Valentine Dinner

This is a simple dish that is deliciously cute, and perfectly suited for your Valentine. I stumbled upon this dish when I was googling for cute Japanese breakfast dishes. I used the basics of their design but changed up the ingredients. I hope you will have fun making this as much as I did.

Ingredients: 

Decorations

  1. Seaweed (either salted or non salted)
  2. Havarti cheese (or any other cheese you like, I preferred white-coloured cheese for contrast with the rice)
  3. Rice
  4. 3-4 packs of ketchup 
  5. 2 eggs

Meal

  1. Angus beef steak
  2. Gai-Lan
  3. Shittake mushroom (1/2 a box)
  4. 2 tablespoon Black pepper sauce (Lee Kum Kee)
  5. cooking oil
  6. 1 cup chicken stock
  7. 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

Combining Ingredients:

Meal

  1. I got freshly cut Angus beef steak from the local grocery. According to Jamie Oliver, it’s important to have the meat come to room temperature and have a very hot pan ready. I also rubbed some black pepper and salt onto the steak before cooking
  2. Cook the steak ~6-7min until medium-rare, flipping every min or so, while adding the black pepper sauce to the pan.
  3. Once cooked, slice the steak on a cutting board (make sure to use a separate cutting board for raw and cooked food)
  4. For the vegetable, start by cooking the shittake mushroom in a hot pan with cooking oil. Add a pinch of salt.
  5. When the mushroom has softened, add the gai-lan into the pan. Then add chicken stock and oyster sauce. Let everything simmer on medium heat.
  6. Once the vegetable has softened and turned dark green, add salt to adjust the flavor.

Decorations

  1. To a bowl of cooked rice, stir in 3-4 packages of ketchup until the rice is coated evenly and has turned reddish. Use saran wrap to help you mold the rice into appropriate shapes to create a bear (you only need a head, ears, and arms).
  2. Once you have the shapes ready, cut seaweed and cheese to add the details of the bear.
  3. For the blanket part of the dish, which covers up the main meal of the night (also serves as a nice surprise for your valentine) beat two eggs with salt, and then add to pan to make an omelette.

Plating

  1. On a large dish, plate the steak and gai-lan at the center, closely beside each other. Cover them with your “egg” blanket. I contoured my egg omelette to be of a more appropriate size. I saved the extra egg to make a pillow placed underneath the bear
  2. Plate the individual components of the “rice” bear. You can be very creative here. You can play around with the emotion of the bear, and how the arms lie on the blanket.
  3. Voila! Valentine dinner is served.

 

 

 

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