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Wednesday, December 28

Chicken Katsu Recipe

Remember my post about the newly opened Japanese Restaurant named Yabu: The House of Katsu at SM Megamall? Well, I found a recipe about their famous japanese katsu just now. It is so simple and affordable. I might as well include it for New Year's eve.


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup oil for frying, or as needed


Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the flour, egg and panko crumbs into separate shallow dishes. Coat the chicken breasts in flour, shaking off any excess. Dip them into the egg, and then press into the panko crumbs until well coated on both sides.

Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the hot oil, and cook 3 or 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

Pasta Arrabiata Recipe

I was browsing earlier for easy and affordable recipes to prepare on new year's eve. The last time I dined at Italianni's with a friend we ordered something similar to pasta arrabiata, I am not so sure whether its pasta arrabiata or arrabiato. But sheeessshh, the dish was so delish. You should try it too!

Anyhoo, here's the recipe I found at


  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 5 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • (28-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • (29-ounce) can tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • (16-ounce) box penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese blend*
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Garnishes: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shavings, fresh basil sprigs

  1. Sauté garlic in hot oil in a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes and tomato puree. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Stir in red pepper flakes and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare pasta in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta and reserved cooking liquid to Dutch oven, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  3. Stir basil into tomato sauce, and pour 3 cups sauce over pasta. Toss to coat. Serve with remaining sauce. Garnish, if desired.
  4. *1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese may be substituted.

Lunch at Tokyo Cafe

My kid is a food critic, well that's according to her grandma (my MIL). When we went to Mall of Asia to have lunch during their field trip, this young lady dragged me inside of Tokyo Cafe. Obviously it wasn't her first time there. She's been there couple of times already. And yes, maybe she knows the food at heart.

Well, what can I do but to surrender to her whim. :)

I ordered a glass of lemon ice tea for her drink.

My favorite pasta with mushroom and shrimp. Pardon me, I forgot what it is called. :(

And she ordered this burger with fries for herself.

The foods were superb as always. And looking forward to taste all their yummy foods.