We have a new fad at home…Japanese. Thanks to my daughter who is a huge Pokémon fan. So much so she watches Pokémon in Japanese language every Thursday because the Japanese version releases much before the English one. And thanks to that, she has picked up a lot of Japanese words. Her room looks like it was lifted from Pokemon land. Yellow and Red interiors, Pokemon stickers, Pokemon inflatables,mugs,rug,blanket and what not!!!
If that was not enough she sketches Pokemon characters whenever she has free time:
And just to humor her, I made the popular Teriyaki chicken.Teriyaki was invented in Japan. “Teri” (照り?) means shiny and “yaki” (焼き?)means grilling or broiling, because the sweet sauce gives a shiny appearance even after grilling.Fish,chicken,lamb or other meats are glazed with this sauce and grilled or broiled. Traditionally, Japanese add Sake / Mirin (kinds of rice wine) to the sauce. But you can still make Teriyaki chicken without them and it tastes just as good. Serve it with steaming hot rice and you have a beautiful Japanese meal.
- 12 skinless chicken thighs
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. cold water
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Keep a small saucepan over low heat, combine the cornstarch, cold water, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger and ground black pepper. Let them simmer, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and bubbles.
- Place chicken pieces in a lightly greased baking dish. Brush chicken with the sauce. Turn pieces over, and brush again.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
- Turn pieces over, and bake for another 30 minutes, until juices run clear. Brush with sauce every 10 minutes during cooking.
- Sprinkle some sesame seeds if desired.
- Serve over steaming hot rice along with the remaining sauce from the baking dish and enjoy.
You can make some extra sauce and add cooked rice or noodles to it and saute it in a skillet to make some delicious Teriyaki rice or noodles.
Recipe Courtesy: allrecipes.com