Monday, June 22, 2009

The Grill King in KL + Easy to Cook Japanese Rice Kamameshi Recipe

Food, food, food. That's all I can think about these days. I keep on thinking of menus and recipes. I am so passionate about food (more than I ever was)... and I think it's mostly because I am pregnant! Now that I am in my 4th month, I experienced increase in appetite & I get hunger pangs at 11am and 4pm (like clockwork). Although I don't eat significantly more (like eating for 2), I need to snack in between meals (like Ritz biscuit) and I drink lots of water.


I have been watching the Asian Food Channel every single night for the past 3 weeks! And just last weekend, me and hubby attended that Robert Rainford event where the Grill King himself (he calls himself a barbeque-ologist) came to Kuala Lumpur! We paid RM160 for each ticket to see him live and have a bbq dinner. The event was held in Bangsar Village 2 rooftop. The dinner had 3 main meat: beef with blue cheese, chicken with something (didnt figure it out), and lamb. Overall it was okay... the event started late (because the event planners were waiting for the VIP guest -- which was the ex-prime minister of Malaysia). I was so dead hungry by the time the event started at 8pm (which was supposed to start at 7pm). In the end, Robert Rainford saved the evening because of his PR skills. He was funny and friendly. And he took photos with everyone at the event (which was around 300 people , I think!)
My Brain : FOOD FOOD FOOD
Every now and then my mind would drift to analyze what I will have for the next meal -- should I cook dinner? Should we eat out? What do I feel like? What looks appetizing? I was so into it that I also cooked up a storm last week when I invited a few colleagues and friends over to our condo for a dinner food fest. I cooked for hours and my legs were killing me after they all left... but it was worth it! They all went home satisfied and stuffed... and they sampled different recipes and dishes.
The most successful dish was the Japanese steamed rice which I cooked... and it was inspired by my old favorite restaurant called Kamameshi (back in Manila). They don't have a similar Japanese restaurant here in KL, so I decided that in order to satisfy my craving, I need to do it myself!




Kamameshi is a traditional japanese dish cooked in an iron pot, filled with ingredients such as seafood, meats and vegetables. But since I don't have that iron pot, the traditional common equipment called RICE COOKER will do the trick!






For the gathering last week, I had to make a vegetarian-style Kamameshi Japanese rice because I had guests who were vegetarians. So I went ahead to put together my Veggie Kamameshi which was a success! Let me tell you how easy it is ...
  • First, you will need to visit a grocery like Cold Storage or Isetan -- these places have tons of Japanese products. Look for this particular pack (see picture). The japanese products usually don't have English titles... but they do slap some kind of English explanation at the back. This one says "Marumiya - Kamemeshi No Moto" Instant Mushroom Pot Rice. I bought mine from Isetan (KLCC) and one box cost RM20.20

  • Next, wash your uncooked rice just like you usually would. Add the water which you usually add to make normal steamed rice. Before you put into the cooker, add a pack of this Japanese Kamameshi and stir. For 1 box of Kamameshi, you can serve up to 4-5 people (estimate that with your usual rice quantity)


  • For added flavor, I added to my recipe: cut small slices of shitake mushrooms and saute it for 5 mins with some butter. Set aside. Add the cooked mushroom to the uncooked rice + kamameshi mix

  • Cook using the rice cooker. Be sure to check up after 10-15 mins and stir it. This way, the bottom part will not burn.

  • Serve while it's newly cooked and hot! Very tasty and yummy!

I hope other people out there will also enjoy my Japanese mushroom rice recipe which is so easy to do. It will surely satisfy your family and friends.

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