Sake Steamed Clams

I’ve been stuck on a clam loop ever since I started making them, consuming 1kg per weekend. Every time I try to break the rut, I see the clams in the market and feel compelled to buy them!

Today I didn’t want to go buy white wine from the store for clams because it takes me 3 batches to clear out a bottle of white wine, so I decided to try steaming it in sake instead, because my cooking sake hasn’t been moved in a while, and I would like to finish it soon.  Continue reading “Sake Steamed Clams”


Quick and Easy Crab Cakes

I bought some canned crab from to try recently and used half of them on some crab cakes. I have tried another couple of crab meat sources previously and have been disappointed, but I think this one from Zairyo was pretty good. They carry 3 tiers of crab meat, and I bought the claw version, which is the cheapest of the lot.

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Creamy Escargot and Mushroom Pasta.

I bought some canned escargots on my visit to Finland last year and have been meaning to cook them. I even bought a snail pan, but it only takes 6 at one go, which means I have to eat a couple of batches on successive days if I wanted to open a can. So I have been hesitating for a very long time.

But this weekend, I finally decided to use a can for pasta instead, and went about reading many recipes on the net before settling on creating this cream based version with mushrooms. I used the Creste shaped pasta because I have some in my pantry, and decided that for the cream sauce recipe, it will actually pick up the sauce pretty well. Continue reading “Creamy Escargot and Mushroom Pasta.”

Glass Noodles With Shredded Chicken.

I had a friend who could cook very well invite me over to her home some years ago, and she was very good at these simple 1 dish noodle items. One of them was this glass noodle (tanghoon) dish, which was something that I never thought to cook. She also used lots of aromatics and herbs, which was very new to me, but lent such a nice flavour that I made a mental note to try it for myself. And I did experiment a few times with it, and had very satisfying outcomes. Continue reading “Glass Noodles With Shredded Chicken.”

Chicken Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.

This is one dish I make when I am ‘trying’ to eat healthy or less. Yes, I have abused my stomach with so much food of late that it has become a necessity to actually cut down my food and let my tummy heal. So even though I have a standing craving for cockles every Friday night, that has to be cast aside, because the chilli that I have it with burns my stomach. But I digress. Continue reading “Chicken Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.”

The JDS Oyster Chowder.

There is no arguing that I am an oyster fanatic. When I was in San Francisco a couple of years ago, I ordered an oyster stew from the “Hog Island Oyster Company”and remembered thinking how it was just a creamy thick soup with some dollop of oysters. I saw the chef as he made it behind the counter, and remembered making a mental note that I should attempt it someday.

Fast forward to a year ago, I started ordering Japanese seafood quite feverishly and embarked on a whole home-made Chirashi phase. That was when I discovered Japanese frozen oyster meat (L sized ones) and from then on, I made it a point to store some in my fridge for those days when I need an oyster fix. Continue reading “The JDS Oyster Chowder.”