Tonkatsu Japanese Curry Rice

Yummy Yummy… One of my fav cuisine is Japanese food – almost any kind of Japanese food. So..naturally – I tried to test my cooking skills here. Decided to make Tonkatsu Japanese Curry Rice for dinner yesterday!

Actually this is not my first attempt in making Japanese curry. It is really easy ‘cos I used the pre-mix curry cubes from major supermarkets. Just prepare some carrots, potatoes and onions and add them to the curry cubes topped with water – Hey Pesto – You get yummy, fragrant  Japanese curry. Instructions can be found on most of the packing. After some trial and error, I found the nicest combo of ingredients. 🙂

Ok .. now – how to make Tonkatsu? – i.e. Deep Fried Chicken Chop. I followed a recipe I found online but modified it slightly. It turned out really crispy on the outside and chewy/soft on the inside. Prefect!! But that is after turning my whole kitchen into a big, gooey, oily mess! Deep frying really mess up your  kitchen especially if you don’t have a deep fryer. But of course, I married one good man who cleaned up the whole kitchen and house thereafter! 😀

Anyway, fruits of my labour – see pics below. Used my phone cam, so pics not that clear – but enough to whet my appetite. heee… 🙂

Tonkatsu Japanese Curry Rice - my portion
Tonkatsu Japanese Curry Rice – my portion
Hubby's portion - MORE!
Hubby’s portion – MORE!
some sauces which goes well with Tonkatsu - Jap Mayo or Special Jap Sesame Sauce
some sauces which go well with Tonkatsu – Jap Mayo or Special Jap Sesame Sauce

 

P.S:  if anyone wants the recipes, let me know – I can send you the soft copies. 🙂

Death

Death…is it scary? I am not sure who is more scared – the one facing it or the ones facing the one who is facing it. There was a documentary about death on sat, hosted by Billy Wang. He is one who has cheated the death of cancer and came to know God and love his family in a totally different way. The documentary asked many passersby and those chronically ill if they are scared of death. The overall conclusion is: death is a taboo topic especially in the Chinese traditions. But if you are “prepared”; i.e. you have organized everything and done all you need and want to do; death is nothing to be afraid of.

I found out that death is scary if it takes you by surprise.  After watching such a provocative documentary, I can’t help but be reminded when death took me by surprise last May.

We have just finished conducting our great grand-aunt’s funeral in Apr. She passed away due to old age; in her sleep. It was peaceful according to the witnesses.

Less than one month later, we are back at the same void deck; mourning the loss of our beloved Ah Ma (grandmother). It was the same HDB void deck that formed my childhood memories. The place where my brothers, cousins and I played, ran and chased. Ironically, it became a place engulfed in an air of uncontrollable grief, unstoppable tears and inconsolable heartaches.

Ah Ma left us in just less than 1 month after our aged great grand-aunt (lovingly known as our great grandmother because she isn’t married).

Why did death took us by surprise? Because she was healthy one day and the next day, she was hospitalized due to complaints of breathing problems. Thereafter she was diagnosed of lung cancer – uncommon for one who don’t smoke. The day she started on the cancer medicine, she was rushed to the hospital due to the tearing of her stomach linings.

It was a tough decision to make then- conduct an operation to mend the tear (high possibility of her passing on in the operating theatre due to lung failure) or let her be (i.e. watch her get weaker by the toxic in her body and eventually that will cause all her organs to shut down).

Both choices seemed to be not a choice at all! No one could make a decision or rather no one wanted to make the decision. But no decision is a decision by itself.

It was one of the toughest night that we spent in the hospital with her. Holding her hands and praying fiercely for a miracle.

Early next morning, we witnessed her opened her eyes one last time, looked around the room occupied by all who loved her, breathed her last breath on earth and left us with “miss-u-all” tears in her eyes. 

Death took us by surprise when we are least prepared for it.

But I know we are all trying to move on and believing that this will bring us even closer. And our loved ones continue to leave fond memories in our heart.

I doubt that one can ever be “fully prepared” for death. But when it arrives at our doorstep, it will be good to say “no regrets”. I have loved and fought a good fight of faith; no regrets.

Testing 1 2 3

Just downloaded Windows Live Writer. Oh yeah! Now I can write

Like that or Like that or Like that or Like that or

Like that!!!

and I can  change colours!!

hhaa ..

 it is so amazing!

Sorry.. this is really new to me. Actually blogging is new to me! Given the fact that I am quite a I.T. dummy + really no flair nor interest in tech stuff… this is quite an achievement! 😀

 

Okie – now life will be more interesting and colourful. Except I can’t use this on my MAC. So got to start getting use to my Windows Vista instead. 🙂