Do you get excited hanging out in a supermarket? I used to loath it with a passion when I was younger coz every trip to the hypermarket with mom used to equal to boredom because she would spend hours just browsing through every products they have while I’ll just remind her over and over again to hurry up coz pushing a shopping cart can only excite you for a short while before the boredom kicks in :D That was then.
Now? I cannot tell you how much I LOVE walking down the aisles of a supermarket hoping to find something new or different. I have become my mom :D And it gets worse when I’m in a foreign country looking at foreign products. Funny how things you used to hate pre-marriage/baby suddenly becomes your passion years on!
I usually try to squeeze buying our groceries for the weekend in Jusco when we drop by during our routine weekly trip to the mall. There’s one aisle that excites me in Jusco and it’s the Japanese section So one day, as I was walking down the aisles of Jusco *que prety woman song* (okay kidding!), I discovered these two items and immediately picked it up.
There’s just something exciting about picking up items that are in a different language and trying to decipher it all. Some people hate it, but I LOVE the challenge And I’ve become so good at it that I recently manouvered a Dutch site looking out for clothes for Sairah so the hubby could buy it for her when he was there, but more on that later.
My two Japanese finds. I cannot tell you how much the Japanese curry has become a favorite in our household! I’ve made it three times so far I think. And the hubby actually requested for this the day before he left to Hague.
Though the curry says ‘hot’ it was sooooo mild that even my baby ate it without calling it ’spicy’. Btw the pancake wasn’t that great coz I still love the Fillipino one that I get.
That’s how the block of curry looks like. Trust the Japs to make it so exciting? It costs about RM10 per box.
This chicken curry is soooooooo easy to make that even an idiot can do it while closing his eyes and that idiot was my husband :D Just follow the instructions closely (lucky for you it’s in English) and wala, awesome CHEAP Japanese chicken curry. I like how thick and creamy the curry is.
And while the curry was in the pot, I made some potato croquettes to go with it. Because I”ve had this dish in Pasta Zanmai once and loved it!
It’s so easy to make too! For the first round, I was less innovative so I boiled 2 chopped potato, mashed it in a bowl, added some pepper and chopped onions. Using breadcrumbs, I added some parmesan and garlic salt, made balls out of the mashed potato, dipped it in egg and then breaded it with the crumbs….
Like so. Looks like chikin nugget. But it’s not. It’s a vegetarian chicken nugget, heh.
Fry both sides until golden brown
And tadaaaa…….easy peasy lunch/dinner!
And the awesome part about this combo, you can serve it both ways and it’s equally delicious. For the husband, he wanted it with rice while I just went for the potatoes accompanied with the chicken curry and it was HEAVENLY!!
Sairah insisted she wanted to bring something to the table hence her ‘pizza’.
But wait, while the meal was good, I felt like there was something missing to my potato croquettes. It wasn’t creamy enough like the one I had in Pasta Zanmai and that bugged the crap out of me. Again I think I am evolving into my mom coz these are the things that bugs the hell out of her too…..when she knows a recipe can be done better and goes all out to prove it.
So that night, I REALLY unleashed and brought out my inner Nigella and then a lil light bulb went off. Use CREAM CHEESE to your potatoes to make it soft you stupid woman!! I got this Australian-made one coz it was the cheapest one I could find in the supermarket
It was truly a bit of an experiment but I think that was the fun part! For this one, I omitted onions and instead went for some chopped and boiled soft carrots. I mashed the boiled potatoes and carrots together and then put in 2 spoons of cream cheese (1 spoon for one potato I suppose). The texture was already very soft by then and I was SO excited to see the outcome.
And what do you know, these babies were soooo soft, creamy and yummy, I was SO pleased with myself that night *pats own back* and the fact that it’s secretly laced with carrots without her knowing it – even more excellent *double pats back*. And I really should triple pat my back for showing so much enthusiasm just like my mom, haha but I won’t coz I don’t think I’m anywhere close to an awesome cook like she is.
This was made the night after the hubby got back from Hague. He requested for something light so I decided that a nice Cauliflower soup with these CREAMY potato croquettes would be warm and inviting and it was This recipe is definitely a keeper.
If you guys have any other go-to Japanese recipes or products that you LOVE, do share as I’m sooo in love with their biscuits and chocolates too
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