Date-Maki, it’s another new year’s dish

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Date-Maki (伊達巻き), rolled omelette mixed with fish paste.
The fish paste called “Hanpen”.

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If you want to buy Hanpen from shop, it is frozen, but it looks like above.
In melbourne, you can find it at Japanese grocery stores and some Asian grocery stores.
(You can also make Hanpen by yourself. It is made with cod fish, taro, white egg, sugar and Mirin)
I would like to introduce how to make Hanpen later in this blog.

Well, back to Date-Maki.
These are the ingredients.
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Hanpen (60g x 2)
Egg 3 or 4
Sugar 3 table spoons
Mirin 2 table spoons
Soysauce Just a little bit

In the mixer, put Hanpen and eggs.
Then add sugar.
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Then add Mirin as well.
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At last, just a few drops of soy sauce.
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Mix them well.
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Until it become smooth.
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Here are the tools you need. Square shaped pan is recommended, but not essential.
You can try with round shaped pan. I tried few times with round shaped pan.
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Bamboo mat. Sushi mat is ok, too. I use Sushi mat.
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If your pan need oil, spread the oil thinly.
Heat the pan. Once oil is heated, then put the pan on the wet cold towel.
We only want oil is heated, but not the pan.

Pour the mixture
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All of them.
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Make sure the heat is very small.
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Put the lid if you have.
I don’t have lid for this pan, so made an aluminium foil lid.
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At first, inside is like this.
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But gradually it rises.
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When it rises like this, ready to turn it over.
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Turn it over and cook it for just few seconds.
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Place it on the bamboo mat.
Brown side down. Not burnt side up.
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Now, start rolling it.
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Use rubber band to hold the rolled Date-maki.
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Place as it is until it cools down and holds the rolled shape.

Once it shaped, take the bamboo mat out.
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Outside is nicely brown, because you put brown side down when you put it on the mat.
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Slice and enjoy!!
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Date-maki in the New year’s dish (おせち料理)
If you would like to read my previous blog post about new year’s dish,
please click here.

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