Teriyaki Chicken


Just a simple teriyaki chicken that you can make at home.

(I thought I should update this one in English!)

It has a robust flavor and you’ll love it. We usually don’t add garlic but I just love garlic and it becomes more delightful.

You can make it as a burger but I like having it by itself with a glass of red wine.



◼️Ingredients (for about 6 pieces)

-600g chicken thigh

-Just the right amount of self-rising flour for coating

-2 garlic cloves

-50g lettuce

-cooking oil

-salt & pepper

◼️Teriyaki sauce

-3 tbsp mirin

-2 tbsp soy sauce

-2 tbsp cooking sake

-1 tbsp sugar

-1 tsp minced garlic



  1. Before cooking the chicken thigh, spread a little bit of salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken.
  2. Put some flour into a bowl and put the chicken inside to coat the flour to chicken. (do not add too much. shake off the redundant flour. It should look like this ↓.)
  3. Put some cooking oil to a pan and face the chicken skin down and cook under high heat until it browns. (the serving is 6 but I cooked 3 pieces first.)


4. Flip the chicken over when it has a perfect golden color. Add the sliced garlic to the pan.


5. Meanwhile, start making the teriyaki sauce. Add all the ingredients to make the sauce into a saucepan and mix them together. Cook under medium heat until in thickens.


6. When both sides of the chicken are nearly cooked, add 4 into the pan and cook until the sauce starts boiling. Equally spread the sauce to the chicken while cooking.


7. The sauce will start reducing until it becomes about 1/5. Keep flipping the chicken over to make sure the it is equally coated. Turn off the heat before the sauce overcooks.


8. Make a bed of lettuce on a plate and spread mayo (kewpie mayo highly preferred. When you eat the teriyaki chicken, the mayo will be a good accent to it.)


9. Place the chicken on top of the lettuce and pour the remaining sauce in the pan on top of it and voila!


Hope you enjoy it!


Taco Rice


I think this one’s a Japanese modified dish originally from Okinawa.

The ingredients are basically the same as the ingredients with a typical Mexican taco but it’s just on top of rice. It’s like a Japanese version taco.

It’s very easy to make so I hope you enjoy it!!


Ingredients (2servings)

-250g minced beef

-1/2 onion

-30g lettuce

-1 tomato

-10g corn

-1 tbsp nutmeg

-rice (basmati rice preferred)



-salsa (any salsa that you can find in the market)

-parsley flakes

☆Seasoning for the taco meat

-1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

-3 tbsp ketchup

-3 tbsp sriracha sauce

-2 tbsp curry powder

-salt and pepper for adjustment



1.Finely chop the onions , cut the lettuce into thin strips, and cut the tomato into small dices.


2.Season the minced beef with nutmeg and then pan fry it without adding oil to the pan and cook until brown. Then, cook the minced onion until it becomes transparent. (the beef and the onion will release its juice so no cooking oil needed. Just a little bit healthier.)


3.After it is cooked, add all of the ingredients to season the taco meat. Since you will add some salsa to it, you don’t have to make it too spicy. (the proportion of the seasoning is based on my preference. I like it spicy but make sure that you always taste it until you find your desired taste while cooking.)

(the proportion of the seasoning is based on my preference. I like it spicy but make sure that you always taste it until you find your desired taste while cooking.)

It should look like this


4.If you have a small Japanese bowl like this, put the cooked basmati rice into it and then flip it over to another bigger bowl. Decorate the bowl with lettuce, tomatoes, corn.



5.Top it up with the taco meat and finish it off with some mayonnaise, salsa, grated cheese and parsley flakes in this order.

Then it’s ready to go!

(If you have, you can enjoy it with some tortilla chips!)


You can also add some diced avocado to this dish and it will become more enjoyable!

Make sure you don’t overcook the rice:)

Bon appetit!!

Koala Park

One of my goals for this year is to go out jogging every morning to keep a healthy lifestyle.

There’s a park called “Koala Park” right in front of my house so I decided to start my new habit from today since it was a beautiful weather.


I tried not to be too pumped up and take it easy because I know I won’t continue it if I get stress out too much for the first day.

So I only ran for about 30 min around the Koala Park…






…but overall I didn’t get to meet any koala (haha)


Anyway, I haven’t been exercising lately so I’ll do my best to keep up with this habit.


I hope I see a koala tomorrow!!


To be continued…



Shrimp and Avocado with Spicy Mayo



Today’s dinner recipe! Shrimp and Avocado with Spicy Mayo.


We had sushi with Sushi! lol (Our puppy)






This is all you need!!

-1 Avocado

-8Fresh shrimps

-4 tablespoon of mayonnaise (Kewpie mayonnaise preferred)

-3 tablespoon of sriracha sauce

-1 tablespoon of wasabi

-Seaweed paper (If you want to make a handroll)





1. Make the sauce first: Mix the mayo, sriracha, and wasabi into a bowl until the color becomes nice and orange-ish. Don’t try to make it too spicy at this point.


