Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dora Yaki recipe

Terri, this is for you! Tako-Yaki (yum-yum) recipe is up next. Need to take some photos first!

Dora Yaki

Red bean paste (Anko):
  • 300 g Japanese red beans (azuki) – soak for 5 hours at least
  • 220 g castor sugar (this amount makes the paste quite bland for some people, not like a sweet dessert)
  • ¼ tsp salt

For Anko:
  1. Place the red beans in a thick bottom and broad base pot and fill it up three quarters way with water. Boil for 5 minutes and drain.
  2. Fill the pot three quarters way with water again, pour in the red beans and bring to boil. Simmer on small fire for two hours until the red beans are soft.
  3. Remove any scum or foam along the way.
  4. Once the red beans are soft, off the fire and drain well if there are still liquids.
  5. Return the softened red beans to the pot, add sugar and stir constantly. (It might suddenly turn liquid-y when you add the sugar) Just continue to stir until it dries up again. Try to mesh up the soft red beans and add the salt.
  6. Allow it to cool and transfer into small containers for use with different recipes. Keep in the fridge.
For Pancakes:
I read on the internet that legend has it that the first Dora Yaki was made when a samurai named Benkei forgot his gong (‘dora’ in Japanese) upon leaving a farmer’s home where he was hiding and the farmer used the gong to fry the pancakes, thus the name Dora Yaki.

Dora Yaki pancakes:
  • 100 g plain flour (sifted)
  • 90 g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp Mirin
  • 1 tbsp water
  1. Beat eggs and sugar in Kenwood using ‘K’ beater (I only own a Kenwood but you can use any cake beater). Beat on high till the eggs become pale and thick. Add the Maple syrup, mirin and water and beat for a short while.
  2. Fold in the flour and set aside. Cover it with cling film and stand in a warm corner for 15 minutes for it to ‘rise’ (becomes foamy).
  3. Pour mixture into a jug without ‘disturbing’ it too much. (keep the mixture foamy).
  4. Pour required amount onto a heated non-stick and slightly oiled pan and cook like ordinary pancakes. (until bubbles appear and flip)
  5. Sandwich two pieces of pancakes with the cooked Anko (red bean paste) and you get your Dora Yaki. Enjoy!
    Daughter #2 couldn't resist THIS!

Bento #26

I've been wanting to make Dora Yaki again after all the pancakes I've been making for my girls. Usually, red bean paste is sandwiched between two Dora Yaki pancakes but these days you can see them being sold with peanut butter or jam. I like mine the traditional style - with red bean paste.

I planned this morning's menu very well because I only have half an hour to finish the Bento and the Dora Yaki takes about 15 minutes to 'rise'.

I got most of the ingredients ready last night for the bento and all I had to do is to quickly fry the rice with the pre-cut fillets of roasted duck meat and eggs. That I did in one kuali while boiling a small pot of water over another stove to blanch some of the vegetables. At the other end of my kitchen, I had my old faithful Kenwood humming away beating the batter for the Dora Yaki.

After some 'magical moves', I managed to get everything done on time. Ahhhh.....all packed and gone, I had to continue frying the balance Dora Yaki - this time in big pieces so that the batter will finish faster! The tiny ones were just for the Bento.

As usual, I'd sneak vegetables into their bento (like it or not) and here you can see I've skewered kyuri (partially skinned and rolled in salt and then washed to give it it's crunchiness), fish cake, baby corn and baby carrots.

I punched three stars and scattered on top of the very 'brown looking' fried roasted duck rice. Placed two pieces of mini Dora Yaki with red bean paste, three-quarters of an orange and some Indonesian layer cake a neighbor give us.

Quite happy with today's bento even though I was literally running helter-skelter trying to get it ready. *smile* *smile* *smile*

Lead free Bento Boxes

I was blog hopping last night and came across an article alert about plastic containers from China suspected of containing lead. Not one to be paranoid, but I was concerned and I remembered an article I read from Gwendomama which I thought I should share. One of her readers also alerted her on the possibility of lead in the plastic bento boxes that she uses.

Read about how she went on to purchase a test kit and tested the Bento boxes under the Clickety Click line and some others, made in Japan and found that they were lead free! At least I know someone has done some tests and it helps to set some fears aside.


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