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When I first started looking at the Food Magazine in Vietnam, it was mainly to get some great recipes to try. My friend had made a Virginia Roast Pork and invited several of us over for dinner. It was so delicious that a few of us asked her for the recipe, and she told us about the site she got it from. I went home and went right to the site, because I was having family in over the weekend myself. I wanted to see if there was something there that I could make, which is how I got hooked on Baked sole fillets. Continue reading →

Pork Shabu Shabu Salad

IMG_8867-1024x683Pork Shabu Shabu Salad is a perfect dish for a hot summer dinner.  It is easy to cook with a minimal amount of cooking time using heat, and you can cook ahead earlier in the day when it’s not so hot.

Shabu Shabu is a Japanese hot pot dish (Nabemono), with paper-thin sliced beef.   It is cooked at the dinner table using a portable gas stove and we eat it as we cook.  For this dish though we used sliced pork, and made it into cold salad.  If you prefer, you may use sliced beef too.  You can also add or replace different vegetables such as Daikon sprouts, lettuce, and cucumber.

This salad also uses grated Daikon radish. When we grate Daikon in Japan we use a special kind of tool to grate the Daikon very finely, almost like grinding it (see the video). If you use a regular grater you may end up with small strips. That will work, but the consistency will be different and the way it combines with the other flavors will not be the same.

It has a very refreshing taste

Nasu Nibitashi Braised Eggplant

IMG_8871-1024x683Nasu Nibitashi is braised eggplants cooked in Dashi with Soy Sauce and ginger.  It is a very popular side dish but may be hard to find at restaurants outside Japan even though the ingredients for the dish are pretty simple. Nasu Nibitashi can be eaten either at room temperature or cold.  It is great chilled during a hot summer.

Japanese eggplants are very dark, almost black, and much skinnier than American eggplants. (Chinese eggplants are also smaller than American eggplants, but they are a lighter color and a little bigger than Japanese eggplants.) The skin is thin and the meat is soft when cooked.  The flavor has some bitterness, but you can easily remove the bitter taste by soaking the raw eggplant in water.

Nibitashi is a cooking method of braising vegetables with seasoned broth.  Leaving and cooling ingredients in the seasoned broth is the key to absorbing flavor well.  As it hardly uses any oil, it is a very healthy way of cooking.  You could also use different vegetables to make Nibitashi such as green leafy vegetables (Komatsuna, Napa cabbage).  Adding Aburaage to the dish is also good to deepen the flavor.

More local grocery stores carry Asian vegetables

Tofu Hamburger Steak

IMG_8834-1024x683Hamburger Steak is a very popular western style dish in Japan, and it is often made at home or served at many restaurants.  While regular hamburger steak is made from ground pork and beef, Tofu Hamburger Steak is made from a mixture of Tofu and ground meat.  Although Tofu Hamburger Steak has fewer calories and a little softer texture, it tastes meaty enough for meat lovers.

Tofu Hamburger Steak is much less greasy, and it goes with many different kinds of sauces.  We made it with a Teriyaki-like sauce, but regular ketchup and Worcester sauce is also very good with it.  Ponzu Sauce and grated Daikon radish is a popular sauce, too.

We used ground beef here, but it can be replaced with pork or chicken.  Tofu Hamburger Steak is a healthier choice for your everyday dinner but still tastes great.   It is perfect for people who are watching calories, but also tastes so good everyone can enjoy it.

Ingredients

  • 200g Tofu
  • 300g ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp

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  • Rewriting is a must. Quality doesn’t come in the first time it is something true for every field as well as freelance writing. One can never get it all correct from the first draft. So, you must have the habit of being patient and rewriting multiple times till you get it perfect. This also helps in weeding out some errors which you may have overlooked.

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  • Build a character in your freelance writing. Having a distinct style of writing is one of the goals you should always keep in mind. The use of words and sentence structuring and developing the habit of

Preparing a Hog Roast as a Celebration

Quality Equipment

If you want to have a surprise party for someone then you will want to do everything you can to try and keep whatever you have planned a surprise and under wraps. This is easier said than done when you need to cook the food and you also need to make sure that you prepare the decorations as well, but luckily there are things you can do to try and make the whole process a lot easier. Normally when you have food for a surprise party you need to make sure that you have it all dished and cooked by a certain time, which is normally just before they arrive.

When you have a hog roast however, you don’t need to worry about any of this because you can have the hog set up and cooking for hours before they are due and there is very little to do once it is on the spit as well. In fact, in some instances you may even be able to

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The Process for Hiring a Spitting Pig

If you are thinking about hiring a spitting pig Northern Ireland then you will want to make sure that you understand all of the benefits that come with it as well as knowing the process and everything you need to do in order to make your spitting pig a success. Of course, the first thing you will want to do is make sure that you always know who you are buying from. The best way for you to do this would be for you to take a look online to see if they have any reviews.

Once you have chosen your spitting pig provider, the next step for you to do would be for you to make sure that they can bring the equipment to your event. Once you have this information you can then begin to plan your event. Your spitting pig provider will work with you to make sure that you can always get the meat ready in

How To Keep Everyone Happy At Your Wedding

If you want to keep everyone happy at your wedding then you need to make sure that you have a couple of catering options that will suit your guests. The best thing for you to do in this instance would be to hire a hogroast machine. When you do this, you can cater for a huge number of guests at any one time and it is a great way for you to truly keep everyone satisfied. Of course, it is important to remember that not everyone would like a hog roast so try and get some other catering options available as well.

This could include having roasted vegetables or even a roast lamb. Of course, if you want to keep it simple then you could just have a range of side dishes because this is very convenient and if you have some guests who are vegetarian then you won’t have any problems here either. If you wanted to spice things up a bit then you could even host a full BBQ. This way you could have the hog roast and various other meats so if you have someone who doesn’t like pork then you don’t have anything to worry about