Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Japanese theme

Every year, we celebrate at our friend, Mau's house for New Year. It is an invitation, we cherish as it means yummy food from her. This year, we went Japanese at her Maushi-Maushi! party. The name of the party is a play of the word "moshi moshi", which the Japanese term as hello but using her nick, Mau. Even the house was decorated with a Japanese theme - cherry blossoms, Japanese geisha pictures and etc.

Tomato Asparagus Soup Shooters topped with Tobiko

For starters, we had these soup shooters. They're not exactly Japanese with the exception of the dollop of Tobiko on top but very delish. Inspired from the
Spanish dinner at Max! Kitchen and Wines, this has tomato and asparagus. Instead of crabmeat, Mau added Tobiko, which tasted just as yummy.

Spread rice throughout nori

We even learnt how to roll our own maki, which was great fun. Sarah, a friend of Mau's who has experience from working in a sushi restaurant in Adelaide, was the expert maki maker that night. She was very nice to give pointers to Splashie Boy, who helped roll the maki. As the rice was very sticky, she taught us to use olive oil to keep the rice off your fingers. First, spread the nori seaweed sheet on the bamboo mat. Add rice to spread all over the sheet (about half around till the sides)

Adding the vegetables, pickles and ebiko

Add chopped vegetables - carrots and Japanese cucumber. Also add pickles in one line. Cut them off if they are too long. Top with a dollop of ebiko.

Adding Japanese mayonnaise

Drizzle along the vegetables and ebiko, Japanese mayonnaise from the squeeze bottle.

Rolling sushi with mat

Then it is time to roll. Use the mat to help you roll it properly, while pressing down the mat to form a roll.

Rolled sushi

Once you have pressed firmly down, you will have a rolled rice roll.

Slicing the maki

Use a very sharp knife and slice the roll into maki pieces. Discard the ends or just pop them in your mouth.

Vegetarian maki

We had a few varieties - the vegetarian version with no ebiko, topped with pickled ginger gari to distinguish them.

Salmon maki

Some had cooked salmon within with a piece of cucumber. Very oishi!


The futomaki version, had ebiko on top of it as they had dipped each slice with ebiko. Also very oishi! I liked this maki so much more compared to Kampachi as the rice was moist versus the dry tasting maki.

Teriyaki chicken

It would not be a Japanese dinner without teriyaki chicken. This was baked in Mau's oven and was the first dish to be finished. I didn't snap the picture of another dish, the pan fried cod, which was also very yummy and served with a creamy sauce.

Make your own sushi

We also had another version of sushi - just grab a few nori sheets and make your own hand roll. Top it with the sushi rice, pickles, seaweed, cooked assorted mushrooms and prawns.

Salad of baby kailan, cauliflower and corn niblets

I liked the salad with the bright yellow, white and dark green colours

Chicken miso soup

This may not look fantastic but believe me, this was such good stuff. The chicken miso soup was chock-full of chicken cubes, shitake mushrooms, radish, carrots, celery, seaweed and miso. Such yummy stuff, I had two bowls of this.

Matcha Men

My other friend, S made these adorable Matcha Men. I love their little red hearts and the texture of the cookie - very soft and melt in the mouth. Must try this recipe again at home as it is so good.

Matcha Cupcakes

She also made Matcha cupcakes - this one was a bit dense but nice also. Will try this version one day topped with white chocolate. We also had yummy fried noodles - cha soba mixed with tobiko and pea sprouts after the countdown. Mau rented a projector and we watched Top Secret, that slapstick comedy with Val Kilmer when he was super skinny. It was great fun meeting and catching up with old and new friends. Thanks so much to Mau and S for a great time.


Jackson said...

Can i know yr friend too?? What a great Japanese feast!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

what a good way to start the new year..ironically i also had japanese food for dinner prior to the countdown!

firethorn said...

whoa..the maki-s sure looks yummy! and the matcha man cookies are so cute. it looks like those gingerbread man cookies for xmas. your friend sure knows how to cook up a good Jap feast ;)

yammylicious said...

Tomato Asparagus Soup Shooters.. aww i nv try tis be4!! sound delicious! slurp!! matcha man so kawaii~~~

HairyBerry said...

Haha, I had Japanese food on New Year's Day. Yeah, moist maki is the only way to go...and so creative of you guys to come up with Matcha Man! Never ever thought of that before!

Raynebow said...

What a lovely feast to start off the New Year! I love all things japanese too! :-)

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Your friend sure knows how to throw a fun party. Sounds great! Wish I had a friend like Mau too. hahaha.

Xiu Long Bao said...

awwwww....we should have a jap feast like this for our JFKA meet!

Mau said...

Harro Boo

Thanx for posting about our party! We have one whole year to think about next year's theme!

Yrs truly

mo said...

wow! yummy party!

can u share with us the Matcha Man recipe? :P would like to try it too.

Precious Pea said...

So much fun! We should do this one day.

daphne said...

nice start to 2008! and those sushi!! they were rolled so well! mine always looked sideways... haha

Big Boys Oven said...

Just wonder why the matcha cookies and matcha cupcake look rather brown and not green.

Rarebeet said...

matcha matcha mennnn, ooh will be singing that tune for awhile. What a great feast! I especially like the soup shots and desserts.

Christina Kim said...

Happy NEW YEAR!!!:D
All Japanese food ya....hahaha.....the Matcha Men looks really nice:)

Jason said...

Let's see... Mau must be a fan of cats too right?
I bet if I try to roll the sushi, it'll be a mess. Your friend is a very good cook. :)

sc said...

what a lovely dinner! gosh, been nearly 8 years since i rolled a sushi, reading this brings back fond memories..time to roll a sushi! happy new year boo!

Tummythoz said...

Nice step by step maki in the making pics. Aiyo, I remember that silly movie esp the counter running on the shootings.

Bernsy said...

Happy New Yr to you boo.. the pictures look really... making me hungry.. hahaha...

boo_licious said...

Jackson - I'll introduce you to her next time!

Joe - Happy New Year! Cool stuff-Jap food.

firethorn - yup, my friend used the gingerbread men cutters but I liked the addition of the heart bit.

yammylicious - yup, very good stuff! I love the matcha men too, adorable.

nic - I never get sick of Jap food, can eat it every day too!

raynebow - Happy New Year! Yes, one must say goodbye to 2007 and feasting is the way to do it!

lyrical lemongrass - Happy New Year! Yup, her parties are legendary among our friends - great food and company.

xiu long bao - are u cooking for us?

Mau - thxs for the great time! Hmmm, must think of some themes.

Sido - don't have the recipe, sorry but if u want, my friend is selling the cookies. Email me at if you want her contact.

Precious Pea - wow, we have 2 volunteers already! Cool.

Daphne - Sarah was a real expert hence her makis look so pro.

BBO - if you use the green tea powder from the Bake shops, they tend to turn brown. Think the ones u get from Jap shops is stronger green tea powder.

Paprika - hahaha,it is definitely a catchy phrase. They're very macho but still have a red heart within.

Christy - Happy New Year! Jap food this whole wk!

Jason - very observant of you! Yes, she loves cats too like moi.

sc - Happy New Year! NY reso? Roll sushi?

tummythoz - yes, it was a silly movie but quite fun to rewatch it.

Happy New Year Bernsy! Hee hee, they make me hungry too.

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