Thursday, 31 March 2011

Japanese ginger pork recipe

Today's dinner

  • Easy & tasty Japanese ginger pork

  • Spinach marinated with tasty Japanese sauce

  • Veggie Tempura

My housemate's bf's mom (complicated?) gave us lotus roots the other day.

I love lotus roots

I've been craving for lotus roots but hadn't seen any in Australia before.

I wonder where she got them from...

Anyway,my mom always makes meat balls with minced lotus roots

and I love them sooo much

As soon as I saw lotus roots, I decided to make the meat balls

the other day's dinner


Today, my bf made tempura

with lotus roots, egg plants, pumplins and carrots leaves.

so yum!

Ginger pork was very yummy too

Ginger pork recipe


  • Thinly sliced pork 300g

  • Onion 1/2

  • Shaved ginger 1 tea spoon

  • Soya sauce 2 table spoons

  • Mirin 1 table spoon

  • Sake 1 table spoon

  1. Cut the onion into thin slices. Marinate the pork and onion with all the sauce ingredients. Leave them for a while.

  2. Heat up a pan with some oil, stir fry them.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Banyule events part 2

After walking back to the station and riding the train and tram,

finally I reached home

It was a long weekend.

I was happy that so many people visited the events and had fun there

Picture above is my event t-shirt

Monday, 28 March 2011

Banyule council events: "Twilight Sound" & "Kids Arty Farty Fest" part 1

I worked as an event assistant at the Banyule council events over the weekend.

"Twilight Sound" & "Kids Arty Farty Fes"

The events took place at Sills Bend at Heidelberg.

After 1 and half tram&train ride from my house,

I finally reached the Heidelberg station.

Heidelberg is still in zone 1 but it's really far from my house.

I see the event flag!

From the station, I walked for 30 mins to get to the event venue.

I'd never been to this area before so I was lost on my way to the venue...

walk walk...

walk walk..

Walk walk...


After asking 3 passerby for directions,

I finally found the event sign board!

It was a good exercise!

-> continue to part 2

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Friday, 25 March 2011

Melbourne Museum

"I want Australia to be happy.
And I want my family to be happy.
I want the animals to be free"

"People should care about each other"

I went to the Melbourne museum few weeks ago.
I love this place.

It is really an interesting place and has got a lot of things to see.
Students get free entrys so I used to come here all the time.

I am no longer a student...but I gained a free entry

It's because my friend is working at the museum as a volunteer.

He invited me to attend his museum tour.

I met him through the volunteering program at ACMI.
All the people I met at ACMI so far are very nice

Museums have been one of my favourite places.
I especially like to visit museums when I visit a new country/place.
I've been to the British museum in London
and the Australian museum in Sydney, for example.
I can spend hours in those museums by myself.

Tutankhamun exhibition is coming up in April.
I love all the historical exhibitions related to Egypt...

Can't wait

Shio dare chicken recipe

The otherday's dinner

  • Shio dare chicken (chicken with sweet&sour salt onion sauce)
  • Niku jyaga (Japanese traditional dish)
  • Radish&pork soup
  • Pickled cucumber & radish
  • Rice with shiso flakes

My housemates love this chicken dish



  • chicken thigh fillets 300g
(Sauce ingredients)
  • Onion (large) 1
  • Chicken powder 1 tea spoon
  • Sesame oil 2 table spoon
  • Salt 1 tea spoon
  • Pepper some
  • Vinegar 2 table spoons

  1. cut the chicken thigh fillets into eatable sizes. Cook them in a pan with some oil.
  2. Put all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. pour them on top of the chicken.
  3. Close the lid and wait for about 20 seconds till the onion becomes soft.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Easy & Tasty miso bean sprouts side dish

The other day's dinner


Tofu nuggets

Chicken cutlets

Kinpira gobou (Japanese traditional sweet carrots&burdock dish)

Sweet eggplants and tomato


Miso bean sprouts

I got the idea from one of the side dishes I had at my favourite Korean BBQ restaurant.

It is so easy and so yummy!



  • bean sprouts 50g
  • Miso 2 table spoons
  • Sesame oil 1 table spoon


  1. Boil the bean sprouts, then marinate them with miso and sesame oil.

Grandmother's delicious chicken recipe

Deep fried jucy and soft chicken with sweet and spicy onion sauce.

