Our Slice of Tokyo

Learning How to Cook: From Cans to “I Can”

Cook? Who would have thought that I would be able to do that. Back in 2008, I was big fan of canned, processed, or take-out foods. Decent meals were usually made by my parents or aunts. I bake but I don’t cook. My motto was: If it is not fried, I did not make it. But I guess being away from home has influenced me a lot to force my self to learn cooking. When I was living in Yokohama back in 2008, food was my way of decreasing my homesickness. Sometimes I would cook and then give some to my neighbors in  the dormitory. And when I came back home, I tried to improve my cooking skills by asking my aunt or cousins who are professionals in this field.

Trying to Cook Filipino

I am still struggling with perfecting a simple Adobo dish (Filipino’s most popular dish – chicken or pork cooked in soy sauce and vinegar) but now I am able to make some of my favorites. Most of which are inspired by the food I grew up with.

Prawns with Coconut Milk


Cook 2
Sticky Rice with Fresh Mangoes and Hot Cocoa


Food 3
Lechon Belly


Little by little, I also try to make other dishes which I thought are difficult to make.

Lasagna with lots of Cheese


My version of Mango Cheesecake


couscous with mango and paprika salad
Couscous with Mango Salsa


Baked Mussels with Garlic and Cheese


My husband and I sometimes cook together especially on weekends, he taught me how to cook a few German dishes and other food that he eats back home.


Mushroom in Cream with Semmelknödel


Gnocchi with Oven-roasted Veggies and Chicken


Oven-roasted Duck with Rotkohl and Kartoffelknödel


I also learned some Japanese food from my Ikebana sensei.

Somen: Refreshing Japanese Summer Noodle Dish
Suimono: Japanese Clear Soup

And now, I am even braver to make my own umeshu or plum liqueur 🙂

Umeshu for next year’s consumption

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