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I had one of the most unforgettable days in my life.
I’ve made jaw-dropping, mouth watering Japanese finger good for my son’s birthday!!! For 20 Danish kids at kindergarten!!! 😊
This is What I made
Tada~~~n!!!!! This is the Jaw-Dropping Delicious / Kids Approved Japanese Party – Finger Food I made.
so…. What’s WHAT!? Let me explain. 👇
I added name tags…
Let’s go take a look at food I made, and even better, I am sharing a recipe, too!
HUGE. PHENOMENON. AMAZING SUCCESS!!!!
How it began
Ok, so I am Japanese person lives in Denmark. Food culture is quiet different here.
Z, my son’s 4 year old birthday was coming up. I wanted to do something fun and special ….
So I’ve got to think…something good… but will Danish kids eat Japanese food?
Then I posted a question to a local Danish Mother Group on Facebook!
The question got somehow very popular, lots of comments lots of LIKES;
“DO IT!!!! It’s great that kids have culture experience! Go Go!”
All the Danish moms were supportive and they pushed my back to go for it! (Thank you!!)
What to Consider
My guests are kids at kindergarten, aged between 3~6.
Here are what I was careful with :
Finger Food (easy for kids to eat)
I decided to make Japanese food that are popular with Japanese kids in Japan. If they like it – most likely, kids in Denmark will like too!?
I have to cook for 20+ kids for by myself.
I have to manage time very well. started going grocery shopping 3 days before and store them.
For fresh materials, (eggs and chicken) I bought them a day before and I cooked same day.
Rice, I cooked a day before (evening).
I made Panda Forms at night, lined them carefully, fridge overnight.
The party day, I reheated them egg, chicken, rice in a microwave so they can eat warm meals.
I ended up making 5 things! I’m sharing recipes and tips below
1. Kara-age Chicken
This is one of the best and most popular foods among Japanese kids…well, adults, too!! Excellent for party food as you can pick easy with fingers.
Curious to make?! I am sharing the recipe below!
2. Panda Rice Balls
I think kids were rather surprised than excited! 99% kids (except Z) have never seen rice balls that are in a Panda Shape.
I used this rice mold – saves tons of time. You can make 5 pieces at once, and the size was perfect for Panda! If you want to make many Panda Rice Balls – I recommend to use this.
I mixed with YUKARI rice seasoning , long-selling popular product from Japan. It gives sour and refreshing flavour to rice.
3. Japanese egg omelette (with Mirin & soy sauce)
I’ve used 6 eggs for 20 kids. I made seasoning very light, so it keeps a balance between Rice Ball and Kara-age Chicken.
4. Carrot Cake with Rainbow Coconuts
Those muffins, I actually made for back-ups. You know, kids are picky eaters. Some may go “Ewww! I ain’t gonna eat black papers!! (sushi seaweed 😂) Don’t worry, I’ve got your back – if someone don’t wanna eat, I have something else to give.
I recommend you try both! This is so awesome.
Rainbow Coconuts is so easy to make…. I’ve made bunch of different colour mixes.
5. Frog Watermelon with Frog Origami that actually jumps
Kids got kick out of this guy!!! 👌 It wasn’t as hard as I thought. I am hoping to make a video of how-to soon.
Have you noticed the Frog Origami I made? They actually jump! 🐸
Gives playful feeling and perfect idea for Kids Party.
THE KARA-AGE CHICKEN RECIPE
Here is the World’s Best (I think,) Japanese karage chicken recipe! It’s possible to make them outside of Japan,
Kara-age – pronounce as “Kara-ah-geh”.
<< Ingredients >> For 2 people
Chicken – you want to use thigh or drumsticks with SKIN on.
Skin is important since it creates an extra crunchy and crispy texture! I usually use drumstick chicken, as they are easy to work with. You have to debone chicken (it’s a bit of work, but once you are used to it, you can do faster.)
3~4 cloves Garlic (grated)
1 cm Ginger (grated)
4 tablespoon Sake
3 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1/2 tablespoon Mirin
3 tablespoon Flour
3 tablespoon Potato starch
- Cut the chicken into 1~2-bites cubes and place them into the marinade sauce.It’s best to do this over-night in the fridge. If you don’t have time, marinade it for at least 20 mins or so.
- Mix flour and potato starch into the sauce, before deep frying.
- Deep fry chicken, your oil should be at around 180 °CDon’t fry with high heat – it will burn chicken. Or not too low. You just have to find a perfect temperature that works best for your kitchen stove…!
This recipe is from My Japanese Cook Book. I made this book particular for people who live outside of Japan – who are, hard to get all the Japanese ingredients / cost too much. Let’s keep Japanese cooking more easy and more real.
So next day I came to kindergarten to bring Z,
2 girls came to me and said…. “Det var lækkert!!” (It was delicious!!)
I was soooo happy to hear that…. !! “TAK! (Thank you!)”
I had to hug them!
and, there was a little girl, came to me with a teacher
AWWWWW!!!!!!! The little girl knocked me out. She completely melted my heart.
After giving her a hug, I had to leave the kindergarten soon, before I become a kidnapper.😂
Another best part? After a week, kids are still talking about the food 😳🤩
Asking teacher that they want to eat the food again…
Well! I hope this post inspired you 😉
Try some Japanese food for kids party, you will be surprised!
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