2. Take off the shell, head, and vein of the shrimp and cut it into small              pieces. (About 1cm)


3. Boil the shrimp for about 1min and drain it. (Don’t cook it too long               otherwise it will become too firm.)


4. Cut the avocado into small pieces as well.


5. Mix the shrimp, avocado, and spicy mayo in a bowl until it is all                     coated. Adjust the taste.


6. Finished. Very easy.


If you prefer to eat it as a handroll sushi, just put rice and the spicy shrimp and avocado on the seaweed paper and wrap it! It doesn’t have to be perfect!


Hope you enjoy it!!


Homemade Cream Caramel


It is always good to have a simple dessert after your meal. Here’s a super easy cream caramel recipe for you!

For a typical cream caramel, we usually pour the caramel into the container first, and then the cream, but I like adding the caramel over the cream after it is set. It makes life so much easier because you won’t need to flip it over lol It’s your choice!


☆Caramel Sauce



water – 2 tablespoon

sugar – 6 tablespoon

water – 50 ml (To cool it down)


  1. Add the water and sugar in a small pan over medium heat.
  2. Wait until it starts to boil. Get ready to add the additional water.
  3. When it turns to a beautiful golden color, turn off the heat and add the water inside and stir continuously until it cools down. (Be careful!! it is quite explosive)
  4. Leave it in the fridge while making the cream caramel.


☆Cream Caramel

(servings: about 3 to 4 small ramekins)


Milk – 200ml

Fresh cream – 200ml

eggs – 2

egg yolk – 1

sugar – 3 tablespoon

vanilla extract (or beans)  – 1 tablespoon


  1. Preheat the oven to 170℃
  2. Mix the egg, egg yolk, and sugar together in a bowl and whisk until it becomes pale and creamy.
  3. In a separate pot, add the milk, fresh cream, vanilla extract and heat it under medium heat and gently stir for about 5 – 7mins.Remove from heat. (do not heat it until it boils)
  4. Add 2. into the bowl little by little while whisking. (make sure 2. is not too hot since it will cook the eggs)
  5. Strain 3. in a different bowl (very important step to make it velvety. You may do it 2 or 3 times if necessary)
  6. Pour the liquid into a heat resistance ramekin
  7. Place the ramekins into a baking container or any heat resistant container that is deep enough to pour hot water into it. (like this↓)IMG_0556.jpg
  8. Fill the container with hot water (not boiling water ) up to 3 quarters of the ramekins. Cover the container with aluminum foil. This is also a very important step to steam it in the oven.
  9. Bake for about 30 mins until the liquid is set.
  10. Take the ramekins out and leave it for a while until it cools down. (Be very careful.) Then cover it with aluminum foil again and leave it in the fridge for at leat 2 hours.
  11. Take it out, pour caramel on top and ready to go!!


Hope you enjoy^^


My first car in AUS


So I’ve been saving money during my stay in Australia but finally bought my own car today!


2010 Subaru Liberty

Just finalized everything and it’s officially mine now!



I’ve been inspecting several cars for the last few days, and the first car dealer I went was Motorman Imports which is all the way down to Slacks Creek….

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And then I went all the way to Carlins Automotive Auctioneers near the airport…

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And finally traveled all the way North to Pickles Automobile Auction in Geebung…

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…but overall I just bought one from my neighbor in Moorooka. (haha)

Private dealers are the best!

The price was not bad for a 2010 and if I bought it from a car dealer it was much more expensive so why not.



Anyway, now I can travel around and enjoy my life in Australia even better:)

No more traveling by buses and Uber anymore! So happy and excited!



So where should I go first…



To be continued

A little bit about myself


Hello guys! My name’s Tom. Here’s my first post! 

I’m originally from Japan, but I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. I love the beautiful weather, nature, and above all, the laid back people living here. I lived my childhood in California from 2 yo to 9 yo and also in Japan for about 10 years, so I’m fluent in both English and Japanese (I do miss my Californian Life.)

I graduated college in Hawaii in 2013, but now I’m planning to transfer to University of Queensland from Feb 2016 to study Linguistics and French (hopefully I can become a perfect trilingual!) My goal is to get an MA or Ph.D. at UQ and become an English teacher in Japan, or a TESOL teacher in AUS or somewhere else in the world.

Some of my hobbies are cooking, wine tasting, traveling, and chilling out on the beach!

Since I’m still new to Australia, I decided to blog about my student life at UQ so most of my posts will be about my everyday life in AUS.

Plz feel free to follow me:)

Here’s my Japanese blog if you are interested↓↓

Tom in Australia (Ameba Blog)

My favorite quote:

“The only way to achieve all of your dreams is to fully enjoy every step of your journey.”


See you!