Many Western foods have got “Japanized” when arriving to the islands. Minced meat steaks, found in-between bread in many countries, turn into the delicious and heart-warming home cooking, when giving them a Japanese twist.
Japanese Style Minced Meat Steaks (Hambaagu)
210g minced meat (70% pork, 30% beef)
1 onion minced
1 clove of garlic
1/2 cup (Japanese style) bread crumbs
2 tbs milk
1 tbs miso
1 tbs mayonnaise
salt & pepper
100cc white wine
vegetable oil for frying
1) Peel and mince the onion, peel and grate the garlic clove.
2) Mix all the ingredients except the wine in a bowl. Knead until the dough becomes whitish.
3) Form thin (around 1cm) ovals of the size of your palm (makes around 6 pcs). You can put some oil to your hands to prevent dough to stick to them.
4) Put some vegetable oil to a fry pan and heat up. Move the patties to the fry pan, and fry until both sides get nice brown colour.
5) Turn the heat off, and take the excessive oil from the pan using e.g. kitchen paper. Turn the heat back on, and pour the white wine to the pan with circling move. Put a lid on, and let the patties steam until they are fully cooked (takes around 5 mins).
Serve with rice and vegetables. If you want a sauce for the steaks, you can use e.g. demi-glace sauce, or ponzu (Japanese citrus-based sauce).
Found this nice cafe when going to watch fireworks in Edogawa. Interior design was chic but cozy, and thanks to the location in the outskirts, the prices were really affordable.
I chose vegetable curry, which came with consomme soup (780 yen). It came in a hot plate, so the rice was partly scorched from the bottom. During the lunch time, glass wine was 100 yen, so complaining about that it was semi dry wouldn’t be fair…
Desserts were all 280 yen, so I tried dark cherry tart. Luckily it was small as it was very sweet, but gave a good closing to the lunch.