Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes For Hinamatsuri

01.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

Hinamatsuri is almost here, and I’ve got the perfect treat for this year’s festival: Hello Kitty Sushi Cakes. These Hello Kitty decorations can be made with basic Japanese ingredients, so follow along and try making them yourself.

 

1: Equipment/Ingredients

15cm cake tin

 

1 cup vinegared sushi rice

200g tuna

200g salmon

3 Japanese rolled omelettes (dashi-maki tamago)

20 beefsteak plant

Ikura salted salmon roe

Hanpen pounded fish cake

 

2:

Line a cake tin with baking sheet paper like in the photo. Use a cake tin with a detachable bottom spanning 15cm. In the case that you don’t have a cake tin with a detachable bottom, cover the bottom of your tin with cling film which will make it easy to remove everything afterwards.

 

3:

Cut Hello Kitty, flowers and other shapes into some hanpen pounded fish cake.

 

4:


Slice the tuna, salmon, and Japanese egg into cubes about 1.2cm each.

Pile the ingredients in this order: rice→tuna, salmon, and egg→rice. Refer to the photo below.

 

5:

Leave the ingredients exposed around the outside like so

 

6:

Top with the rest of the ingredients as you like.

 

7:

 

Finish by adding your Hello Kitties and flowers which you can decorate with leftovers, like the noses and middle of the flowers. I also used cucumber and crab sticks for the head decorations.

 

Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

 

Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    09.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

    For this edition of Kaori’s Easy Recipe, I used a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes to make “Mickey & Minnie Cookie Cupcakes” which make for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. It’s a super easy recipe to follow – I even made the cookies and ribbon using ingredients readily available at the supermarket. So don’t hesitate, give this easy recipe a go for yourself.

     

    1: Ingredients (Makes 6 cupcakes measured 7cm)

    2 medium eggs (40g egg yolk/60g egg white)

    60g granulated sugar

    2tsp vegetable oil

    1-2tsp lemon juice

    45g weak flour

     

    2

    ①Put the egg yolk, vegetable oil, and lemon juice into a bowl and mix well.

    ②In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and gradually add in the granulated sugar. When adding the sugar, I recommend doing it in four portions. So add one quarter of the sugar, mix, repeat.

    ③Once you’ve added all the sugar, mix well to incorporate into the egg white.

    ④Gradually add the weak flour. Do this in three portions like in step ②. Please be careful as to not mix too vigorously when adding the flour as it will result in the dough losing its loose texture and becoming firm.

    3: Pour the mix into the cups so that 70-80% of the cups are full. Bake at 190℃ for 12 minutes, then bring the heat down to 170℃ and cook for a further 3 minutes.

    4: Now it’s time to make Mickey Mouse. I used one big Oreo cookie and two little ones, the latter of which don’t have filling. Like in the photo below, half the bigger cookie, place the smaller ones inside, and place the bigger half back on. If you don’t have anything to stick the cookie back on, you can use the filling of the Oreo.

    5: I used melted to chocolate to fix my Mickey Mouse together. If you add red M&M’s like I did in the photo below, Mickey transforms into Minnie.

    6: Once the cupcakes are done baking, make an incision in the top to place the Mickey and Minnie cookies into.

    7: Add some fresh cream to decorate, and your Valentine’s Day Disney cupcakes are complete!

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    There are many other cute Disney recipes available in the book that Kaori used too, so if you’re in Japan or have access to Japanese books, then why not pick up a copy?

     

    ©️Disney

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make My Melody Strawberry Purin

    12.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    As strawberries are currently in season in Japan, today we’ll be looking at an easy recipe for delicious strawberry purin. All you have to do is mix the ingredients and you’re done! In previous recipes, we’ve looked at purin recipes that involve decorating the inside of the glass. Many people commented that this is quite difficult so today we’ve got a recipe that is easy enough for even kids.

     

    Ingredients (For 2 Portions)

    Two small jars (this recipe uses Weck jars)

    200g Strawberries with stems and leaves removed (approximately one small pack)

    20g Sugar

    20ml Fresh Cream (or milk to substitute)

    5g Gelatin (dissolved in a tablespoon of water)

    ½ Teaspoon Lemon Juice

     

    To Decorate

    Premade Chocolate Decorations or Chocolate Slices (as you like)

    Strawberries to Decorate (as you like)

    Fresh Cream (As you Like)

    Chocolate Pen

     

    2: After removing the leaves and stems from the strawberries, blend them in a mixer.

