Monday, February 06, 2006

Easy Japanese

This is fast becoming one of our favourite dinner meals. Being awfully simple to put together without breaking a sweat, it is a great recipe to file away for weekday dinners. What more, with the rice cooker, most of the hard work is done without you lifting a finger, the only real work you need to do is to measure out everything in the right quantities, or you could even “eyeball” it, dump it into the rice cooker, press the cook button and volia the meal is ready.

Steamed Salmon Rice with Mushrooms
Serves 4

6 dried shiitake mushrooms
500 ml hot water
2 cups uncooked Japanese rice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
3 Tbsp sake
3 tsp rice vinegar
½ tsp salt
200 g skinless salmon fillets
4 tsp mirin
Nori, to garnish
Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish


1. Soak shiitake mushrooms in hot water for 10 minutes, drain and gently squeeze to remove excess liquid. Remove shiitake stalks and slice thinly. Reserve soaking liquid.
2. Combine reserved mushroom liquid, Japanese rice, soy sauce, sake, rice vinegar and salt and add all the ingredients to a rice cooker.
3. Place, salmon and sliced shiitake on top of rice and let the rice cooker work its magic.
4. Once rice is cooked, use a fork to flake salmon and stir in mirin.
5. Scoop rice into serving bowls and garnish with nori and sesame seeds.

* Recipe source: Quick and Easy Japanese Recipes (Periplus Mini Cookbooks)

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Blogger shaz said...

nice. love the soya sauce saltiness and smoky seaweed combination

10:24 PM  
Blogger Vera said...

woah! sounds good! i want to try and make this soon!! :)

4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is bodybuilding food. I think wet-heat methods for preparing fish is particularly vital for preservation of omega-3 structural integrity.

But who cares? If it tastes good... :oD


8:10 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Wah! New bowls! I see you have put it into good use now. And your photography is getting better. Just needs a little more light. ;) Did you buy those huge ones the other day?

5:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

hi joone.. I can see you're really getting thru' your sushi rice... btw, got your email and will try to send over the recipe for the marble cake soon :)

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmm.... just reading the caption "Steamed Salmon Rice with Mushroom" whets up my appetite. And looking at de actual pics (which lives up to what I've envisioned) makes it worse. Wish I could jux take a spoonful of it.

Btw, I love de bowls.

10:40 AM  
Blogger joone! said...

shaz: thanks!

fat fingers: It is really easy, you can just dump everything into the rice cooker and it gets done!

eugene: i don't know about this bodybuilding thing, but well, like you said, if it tastes good, who cares! :)

richard: yes, i love me new bowls.

cath: yay! i really want to make that cake!

cin: hey! i was just at first thai again! :) i shall blog about it soon.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Oh my, that looks utterly delicious yet fast. I like that! Will definitely try this.

12:57 AM  
Blogger *kel said...

thanks for sharing this recipe! it does seem like all i have to do is just to lift a finger :)

kel @ Green Olive Tree

7:55 AM  
Blogger lobstersquad said...

Hi Joon
I want to thank you so much for this recipe, I make it all the time. It´s become one of my faves, even though I haven´t got a rice cooker. I´ll blog about my adaptation some day, but for now, it´s mentioned in this post of mine.

8:56 PM  

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