Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Poor Japan

The soccer games are getting tougher and far more exciting! Poor Japan played their hearts out - spending more time on the field than they have ever done before. They fought valiantly, but it just wasn't enough to beat Paraguay who scored 5 goals to Japan's 3 in the penalty shootout.

I created this simple dish in honour of Japan's outstanding effort in the tournament. It is not really authentic Japanese, but tasted delicious! Dre even said it is one of my best dishes :)

Fish Stir Fry:
(Serves 2)


2 Tablespoons Vital Soya Sauce (Yeast Free)
1 Tablespoon Smoked Sesame Oil (I bought mine from Woolies)
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Honey
1 Knob Ginger, Peeled and Diced
Half a Green Chilli, Deseeded and Chopped
A Few Spring Onions, Chopped

3 - 4 Frozen Hake Fillets
1 Packet Baby Corn, Cut into Chunks
1 Green Pepper, Sliced
3 - 4 Carrots, Sliced or Chopped
Squeeze of Vital Soya Sauce
Squeeze of Lemon
Herbal Salt
A Few Spring Onions, Chopped
Vermicelli Rice Noodles
Sesame Seeds


Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Marinade frozen hake fillets for about 10 minutes
Transfer the fillets to tin foil and spoon over the marinade
Fold into parcels and bake in the oven for about 10 - 15 minutes until tender and a sauce has been created
Add the vegetables to a pan and flash fry while adding a squeeze of soya sauce and lemon juice, a sprinkle of herbal salt and a few chopped spring onions
Add the cooked fish and the sauce created in the tin foil
Serve with Vermicelli rice noodles and a sprinkle of sesame seeds


  1. Is the vital Soya sauce gluten free? Most "modern" versions contain wheat flour. I haven't found one that doesn't!

  2. Hi Amanda, thank you so much for your very important comment. I did some research on soya sauce and I found out that during the manufacturing process in Japanese Tamari soya sauce all of the gluten is removed, making it safe for people with Celiac Disease. I then phoned the Vital helpline and asked them if their soya sauce is suitable for people with Celiac Disease - she said there may be very small traces of gluten in the final product, which can occur during the manufacturing process, but that they do not add any gluten themselves - I hope this answers your question. I have found no problems when consuming it, but I am not sure how severe your reaction to gluten is, you may be able to tolerate it if you can handle very small amounts, if not I would stick to the Tamari soya sauce which can be found at health shops and even some Woolworths stores

  3. I'm one of the severe ones, sadly. My road to recovery is paved with bouts of health and then of being sick. Luckily the healthy days are increasing. I'd like to believe that if I can stay completely clear for a year or so, the severity will reduce. Its a nice dream and it would make social events that much easier. It's really difficult to convince people you can't eat stuff if you're not going into anaphylactic shock right there and then.

    From what I understand on Soya Sauce, the authentic stuff never had wheat flour in it to start with. Western profit seeking businessmen did that, but I did read somewhere that Tamari is still "pure". I love Asian food, so I'm deff going to try it out.

  4. Hi Amanda, I found a gluten free soya sauce - it is called Bragg Liquid Aminos "Bragg Liquid Aminos has unbeatable features: non-fermented wheat-free soya sauce with no added salt.
    All purpose seasoning
    Containsno alcoholcomma no preservativescommano additives or colouring agents" go to to find out more - but it can be bought at health shops that stock the EarthProducts range