     

    3: Heat the mixture in a microwave on 600w for 50 seconds. Afterwards, add the sugar, gelatin solution and lemon juice in that order. Finally, mix in the fresh cream.

    4: Meanwhile, press the premade chocolate decorations or sliced chocolate (white) into the inside wall of your jar.

    5: Use the chocolate pen to draw the face, strawberries and ribbons from the outside of the glass. If you make a mistake, wipe it off using kitchen paper and try again.

    6:Put the jar into the fridge for the chocolate to harden. Once the chocolate does not sink when the jar is placed upright, slowly add your strawberry mixture into the jar and put it back in the fridge until hard. After your dessert solidifies, you can add the finishing touches of whipped cream and strawberries.

    And you’re done!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota @kaopan27
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-themed foods, desserts and pastries♡I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→ @kaopan27
  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Santa Cookies

    08.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Santa Rilakkuma cookies 

     

    1: Ingredients: (For 10 Rilakkumas)

    Unsalted butter: 55g

    Icing sugar: 25g

    White sesame seeds: 30g

    Weak flour: 75g

     

    2: Leave the unsalted butter out for a while until it reaches room temperature and then mix until smooth. Next, mix in the sugar, sesame seeds and then flour in that order. 

    3: Next, split the dough into portions. To make one cookie, you need 15g for the face and 1g of dough for each ear. Arrange your face and both ears as shown in the photo below. 

    Top tip: Rilakkuma’s face is oval-shaped so don’t make it circular.

    4: After you’ve formed all your Rilakkumas, bake them at 180℃ for 15 minutes.

     

    5: Please refer to the video below to decorate Rilakkuma’s face:

    Before the cookies get cold, coat them in icing sugar, using a small brush to dust off the excess. Then, wait for the cookies to cool completely before decorating the face. Place a Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate on Rilakkuma’s head for the Santa hat and you’re done. 

    This is the perfect way to contribute to your next Christmas potluck and it is a flawless plan to impress all your friends.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    31.July.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Together with soy sauce and miso, mirin is a fundamental condiment in the Japanese kitchen and for many recipes for Japanese food. It’s a sweet rice wine that has lower alcohol content and higher sugar content when compared to sake, adding a sweet flavour to dishes.

     

    Today, we’re taking a look at a recipe that uses “Mikawa Mirin,” a brand of mirin made from high quality rice, to make carrot and cream cheese chawanmushi. Chawanmushi is a savoury egg custard dessert eaten in Japan.

     

    Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi

    Chawanmushi is made using mirin and has a smooth texture to it as well as a subtly sweet flavour. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a hot summer’s day.

     

    Ingredients (Serves 1)


    ●Chawanmushi
    60g carrots
    240ml dashi
    20ml soy sauce
    120ml Mikawa Mirin
    8g sugar
    18g cream cheese
    1 egg

     

    ●Okra-an
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    30ml dashi
    0.5g salt
    3ml Mikawa Mirin

     

    Method

    We will start by making the chawanmushi.

    1. Slice the carrots and boil them until they become soft.

    2. Add the soy sauce, sugar, and lots of mirin and cook through the dashi.

    3. Cook for approximately 20 minutes on a medium heat, then cool with ice. Add the cooled carrots, cream cheese, and 20ml of the dashi into a blender and bend.

    4. Add the egg to the mix and steam the mix for 12 minutes on a medium heat.

     

    While the chawanmushi is cooling, we’ll make the okra-an.

    5. Mix together the okra-an dashi, mirin, and salt together. Add watered potato starch and thinly sliced okra. Leave to cool in the refrigerator.

    6. Add the okra-an to the cooled chawanmushi and tuck into your cute two-layered dessert.

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    The dessert is an enjoyable mix of the sticky texture from the okra-an and smooth chawanmushi. It’s great to have not only at lunch or dinner, but at home parties with friends too.

     

    –How’s the taste?


    Misa Kimura: “It works really well with the mirin. The chawanmushi is like a sweet treat. It’s super easy to make too, so I think I’ll be making it at home!”

     

    Mirin is indispensable to any Japanese cupboard and can be used in many ways, whether it be a classic Japanese dish or a dessert like this one.

    Mikawa Mirin 700ml: ¥1,122 (Tax Included)

    This authentic brand of mirin is made using a traditional method of Japanese brewing which blends in the delicious taste of rice. It’s so delicious that you just want to drink the whole bottle. A high quality mirin, it has a distinct sweetness, colour, and texture. It has a rich flavour, and the taste of the rice elevates the flavours of its ingredients.

