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Sushi oh Sushi..lovely sushi (Sushi Night)

Published September 14, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, as most of you know that I’m into Japanese food especially sushi – I don’t really like sashimi as it’s raw..most of the raw stuff I don’t like. But I love sushi and can eat it everyday. So one particular weekend, I decided to head to my brother in law’s place and make sushi with my sister in law, she’s never made sushi before so it’s great we get to have fun in the kitchen making sushi 🙂

I’ve set myself some goals, we will make 3 types of sushi – normal sushi maki roll, temaki which is a hand roll sushi – cone shaped ones and nigiri which is an oval shaped sushi rice with filling on top you get them quite common from sushi train. To add variety I decided to try out a rainbow sushi which is inverted with the rice on the outside and sushi skin on the inside and sashimi with avocado on top. So here it is..

Ingredients

Ingredients

It is definitely time consuming in preparing the ingredients for the sushi filling. So that’s why we don’t make sushi often, only when we are craving for it. The time you take to cut and slice and cook the ingredients you’ll probably be pretty hungry. Then assembling it as well…

Rainbow sushi

Rainbow sushi

The rainbow inverted sushi is very hard to make, especially slicing it. The avocados were really slippery and also it would have looked nicer if I also had a red tuna on it to make it even prettier, but pretty happy with my results. My first time making rainbow inverted sushi.

Nigiri sushi

Nigiri sushi

I bought a nice piece of fresh salmon from my favourite place – Victoria Market. I love it…it was so fresh, no fishy smell and it aint slimy and usually I would avoid raw fish like anything. But when I dipped this with my soya sauce and horse radish. It was delicious! I think I ate lots of nigiri sushi that night, beat my sashimi record!!

Temaki

Temaki

The Temaki hand cone sushi roll was harder than it looks, you are suppose to have a crispy cone, but mine turned out to be soggy..I wonder if it’s too much rice or too much su – vinegar water. Anyways, it was well worth the try.

Overall, we had a great sushi night – it was tasty and we served it with miso tofu soup 🙂

Sushi with miso soup

Sushi with miso soup

But we were all sushi out afterwards..so full with so much sushi rice left…next time we will balance it out with some deep fried tempura 🙂

Restaurant Review – Nine Fine Foods (Perth)

Published May 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’ve just had a mother’s day celebration not too long ago and my sister in law decided to organise a get together to celebrate mother’s day. She decided to book a restaurant called Nine Fine Foods which is located in Bulwer street Perth and I’ve been to the restaurant a year ago for my mummy’s birthday and my impression of the restaurant was that it was dim, cramp – the place was small and the food was not too bad – Euro -Japanese food = Japanese food with a twist with European style touch to it. So we were looking forward to revisit this restaurant again. Now because the restaurant place is small they have requested that we order 3 course meal for everyone.

There were nine of us and we had to give them our orders few days before hand. The selection of choice included: Entree – sashimi platter – which consisted of selection of different types of sashimi (tuna and salmon and different cuts), seafood platter – which consisted of deep fried soft shell crabs, sweet potatoes croquette, deep fried prawns or duck meat with scallops. Main was either rib eye steak or salmon and dessert was either hazel nut flavoured icecream or green tea icecream. Both Pandabear and I thought to ourselves, we’ll just both have different dishes so that we can nibble on each other’s dishes… When we arrived the waiter sat us down to our table, the restaurant atmosphere hasnt changed much – dimly lit and quite a small space to fit all these tables. Fortunately, there was another room where they set our tables so we could comfortably sit some along the couches some with normal seats.

My entree was the duck & scallops – I’m not really into any other types of duck meat apart from Roast Duck from Chinese restaurants, so I thought to myself I’ve never had a Japanese style duck dish so I’m going to try it. The presentation is fantastic, the duck meat was equally cut and it’s light pink in the middle so looking rather juicy and moist. It was served with 2 contrast of sauce – I couldn’t really tell what they are but they tasted fantastic! The duck meat was a little chewy for my liking but then it wasn’t over cooked so maybe it’s meant to be done that way. Pandabear went straight for the deep fried seafood platter and I had some of his bits, I loved the soft shell crabs, the deep fried prawns and the sweet potato croquette the presentation was stunning it made the food looks great which in turn you would think the dish would taste great too I love it’s crumbing – Japanese style very tasty. Our brother in law had the sashimi platter and the presentation was lovely with different cuts of the fish in different compartments – he said it was lovely. Very fresh indeed.

