Category Archives: The Cooking Journey

Documenting my growth as a chef and the unfurling of my wings as a gastronomic connoisseur. Basically I cook stuff I’ve never cooked before and then post photos showing it off, with the link to the recipe I used.

Challenging Creating a Chicken Katsu Curry

Challenging Creating a Chicken Katsu Curry
Challenging Creating a Chicken Katsu Curry

Here are the fruits of my last two hours’ efforts. Two hours filled with a roomful of oil smoke, burnt chicken and poorly managed time. But delicious fruits nonetheless.

I used this recipe here and made a very decent attempt at this Japanese-style curry, accompanied with rice. Since it was my first time frying things at uni, there were a few sacrificial lambs in terms of chicken breast pieces but most turned out very well indeed (though I’ve yet to test them all for true cookedness). I’m so full now I don’t even have room for a chocolate mousse (that’s how full I am).

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Having a Handmade Hamburger for Hiru-gohan

Having a Handmade Hamburger for Hiru-gohan

“Hiru-gohan” means “lunch” in Japanese, by the way. Which, coincidentally, not, is also what this hamburger is. Japanese, I mean. Following a simple recipe for Japanese-style hamburgers, it uses panko, a special type of breadcrumb, which is of Japanese origin and recently became available at my local Tesco, hence this experiment. An experiment which was largely successful, might I add.

I used the recipe here and found it very easy and delicious. Accompanied with boiled vegetables, which were mediocre because I’ve never boiled vegetables before and because in any case the least tasty way to cook a non-root vegetable is to boil it, and rice. A rather large lunch but I’ve made up for it by still feeling too full for dinner.

Premature Pancakes with Peanut Butter on a Plate before Pancake Day

Premature Pancakes with Peanut Butter (and honey and vanilla ice cream) on a Plate for Pancake Day

Scotch pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, peanut butter, lemon juice and honey. For the indulgence and pure American/Britishness (not sure which).

Premature because I made these about a month ago and am only uploading the photo to document my journey and ride the “pancake day” tag wave for Pancake Day (already a day late though).

Ironically, I didn’t even make any pancakes for Pancake Day, too busy and all. But this was the first time I made Scotch pancakes (they don’t run in the family, being Chinese) and they were a success, I think, plus this photo makes them look extra professional.

Recipe can be found easily by searching ‘scotch pancakes’, sorry it was too long ago and I’ve lost the link.