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Travel • Tokyo Fire Museum (Dec 2017)

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We visited Tokyo Fire Museum on the last day of our Airbnb stay. We didn't want to venture too far on this day, as we had more packing up to be done before making our way to Fujiyoshida the next morning.
Tokyo Fire Museum is conveniently located right beside Yotsuya-sanchome Station, which is a 5 minutes train ride from Shinjuku station on Marunouchi line. And...the admission is FREE!!! Haha, sounds like the perfect option for a short day out or just fitting in a program for the kids before we parents bored them with shopping at Shinjuku area!

This museum consists 5 levels of exhibits and an observatory deck on the 10th storey where visitors can enjoy the view or feed their hungry kids as eating and drinking are strictly prohibited at other levels of the museum.
The staff handed us a museum information guide and recommended that we begin the tour from level 5. There's stamp rally too, so don't forget to look out for the areas where you can find the ink stamps!
The exhibits …

Tutorial • Cookie with Chocolate Print

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This simple sugar cookie recipe is less buttery but it retains the shape very well and the surface doesn't brown much, making it ideal for chocolate print! And the chocolate prints set into the cookie, so there's no worries of them melting and sticking together when you pack/stack them! :)

Cookies with Chocolate Print 

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Ingredients:
Sugar Cookie
120gm Cake Flour
50gm Powdered Sugar
50gm Unsalted Butter (soften at room temp)
1 Egg Yolk
1/2tsp Vanilla Essence

Chocolate Print
2 TBS Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips, melted.

Method:
•Cream butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl, until sugar dissolved and colour turn lighter shade.
•Add egg yolk and vanilla essence, mix well.
•Sieve cake flour into the mixing bowl, mix to a
dough.
•Wrap dough in cling…

Recipe • Pan-fried Oyster Sauce Chicken Wings

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My "anyhow" attempt on this Pan-fried Oyster Sauce Chicken Wingsor 干烧蚝油鸡翅 turned out quite a hit with the boys, especially Lil K!
I actually cooked 11 pieces of mid-joints (don't ask me why I cooked such an unusual number! 😅), ended up I only got to eat 1 piece!
This dish is supposed to be salty savory, hence the amount of sauces... Do make minor adjustment to the seasonings if you prefer! Personally, I think it'll be even better with some red chilli slices added! But I omitted it this time because Mini K can't take spicy food yet. Maybe next time! (^ ^)

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Ingredients:
10 mid-joint Chicken Wings
1/2 Red Onion, slice thinly
3 slices Ginger, julienned

Seasoning:
(A)
1/2 tsp grated Ginger
1.5 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 TBS Light Soy sauce
1 …

Recipe • Hijiki Salad (ひじきの煮物)

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This dish, Hijiki no Nimono (ひじきの煮物) is often referred to as hijiki salad, but it is not exactly a salad. Besides usually served chilled, it's more like a Japanese side dish that is served with teishoku (Japanese set meal).
So what is hijiki?
It's a brown sea vegetables, rich in dietary fibre and essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. (Source)
My boys & I love this appetizer and I usually cook in a reasonable quantity with extras to keep in the freezer. Yep, freezer. It thaws really quickly, making it a great dish to add to lunchboxes! (Note 1)

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Ingredients:

2 TBS Oil
10g Dried Hijiki  OR
4 TBS pre-washed Hijiki
50g Carrot, julienned
80g Lotus Root, cut into strips
4 pcs Sweet Beancurd skin (aburaage/油揚げ), cut into strips
A han…

Travel • Yokohama Zoorasia (Dec 2017)

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Besides visiting the attractions in Tokyo, I like to make day-trips to Yokohama. After all, the train journey to Yokohama station is less than 45 minutes from Shinjuku.
We visited Yokohama Zoorasia last December. This zoo opened in 1999 and is one of the biggest zoo in Japan. The entrance ticket to the zoo is unbelievably cheap at only 800Yen per adult and 200Yen for children above 7 years old! The journey to Zoorasia may not be very straight forward but it wasn't difficult to figure out too.


We took the train to Yokohama station, walked to South exit for Sotetsu Line (walk through the shopping lane where Takashimaya is), take the train to Tsurugamine station. After exiting the gantry at Tsurugamine station, there'll be a Zoorasia signboard. Follow the directions to the bus station for a 15 minutes bus ride. It costs 220Yen/adult and 110Yen/child for a single trip.



Besides the layout of spacious ground where the animals can roam freely within their enclosure, there were also 3…