The duck & scallops

The duck & scallops

The deep fried seafood platter

The deep fried seafood platter

The Sashimi Platter

The Sashimi Platter

For mains, I had the Salmon which came with the deep fried cabbage croquette. It was a generous serving of 3 pieces of salmon, pan fried and 2 x cabbage croquette – I love the croquette it had that crunch of cabbage texture and a crispy outside crumb. The salmon was served with a thick gravy sauce – couldn’t identify what it was but it was tasty. Pandabear had the rib eye – medium well done served with mash and generous serving of brown sauce – didn’t know what the sauce was. The rib eye steak was cooked to perfection it literally melts in your mouth, love the sauce and the mash was smooth. We were pretty happy with our mains. We also shared on the table some Caviar spaghetti apparently it’s meant to be one of their popular dishes, it had orange roe and tiny black caviars throughout the spaghetti – it was nice with some light crunch of the caviar to give that texture.

Salmon with Cabbage Croquette

Salmon with Cabbage Croquette

Rib eye steak with mash

Rib eye steak with mash

Caviar Spaquetti

Caviar Spaquetti

As for desserts, Pandabear had the hazel nut icecream and I went for the green tea icecream – I love green tea icecream. The dessert was simple it came with some fresh fruits and as you dig in 1/2 way you realised there’s some sweet red bean inside the green tea icecream that was a lovely little surprise and a great treat – red bean goes really well with green tea icecream.

The hazel nut & green tea icecream

The hazel nut & green tea icecream

Well, we were pretty happy with our meals overall it was pretty tasty, the waiters & waitresses were all Japanese and they were really friendly, our food waiting time was pretty good considered we had a large group of people. The food has definitely improved compared to the last time I was there a year ago so would definitely go back again to try out some other dishes.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend: YES

Restaurant Review – Sanraku Japanese Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 22, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hiya Bloggy Friends, well – it’s another day of battle against my viral bug. Last night I couldn’t sleep cos I have developed another symptom of a sore tummy that has either kept me awake the whole night or it may be due to over sleeping of 15+ during day time. So today, I have decided it was time to visit GP to find out what’s wrong with me. I hate visiting doctors, first of all it’s expensive and secondly they always tells me to rest and drink plenty of water along with taking some panadols!! Grrr…My GP is really hard to make an appointment with cos she’s a female GP and only works 1/2 days for only 2 days so have to book in months ahead. So today I asked Pandabear whether he knows another GP that I can visit today. Thankfully, there was one and off I went. His name was Scott – very lovely and friendly guy who was thorough in his examination gave me free samples which is a bonus to settle my disturbing stomach. He has confirmed that I have a Gastro viral infections which is a tummy bug or virus..so I’ve had to canceled this Saturday’s dinner with friends incase I pass this bug to them.:-(

So having slept another 5 hours after coming back from the GP, feeling alittle better but bored. I’m one of those who cannot just rest at home and watch TV it will drive me crazy!!! I quickly asked when can I go back to work??? He was like you better take tomorrow off incase you started getting diarrhea and vomiting. So I have tomorrow off…and then there’s the long weekend. Yay!! 🙂

So as I have mentioned before I love Japanese food and when we asked our concierge which restaurant would they recommend and they gave us a few so we choose the one that was the closest to our hotel – shortest walk due to hilly side in San Francisco. Upon arrival, it was totally packed – there were only 2 seats available at the sushi bar, which is fine with me cos I love watching sushi chef make the lovely sushi.

Now I’m a sushi lover, where is Pandabear is more into his tempura so we thought let’s try a bit of sushi and order 2 main courses from the menu. My main was a tori yaki sesame seed chicken with rice and it came with miso soup and salad. Pandabear ofcourse had his tempura which also was served with rice and came with miso soup and salad and we both shared a small plate of sushi. Now our sushi was so fresh, I’m not a raw fish person but the fish melts in your mouth and doesn’t leave this fish taste in your mouth. So we loved our sushi, presentation was fantastic. The miso soup and salad came first, they looked fresh and followed by our mains which was fantastic. My tori yaki was crispy on the outside and flavorsome and Pandabear’s tempura was fantastic, not oily but fresh.

Our fresh sushi

Our fresh sushi

Miso Soup with Salad

Miso Soup with Salad

Tori Yaki Sesame Chicken

Tori Yaki Sesame Chicken

Tempura Mix

Tempura Mix

The food waiting time was pretty good, it was packed that night and we received our meal within 10-15 minutes so not bad for a busy restaurant. When we finished our main we were tummy satisfied but there’s always a separate tummy for desserts, and we were recommended by the sushi manager named Kit – the egg pudding with green tea icecream and fresh fruits. Yummy, the presentation was fantastic and the taste was delicious I’m so glad we ordered this dessert to share.

