Chinese Noodle Salad

Here is a recipe I modified from one my wife likes a lot. Credit goes to Cooking Light Magazine June 2012 issue.

What you’ll need:

12 ounces uncooked, dried linguine or other flat noodle

8 ounce package of stringless sugar snap peas

2 teaspoons of peanut oil

1 package of firm tofu, drained and cubed

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup drained, sliced water chestnuts

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce

5 tablespoons of original yakitori sauce

toasted sesame seeds to taste

What you’ll do:

Cook noodles according to package directions. Add snap peas for the last minute of cooking. Drain and rinse with cold water.

While the water is boiling, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add peanut oil to pan, swirl to coat. Add cubed tofu and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently.

Combine noodle-snap pea mixture, tofu, tomatoes, water chestnuts, and green onions in a large bowl (or the pot you boiled the noodles in). Combine the yakitori sauce, chili garlic sauce, and the seasoned rice vinegar in a small bowl and whisk. Pour over noodle mixture and toss gently to combine. Serve and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds to taste.

They also had a great cucumber salad to accompany this dish. It is one my mother has made for decades. Combine 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and pour over two cups of thinly sliced English cucumber and toss gently. Chill before serving.

Obaachan Sauce Yakitori Chinese Noodle Salad

Obaachan Sauce Yakitori Chinese Noodle Salad

Hawaiian Style Meatloaf

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. Secondly, sorry for such a long period of no recipes. I was under the weather for almost three months. All better now.

Here is a easy and very tasty recipe to start the new year! Put all the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl, mix them together, and bake. It’s that simple.

Here is what you’ll need for the meatloaf:

1 pound very lean ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 cup original yakitori sauce

1 cup onion, finely chopped

2 eggs

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/3 cup of milk

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Here is what you’ll need for topping the meatloaf:

fresh pineapple slices, if available, otherwise canned will work

2-3 stalks green onion, chopped

more yakitori sauce

Here is what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the meatloaf ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well by hand. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Make a loaf shape in the cooking dish, leaving room along the sides lengthwise (see photo).

Shape mixture into a loaf

Shape mixture into a loaf

Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and place pineapple slices on top of meatloaf and drizzle yakitori sauce over meatloaf and pineapple to cover, as desired, then return to oven for 15 minutes. Remove, top with green onion, and serve with steamed rice and vegetable. As they say in Hawaii, “Ono-liscious” very tasty, enjoy!

Finished meatloaf

Finished meatloaf

Spicy Tofu and Noodles with an Asian Flair

This takes about 10-15 minutes of prep up front and then everything goes pretty quick.

What’s needed:

8 ounces of fettuccine rigate noodles (or similar flat noodle)

8 ounces of sugar snap peas

1 package of firm tofu, cubed

1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

4 ounces of water chestnuts, sliced

1/2 cup of green onion, sliced thinly

1/2 cup of yakitori sauce

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 tablespoon of chili garlic sauce (optional)

toasted sesame seeds

What you’ll do:

After all the prep work, start to boil a large pot of water then cook noodles as directed on package. While the water is starting to boil, in another pan, over medium-high heat, pour one tablespoon of vegetable oil and brown the tofu (7-10 minutes). When the noodles are just about done add in the snow peas to the boiling water for a minute or two, then drain, rinse, and return to the pot. Add the tofu, the halved tomatoes, sliced water chestnuts, sliced green onions, and yakitori sauce. Mix well and serve. You may sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over the plated noodles as desired. Note: there are three options for the sauce, original yakitori (for no spice), spicy yakitori (for a little kick), and the spicy yakitori with the chili garlic sauce (for more heat).

Spicy Tofu and Noodles

Spicy Tofu and Noodles

Grilled Pork Chops and Salad

Here is one for my friend Basil H., of Los Angeles. He likes quick and easy but flavorful. This takes five to ten minutes of preparation and ten minutes of cooking time to complete. Stop by your local butcher and have them slice 4 boneless pork chops about a half inch thick. Pre-heat your grill to high then grill the chops for 4-5 minutes on each side.  I lightly seasoned with garlic salt and pepper. Slice and then drizzle spicy yakitori over slices.

