I was the "chauffeur" tonight of Tita Portia, she attended a party in North Greenhills and she told me to have dinner at Kimpura, her treat. So, I was excited while driving, imagining already what I was going to eat. I didn't sit at the teppanyaki table because I knew I was going to kill time while waiting so I opted for a regular table. I even brought a book to read and my laptop in case I wanted to have coffee at Starbucks after dinner and surf.
I ordered Oysters Teppanyaki, Shitake Mushroom Tempura, Tofu with pork steak and mushrooms, mixed fried rice. When my food arrived I told the waiter I doubt if I could finish my dinner! It was a lot for 1 person.
Surprisingly, towards the end of my dinner, I told the waiter : Look! I'm almost done!!!! The food was really great and I haven't eaten in Kimpura in a long, long time. My favorite was the Shitake Mushroom Tempura. The batter was so light and crisp, like you were eating kropek. The mushroom was soft as marshmallow... so imagine the combination of the crunchy coating and tender mushroom in your mouth. The oysters were big, plump and juicy sauteed in butter with white onion slivers and green pepper. The tofu steak was just alright but I liked the sweet sauce they used. Then there was the Japanese mixed fried rice. I learned how to do my own version when I was young by watching the chef.
Japanese Fried Rice
1/4 C. butter
1 T. cooking oil
green pepper, chopped
1/2 C. ground pork
1/4 C. shrimps, chopped
1 T. Kikkoman soy sauce, to taste
1-2 T. sugar
pinch of msg, optional (but as I've said before, it is never optional to me)
2 eggs, beaten
4 C. boiled Japanese rice
salt and pepper
In a wok, melt butter and add the cooking oil, swirl the wok a few times to distribute evenly. Add onions, carrots and green pepper. Saute until carrots are soft and onions transparent over low heat. Add pork and shrimps. Cook pork until color changes then add the rice and the seasoning. Blend well and add the beaten eggs and continue stirring until eggs turn into yellow. Adjust seasoning according to taste.