Category Archives: Japanese

Short Recipe: Green Tea Salmon

Green tea and salmon – sounds like a dodgy combination to you? Definitely not! For fans of green tea, for its health benefits in the form of antioxidants, or simply for its mild yet delightful taste, this is a great (not to mention simple) recipe for a main course. For a rice accompaniment, click here for a recipe. This food blogger has come up with an interesting idea of complementing green tea salmon with green coconut brown rice!

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Happy Bento: Salmon & Rock Melon Sushi Wrap

Hello readers! Thousand apologies for the unannounced one week hiatus at TummyTroll. It’s (finally) summer and the TummyTrollers have been trigger-happy whizzing to exotic locales travelling to our hearts’ content! And of course, tasting the best local cuisine from everywhere. Food travelogues should be coming up soon – Stay tuned!

I’d been nursing a craving for Japanese cuisine. Sashimi in particular, hence the inspiration for a sushi wrap with raw salmon. To be honest I’m not too clear about the exact terminology for this wrap – I’d heard people calling it a California wrap, California roll (but this doesn’t seem quite right) amongst other terms… Nevertheless, it’s a quick and tasty option for a bento packed lunch. Store it in a box suitable for chilled food – Lest the salmon turns bad at room temperature! I replaced avocado with rock melon for an interesting twist on the classic sushi wrap – And what a refreshing change it became!

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CHEAT! / Step-By-Step: Japanese Yakisoba (Fried Noodles 焼きそば)

I’ll be honest with every person on this Earth – I totally live off expired food. And I love it.

Before you start frothing at the mouth and boycotting TummyTroll, let me qualify by my statement by elaborating that “expired food” in this context doesn’t refer to slimy rotten eggs or maggot-infested meat. I am talking about the price-discounted items that are being sold off cheap by supermarkets at the end of the day to clear their stocks. If anything, most of these food are still fresh and good if you know how to choose your good eggs from the rotten eggs!

And for my expertise in this area I should have received a PhD from the University of Life a long, long time ago. Nobody seems to acknowledge my highly coveted skills and talents without first laughing out loud. We’ll see who has the last laugh. Ha ha ha. Anyway, this will be the start of an All Reduced section under the CHEAT! recipes – A godsend to poor students like us I suppose! For your information, this All Reduced meal only costs approximately 45p per person, including the seasoning but excluding the Bonito flakes and Seaweed sheets. It is seriously this affordable!

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Step-By-Step: Honey & Miso Glazed Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant Steaks with Honey & Miso Glaze

I love eggplants to bits (or brinjal or aubergine whichever you call it). And I believe I’m in the minority because many if not most of my friends seem to detest it – I don’t understand! It’s so juicy, so versatile and most importantly melt-in-your-mouth-tender. How can anyone hate a vegetable so saintly? I weep for your understated charm, dear eggplant → :”(

Anyway, here’s a simple eggplant dish with some rocking Japanese attitude! Vegetarians and health-conscious readers would love this as a replacement for steaks – They’re just as juicy and flavourful, but very much healthier. In fact, I’m lapping up the beautiful honey and miso glaze… Savoury, sweet, and umami* all in one bite, what’s not to like? (ooh it rhymes)

*Umami is the fifth sensation of taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour!

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CHEAT! Japanese Curry Rice

Back in Singapore for my Easter holidays, I couldn’t help but satisfy my cravings for Japanese curry, something which you can’t get back in Bristol. A sweeter and milder version of its Indian counterpart, this popular dish that originated in Japan has now become popular overseas, and is now a must-have dish on every menu in Japanese restaurants.

To make this dish, I bought pre-mixed curry sauce from Daiso. This dish may look and sound impressive – but really, don’t let its sight fool you – it is an ease to make. You can make Japanese curry from scratch – but sometimes we all need a simple yet satisfying meal after a long day – and this is it! With readily available premixed sauces and curry roux blocks, you can satisfy your cravings easily at home without having to go to Japanese restaurants. More importantly, you can adjust the taste to your liking – be it sweeter, spicier, saltier – you have it in your control.

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