Japanese Hamburger Steak

This past weekend, I was craving hamburger steak, so I decided to go to a Japanese restaurant called Midoh Japanese Kitchen in Rowland Heights. When you hear ‘Japanese Restaurant,’ most people assume it’s sushi. This restaurant, however, doesn’t sell sushi – they have Hamburger Steak, Tonkatsu dishes, Curry, Udon, and many more. There was a long wait because they were short on staff, but in the meantime, it’s nice to watch some Hayao Miyazaki movies while you wait.

Their Hamburger Steak comes in the hot skillet during dinner time. I went to Midoh for lunch, so it’s served on a normal plate. The patty is made of pork and beef, and cooked well-done. It comes with rice, and some potato wedges, steamed carrots, and string beans on the side. You also get a small salad, and your choice of miso soup or corn soup. You also have four different sauces to choose from – Demi-glace, Onion, Teriyaki, and Ponzu. I went with the ponzu sauce. 

– Cindy

Monday morning cooking – Penne with vegetables in tomato sauce

Happy Monday! Today, I woke up at 6 a.m. to take the dog out and make lunch. This past weekend I went to 626 Night Market again, and ate a lot of (unhealthy) food. So to start off the work week, I decided to make some very quick and easy veggie pasta using tomato sauce and whatever vegetables I had in my fridge. I made this for my sister and I to bring to work, and my sister loves it! This meal is very light yet filling, so you wouldn’t have to worry too much about going into food coma after lunch. It took about 35 minutes to cook everything, and you can even make a large batch so you have lunch for the next day (I made enough for the next two days haha). I basically used whatever I had in my fridge.

Ingredients used:

1/2 bag of penne pasta
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
1 can Tomato sauce (15 oz)
1/2 onion (medium diced)
1 pack of shimeji mushrooms
1/2 cup of green beans
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano

  1. In a large pot, boil some water. Once the water boils, add some salt and dump the pasta into the pot (follow the cooking time on the pasta box/bag).
  2. When pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a separate pan, add in some oil, chopped garlic and onion, and stir-fry on medium heat. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and oregano.
  4. Once all the ingredients softens, add in the tomato sauce. Stir occasionally until sauce is heated.
  5. After the sauce is heated, turn off the stove, add in the pasta and mix well.
  6. Optional: top it with some crushed red peppers and parsley flakes.

Yeah, I’m horrible at giving recipes. Most of my friends and family loves my cooking,  so I’m trying to make an effort at explaining it better for them by writing out my recipes on my blog. I hope I can improve, and remember to take more photos as I’m cooking.

– Cindy

Japanese food & snacks from Tokyo Central Market

It’s Saturday, and I have the whole apartment (and dog) to myself since my sister and her boyfriend went to San Diego. I asked a good friend of mine from college to come over to watch movies. Last time, we tried to marathon The Hobbit – extended edition, and I did not make past the second movie (got sleepy). We did consider to marathon Lord of the Rings (extended edition) today, but that might go well into Sunday.  Instead, we’re just going to watch any movies that came out early 2017. For food and snacks, I went to Tokyo Central Market to grab some chips, onigiri, cold ramen noodles, salad, lemon tea, etc.

Yasai Salad chips are one of my favorite corn chips. It’s seasoned with vegetable powder, parsley, and Asian spices. The texture is very similar to cheese puffs chips. Yasai Salad Chips can be addicting, so I usually purchase 1 to 2 bags max.

Next, lemon ice tea. What I like about this lemon tea, is that it is not too sweet. It’s very nice and refreshing to drink during the summer.

Ochazuke is a dish made by pouring hot tea over rice. Sometimes late at night, I get hungry. I do not like to eat past 8:00 pm, but eating ochazuke is light enough as a snack for me. I bought the instant packet seasoning – salmon and pickled plum flavor. These individual seasoning packets contains the tea powder, nori, dried bits of salmon/pickled plum. All you need to do is pour the seasoning on top of your rice, and add hot water. But this these instant packs contains a lot of salt, so it’s better to only eat once in a while.

Many Japanese markets sells Onigiri or rice balls. I bought two – salmon and spicy tuna mayonnaise. There are many other different flavors that you can find in the market such as pickled plum, tuna mayonnaise, katsuo (dried bonito flakes), and mentaiko (seasoned cod roe).

Lastly, I bought spicy cold ramen noodles and beef shabu shabu salad. Since the weather has been very hot and humid, I wanted something cool to eat.

– Cindy