Friday, November 29, 2013

Chicken Karage


We love our fried chicken around here, so it's a no brainer when I saw the recipe for chicken karate that I had to attempt it at least once for dinner. (We don't eat KFC so I guess gotta make up for it in some way!)

It's very simple,  I promise you. All you need is time for these babies to soak in the marinade and then slap on some potato starch and we are all ready to go! The potato starch give it a crispier crunch then the usual flour mixture.

The only thing I regretted was halving the recipe cause there wasn't enough to go around. My Dad literally almost finished the entire dish on his own! (Fortunately some of us sneaked in a piece or two before he finished it! Haha!!)

Here's the recipe.

Ingredients
6 boneless chicken leg fillets
1/2 cup of soy sauce (I used kikkoman)
1/4 cup of sake
2 tablespoons of grated ginger
Potato Starch
Salt
Oil for frying

Steps

  1. Cut the chicken into 2-3 inches squares. (approximately 8 to 10 pieces per cutlet)
  2. Marinate the chicken with the soy sauce, sake and ginger and leave it to sit in the fridge for at least half a day (I marinated mine overnight)
  3. When you are ready to prep dinner, take the chicken out. Prepare a dish with the potato starch and a handful of salt. Then coat the chicken in the starch mixture before frying it. Check that the oil temperature is optimal by dropping a drop of the potato starch before starting. It should form a small ball as it hits the oil but not brown.
  4. I normal add about 6 to 8 pieces of chicken into the oil. Don't attempt to over populate the oil as the temperature will dip and the chicken will be soaked with oil.  Flip the chicken after 2-3 minutes. It should take about 5 minutes per batch.
  5. Serve with salad greens, tomatoes and a side of Japanese mayonnaise. 





Monday, November 25, 2013

Host with the Most



I was out having high tea with the gals yesterday and was lucky enough to have a girlfriend coming over to watch the boys.

At 7 and 8, these boys are pretty self reliant and independent. We could technically leave them home without supervision and know they would be ok and not do things to hurt themselves (although I do have a helper at home.) But, yes, this was part of my parenting plan. Having kids who can look after themselves and be safety savvy.

So, after I got home, my friend regaled me with tales of how the boys were helping her look after her little one year old and they even offered her food and drinks intermittently throughout the day. 

I laughed in amusement and amazement when she said that. 

They were playing host! Lol! 

I guess, over the years, they've picked up  these skills from observing what I do when we have guests. It made me so proud, I'd tell ya. :) I really like that they are looking out for the little one and they are gracious and considerate hosts. 

If you know me, good social skills matter a lot too. Especially in scenarios when they are on their own. Good manners are always important, in all aspects. =)

A good reminder for me to never unestimate the power of observation in kids. :) And a good day to count my blessings!

Happy Monday, all! xx

Friday, November 22, 2013

Frozen


When I was young, I'd love watching all the Disney movies! Naturally, it was something that I wanted my kids to inherit and boy was I glad to bring them along to the premiere of Frozen a few days ago.

Based loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen story of the Snow Queen, the story focuses on Anna, the princess of Arrendale who sets off on a journey through the blizzard to search for her beloved sister, Elsa, whose icy powers had set the town in eternal winter. She encountered a rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven to assist her on her quest.

It was the first time all three of them watched a show in 3D so we were all very excited about catching it. They were so enthralled by the show that no one make a hint of noise during it and was totally captivated by the plot.

And how did it go?

It totally blew my mind away when the credits started rolling. I was very pleased at how the show depicted true love (not giving anything away). I loved how well written the characters were and in particular, I loved Princess Anna's can-do spirit! Ah! The kids loved Olaf the snowman, who was crazy hilarious to boot!

The sound track was also very catchy that Kate came out humming its title track.

It was a fab night out with the kids and I would totally recommend that you catch it this holidays.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A weekend away with the gals


Last weekend, the boys were away camping with their Daddy and my folks offered to take Kate with them on a road trip to Melaka. Given a rare weekend to myself, I decided to book a last minute trip to BKK with the gals! 

With not much experience touring Bangkok, we followed my dear friend R around to explore the city and boy! Did we see it in a different light and perspective.

We completely avoided the main shopping malls and kept to small 'burbs like Thong lor. There were pockets of little stores that had such gorgeous fit outs and some had good coffee to boot. This was not the BKK that I had remembered.

In fact, some of the shops brings back memories of Jiyugaoka. 

But the best part has to be the company. In a city filled with dust dirt and chockablock traffic, one can only maintain its sanity with lots of humour and that's were the gals come in. It's always easy traveling with them.

Bangkok, we'll be back! We have more on our list to explore! 
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