Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’


August 7, 2011

Here we are in mom and dad’s kitchen where I learned how to cook. They are working together making tempura – a Japanese way to fry vegetables, shrimp, or fish. You can use all kinds of vegetables like string beans, zucchini, sweet potato, ocra, etc. This time they are frying sliced eggplant.




It is easier just to get a tempura batter mix. Follow the instructions for preparation. Dip the eggplant slices in this batter on both sides.








The next ingredient is panko or Japanese style bread crumbs. It give a crunch to the tempura.







Just put into a plate and take the dipped eggplant and coat with the panko on both sides.







Use a light high-temp oil like grapeseed oil. Make sure it is hot enough by putting a drop of batter in first to make sure it frys well. If not hot enough it will get greasy. If it starts to smoke then it is too hot. Brown on both sides. Here you can see a production where the newly dipped pieces get dropped in on one side and the browned ones come out on the other. When done, put onto paper napkins to soak up excess oil.






You can also get a prepared tempura dipping sauce. Eat while hot and enjoy!

Gardena Ramen

February 15, 2011

Jade introduced us to Gardena Ramen and it has also become one of our favorite places. This night that we came, it was a one man operation – waiter, cook and cashier all into one. Ramen is a Japanese wheat noodle soup served with a few simple toppings. There is no menu here except for what is written on the walls. You can order 2 types – either shoyu or miso ramen. Both are very good! They come with sliced green scallions, bamboo shoots, pork, and half of a hard-boiled egg on top. The shoyu version is very flavorful – rich tasting but not heavy. The miso is very high quality – tangy, bright flavor and not heavy. Miso done at other places are sometimes over-cooked reducing the flavor and beneficial properties. The noodles are al dente and absolutely perfect. Perfectly flavored soup and perfectly textured noodles – can’t ask for more! Maybe this is why that is all they serve…

You can also order fried gyoza (potstickers) as an appetizer for $3.50. The ramen is $6.50 and for $1 more a large bowl. We have never ordered large or have seen other diners with the large size and we always leave full! They also serve Asahi beer and soft drinks.

Gardena Ramen is on the SW corner of Western Ave. and 182nd St. in Torrance just north of the 405 freeway – same shopping center as the 99 Cent Store.