For the salad you’ll need the following:

3-4 ounces of arugula

(1) 5 ounce bag of baby kale, baby chard, and baby spinach mix

dried cranberries

candied walnuts

sliced apple

crumbled goat cheese

for the dressing you’ll need:

1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar

3/8 cup olive oil

garlic salt and pepper

Put all the dressing ingredients into a small, sealable container and shake well to combine (add garlic salt and pepper to desired taste). In a large bowl combine all the greens and drizzle dressing onto greens for desired amount and toss. Plate the salad and top with the dried cranberries, candied walnuts, sliced apple, and goat cheese. Place the sliced pork chops onto salad and drizzle spicy yakitori onto each slice, then serve. Very delicious and very easy!

Finished salad topped with grilled pork chop and spicy yakitori sauce

Finished salad topped with grilled pork chop and spicy yakitori sauce

Dutch Oven Short Ribs

Here is a tasty recipe that you spend about 5 minutes browning then place into the oven for 3 hours and you are ready to go!

What you need:

3-4 pounds of beef short ribs (have the butcher cut them into thirds)

2 cups beef stock

3/4 cup original yakitori sauce

orange slices (if desired)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

ziplock bag

What you need to do:

Place short ribs into ziplock bag with 3/4 cup of yakitori sauce and let sit overnight. While oven is pre-heating to 300 degrees, take short ribs and brown (on all sides) in two tablespoons of olive oil in a large oven-safe pan (such as a Le Creuset), about 5 minutes should do it. Once browned, add 2 cups of beef stock and orange slices (if desired) for a citrus kick. I did this on half of the ribs, cover and place into the oven for 3 hours. At some point, you can start your rice and the your choice of vegetable so that they will be ready when the ribs come out of the oven. I left the orange slice on just for show, you should remove them prior to serving.

Brown short ribs in olive oil

Brown short ribs in olive oil

Add two cups of beef stock and orange slices (if desired)

Add two cups of beef stock and orange slices (if desired)

Here is how they look when done

Here is how they look when done. Well, after I already plated two of them!

Short ribs without orange slices

Short ribs without orange slices

Short ribs with orange slice

Short ribs with orange slice

Salmon Patties with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumber

Here is a very simplified way to make flavorful salmon patties. You can choose to either grill them or fry them in a pan with a little oil. I chose the latter, since I wasn’t sure if they would hold up on the grill or not. I am now confident that they would have made it on the grill just fine. They key is to place them down and not fuss with them until it’s time to flip them. Let’s get started! Make the aioli first, that way it can be chilling in the fridge while you are preparing the patties.

Chili Garlic Lime Aioli (original post 1/15/14) with (new) Diced Cucumber

1/3 cup of mayonnaise

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 medium/large cucumber, seeded and diced

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined and smooth. Plastic-wrap bowl and refrigerate until ready to use. Note: save diced cucumber and add to aioli just before serving.

Salmon Patties

One and a quarter pound of fresh salmon, diced into chunks

1 egg

2 tablespoons original yakitori sauce

2/3 cup of breadcrumbs (we chose 1/3 panko and 1/3 regular)

In a large bowl, add egg and 2 tablespoons of yakitori sauce and whisk. Next, add salmon and coat well, then add breadcrumbs and mix by hand until nicely incorporated. Wipe hands and coat them with a little vegetable oil and divide mixture into four parts and form patties and place onto wax paper (see photo).

salmon patties on wax paper ready for cooking

salmon patties on wax paper ready for cooking

Heat pan with oil to cover bottom (or grill) on medium to medium high heat and gently place patties being careful not to break them apart. I found that by brushing a little oil on my spatula the patties were easier to pick up and slide off. After cooking about 3 minutes flip patties. At this point I placed a little more yakitori sauce on the center of each patty and cooked about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and place each on a bun and top with the Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumber. Enjoy!

