Last Saturday, we celebrated Franco’s big three-O with family and closest friends. Franco knew all along that we’re gonna have a party in his honor. What he did not know is that I was working on a theme close to his heart, JAPANESE! You see, my husband is a sucker for anything Japanese (except for hentai and anime, hehe).
With just one week to prepare, I searched the net for inspiration. I did not have to look far for decor ideas. We call our guest room, the Japanese room, because that is where Franco’s Japanese collection is displayed. Kimonos, samurai swords, Japanese dolls, painting, mat, books, divider, CHECK!
For appetizers, we served Japanese rice cakes with tuna spread and apple slices. Yum-oh for a last minute recipe that I invented. For the main dishes, we had tonkatsu, sukiyaki (c/o MIL. Thanks Mama!), gyoza, yakiniku (my husband’s favorite!), Sushi/Maki platter, tuna and salmon sashimi. The last three, I ordered from Wasabi, a small stall beside SM Hypermart (where Makro used to be) in South Expressway. The gyoza deserves its own post for the stress it caused all of us. It was our first time to make one. It took me more than an hour to wrap 60 pieces. I cooked the first batch by arranging 10 pieces in a pan with oil and water. You know the gyozas are cooked when the botton is already crispy and the water has evaporated. I only did the first batch. I decided to enlist the help of MIL’s helper and Franco’s yaya, Ate Patti for the rest. I put the gyozas in a plate and sent them over to MIL’s house. Wrong move. The gyozas sticked to each other. Poor Ate Patti had to redo them all over again. With just a few minutes to go before the party started, we had no choice but to make steamed siomais out of my gyozas. 😦 (BTW, 1 kilo of ground pork makes more than a hundred dumplings) We also made Sputniks, which is my Tito Kiboy’s lazy version of morcon. Not at all Japanese but it was the birthday boy’s special request so I had to give in.