I'm leaving for Chicago soon!
Can't wait for piles of deep dish pizza, hot dogs, and probably other local goodies after I get there!
Any recommendations? Any "must-have" dishes?
Wait! What about Mister who is gonna be left home alone without any food?
Well, I made some dishes and wrapped them up as lunch boxes,
Hopefully it'll last him a few more days before I'm back!
This dish, (or dishes, you'll find out later on) was made from a little bit of everything left in the cabinet..
I was intended to add some scallions into the mixture..but..forgot to buy it...
As a result, I just grabbed the leftover onion in the fridge and sprinkled some spices here and there,
Good thing it ain't taste that bad!
Besides, you only need microwave to make it! How convenient is that!
6 minutes in the microwave then you'll get this-
12 shitake mushrooms
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 lb of ground pork
1/4 small or medium sized onion (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons of roasted sesame
2 teaspoons of dried seaweed
2 teaspoons of corn starch
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of curry powder
Some Japanese soup base
Thai chili sauce
First let's pour some hot water in a big bowl and add some soup base,
If you can't find soup base, a smaller portion of soy sauce will do.
Remove the stems from the mushrooms and soak them in the water mixture for at least 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the pork with roasted sesame, dried seaweed, corn starch, sesame oil, curry powder, and soy sauce,
When the mushrooms are ready, transfer them on to a microwavable plate,
Form the pork mixture into small balls and press them into the center of the mushrooms.
Moist a paper towel with either water or the soup base liquid mixture,
Gently cover the stuffed mushrooms,
Into the microwave and start cooking it!
6 minutes for my microwave (medium-high power).
Beeeeeeep!!! Not even enough time for me to wash the dishes and my food, oh no, mister's food is done!
Just drizzle some Thai chili sauce over it and there you have it!
I also had some leftover pork mixture so I just formed them into smaller patties and seared them till fully cooked, about 2 minutes on each side.
After that, spread some Japanese burger sauce (hambaku) over,
I even added chunks of fresh mozzarella and put the patties back into the microwave for one minute,
Sprinkle some dried seaweed and there you have another dish!-
If you can't find burger sauce, teriyaki works too,
Or just prepare another sauce pan, add some soy sauce, corn starch, sugar, and mirin,
That's your instant hambaku sauce!
I think Mister at home won't be starving for sure.
Cindy's Rating: 6 (pretty good considered it was made with leftover stuff)