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumbers

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumbers

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli with Diced Cucumber

Yakitori salmon patty with Chili Garlic Lime Aioli and Diced Cucumber

Pineapple Crock Pot Chicken

Here’s one you can prep for in ten minutes the night before, then place in your crock pot on low for 6-8 hours and dinner is ready.

What you’ll need: 2 pounds of chicken, cubed; 1 large red bell pepper, chopped; 1 large green bell pepper, chopped; 1 large sweet onion, thick sliced and quartered; 1 (20 ounce) can of chopped pineapple, in pineapple juice; a half cup of original yakitori sauce; a quarter cup of brown sugar, packed.

Prep: wash and clean your chicken then cut into large cubes; cut bell peppers and onion into chunks; mix pineapple juice from 20 ounce can with a half cup of original yakitori sauce and the brown sugar. Place chicken into crock pot and top with bell peppers, onion, and chopped pineapple. Pour sauce mixture over chicken, vegetables, and pineapple. Turn crock pot on to low for 6-8 hours.

We served with white rice, either on the side or with everything on top. We used chicken breasts in this recipe, if you prefer a moister chicken, thighs might be better.

Crock pot pineapple chicken

Crock pot pineapple chicken

Marinated Flank Steak and Peppers

Here is another easy, and tasty, dinner idea.

What you’ll need:

1.5 pounds of flank steak

1 each, red, yellow, and green bell peppers

1 large onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

spicy and or original yakitori sauce

steamed rice optional

Marinate a flank steak (one and a half pounds) overnight in the original yakitori sauce. Heat your grill on medium-high heat, spray with non-stick spray or wipe grates with some olive oil. Place the marinated flank steak on the grill for 4-6 minutes per side. While that is grilling, slice in half one each, green, red, and yellow bell pepper, remove seeds, and quarter each half lengthwise and cut each strip into thirds or quarters. Take one onion and cut into half inch thick slices then quarter. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and place all vegetables in skillet to soften. Remove flank steak from grill and slice into strips, add to skillet then pour either spicy or original yakitori sauce over meat and veggies to coat. Remove from heat after 3-4 minutes and serve. Note: if your skillet isn’t large enough, divide ingredients into half for an easier time incorporating the sauce to caramelize. We even skipped making the rice! Enjoy!

Spicy yakitori flank steak and bell peppers

Spicy yakitori flank steak and bell peppers

Crock Pot Beef

Here’s one you can put in the crock pot and check on in 8-10 hours. All you need is two pounds of beef stew meat (or chuck roast, if you prefer it a little moister). Place the cubed stew meat into the crock pot, add a half cup original yakitori sauce, and one quarter cup white cooking wine, turn crock pot on at low setting, that’s it!

We served it with brown rice and sautéd vegetables. We used two bunches of broccolini; one bunch of green onions, cut into 3 inch slices; two carrots, sliced diagonally; one red bell pepper, sliced. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil, all the vegetables, and stir occasionally for 5 minutes, then add one quarter cup of spicy yakitori sauce and stir for two to three minutes to caramelize.

CrockPotBeef

A Twist on Our Lettuce Wraps

This recipe was submitted by Monet W. of Chino Hills. For those of you who like minimal prep, and a quick meal, this one hits the spot!

Here’s what you need:

1 head of butter lettuce

1-1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey

8 ounces of Bella mushrooms, finely diced

8 ounce can of sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely diced

3-4 stalks of green onions, sliced

1/4 cup of pine nuts

1/2 tablespoon of olive oil

1/4 cup of original yakitori sauce

additional (we used spicy) yakitori for drizzling

Here’s what you do:

In a large skillet, over medium high heat, brown turkey and reserve. Next, heat olive oil and sauté mushrooms for 2-3 minutes, then add water chestnuts, turkey, and 1/4 cup yakitori sauce. Mix well for 2-3 minutes then add green onions, stir for a minute, add pine nuts and stir all for 1-2 minutes. Remove and serve over butter lettuce. Monet suggested drizzling some spicy yakitori sauce on top of mixture before eating (which we did, and it was good) for an added kick.

Obaachan Sauce Company yakitori sauce