Thursday, April 10, 2014

Teriyaki sauce is one of my favorite sauce. Actually, teriyaki itself is  a cooking technique in Japanese cuisine. The word teriyaki is a combination from 2 Japanese words : tare (means luster) and yaki (means grilled or broilled) ( So, basically, the meat will be brushed or dipped with the sauce before grilling or broiling process. Teriyaki sauce is traditionally made by mixing and boiling soy sauce, sugar, sake, and mirin until they are thickened. It taste delicious and very famous all around the world.

This time, I want to make teriyaki burger. To be honest, i was inspired by runnyrunny999's rice burger recipe. He's using rice instead of bread for this kind of burger. It seems that this burger is quite popular in Japan. I still have some Japanese rice. So, why not try to make this rice burger. I bet they are delicious.

During the process, I found out that this burger is easy to make but quite time consuming because I had to really to pay attention on in to prevent it from burning. Beside, I still had to make the rice burger as well after making the chicken patty. And it was difficult to make the rice burger. I had to try few times before I could make it into a nice firm flat round shape like a burger. When I finally made it, the shape was still not perfectly round and some of rice will crumble all around. But it was worth it. All my hard work was paid off. The burger was so yummy. I love it.

Tip : The burger also can be served with crusty bread such as kaiser roll or Italian bread (ciabatta) instead of rice burger.

First, lets make the chicken patty.
Ingredients : (serving 4-5 burgers)
  • 250 grams boneless skinless chicken, ground or minced well
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbs breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder (or 2 cm fresh ginger, grated)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced 
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 6 tbs water
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs mirin
  • 2 tbs white sugar
  • 4-5 tbs vegetable oil
Preparation :
  1. In a bowl, mix together ground/minced chicken, minced onion, soy sauce, breadcrumbs, flour, ginger powder, minced garlic, egg, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
  2. In another small bowl, prepare the sauce by mixing together water, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar until most of the sugar are dissolved.
  3. Preheat a non stick pan
  4. Add some oil into the pan
  5. Divide the chicken mixture into 4-5 part. 
  6. Make a ball from each part of it. Press down the ball to make a flat burger. 
  7. Put the burger into preheated pan and fry it for about 3 minutes for each side or until it become golden brown.
  8. Pour the sauce mixture on the top of the chicken burger, reduce the heat, and cover the pan.
  9. Let it cook for about 1-2 minute until the sauce is thickened.
  10. Turn off the heat and remove the burger and the sauce from the pan. 
Now, lets make the rice burger.
Ingredients :

  • About 3 cups room temperature cooked Japanese rice.
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped.
  • salt
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
Preparation :
  1. In a bowl, mix together rice, chopped spring onions, and salt
  2. Wet your hand, take some rice mixture and make a firm ball out of it.
  3. With both hand palms, press it gently until it become flat (about 2 cm thickness)
  4. Repeat the process until you have 8 rice burger
  5. Preheat about 2 tbs sesame oil in a pan.
  6. Place the rice burger gently in those preheated pan.
  7. Fry until golden brown on both sides. (Tip : do not flip the rice burger too much otherwise it will be broken)
  8. Brush some sesame oil and soy sauce on both side for taste.
  9. Remove the burger from the pan and assembly it with the chicken burger. 
  10. Serve it hot with fresh salad.

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