Egg pudding with green tea icecream n fruits

Egg pudding with green tea icecream n fruits

Well, Kit is the sushi manager there he started chatting to us – he must be bored every night making those sushis and I asked him where he was from, he said Malaysia – well Pandabear’s brethren. I asked him how long he’s been working at Sanraku he said around 10 years!! I was shocked doing the same thing?? He said well, time flies and now he’s more into the management side of things. Why not run your own business I ask? He said you might not earn alot even if you own your own restaurant there’s a lot of pressure in owning a restaurant. Well, Kit if I have the money one day I shall invest in your sushi business cos you make awesome sushis he laughed I’ll be waiting for that day to come… here’s some of the fantastic sushi art I call it from Kit while he was chatting away with us he was making some awesome sushis.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend? YES!

Restaurant Review – Floating Sushi Boat Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 19, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, wow I’ve just finished watching one of my favourite Masterchef show. As usual, it was fantastic and after watching it made me feel like I should have answered that overseas miscall while I was in Taiwan and it had a blocked number which I couldn’t call back and it was around the time they were contacting contestants. Oh well, it’s not meant to be maybe it’s not even a call from them. Now, I have something bad to share – I’m down with a sore throat again – it’s now becoming like a regular routine. I’m hoping it will go away cos this Saturday night I have invited 3 friends over for dinner and I’m cooking for them.Okies, so back to my favourite topic of restaurant review to drown my sorrowful sore throat. As most of you all know I love Japanese food and it seems bizarre to my friends that every single one of my holiday trips, I would always have a photo of some Japanese restaurant.

So, as we were walking along the China Town area looking around for souvenirs we located this interesting restaurant by the name of Floating Sushi Boat Restaurant I mean how cool is that is there really floating sushis inside? So my curiosity got the best out of me and I shouted to Pandabear we are dining this restaurant. I took a little peak it was 11.45am and the opening time says 12pm but I could see someone inside the restaurant already so I opened the door and lo and behold there was a sushi chef standing there making fresh sushi and putting them onto a boat!! Cool and I asked are you guys opening soon? He answered politely in broken English yes around 10-15 minutes. So that gave us some time to buy some nick knacks – I know you may think 10-15 minutes what can you buy? Trust me I’m an expert in speed shopping I can go into a shop within 10 minutes and grab what I want.

99c cheap sushi plate sign

99c cheap sushi plate sign

The restaurant decor

The restaurant decor

So it was time to head back to the restaurant. When we arrived an Asian lady sat us down around a table – now it reminds me of Jaws sushi train in Perth, but instead of trains that rotates along with plates of sushi on top they have boats that pulls each other around the circle – how interesting 🙂 I was pretty entertained until Pandabear interrupted me and said which sushi would you like? The whole place seemed nice and casual decorated with bamboo and usual Japanese features and some big sign outside indicating 99c per plate of sushi. The chef was friendly gave me a smile. So as usual I went straight for the bright orange caviar california roll, had a few plates of sushi, ordered plain udon noodles cos it was freezing outside so needed something warm.

The friendly chef

The friendly chef

The Sushi Boat

The Sushi Boat

My favourite Caviar Sushi

My favourite Caviar Sushi

Plain Udon Noodles

Plain Udon Noodles

We got very thirsty and realised they sell bubble tea – was excited both Pandabear and I got our bubble tea cos I love my bubble tea it’s a Taiwanese thing. We had Lychee and Watermelon bubble tea which was a BIG MISTAKE! It tasted artificial, so sweet as if they just loaded up with powder sweetner and the bubbles were too soft and mushy – I just want to chuck the whole drink away.But me being me, never waste anything so I drank 1/2 of it. Btw the lady who sat us down seemed rather rude and impatient so I should have returned her yucky bubble tea 🙂

The artificial mushy bubble tea

The artificial mushy bubble tea

Anyways, apart from disgusting bubble tea – I took the chance of asking the chef where he’s from cos he didn’t look Japanese and he replied from China. Well, he’s definitely well-trained cos he makes sushi like Japanese sushi chef. Well, there were definitely 99c plate of sushi but they were pretty boring ones – so didn’t end up ordering any of that went straight for the expensive ones. Well, when it came to paying the bill – I was telling pandabear don’t give too much tips cos the lady’s service is shocking and her bubble tea was yucky. Anyways, she never came back to pick up our bill – we saw another lady standing at the counter so we walked there to pay for it. She was a lovely lady started chatting to us asking where we were from telling us about how China Town in San Francisco is one of the best and if you go to New York’s one you will be very disappointed thanks for the tip but we’ll check it out ourselves.

So here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star – due to bad service from the Asian lady
Food Experience: 3.5 star – due to bad bubble tea it really ruin the rest of our meal
Would I recommend it? Yes – cos the sushi was great and relatively cheap compared to Perth, but make sure you don’t order their bubble tea we found out the hard way.