Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Japanese food, especially sushi, has been my number one favorite food. However, after staying in sushi paradise for a while now, I’m beginning to crave miserably for the comfort food that I had for more than 26 years. To be specific, I really miss Singapore’s hawker dishes, which largely replaced home cooked meals for me as I’m away from my malaysian family most of my life.
Often, I seek out recipes, in hope to dish out my own hawker-style delights. However, most of the recipe requires ingredients, sauces, spices, seasonings that I cannot find here in Chiba (千葉県). Then, I had to either forgo the recipe, or substitute the missing component but end up with disappointing results.
Just when I almost lost my enthusiasm in my cooking attempts for Singaporean food, I found a great recipe for Char Siew (Barbecued Chinese pork). For the first time, the recipe looked really simple and promising. It was like a light at the end of the tunnel, and it gave me hope. So I tried it last night. Indeed, it was truly delicious. My Japanese family enjoyed it. Even my two-year-old picky eater set a new eating record.
Despite of using Japanese and unfamiliar imported brands of seasoning ingredients, the Yakibuta Don (that how we called it in Japanese) tasted totally authentic to the Singaporean and Malaysian Char Siu Rice that I’m familiar with.
I am extremely grateful to Food Cannon for sharing his late mum’s (fondly known as Auntie Ruby) fantastic Char Siew Recipe. God bless your big heart of generosity (it’s really His way for showing His love to me, the alien living in Land of the Rising Sun). Thank you so much, Aunty Ruby for your “heavenly dishes.” I will definitely try the rest of your recipes soon.
Once again, click here for the original recipe for the Char Siew by Auntie Ruby. However, I thought I’ll share my slightly-altered-recipe with fellow Malaysian & Singaporean aliens living in Japan who badly need to satisfy their cravings too.