TASTE OF LIFE/ Teriyaki hamburger steak made of mixed ground meat: Trio of meats created harmony that impressed his picky father

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Yoichi Honda remembers when he was in the 3rd or fourth grade and stood in the kitchen area to cook for the to start with time.

“My mothers and fathers ended up each doing the job, and when I became hungry, I would make simple dishes this sort of as a stir-fry of Chinese cabbage and bacon seasoned with ‘chuno sosu’ (Japanese Worcestershire-fashion sauce),” he states.

In large faculty, he was asked to get cost of making supper on weekdays.

“My mother had cooked until finally then. But when my two more mature sisters still left household to study in Tokyo, and my grandmother produced symptoms of dementia, there was no 1 who could cook dinner, and the job sort of fell on me,” he suggests.

Honda, 39, who not long ago heard reports about small children who correctly turned caregivers at household, suggests he felt he experienced potentially been place in a related predicament.

With no grocery outlets close to his parents’ residence in Izumizaki village, Fukushima Prefecture, Honda and his mother would go to a significant supermarket in an adjacent city on weekends to stock up on a week’s value of elements.

He study Orange Site, Lettuce Club and other cooking journals in his superior university library to make a decision on the menu.

Honda cooked mainly what he himself wished to consume. He would simmer spareribs for a prolonged time in salty-sweet soy sauce taste until they turned tender, or make “kakuni,” braised cubed pork. He obtained hooked on creating elaborate meat dishes.

“There was a time when I ongoing to put together dishes favored by a typyical male higher school pupil that my grandmother quickly received body weight,” he suggests.

The fridge did not have considerably to provide when the weekend approached.

When he was in a pinch, he usually ready mixed hamburger steak by combining leftover floor rooster, pork and beef.

“My father was the form who would go tranquil and quit taking in when he didn’t like what was served. But he claimed this hamburger steak tasted great,” Honda states.

As opposed to hamburgers manufactured of floor pork and beef, Honda’s development is milder and richer in umami.

“Don’t be concerned about the amount of grams of meat. They do not have to be exact. If you incorporate chopped ‘buta komagire-niku’ (pork slice finishes), it adds to the texture and taste,” Honda states.

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Yoichi Honda: Born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1983, Honda attained certification as a nutritionist at a vocational school. Soon after a stint as a freelance photographer, he turned a cooking expert recognised for dishes that make the most of the authentic taste of the substances.

His published guides include “Enbun Ichinichi 6 g Wagamama Otoko wo Unaraseru Umai! Genen Meshi,” that means “6 grams of salt a working day: Delicious dishes with considerably less salt that satisfy picky adult men.”

Yoichi Honda (Picture by Atsuko Shimamura)&#13

Basic COOKING System

Primary Elements (Serves a few)

Whole of 300 grams floor beef, pork and hen, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 egg, 1/2 cup (20 grams) breadcrumbs, 1/2 (100 grams) onion, 1 Tbsp cooking oil, Sauce A (1/2 cup drinking water, 1 Tbsp each of soy sauce, sweet mirin sake and sake, 1 tsp sugar), 100 grams grated daikon radish, finely chopped 4 inexperienced “shiso” leaves, some “mizuna” environmentally friendly

1. Finely chop onion, area in warmth-resistant container and mix with 1/2 Tbsp oil. Microwave at 600 W for 3 minutes and leave right until no more time piping warm.


2. Area ground meat and salt in bowl and combine. Add egg, breadcrumbs and onion and combine extensively. Individual into a few equal elements, condition every into oval variety. Make melancholy in the middle.

Insert Sauce A consisting of drinking water and seasonings to the frying pan. (Image by Atsuko Shimamura)&#13

3. Pour 1/2 Tbsp oil in frying pan and line up hamburger steaks. Place lid and cook dinner around medium warmth for about 2 minutes. Change and cook dinner for a different 2 minutes or so. Add Sauce A, place lid and steam and roast on reduced medium warmth for about 5 minutes. When hamburgers are done, take away from pan. Decrease remaining sauce on medium heat right up until it thickens.

4. Serve hamburger on plate, major with grated daikon radish combined with chopped shiso and pour sauce. Provide with mizuna minimize into size of 2 cm.

About 375 kcal and 2.2 grams salt per portion
(Nutrient calculation by the Diet Clinic of Kagawa Nourishment College)

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From The Asahi Shimbun’s Jinsei Reshipi (Lifestyle Recipe) column