Japanese Curry that you can get from most any restaurant in Misawa for a fair bargain; you can also buy packets of it at the grocery stores and simply heat it in the microwave. After much searching online I found a recipe that seemed like the real deal... I then dared to walk to the store to find all the ingredients. Grocery shopping in a foreign Country where you do not speak the language is easier said than done. I am sure I am a sight, walking around with my dictionary, trying to recognize any kanji I come across on a package that looks like it could be what I am looking for. Luckily for our first culinary-culture-cross the ingredients were fairly simple. With everything 'mise en place' we began... and we are proud to announce it was DELICIOUS. 

Of course the camera was in the car so I couldn't take a picture of our delicious dish, but here is one that I snagged off the internet. 

Here is the recipe that I used. Try making it some time and enjoy a taste of Japan!

Japanese Curry

2 tbs olive oil
1 lb chicken (or any meat your prefer) 
Salt and pepper to taste
1 medium onion sliced into half moons
2 medium carrots, cubed
2 medium potatoes, cubed
3 cups water
Japanese Curry Roux (recipe to follow)

Salt and pepper chicken, brown on all sides. Add onions, carrots and potatoes. Cook until slightly tender. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 45 minutes. Add curry roux. Serve over rice. 

Japanese Curry Roux

3 1/2 cups water
2 bouillon cubes 
2 tbs butter
1 medium onion sliced into half moons
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tbs flour
1 tbs curry powder
1/2 tsp garam masala**
Salt to taste

Heat water to dissolve the bouillon cubes. Meanwhile melt butter, cook onions until translucent. Add garlic and ginger, cook a few minutes. Add flour and curry powder, stir until onions are coated. Slowly add the soup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid clumps. Mixture will thicken but it takes time. When it reaches your desired thickness add the garam masala and salt.

**Garam masala is a blend of various fragrant spices like cinnamon and cloves commonly used in Indian dishes. You can find a recipe to make it at home with a coffee grinder but most grocery stores sell it pre made which saves significant time and energy!

Next... sushi rolls!!! ;-)

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