A Taste of Japan right in the heart of Metro

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A Taste of Japan in Manila

Irene Tria | FoodFindsAsia

Last March 14 at Restaurant 9501 Quezon City, the Ministry of Agriculture , Forestry, and Fisheries of Japan (MAFF) held a cooking demonstration with New York and Tokyo based Chef Machiko Chiba.

Chef Machiko Chiba, cooking artist, inventor of Cook-
Chef, Cooking Artist, and Cook-Zen Inventor Ms Machiko Chiba

Chef Machiko Chiba opened her own  cooking school for Japanese, Western, and Chinese in Sendai, Japan, in 1988. She also conducts Japanese cooking classes in different countries to promote the authentic recipes and traditional Japanese cuisine also known as Washoku.

In 2013, Washoku has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. She have won many awards for cooking in Japan, and now is a well-known cookbook author. She is currently a Japanese food consultant for Balducci’s and teaches Japanese cooking at the Nippon
Club Culture Center in New York City.

She have also invented award winning products that have been patented worldwide, the Cook-Zen and Kikurage Essence.

Cook-Zen, Japanese Cooking, Machiko Chiba
The Cook-Zen

The Cook-Zen pot is a microwave-cooking innovation that creates amazingly delicious, healthy meals in maximum of 10 minutes. The Cook-Zen delivers perfectly cooked sushi rice and crisp vegetables every time.

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Here are Chef Machiko Chiba’s menu at the event:

Green Beans and Fried Tofu

Green Beans and Fried Tofu, Machiko Chiba, Taste of Japan in Manila
Green Beans and Fried Tofu

Ingredients: 150g Green Beans, 1 sheet (50g) Fried Tofu, 1 teaspoon Olive Oil, 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce, 2 tablespoon Dashi Stock/Water, and 1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar

Cooking time using the Cook-Zen: medium-high (4-5 minutes)

Simmered Eggplant and Chili

Simmered Eggplant and Chili, Machiko Chiba, Cook-Zen
Simmered Eggplant and Chili

Ingredients: 3 Japanese Eggplants, 2 fresh Japanese Green Chiles, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 2 1/2 tablespoons Soy Sauce, and 1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar

Cooking time using the Cook-Zen: medium-high (5-6 minutes)

Japanese Clams Steamed with Sake and Garlic

Japanese Clams Steamed with Sake and Garlic, Machiko Chiba, Cook-Zen
Japanese Clams Steamed with Sake and Garlic

Ingredients: 400g Japanese Clams, 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 clove Garlic (minced), 50cc Sake, 1 teaspoon Soy Sauce, and 1 teaspoon Italian Parsley (minced)

Cooking time using the Cook-Zen: medium-high (5-6 minutes)

Special Spicy Pork Adobo

Special Spicy Pork Adobo, Machiko Chiba, Cook-Zen
Special Spicy Pork Adobo

Ingredients: 300g Pork shoulder, 3 cloves Garlic (minced), 150cc Rice Vinegar, 6 tablespoons Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon Chili Pepper (red crashed chili optional), 1 tablespoon Yanninjyan (Korean spicy paste), and 1 tablespoon Olive Oil.

Cooking time using the Cook-Zen: medium-high (10 minutes); best served with rice

Sparerib

Sparerib, Machiko Chiba, Cook Zen
Sparerib

Ingredients: 4 teaspoons Olive Oil, 2 cloves Garlic (sliced), 8 Pork ribs (350-400g), 4 tablespoons Ketchup (with small vegetable pieces), 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce, and 2 tablespoons Sugar.

Cooking time using the Cook-Zen: medium-high (10 minutes)

Baked Apple 

Baked Apple, Machiko Chiba, Cook Zen
Baked Apple

Ingredients: 1 Apple (medium), 2 teaspoons Sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice

Cooking time using the Cook-Zen: medium-high (1 1/2)

MAFF is making a great effort to making Japanese cuisine popular in the Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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