I missed my grandma's chicken so I tried making one myself the other day.
So delicious!!



  • Chicken thigh fillets 500g
  • Corn Starch 1 cup
  • ★Soya sauce 1 table spoon
  • ★Sake 1 table spoon
  • Tomato 1
  • Cucumber 1/2

Sauce ingredients

  • Onion 1
  • Shaved ginger 1 table spoon (I always buy a jar of shaved ginger.)
  • Chicken powder 1 tea spoon
  • Soya sauce 3 table spoons
  • Mirin 1 table spoon
  • Vinegar 2 table spoons
  • Sesame oil 1 tea spoon


  1. Take out fat from the chicken thigh (I know Australian chicken thigh has lots of fat). If the fillets are too thick, slice them to make them flat. (When fillets are thick, it takes time to cook).

  2. Prepare a bowl with ★ ingredients. Place the fillets in the bowl and leave them for a while.

  3. Meanwhile, wash and cut the tomato and cucumber into small pieces. Then, rest them on a plate.

  4. Once the fillets absorbed the sauce, put the conr starch and deep fry them.

  5. Cut the fried chicken into eatable thin slices and place them on top of the sliced tomato and cucumber.

  6. Mix all the sauce ingredient together in a bowl and pour them on top of the chicken.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Easy&Tasty Croquettes recipe

Lastnight's dinner


  • Croquettes
  • Mayo prawn tempura
  • Potato salad
  • Seaweed, shiitake and egg soup
  • White rice

Croquettes have been my favourite food since I was small

In Japan, croquettes are very cheap (100yen or less per one)
so we tend to buy them rather than making them at home.
However, we can always make croquettes easily.
They are cheap to make as well.

So why not try making ones at home tonight

Easy&Tasty Croquettes Recipe


  • Medium sized Potatoes 3
  • Bread crumbs 1/2 to 1 cup
  • Flour 1/2 cup to 1 cup
  • Egg 1
  • Salts&pepper


  1. Wash the potatoes and cut them into 4. Place them in a pot with boiling water. Put some salts. (You don't have to take out the potato skin at this stage. once you boil the potatoes with salts, skin will just peel off by themselves.)

  2. Once potatoes become soft, take them out of the water and mash them. Put some salts&pappers and leave the mashed potatoes in a bowl, let them cool down

  3. Once they are cold enough to touch, make flat round shapes.
    Then, put flours all over the potatoes-> dip them into stired egg-> place bread crumbs all over the potatoes.

  4. Deep fry them slowly with low temperature.

Monday, 14 March 2011

がんばれ日本!Don't give up Japan!



Saturday, 12 March 2011

Earth quake

I was finally able to call my family this afternoon.
My dad said he just came home from work.
Most of the train lines were stopped due to the earth quake.
So many people couldn't go home last night in Tokyo.
But that's ok, as long as people are safe...
The earth quake didn't affect Tokyo that much, but it did so badly on northern parts of Japan...
Things are really bad in Miyagi prefecture...

At the moment,
413 are dead, 784 are missing,1128 are injured. (according to MSN Japan Sankei news)

I hope that the number of deaths won't increase anymore.
I hope that such tragedy won't happen anymore...


Following is from MSN Japan Sankei news

"2011.3.12 13:03 警察庁 午前11時半現在







Friday, 11 March 2011

Earth quake/地震

I heard the news about Japan's earth quake from my friend on the phone.
She is Japanese and lives in Australia just like me.
She was calling every Japanese friend to find out about the earth quake.
I started panicking.
She asked me if I was at home and able to access the news online.
Unfortunately, I was out in city.

After hanging up the phone, I tried calling my family but couldn't reach them.
I was really scared and upset.

So I decided to call another Japanese friend.
I asked her if she was home, and she was!
I asked her to check the online news for me.

When I first heard the story, I thought that the earth quake happend right in Tokyo.
However, eventually I found out that it actually happend in northern part of Japan.

I quickly rushed home and checked my email.
My mom had actually sent me an email !
She said everybody was safe.

...I was so relieved.

2 of my friends (one in Australia, the other one in Tawain!) smsed me and called me to see if my family was alright.
I was so touched.

I was really happy that they concerned about my family.
Thank you, I love you both!!





Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Congrats my little brother!

Yesterday was my brother's graduation