Souper Sweet Potato Potage!

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Let’s start off with the major player in the creation of Soup Stock Tokyo’s Sweet Potato Potage: Google Translate. Yes, here’s the short story: Ken wanted to buy a Japanese cookbook when we were travelling in Japan back in November. Well, he bought one from Soup Stock Tokyo after we tried one of their soups and…did we mention we don’t speak or read Japanese?

Anyway, we decided on the Sweet Potato Potage purely based out of the visuals since we had no idea what the title of the recipe was. After that selection, that’s when the power of Google Translate came into play. We translated the ingredients required, and as we were cooking along, it translated each step as we needed. I know this sounds like we’re selling Google here, but trust us, we were not paid.

Back to the actual recipe, we never made soup with sweet potato before so it was interesting to make and to taste. It was creamy and smooth, but the recipe called for milk. All in all, an easy recipe to replicate if you have mushrooms, sweet potato, onion, garlic and milk.

-Robyn

P.S: we’re not afraid to tackle other recipes in foreign languages :)

Put a wing on it.

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There was a crock-pot contest at work and we decided it was time we promote our blog a bit harder at our workplace. To show off our Asian heritage, our dish was this amazing honey garlic chicken wings and since we didn’t have a crock-pot, we used an instant pot instead.

The contest had two parameters: to feed 50+ people with a budget of $50. With those rules in mind, we had to find a recipe that was easily scalable and wouldn’t break the bank. This Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Wings satisfied both!

There wasn’t that much prep work - we just needed to marinate the chicken wings for half an hour and brown them a bit before cooking it in the instant pot. We ended up browning the wings the night before and let them soak in the marinate overnight. The next day was also easy: 15 minutes to cook and another 10 minutes for the instant pot to decrease in pressure. The end result was fall-off-the-bone, mouth watering, soy-licious chicken wings. We couldn’t be happier with the result, considering the minimum effort we put in.

Did we win the contest? No - but that’s not what is important. It tasted delicious, anyway!

- Ken

Life is like a box of chocolates.

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Alright, can we call ourselves chocolatiers? Because we want to make chocolates for Valentine’s Day and it’s…a year away. Why do we want to make chocolates? Well…

If there’s one souvenir we constantly request to Japan goers or when we visit Japan, it’s Royce’s Nama Chocolates. The chocolates are a blend of milk chocolate and fresh cream. It is best eaten straight out of the fridge, and it’s soft and creamy. We love it and always crave it, but all Japanese imported goods come with a price so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that Just One Cookbook has a recipe on Nama Chocolates. The other surprise? It’s simple to make and only requires three ingredients: cocoa powder, dark chocolate and whipping cream. After incorporating the chopped chocolate with the warm whipping cream, pour the mixture in square tray and pop it in the fridge for several hours. Once it’s been chilled, we cut the chocolate into cubes and sifted cocoa powder. Honestly, it’s the easiest and prettiest confectionary we can present as a gift, so far.

Enjoy!

- Robyn