Cooking in Japan is no mean feat when this is my kitchen...
That's it. 2 hobs, a sink, a microwave and a couple of cupboards.
No oven, hardly any preparation space and no grill. Takes some getting used to! And combined with my severe confusion every time I head into a Japanese supermarket, it's lead to some slight kitchen disasters, as well as some very tasty food!
On Monday, I promised to cook for John as he had work and I was off. On the menu?
Pad thai - prawns, beansprouts, lime and chillis from supermarket and rice noodles, fish sauce and nuts from international supermarket in Sendai station.
And I was hoping to make my first foray into baking my cooking a microwave chocolate pudding. Everything available at our local supermarket (and a note to the wise...sugar in Japan is next to the salt. And looks identical to it. I spent a long time trying to find it!)
Unfortunately I don't have any more photos to show you as it all got a bit chaotic! The pad thai was a success...prawns here are DELICIOUS...I used this recipe, and just missed out the things I didn't have. It was really yummy!
However, the cake was a disaster :( I realised too late that I didn't have scales or a proper measuring cup and was trying to convert into ml! Too tricky! I also assumed the flour was self-raising...it's not! I have now found baking powder...it's called bakingu powada in Japanese :D So I will try this recipe again and if I can make it work, I'll share the recipe and photos with you!
One other food photo for you before I head out to work...
Toppo...potentially even better than Pocky. Decision pending! The kitkat was our first foray into random flavoured kitkats (a Japanese speciality)! They were strange but fairly tasty!