Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas This Weekend


If you have even the slightest leanings towards being an otaku ie Japanese geekdom, you absolutely have to go to Hyper Japan Christmas this weekend. Even if you haven't, it's a wonderful day out anyway.

I went to the Spring Hyper Japan event in February, and it's the closest I've come to feeling like I was actually in Tokyo - the clothes (and that includes the visitors), the shops, the food, the games. 

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Me, S and a Panda

There are street fashion shows, martial arts and technology displays, sushi workshops, sake tastings, music and film showings and even a cosplay parade.

Hyper Japan definitely tends towards the trendy side of Japan, although there is also traditional food, drink and even beautiful pottery.

The pictures I took will explain better. Just go and immerse yourself in Japanese culture!

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
The debut of Ittenbari Ramen

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Japanese sweets including Strawberry and Green Tea Mochi

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
I have no idea

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Doki JapaneseTableware
Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Gothic Lolita Cakes

Hyper Japan Feb 2012

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Manga Books, Magazines, Fashion, Anime, J-Pop ...

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Okonomiyaki on a Stick!

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Gaming Arcade with the latest from Nintendo and Sega

Hyper Japan Feb 2012

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Street food stalls selling tempura, ramen, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, donburi and more

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Choco-Banana with sprinkles

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Bento goodies

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
More Okonomiyaki and Tempura Prawns

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Gundam Madness
Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Cookery demo and workshop

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Kakigori - Shaved Ice

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
On Macarons

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
KAWAII (^_^)

Hyper Japan Feb 2012
Awards Ceremony
Hyper Japan Feb 2012
The majestic Tony Tony Chopper from ONE PIECE

Hyper Japan runs from this Friday to Sunday (23-25 November) at Earl's Court, London.

  • Tickets are £12 here (on the Door £15)
  • Late afternoon Ticket is £6 here (on the door £10)
  • Guests are listed here.
  • Stage Timetables here.
  • Full Exhibitors list here, including my favourites Doki Tableware, Nintendo, TOEI, NHK, Tofu Cute and Japan Centre.
  • Book for the Samurai Sword Workshop here.
  • Book for the Sushi Workshop here.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Meemalee on the Good Food Channel; Woman & Home's 100 Best Food Blogs

MiMi Aye - Celebrity Chefs - Good Food Channel
Meemalee on the Good Food Channel website

Some nice bits of news to share with you all:

Firstly, I've been invited to join the chefs on the Good Food Channel website, so stay tuned to see more of my recipes there. 

This is a massive honour - I'm rubbing shoulders with the likes of Michel Roux Jnr and Nigella Lawson, and I've also joined my friend Uyen Luu, the Vietnamese chef, supperclub host, stylist and writer of Leluu.

Meemalee's Kitchen - Woman & Home's 100 Best Food Blogs - Woman And Home
Meemalee on Woman & Home's 100 Best Food Blogs

Secondly, I've been picked by Woman & Home magazine as one of their 100 Best Food Blogs

There are so many other wonderful blogs on the list, so I'm very proud to be there in their International category.

Betty Herbert 1st Blog Carnival
Me on Betty Herbert

Lastly, I'm delighted to be part of the first Blog Carnival on the marvellous Betty from author of The 52 Seductions, Betty Herbert - the theme is "Sex, Love and Relationships" ...

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Marbled Tea Eggs Recipe

Marbled Tea Egg 01
Tea Eggs

I've not been able to eat soft-boiled eggs recently, so I've been trying to find ways to pimp hard-boiled ones to make them more interesting.

One of my favourite methods is to turn them into Tea Eggs (aka Marble Eggs and Tea Leaf Eggs) - a classic snack throughout Asia which probably originated in China, where eggs are hard-boiled, cracked gently, and then simmered in a mix of tea, soy and spices to achieve a beautiful crazy paving effect all over - and a flavourful kick.

Tea eggs are easy to make and it's incredibly satisfying to see the cobweb patterns appear.

Marbled Tea Egg 03
Cinnamon, Star Anise, Tea Leaves

Marbled Tea Eggs
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp black tea leaves or two black tea bags - I like Lapsang Souchong for smoky flavour, though Pu-Ehr is more usual
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 4 star anise 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tsp of cracked black peppercorns

Hard boil the eggs in a saucepan of water that's just big enough to fit them, and then drain. As soon as the eggs are cool enough to touch, crack them gently all over. Make sure their shells stay on.

Return the eggs to the saucepan you boiled them in, and add all the other ingredients plus enough cold water to cover the eggs. Simmer gently for an hour, topping up the water as necessary to ensure the eggs remain submerged.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and then allow the eggs to steep in the tea mixture for another hour (and at least till completely cool).

Tip the tea mixture away, and then rinse the eggs briefly. Remove the egg shells carefully, and then marvel at how mad the eggs look. Serve the tea eggs as a snack, or use to decorate a noodle or rice dish. Great for picnics too.