Thursday, December 6, 2007

kentucky yakitori

contrary to popular belief, "yakitori" doesn't mean fried chicken. it means grilled.One of the most popular street foods in Japan, Yakitori is suprisingly easy to make at home, and worth every moment spent tracking down some unusual ingredients.

go to your local asian grocery store, and buy a bottle of Mirin (sweet rice wine), a small bottle of Shichimi Togarashi) Japanese 7-spice mix, and sake. the super cheap sakes are exactly that: super cheap. avoid them. you shouldn't have to spend more than $15 for a decent bottle of sake, and the stuff will keep in the your fridge for just about forever.

here is what you need, and how much you need of it:
1 to 2 lbs Chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin
1/4 cup sake
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
Shichimi Togarashi
1 green onion, sliced very thinly.

in a bowl, mix the soy, mirin, sake and sugar. lay out the chicken in a shallow flat pan in a single layer. pour the marinade over, and then sprinkle on some Shichimi. cover and refridgerate for at least 2 hours (i did it for 24 hours once, and it was incredible). if you're going to grill these, skewer them on soaked skewers, and grill over hot coals. if you don't have a grill (or don't want to use one), put a little oil in a heavy, non-stick flat bottomed skillet, and saute over medium heat, 4-5 minutes each side. garnish with a few more shakes of Shichimi, and sprinkles of green onions.

this is one of my favorite dishes. i can set up the chicken in the marinade in the morning before i leave for work, and it's ready to cook when i come home! heat up some veggies, and you're all set.

* using a non-stick pan is important. the sauce starts to carmelize, and while that gives the most divine outside to your chicken bits, you don't want to be scraping it off your frying pan all night long.

we've got some major coolness on the book block today. click your fingers over to Omnivoracious, one of's neato blogs. does that banner look familiar? that same picture was posted here a few weeks ago. and you too, dear reader, could have your bookshelf posted on Omnivoraious. just follow their easy submission directions. seriously, it's easier than blowing your nose.

bookwise, i am still slogging through Martin's A Feast for Crows. I'll finish it this weekend, i'm sure. i hate that it's starting feel like a chore. it's my own fault for having insanely high expectations for a writer i love, and then no matter what, i'm going to be dissapointed. kinda like the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I had crazy high expectations for that movie, so even if it had been totally awesome (which it wasn't), i still would have been dissapointed. Also reading Ayn Rand's We The Living. last time i read this book, i was 18 years old, the same age as Kira, our protaganist. so far, i love the book as much now as i did then. And yeah, Kira is an idealistic spoiled brat, but i was too, at 18. The end won't be a suprise this time, which will be sad.

I've got The Future Happens Twice by Matt Browne sitting on my coffee table, waiting to be read. seems he's been mailing out arc's like it's going out of style. I wonder what that means?

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