Harumi Kurihara (栗原 はるみ, born March 5, 1947) is a celebrity home-maker and television personality in Japan. She never had professional training as a chef. She is therefore known for satisfying home-cooking. In particular her cuisine is known for combining traditional and newer Western influences, while accounting for the real-world time constraints of a housewife.
The next recipe from Harumi’s “Japanese Home Cooking” which I tried is Pari Pari Style Chicken. Her recipe calls for boneless skin-on chicken thighs but I had sitting in my fridge these chicken wings which were asking to be cooked. Wings or chicken thighs, they work just as well for her recipe with a slight adjustment to the baking time in the oven.
My family enjoyed this style of preparing chicken. Her recipe delivered a chicken wings/thighs that were moist and flavourful. It makes both a good appetizer as well as part of the several other dishes for dinner or lunch. It is also rather universal in flavour so it can easily be part of a Western or Asian meal, depending on the accompanying dishes. Click here for Shanghai Cabbage with Oyster Sauce & Garlic.
Unbelievably Simple Ingredients ( I apologise for my mistake in leaving out the bottle of sake in the photo below).
Season the 700 gms chicken wings with 1 Tbsp sake, 1 level tsp chopped garlic, 1 Tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce Or Kikkoman Special Fragrance Soy Sauce. Refrigerate for at least hour or till you are ready to cook it.
Hint: To keep washing to a minimum, when I am seasoning fish or red meats, I usually use a large thick plastic bag instead of a stainless steel bowl or any other type of container. Into this bag, I will place my fish or any other kind of red meat I am cooking and pour in my bowl of whatever seasoning sauce I am using and mix the 2 things together. Clean up is so easy, this is also a space saving method and best of all, the seasoning encases the meat.
Line the baking tray with aluminium foil to keep clean up scrubbing to a minimum. Brush the chicken with 1 Tbsp sesame oil and grill at 220C for 15 to 20 mins. Turn chicken over and brush with the other Tbsp sesame oil and continue cooking for about 10 mins.
Serves : 4 persons
- 700 gms Chicken Thighs (boneless with skin)
Marinade (for chicken – at least 1 hour)
- 1 Tbsp Dry sherry (cooking sake is a good substitute)
- 1 tbsp Light Soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 level tsp finely minced garlic (2 cloves garlic)
- Dash or two of ground white pepper
Oil for basting:
2 Tbsp Sesame oil for brushing on chicken
1. Marinade chicken for at least 1 hour.
2. Heat oven till 220C. Line the baking tray with aluminium foil and lay chicken on top. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp of sesame oil. Bake for about 15 to 20 mins.
3. Flip chicken over and brush the extra sesame oil. Bake another 10 minutes or so.
4. Serve this as an appetizer or as part of a meal with rice, miso soup and some vegetables.
The seasoning ingredients are quite similar to Chinese and Singaporean dishes. Hence, depending on the number of people and their dietary preference at mealtime, this dish may be accompanied with any one or more of the meat, seafood and vegetable dishes listed below.
1. Beef Rendang (spicy). Click here
2. Dry Assam Seafood. Click here
3. Singapore Curry Chicken (spicy). Click here.
4. Broccoli and Meat or Tofu Stir Fry. Click here
5. Spinach, Pork and Egg Stir Fry. Click here.
6. Broccoli and Meat/Tofu Stir Fry. Click here.
7. Kai Lan Sweet Potato Lemak. Click here.
8. Shanghai Cabbage with Osyter Sauce and Garlic. Click here.
What not serve a full course Japanese meal? Some suggestions of a combination of traditional Japanese dishes have been listed below. Most Japanese meals at home consists of rice and soup with some dishes (usually one is raw, one is simmered, and one is grilled). If you are also having guests, another dish which is deep-fried is added and the crockery is much more ornate and of finer porcelain and lacquer.
The meal is always served with green tea and fresh fruit.
Consider any one or more of the recipes listed below for a complete nutritious tasty Japanese meal. Purchase a plate of sashimi and/or sushi to accompany your servings. This will impress both family and guests alike.
1. Quick Miso Soup and Brown Rice with Barley. Click here.
2. Yawata Maki. Click here.
3. Tofu no Shira -ae. Click here.
4. Chawan Mushi. Click here.
5. Japanese Potato Salad. Click here.
6. Simmered Pumpkin.Click here.
Japanese have an affinity to desserts and the first 2 have become ubiquitous to their cuisine.
1. Caramel Custard Click here.
2. Almond Jelly and Longans. Click here.
3. Ginger Poached Pears. Click here.