Baked Chicken Katsu

Sunday, December 3, 2017
How do you imagine a perfect lunch? For me, it's as simple as having chicken karaage (made by the fiance) and store-bought garlic sauce, coupled with hot steaming rice. Nothing fancy but ultimately memorable. For the last few weeks, I've been randomly reading recipes on food that I want to cook in the near future. I have this internal panic that I want to be a good wife and be able to serve something edible to my soon to be husband. I imagine that there would still be days where we could order in pizza or go out for dinner (A welcome break from dish cleaning! Something that I am not too keen to do :P) but for the most part I want to do some real cooking.

Today, I'm sharing this recipe of a healthier alternative to fried chicken katsu. After the recipe, I also enumerated some of the things I wish I would have and why I wanted such things because 1) I want to eat and cook healthy meals (Hopefully!) 2) Our marriage is a good excuse to get some new appliances.;)

I hope that you enjoy this little blog post.

Baked Chicken Katsu

3 chicken breast fillets

panko bread crumbs



salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the chicken breast fillets by seasoning it with a bit of salt and pepper. If you can, use a mallet and pound the breast fillets so it will be thin and even.

Beat the egg, set aside.

In separate plates, place your panko bread crumbs and flour

Now, you're ready! Dip your flatten chicken breast fillets into the flour, shake of the excess. Dredge with egg and panko bread crumbs.

Instead of frying, place in an oven safe dish, bake in the over for 20-30 minutes until cooked.

Serve with tonkatsu sauce or top with curry.

Sometimes, using the oven can be a healthier but costlier alternative. It is not that practical to use the oven especially in the warmer months because the electricity bill tends to be higher. Good thing there is a kitchen appliance called the Air fryer. This is your little kitchen miracle worker. Want to indulge in crispy fries? Or how about that delicious fried chicken? We all know how fried food is bad for our health because of all that oil we use to cook it. Air fryers use less oil and utilises rapid air technology to cook the food in high temperature resulting in the same texture and taste similar to deep fried food.

If you still need a bit of convincing, this kitchen appliance also has a lot of health benefits and advantages which we will enumerate below:

  • Less fat and oil
You cannot blame people who cannot give up their fries and fried food. The good thing is that you don’t have to forego your favourite food because you can still enjoy it. The trick is air frying the food. It will result to lesser fat and oil accumulation making the food healthier compared to food that is deep fried in oil.

  • Maintain the texture of the food
You might be wondering if air frying will also result to the crispy texture that we all love and adore. The simple answer is yes. Food cooked in an air fryer maintains the crispness and crunchiness. You are not sacrificing the texture of the food because you will get the same effect.

  • Lesser Cooking Time
When you’re in a hurry, the last thing you want to do is wait for frozen food to thaw. Well, if you have an air fryer handy, you can automatically cook your frozen food in it. No need to thaw, just place it inside and power it up. I think this is a significant feature of this kitchen appliance, people are always on the go and always looking for ways to save time. If I can save a few minutes each day for meal preps, I am sold!

  • Easy to clean
One of the things I hate about using oil and frying food is the cleanup. It is messy and difficult. For times that I would burn food (It happens!), the cleanup is always the hardest. The good thing about air fryers is cleanups would be easy. No scraping necessary to clean. Also, some of the parts are also dishwasher safe. All you need to do is do a quick wipe and wash. 

  • Flexibility and Options
Aside from being able to fry food at will, most of the air fryers in the market can also do all sorts of things including baking, grilling, and roasting. You may need to purchase a few add-ons and accessories but knowing that you can do other stuff with just one kitchen appliance is comforting and liberating to say the least.

To sum up, an air fryer is a useful kitchen appliance to have. So, if you still don’t know what to buy for yourself this Christmas, consider getting one for your home. Once you are decided to buy one, it is always recommended to do your research by reading about best air fryers available in the market. Read the reviews and know your specifications, you will sure find the right brand and model according to your needs and preferences. Enjoy and happy cooking!

Sydney Observatory Hill (+ Life Lately)

Sunday, September 10, 2017
I kept reminding myself to regularly write a post but it has been nine months since my last entry and I have no excuse. I wanted to say that I'm busy but I know that everyone else is busy with this thing called life and work. Anyway, all is well in my part of the world (and I hope yours is too). So many good things have been happening to me and I am immensely grateful :)

The day before my flight back to Manila, I went to this park that offers a different view of the Harbour bridge. It has been saved on my must-go list for quite a while but was only able to go that particular day.
I remember feeling sad that I have to leave again, but a big part of me felt really thankful to be there at that very moment. I aimlessly wandered around The Rocks, just soaking in the view and the breezy weather.
As I walked straight Argyle street, I followed the sign that points you to Observatory Hill, after that just follow the uphill path. I saw a lot of people exercising at the bottom of the hill. Once you get to the top, you will be welcomed with the splendid view. It's quite sunny and windy but you will be enveloped by the shades of the trees. There were a lot of benches, but all were occupied at the time. I followed what the other locals were doing, laid my jacket and just sat on the grass. It's so freeing to sit still and not think about anything. It also serves as nice spot to people-watch. I spied people practising yoga, napping, eating lunch or simply enjoying the nice weather with a significant other.
If you happened to be in Sydney, this is a place that you should visit, it is walking distance from Circular Quay and The Rocks. Bring a blanket, some snacks and make it a picnic. :)

Pylon Lookout and Milsons Point

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Two of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I've always been fascinated by the latter and seriously considering doing the Bridge Climb in the near future (I have to save more because it costs around AU$300). For the meantime, why not go for the next best and cheaper thing?

Cafe Spotting: The Grounds of Alexandria

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sydney prides itself of its brunch culture. With hundreds of cafes flocking the city, finding the right one could be a bother. Thankfully, there are such places that we can consider as go-to or must-visits, one of which is The Grounds of Alexandria. Aside from being a café, a restaurant, and a nice outdoor eating spot, The Grounds has a lot of other things to offer such as pretty interiors and exteriors, luscious greens, and even rustic feels. Not to mention they serve up some of the best nutella doughnuts and most refreshing lemonades!

The downside, this place can get pretty crowded especially during the weekends. If your schedule permits, time your visit away from the peak days (usually weekends). Go on a Thursday just before noon to get the most out of your visit. Plus the doughnut cart is open! :P

On the other hand, during weekends they would have The Grounds Market, where around 80 stallholders would sell their unique and local wares to the general public. It's up to you if you want to brave the crowds but I can say this place definitely deserves a visit or two.

Shrimp with Asparagus (with just the right hints of spicy)

Sunday, August 14, 2016
I've always been a fan of prawn and shrimp. I can still remember when I was a kid, I would beg my parents to eat at Tokyo Tokyo after Sunday's mass so that I can have Tempura. Up to now, this crustacean is still my favourite.

For some reason, I find it difficult to cook shrimp at home. It doesn't taste as well as the ones I order outside but when you get this craving, there's no stopping me in trying.

One recipe, I will be sharing today (I actually have two in the bag, I'll share the other one next week) is a simple dish called Shrimp with Asparagus. I feel that it will taste better with fresh shrimp that's been peeled and deveined but we have to make do with the frozen variety. The red chili pepper adds a lot of kick to this otherwise simple dish. For the garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, I eyeballed the measurements so just adjust it accordingly depending on your taste and flavour ;)