Saturday, September 15, 2012

I'm dreaming of curry...

I stumbled across this panda bread a while ago. It was cute when I first looked at it. Notice--it was cute.
The whole bread sounds delicious--green tea flavored background surround chocolate eyes and ears. All you have to do is mix a small amount of green tea and chocolate sauce to two doughs  then roll each eye, ear, and face up individually. Any gap in between the eyes is filled with a plain white dough. Everyone more or less uses the same recipe and method on the Internet, but no one panda turned out to look like a panda. can tell it's a panda because the caption say so. It is hard to control how individual doughs raise with each other. You might missed a tiny gap when you're filling in the eyes and the face, then your panda turn out to have smeared eyeshadow.

Instead of dwelling on the bread, I looked up kawaii foods on the Internet. Most results turn out to be Japanese bento boxes. One of the most popular lunch box trend is rilakkuma. A chubby lazy brown bear that has a simple face--two round eyes and one large nose. Come to think of it...rilakkuma is probably Hello Kitty's second cousin. Hello Kitty has no mouth remember?

This is how rilakkuma looks like. He is sleeping on some spicy coconut chicken curry...shhhh....don't wake him up.

Now let's talk business

Coconut Chicken Curry
Serves 2
1/2 onion, diced
1 medium carrot, cubed
1 medium potato, cubed
1/2 chicken breast, small pieces
1 cup coconut cream
1 cup water or chicken stock
3 curry cubes*

Serve on rice, pita, linguine, or oo-don.

In a sautee pan on medium heat, add oil, sautee onion when oil is hot (you should hear a sizzling sound when you put in the onion). When onion is translucent, add carrot and potato. Mix the vegetables well and add the rest of the ingredients. When the water is bubbling, use a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients and dissolve the curry cubes. Stir frequently from bottom to top so the curry doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Cook until potato and carrot are soft.

*Curry cubes come in a rectangular package. You can find it in the ethnic section in all large grocery stores or a Japanese market.

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