Saturday, April 21, 2007


Well, the rain has stopped and the sun is shining. Can you believe there is another election going on? My rant about this topic, which I posted about previously is here. Now, I'm not too familiar with their election system here, but it is driving me a bit batty. At least the election is tomorrow, so hopefully all this noise will stop for another 3 or 4 months...sigh...

Changing the subject...Do you want to learn how to cook Japanese food well? If so, you might want to try to remember this acronym of sorts : sa-shi-su-se-so.

1. Sa = sato (sugar)

2. Shi = shio (salt)

3. Su = su (vinegar)

4. Se = shoyu (soy sauce)

5. So = miso (soy bean paste)

The order in which these seasonings are added to dishes is crucial in Japanese cooking. They are listed in order of light to strong flavors. For example, if you put shoyu or miso in the pot first, it will be harder to bring out other flavors because the shoyu and miso have quite a strong flavoring. Shoyu and miso are most often used to finish off the dish, which is why they are added at the end of cooking or towards the end. Most Japanese recipes are written in this order, so you can't mess it up (well, most of the time anyway).

The Japanese are always coming up with innovative ways of shortening things in order to remember them so I think this is why they came up with this.

For dinner tonight, I made Tori no sappari ni (lightly simmered chicken), I've made this in the past and it is a fast, easy dinner.

I've been using an usukuchi-shoyu (light soy sauce) and it is really light, so my chicken came out kind of pale in color, not like this photo.

sa-shi-su-se-so..Happy Cooking!


Anonymous said...

That is so fascinating, Kat!

K and S said...

Thank you Ivonne!

Take care.

Cass said...

My god, I feel you on the election trucks. I am starting to hate democracy :)

K and S said...

I don't think those politicians or campaigning style would last very long in the States!

Take care.

ilingc said...

Sa-shi-su-se-so, now that you've mentioned it, I'm so going to remember it!

I experienced first hand the election campaign cars when I was woken up by one the first day I was in Osaka (sleeping off my jetlag). At first, I thought the street was being evacuated! Then my friend told me that it's just the cars going around with campaign messages.

If you don't mind me asking, who won the election? Just Kidding :D

I'm glad for you that it's now over. :)

K and S said...

Sorry Ilingc, don't even know who was running! lol...

Take care.