     

    Mikawa Mirin Official Website: http://www.mikawamirin.jp/
    Official Online Store: http://mikawamirin.jp/product/product_step1.php?m=n
    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikawamirin

     

    Recipe


    This recipe was conceived by ITEMAE, a famous restaurant serving Japanese cuisine that is listed in the Michelin Guide.

     

    Model: Misa Kimura
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

  • Inari Sushi Restaurant Tsurigitsune to Open in Osaka International Airport’s North Terminal

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    Bijuu is known for producing and selling such products as Kyoto’s famous coarse sweet red bean paste-filled yatsuhashi otabe crackers.

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    Kyo Dashi Oinari (Includes 15) | ¥3,240 (Tax Included)

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    Tanto Otabeyasu | ¥930 (Tax Included) *Served 6:30-10:00

    As well as Kyo Dashi Oinari, Tsurigitsune’s menu includes a line-up of dishes that celebrate the flavour of dashi, including soba, dashimaki tamago omelette, and more.

     

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    Many Many Fruits Sandwich: Mango ¥626 / Green Grape ¥561 (Tax Included) *Takeout only

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    CAFE CREPE | Floor 1F


    Honey Summer Orange: ¥730 (Tax Included) *Takeout only

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    Milk Bottle Smoothie: ¥880 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in

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    Cinnamoroll Milk Pudding: ¥1,078 (Tax Included) *Takeout and have-in


    Cinnamoroll Sky Beaker Parfait: ¥1,048 (Tax Included) *Have-in only

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  • Enjoy Japan’s Ennichi Festival At Home with These Adorable Sanrio Lanterns, Keyrings and More

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    The sparkly and kawaii line-up includes everything from pouches to charms and more.

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Korilakkuma Tofu Pudding

    12.July.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

    Today, I’ll be showing you a dreamy recipe on how to make the healthy Taiwanese snack douhua topped with Yukimi Daifuku mochi ice cream.

     

    Ingredients


    400ml soy milk
    2-g Lakanto (Zero-calorie natural sweetener)
    Pinch of salt
    8g gelatin (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

     

    Pre-preparations


    Stick bear-shaped sliced chocolate around the side of a glass and leave to set in the refrigerator.

     

    1.


    Warm soy milk and Lakanto in a saucepan until the Lakanto is completely dissolved.

     

    2.


    Add the gelatin and mix until fully dissolved.

     

    3.


    Leave the mix to cool. Once cooled, remove the glass from the refrigerator and pour the mix into the glass. Place back into the fridge until it sets.

     

    4.


    Add sliced almonds and use a chocolate pen on Yukimi Daifuku to create Korilakkuma’s face, or a face of your choice.

     

    5.

    Remove the glass from the fridge and add the Yukimi Daifuku. Choose your choice of toppings, like soy flour and brown sugar syrup, then enjoy!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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    The new limited-time character cafe POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU is set to open in Harajuku, Tokyo from July 15, 2020 to mid-January 2021.

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  • Little Twin Stars 45th Anniversary Celebrated at Tokyo Tower

    03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Sanrio’s popular characters Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, Tokyo Tower is now hosting an event called “Twinkle color miracle☆” which began on July 1.

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    TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~

    Schedule
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    Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
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  • Japan’s New Eel Burger is Made in Collaboration With the Theatrical Entertainment Sushi Bar Teruzushi

    03.July.2020 | FOOD

    Matsuya Foods, Gastroduce Japan, and Teruzushi have all joined hands to cook up the new “Eel Burger” which will be sold exclusively in Japan via Matsuya Food Court on Rakuten and Matsuya PayPay Mall starting from 8:00pm (JST) on July 4, 2020.

    Like all countries around the world, Japan’s food industry is suffering at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, with less customers dining in restaurants and eateries. That’s where Matsuya Foods comes in, which has launched an effort to collaborate with fellow restaurants to release exquisite dishes online. That begins with the “Eel Burger,” the first of many foods to come.

    Teruzushi is a sushi bar famous for its “theatrical entertainment” style of sushi serving which has earned it the spotlight in the news and on social media in Japan. They serve high-grade sushi which can have the average person easily spending over ¥30,000 during their visit.

     

    The restaurant, located in Fukuoka, is also famous for its “Unagi Burger,” which uses 220g of eel that is prepared in the kabayaki-style and wrapped around sushi rice. That itself is then wrapped in high quality domestic seaweed, resulting in a unique burger-style of sushi. The Eel Burger is an amalgamation of flavours and textures, with the crunchy seaweed complementing the soft eel.

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